So based on people talking up the bitz jig, I bought one.
I’ve always used glue and a jo-jan fletching jig. But I thought I’d try the tape / bitz routine and see what happened.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
– the bitz jig was a little cumbersome to get set up. the knobs to adjust the angle of the shaft are a little cumbersome. It would be nice if there were a way to do it without having to adjust both knobs at the same time. I found that if I adjusted one and locked it down, I couldn’t adjust the other end. No big deal, just inexperience I guess.
– I like the helical curve of the jo-jan applied feather better than the bitz. To me, the helical bitz feather is almost straight.
I think if I need to replace a lost or broken arrow, the bitz/tape combo will be faster and easier. But if I am making a half dozen arrows, I will stick with the jo-jan and glue.