credit to Kennilworthy Wisp's book Quidditch Through the Ages
Crafted by the broom-maker Elias Grimstone of Portsmouth, the Oakshaft is a
handsome broom with a very thick oaken handle, designed for endurance flying and
to with stand high winds. The Oakshaft is now a highly prized vintage broom, and
attempts to use it for Quidditch were never successful. Though it will always be
remembered as the broom used in the first ever Atlantic Broom Crossing, by
Jocunda Sykes in 1935.
The Moontrimmer, which
was first created by Gladys Boothby in 1901, represented a leap forward in broom
construction, and for a period of time these broom were in high demand by
professional Quidditch teams. The Moontrimmer's main advantage over other brooms
is that it could achieve greater heights that ever before, and still remain
Boothby was unable to produce enough Moontrimmers to meet the high demand, the
production of the Silver Arrow was welcomed. The Silver Arrow was the true
forerunner of the racing broom, capable of reaching much higher speeds than the
Oakshaft and Moontrimmer (up to seventy miles per hour with a tailwind), but
again the Silver Arrow was the work of a single wizard and demand far
A breakthrough occurred
in 1926 when the brothers Bob, Bill, and Barnaby Ollerton started the Cleansweep
broom company. The Cleansweep was produced in numbers never seen before and was
an instant success, corning like no broom before it, and within a year every
Quidditch team in the country was mounted on Cleansweeps. Later the improved
Cleansweep Two and Three were released in 1934 and 1937.
1929 a second racing broom company was established by Randolph Keitch and Basil
Horton, both players for the Falmouth Falcon's. The Comet Trading Company's
first broom was the Comet 140, which was the number of models that Keitch and
Horton had tested prior to it's release. Keitch and Horton also developed a
breaking charm which meant that players were much less likely to over shoot
goals or fly outside the Quidditch Pitch. The improved Comet 180 was released in
The Tinderblast was
launched on the market in1940. Produced by the Black Forest company Ellerby and
Spudmore, the Tinderblast is a highly resilient broom though it never achieved
the high speeds of the Comets and Cleansweeps.
In 1952 Ellerby and
Spudmore brought out a new model, the Swiftstick. Faster than the Tinderblast,
the Swiftstick nevertheless has a tendency to loose power in ascent and was
never used by professional Quidditch teams.
1935 Universal Brooms Ltd. introduced the Shooting Star, the cheapest broom to
date. Unfortunately, after a while the Shooting Star was found to loose speed
and height as it aged, and Universal Brooms went out of business in 1978.
1967 the Nimbus Racing Broom Company was formed. Nothing like the Nimbus 1000
had ever been seen before. Reaching speeds of up to a hundred miles per hour and
capable of turning 360 degrees at a fixed point in mid-air, the Nimbus combined
the reliability of the Oakshaft 79 with the easy handling of the Cleansweeps.
The Nimbus immediately became the preferred racing broom by professional
Quidditch teams across Europe. The production of the improved Nimbus 1001, 1500,
1700, 2000, and 2001 have kept the Nimbus Racing Broom Company at the top of the
Twigger 90, first produced in 1990, was intended by it's manufactures Flyte and
Barker to replace the Nimbus as market leader. However, the Twigger has been
found to warp under high speeds and has gained the unlucky reputation of being
flown by wizards with more Galleons than sense.
Firebolt, made with a superfine handle of ash, treated with a diamond-hard
polish, has an acceleration of 150 miles per hour in ten seconds and
incorporates an unbreakable charm. The Firebolt production company is unknown,
perhaps it is the latest model from the Nimbus line.