Cartel Fletching Jig

Reviewed By Steve

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Here is a good looking fletcher, made from steel, although it doesn't have the weighty feel of a Bitzenburger it does have some mounting screws in the base which allow it to be mounted to a solid surface or board - it would be no problem to mount a dozen of these on a rack - I say that because it would be entirely within the means of an archer to purchase a dozen of these jigs - at just a tad over £17 these look like a real bargain.

It has the standard nock receiver adjuster which will enable both 3 and 4 fletching, The one nearest the nock slot is for 3 fletch fletching, just screw it down flush and raise the other one to halfway.

For four fletches just screw down the one at the further end and unscrew halfway the near one - it sounds complicated but it's simple in essence. The jig also has an adjuster on the clamp which allows some adjustment in the tension or gripping power of the clamp itself, not sure that this is necessary, I have never missed this adjustment on other clamps and doubt it would be used once set, but it's there for those who want it.

One of the really great features of the clamp is the graduated scale very clearly stamped along the side - it won't wear off or become unstuck, it is permanent and very obvious.

The magnet operates positively and the jig is easy to use, there is a certain amount of adjustment for offset but no helical option, which is a real shame as that would put this jig right up where it belongs, at the top of your fletching jig short list. If you don't use helical then this jig will be an obvious choice.

It seems a common complaint is the lack of instructions provided, however the use of a fletching jig is quite intuitive once you have played with it for 10 minutes.

 

Rating  
   
Features & Design half a review mark
All the adjustments required of a jig but in solid steel. The clamp is clearly marked and even has an adjuster of its' own.
Performance half a review mark
Simple to use with no problems
Value for Money
£ for £ Supreme value.
Overall half a review mark
A great solid product made with decent materials, if they would just produce a helical clamp then the Cartel jig would have the fletching game sewn up.

 


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  • Posted by: IAN GORDON WILSON on Aug 16, 19:04

    Got one today and it looks good enough to do the job for me. BUT there are no instructions packed with it. So before I do any damage fiddling with it can anyone email me a copy.
    Best regards, Ian


  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on Aug 18, 16:50

    Having mailed Doosung – the manufacturers – their president Mr Lee advises that it is the importers responsibility to provide instructions – luckily the jig is intuitive, in as much as a little fiddle about will reveal it’s secrets – Archers Review are currently discussing with Doosung the possibility of producing a Helical clamp – so watch this space….


  • Posted by: IAN GORDON WILSON on Aug 20, 09:31

    Eventually worked out which grub screws should be in their appropriate positions. Took a bit of time to centralise the clamp and I was away. Must have been designed by a Victorian engineer – built like a battleship. No hesitation in recommending it and well priced. Why pay more when this does the business.


  • Posted by: Arnold Andrade on Aug 29, 13:41

    Purchased a second hand hardly used Cartel jig with no instructions. Figured out how to use it and began fletching arrows in less than 5 mins. The turning component was getting stuck after the third vane so I undid all the grub screws and took apart the entire jig to understand all the working components. I eased the tightness on the 1st grub screw (3 fletch), and took out completely the 4 fletch grub screw, ball bearing and spring. Found that this improved the turn significantly but did happen to jam at times. Needed to jiggle it a little for it to turn. Might add a little grease to this area and the ball bearing to help with the turn. Don’t need the instructions for it now and believe it’s a good solid easy to use jig. I think a slightly larger ball bearing will eliminate the jam I am getting. (This is maybe why it was sold in the first place). Fletched my second set of arrows with an offset and the outcome was excellent. I would definitely get a helical clamp for this if one was ever made, hopefully Doosung makes one.
    Otherwise, it’s rock solid, easy to use and good first jig.


  • Posted by: Mick Thompson on Aug 30, 16:07

    I got my instructions from here..

    http://www.archery-interchange.net/forum/downloads/utilities/2/cartel-fletching-jig-instructions-307/

  • Posted by: Jade on Dec 13, 12:13

    Actually that link is gone…try here:

    http://www.archery-interchange.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=307


  • Posted by: steve j welsh on Jun 9, 17:27

    recieved my cartel fletching jig today superb, absolutely superb. tho i have a lot of background knowledge. no instructions enclosed would be a help to the absolute novice


  • Posted by: Skitney on Jan 20, 10:02

    received mine yesterday and but for this page i would’ve missed many of the finer understandings. I still do’nt really know what te little scre at the base of the nockholder is for? (next to the two slots for 3 or 4 fletches)


  • Posted by: Jerry on Oct 11, 14:25

    How do you rate Sherwood fletching jig? Cheers,Jerry


  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on Oct 11, 16:18

    Jerry you have mail… incidentally I keep meaning to review the Sherwood jig and will stick it on the list


  • Posted by: Steve on Aug 11, 00:58

    You mention the adjuster for tension on the clamp. I am not that thats what its for.. If you apply too much glue and manage to glue the clamp together that “adjuster” can be used to separate the clamp halves easily.


  • Posted by: Jan Nygreen on Jan 12, 07:40

    You can now get the helical clamp from alternative archery both lh and rh


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