Bow string

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A bow string is used in the Fletching skill to create bows. It is created by using flax with a spinning wheel, which requires level 10 Crafting and grants 15 Crafting experience.

It takes approximately 50 seconds to spin a full inventory of 28 flax, granting a total of 420 xp. A conveniently located spinning wheel can be found on the middle floor of Lumbridge Castle. Including travel time, an inventory can be spun in approximately 75 seconds here, which equates to 48 inventories, 1344 bowstrings and just over 20k crafting xp per hour.

The Kandarin medium diary allows players to spin flax 33% faster at the spinning wheel in Seer's Village. A full inventory of 28 flax takes 65 seconds after completion of the diary, including bank time.

Historically, the most popular place to spin flax into bowstrings was Seers' Village, as there was a flax field not far from the spinning wheel and bank. However with the addition of the bank at the top of Lumbridge Castle, it became on par with, or slightly better than, Seers' Village, if flax was pre-picked. Later on, an even better spinning wheel was added, this time on Neitiznot. While technically further from a bank than Lumbridge, travelling to the bank in Neitiznot does not require passing through a stair, thus making travel easier. In order to use the spinning wheel, players must have started The Fremennik Isles quest and have reached the part where they are able to go to Neitiznot.

The best way for Ironmen to get bow strings is the Temple Trekking minigame, even with low combat stats. Picking the easiest route with the easiest follower allows you to avoid all combat events but still net up to 3k bow strings an hour.

If you decide to pick and spin the flax yourself, having 30 agility and 0 kg as weight, you can average around 840 bowstrings per hour picking flax at land's end and spinning it at Lumbridge, 740 bowstrings per hour picking flax at Gnome Stronghold and spinning it at Lumbridge and 650 bowstrings per hour picking and spinning flax at Seers' Village.

It is also feasible to pick flax in the Southeast corner of Lletya, spin it at the wheel in Lletya, and bank.

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