Safest way to cheese getting the bowblade early. First, speedrun the area till you open the shortcut back to the chapel. Next, Agro Simon, and when he starts coming for you, run out the other door of the chapel and up the hill until you reach the first lamp post, about halfway up the hill. Don't go further up the hill or you'll agro the hunter at the top. Wait a couple of seconds, then walk back to the shortcut door in the chapel. Simon will have gone back to his starting position, but won't be facing you. Instead, he'll be looking down the other hall. Hug the left side and approach him slowly. When close, preform a charged R2 attack. It will hit him from the side, but will still drop him for the visceral. Visceral attack him, then immediately run through the chapel and up the hill to the lamp post. Repeat this until he's dead. I did this with a level 3 saw cleaver on a low level character and took no damage. It's a little time consuming, but the visceral damage makes it quicker than the getting him stuck on the door method. I hope this helps someone out.