Black POM Feihu
After all the forum chatter about the Chinese Feihu forks I had to have one to play with. I ordered the black POM Feihu late night on October 5th from the YiWu Store and it arrived on October 22nd. That was only 11 shipping-business days! I was expecting to wait double that time.
The frame and some Precise yellow band arrived in the typical sealed white plastic shipping bag with the English label over top of the original Chinese. The contents were well padded in bubble wrap and nothing was damaged. Surprisingly, there were also the following freebees included - red aluminum keychain whistle, 15 micro-fiber pouches, 3 feet of latex tying cord, and 3 sets of 0.70mm flatbands with pouches. We often hear about free gifts from Chinese suppliers but I didn't expect any from an Aliexpress discount store. They already gave me a $4.00 coupon discount on the two items that I ordered.
The hardest part of the order was deciding on the color. The brown coffee tone would have matched my other two POM frames but it was no longer stocked. I had to decide between a blue with a swirl pattern (like the coffee frame), a red version or just plain black. I ended up going with black for this first order. The frame looks fine with no gouges, cracks or visible voids. The mold sprue appears to have been between the forks and whoever polished off the blemish took a bit of extra material. Thankfully it looks even on the inside of both forks so I still have no complaints.
The only negative that I found with the POM is that it feels a bit slippery when shot in cold weather. When I started my shooting today the temperature was only about 40F and the frame handle did feel slick, although I never had a slip. I'm not sure if the problem was with the POM or maybe my cold and dry hands on the hard material. The problem went away when the temp warmed up a little.
From what I have been able to find out, the Chinese Feihu frame has a long history with the original examples made from wood. The frame is characterised by small "nail-head" style fork tips that are about half the width of many American made frames. The fork body is often narrow in width but makes up the strength with ample thickness from front to back. The forks have a unique taper with a side profile that somewhat resembled a bull's horn, especially when made in black. The final unique characteristic that I noticed is the ergonomic arched handle with a heavily rounded cross section. I find the handle to be very comfortable when shooting.
Overall length = 5.71" (145 mm)
Width across forks = 2.84" (72 mm)
Fork gap = 1 97" (50 mm)
Fork width = 0.43" (11 mm)
Material = Polyoxymethylene - POM (Acetal)
Total weight = 3.8 oz (105 g)
Bands = Precise Apple Green
Band cut = 3/4" x 1/2" x 7 1/8" x 0.016" thickness
Draw weight = 6 lb & 13 oz at 32"
The fork tips on the Feihu frames are quite small compared to what I typically shoot. My home crafted frames often wear a ¾" to 7/8" flat tip while this Feihu example has less than a ½" and a disc shape. The tip design is over-the-top and requires that wider bands wrap around the fork tip and completely cover the tip when at full draw. It's a big change from what I have shot for 10 years but the style works fine and results show that it doesn't hinder accuracy.
Although the POM Feihu has a narrow exterior fork width, the fork gap is still a healthy 2". Most of my crafted boardcut frames are 1 ½" to 1 ¾" so the Feihu style is not something that would increase my chance of a fork hit.
The Feihu frame looks like something that needs a healthy flip to shoot well. However, the flip shooting style didn't work for me. Wild flyers were common and accuracy suffered. A relaxed shooting style with a mild (natural) flip seemed to be best for accuracy. Once I found the anchor spot on my ear I was nailing a pop can often from 20 yards. My best series for today was 7 hits in a row followed by 2 misses and another hit (8/10).
For a few months now I have been shooting lighter bands with small ammo. The Feihu was first banded with 3/8" straight cut 0.55mm yellow Precise. This cut shot best with .177cal BBs while the ¼" didn't do as well for me. The plan is to try some ½" yellow for the ¼" steel. The ¾" x ½" Apple Greens performed well with 5/16" steel and this is the combo that gave me the 7 consecutive pop can hits. The speed with the 5/16" steel would be around 200-210fps in the cold temperature.
Overall I am very pleased with this new frame. It has characteristics that make it a bit different than the rest of my collection and I can now see why the frame attracts so much attention.
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