Frequently Asked Questions
How long should my string last?
That really depends on how much you are shooting and in what conditions. That could be anywhere from 7,000 arrows to 14,000 arrows. The first sign of wear will be fuzziness, which can be diminished by waxing regularly. At some point the feel of the string will change as it wears and it will become less forgiving. This is when you want to think about replacing it.
How often should I wax my string?
You should apply wax to your string approximately every 300-400 arrows (or once per week if you are shooting outdoors often).
How do I wax my string?
Start with your bow strung and apply wax to the areas of the string without serving.
Use a piece of leather to work the wax into the strands and heat up the wax.
Once it is well worked in, strip off any excess wax by wrapping a length of string or dental floss around the string and dragging it over the areas of the string without serving.
Where do I tie in my nock set?
Work with your coach to determine the correct location of your nock set. Once you determine that location, it's a good idea to mark that on your bow square with sharpie to save that measurement for setting up your next string.
How do I tie in a nock set?
I always use a moveable nock set so I can fine tune the position after it's already on there. If you are going to use this type, please be sure to super glue the outer edges to make sure it stays in place once you've found the ideal location. The instructions for how to tie these are on the nock set tying thread page.
How do I know what material and strand count I need?
For most recurve bows it's hard to go wrong with 8125. It's just an overall solid material and used by the majority of recurve archers. D97 is pretty much the same as 8125 but a little thicker (so it will require fewer strands in comparison). Spectra 652 is also good for recurves but has a bit more stretch. It is the same thickness as 8125. B55 is a very stretchy material and should be used for traditional bows that need a softer string for the limbs or for vintage bows. Check out the shop pages for each of these string types for strand count recommendations based on draw weight. This is just a starting point but a good reference.
Which nocks am I shooting?
It's sometimes hard to tell which nocks you are using if you are not familiar with the vast variety out there! However we want to make sure your nocks fit your new string perfectly not only for performance reasons but also for safety reasons.