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A bow string is used in the Fletching skill to create bows. It is created by using flax on a spinning wheel.

It takes approximately 50 seconds to spin a full inventory of 28 flax, requiring 10 Crafting and granting a total of 420 experience. 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 bow string and just over 20,000 Crafting experience per hour.

The Medium Kandarin Diary allows players to spin flax 33% faster at the spinning wheel in Seers' 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 them to avoid all combat events but still net up to 3,000 bow strings an hour.

If you decide to pick and spin the flax yourself, having 30 Agility and 0kg 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 an option to pick flax in the south-east corner of Lletya, spin it at the wheel in Lletya, and bank.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Spinning wheel[edit | edit source]

Requirements
SkillLevelXP
Crafting Crafting10 (b)15
Members
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Ticks3 (1.8s)
ToolsNoneFacilitiesSpinning wheel icon.png Spinning wheel
Materials
ItemQuantityCost
Flax.pngFlax12
Total Cost2
Bow string.pngBow string1141
Profit139

Spin Flax[edit | edit source]

Requirements
SkillLevelXP
Magic Magic76 (b)75
Crafting Crafting61 (b)75
Quest points Completion Lunar Diplomacy
Members
Member icon.png
Ticks5 (3s)
Materials
ItemQuantityCost
Flax.pngFlax510
Nature rune.pngNature rune2434
Astral rune.pngAstral rune1175
Air rune.pngAir rune525
Total Cost644
Bow string.pngBow string5705
Profit61

Products[edit | edit source]

ItemMembersSkillsXPMaterials
Bow-sword.pngBow-sword
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 50
  • Fletching 50
Comp ogre bow.pngComp ogre bow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 30
  • Fletching 45
Longbow.pngLongbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 10
  • Fletching 10
Magic longbow.pngMagic longbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 85
  • Fletching 91.5
Magic shortbow.pngMagic shortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 80
  • Fletching 83.3
Maple longbow.pngMaple longbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 55
  • Fletching 58.2
Maple shortbow.pngMaple shortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 50
  • Fletching 50
Oak longbow.pngOak longbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 25
  • Fletching 25
Oak shortbow.pngOak shortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 20
  • Fletching 16.5
Shortbow.pngShortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 5
  • Fletching 5
Willow longbow.pngWillow longbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 40
  • Fletching 41.5
Willow shortbow.pngWillow shortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 35
  • Fletching 33.2
Yew longbow.pngYew longbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 70
  • Fletching 75
Yew shortbow.pngYew shortbow
Member icon.png
  • Fletching 65
  • Fletching 67.5

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
SourceLevelQuantityRarity
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A Casket.png1Uncommon
Insatiable mutated Bloodveld278 Multicombat.png13 × 4/128
Mutated Bloodveld123 Multicombat.png14/128
Spiritual ranger115; 118; 122; 127 Multicombat.png718/128
Young impling jarN/A Casket.png11/10
Young impling22; 32 Hunter icon.png11/10
Zamorak ranger81; 82 Multicombat.png10 (noted)2/50

Shop locations[edit | edit source]

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SellerLocationNumber
in stock
Restock
time
Price
sold at
Price
bought at
Members?
~ Uglug's stuffsies ~Jiggig102m Coins 5.png 10Coins 5.png 6Member icon.png

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 January -
27 June 2005

The item's inventory sprite was slightly adjusted.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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Bow string (historical).png
Bow string.png
29 March 2004 ⁠–
January-June 2005
January-June 2005 ⁠–
present