Tametomo resembled no other man. He was seven feet tall, and his left arm was four inches longer than his right, which made him a born warrior. He shot arrows eighteen handbreadths long with a bow eight and a half feet tall and as thick as a heavy carrying pole. It took three ordinary men to draw it. His arrows, of three-year bamboo, were the color of metal. Lest scrubbing and rubbing weaken them, he smoothed only the joints and polished them with scouring tokusa rush. To fletch them, he was satisfied to collect crow, crane, stork, or owl feathers and bind them on with wisteria fiber. His oiled arrowheads -- long, sharp, and as pointed as a bird's tongue -- fitted back into the shaft for more than half its length. As for the nock, bamboo could not have withstood the impact of the string, so he made it of horn daubed with cinnabar. Humming arrows he fletched with mountain pheasant or white-flecked black goose feathers. He gave each a humming bulb of birdseye magnolia, eight inches long, with nine holes. Each branch of the forked point curved out six inches from an eight-inch inner blade sharpened also along its trailing edge, so that the arrowhead resembled small, crossed halberd blades. The thick plates of his sturdy armor were laced with white Chinese damask, and round lion motifs adorned the metal bosses on its skirts. His three-and-a-half-foot sword, with its guard of hardened leather, hung at his side in a bearskin sheath guard. No god of pestilence would have dared to face him. Whatever his eye lit upon, soaring through the air or running over the earth, he transfixed at will. He outshone Masakado and surpassed Sumitomo.
From The Tale of the Hōgen Years in Royall Tyler, Before Heike and After: Hōgen, Heiji, Jōkyūki.