Saturday, May 13, 2017

SHAKESPEARE WONDERBOW- THE KAIBAB X27

Shakespeare Catalog May 1969


THE KAIBAB X27 

by Larry Vienneau

Like many of Shakespeare Wonderbows, this bow is named after a national forest; Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. The word Kaibab is a native word meaning “the mountain that lies down” referring to the Kaibab Plateau.
  • 1966 -69 AMO 56 inch, 1970 AMO 58inch , 1971 -56 inch
  • Weights 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60
  • Handle –Benge or Seduha and Zebrawood
  • Tips- Benge and Zebrawood
  • Semi pistol grip
  • Limbs- 2 inch wide, Black glass 1966, after 1967 – 1970 Dark Olive Green,  Black with white glass laminate 1971
  • Brace Height 1966-68 7 1/2" after 1969 8 inch
  • sight window -4inch
  • Arrow speed- 12 shots average, 410 grain arrow, 55# bow- 182.80 FPS








In 1964 Shakespeare bows started to look similar to the Root Archery. Ernie Root sold several designs to Shakespeare and they modified them and renamed them. Root Brush Master became Shakespeare Kaibab; Root Game Master became Shakespeare Ocala. Shakespeare finally bought Root in 1967. Ernie Root continued to be an important influence in Shakespeare bow design. The first bows after the sale bore the name "Root, by Shakespeare". Shortly thereafter Ernie Root went to work for Shakespeare, and the Root name was dropped completely. This bow is a perfect example of Ernie Root design. In the early 1960’s Root produced the Root Brush Master. The Brush Master had black glass, and the risers were laminated Zebrawood and Seduha. Shakespeare bought Root Archery in 1967 and Ernie was their chief bow designer. The Kaibab is nearly identical to the Brush Master except for slight riser modifications. From 1967 – 1970, The Kaibab was 58 inch long and had dark green glass. After 1971 it appears that Shakespeare was offering lengths of 56 and 58 inch in either dark Green or Black glass and did make custom bows over 60 lbs. The Kaibab was considered a high end quality bow like the Ocala and was Bear Archery’s primary competitor.


I own three Kaibab bows
I love this bow!! I own one 1967 55+#, one 1969 55+# and one 1970 -45#. Kaibab it is a silent, level, forgiving, beautiful, extremely fast and a deadly accurate shooter. It is a short bow but is also very consistent which makes it a fine choice for hunting or 3D shooting. The graining lamination on the 1967 are extremely beautiful
My Kaibab X27, 1967 55+#. note the wonderful wood grains
I have not found many Kaibab bow in Left hand models so if I find a X27 in excellent condition I will bid on them. The 1969 is another 55+# bow and it is shorter than the 1969 model with black fiberglass.
My 1969 55+# Kaibab X27
the 1970 Kaibab X27also has black fiberglass and there is also glass lamination on the riser. 
1970 Kaibab x27 with black fiberglass with black glass on riser
1970 top, 1969 middle, 1967 on bottom

Profiles of 1970, 1969, and 1967 Kaibab X27






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26 comments:

  1. Your Kaibab is a beauty!

    I'm constantly trolling EBay, etc.. I don't remember seeing a Kaibab. Are these pretty rare?

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  2. Thanks Jeff, The Kaibab is a beauty. It was a "high-end" bow, I have seen it in auctions but not often. I think I would call it uncommon or scarce. I have a feeling there are many out there but most people hold on to them because they are beautiful bows and great shooters. Keep looking, the auctions cycle a lot. Right now there isn't much out there but in a month that might change

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  3. I bought a model x27 last year in the summer. I was on vacation in Minnesota and my father took me to an archery range. I was introduced to traditional archery there and became extremely interested in it. The following week I went back and dropped 200 dollars on the first wooden bow I saw hahaha. I am so thrilled now to know what a scarce and amazing piece I stumbled upon, and I will treasure it forever.

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  4. You bought a beautiful bow, one of the best models that Shakespeare produced

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  5. I am borrowing a Kaibab from a friend to learn how to shoot. All of the texts that I find states that this particular bow ranges from 40#-60#. Yet the one that I have states 65#. Where there not many of these made?

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    1. They did make 65# bow by special order so that is a pretty scare bow!! Nice!!

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    2. I have a Kaibab#27 in absolute excellent condition. I received it when my dad passed away. Can anyone tell me what the value of such a beautiful bow is. much appreciated. I am a bow hunter and am looking forward to hunting with it this year!

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    3. Condition and poundage have a lot to do with value. A mint 60 pound bow is worth more then a beat up 35 pound bow. Value is objective too. People pay WAY to much for Bear bows where Shakespeare and Root bows go for less. It has nothing to do with the quality of the bows either. My Roots shoot so much better then my Bear bows. It has more to do with name recognition. on eBay they go between $125 - $185 but I have seen mint ones sell for $250. send us a photo of the bow and if you have luck, with your deer harvested with the Kaibab.
      shakespeare.archer@aol.com

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  6. I love my Kaibab! My first "real" bow I saved for months to buy in 1981?! It was a long time but I've been back in traditional archery now for about five years now. I've slowly built up strength with other bows and now feel ready to revive my old friendship. Conventional wisdom says AMO minus four inches for string. My X-27 indicates 56" so a 52" B-50 is on the shopping list. Is that correct? I don't want to mistakenly use the wrong string on my old friend :)

    Thanks!!!!

    -Gorbin

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    1. Hi Gorbin
      I love mine as well, easily one of the most beautiful bows I own. you are correct, you need a 52" string B-50, no fast flight. Some people say fast flight is OK but I have read of many vintage bow breaking or snapping at the knock..ouch
      have fun and send a photo of you shooting.
      shakespeare.archer@aol.com

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    2. I have kaibab to letgo. Who are interested with the bow can,email ke at kimihafidz@hotmail.com

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  7. Geez you have one also. Very very nice. I sent you pics of mine

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  8. I found mine in a golf Club bin at Good will for $5 When I was 12. 58", 45 lbs at 28". A True treasure

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  9. There are both a vintage Kaibab and an X16 Supreme for sale on e bay

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  10. I just recieved a kaibab and it came with vintage arrows with first generation bear broadheads..i cant wait to take a deer out with it..i got it from a old man who i mowed the lawn for as payment

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  11. i have a kaibab 50# 58" D6782R olive green limbs 1 7/8" at widest point the riser looks like the RH shakespeare picture on left. scaled this bow at 48#. chronographed with 2013 shafts and 125 points. my draw 28" 180 fps. my friend's draw 29" 184 fps. thank you Larry for all your hard work. Larry Griffith

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    1. I love the Kaibab!! ( I own two) fast and beautiful bows

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  12. Anyone tell me the correct length arrow to use on my 58 inch 45# Root Shakespeare Kaibab? Bought her new in 1967...want to start shooting again.

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  13. Hi Michael
    The correct arrow should match your draw length and the bow weight (45#). Standard draw length is 28 inch, mine is 27, yours may be more depending on how tall you are.

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  15. Larry, what kind of arrow rest do you get the best arrow flight on your Kaibabs?

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  16. I use feather rests. I make my own. The ones that 3Rivers is a bit smaller than the ones Root made. I make my own

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  17. How muck would the kaibab x27 model be worth

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    1. It depends on the draw weight and the condition. You might go to eBay and search past auctions.

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  18. Hi Larry, thanks so much for creating this site! I have a Kiabab coming my way and was reading the above info you put together but I'm a little confused. Your bullet point states-
    1966 -69 AMO 56 inch, 1970 AMO 58inch , 1971 -56 inch
    But your write up states-
    From 1967 – 1970, The Kaibab was 58 inch long and had dark green glass.
    Just wondering what yr my bow is since my bow looks identical to the Kaibab (58" zebra window) pictured next to the Root BM>
    Thanks
    Chuck

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