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Classic Runestone
Bow string
File:Bow string.png
Release date 25 March 2002 (Update)
Members? No
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 60 coins
Low Alch 40 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". coins (info)
Examine I need a bow stave to attach this to.
Weight 0 kg
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Bow string detail

Bow string is used in the Fletching skill to create bows. It is created by using flax with a spinning wheel, which requires level 1 Crafting and grants a player 15 Crafting experience.

In Dungeoneering, bow strings are purchased from the smuggler.

A full load of 28 flax will generate 420 Crafting experience (15 x 28). It takes about 50 seconds to spin a full inventory of flax. It takes approximately one minute and fifteen seconds (1:15) to do a load of flax in Lumbridge. So you can do 48 loads per hour, which means you can do about 20,160 xp per hour, if you stay at a constant rate.

SpinningFlax
A player making a Bow string on a spinning wheel.

Historically, the only reasonable place for anyone to spin flax into bowstrings was Seers' Village, however with the addition of the bank at the top of Lumbridge Castle, it became on par with, or slightly better than, Seers' Village, but only if you pre-picked the flax and placed it in your bank, otherwise it would be extremely counterproductive because Seers' Village is the most financially efficient place to pick and spin all at once. 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 climbing any stairs, thus cutting down clicking times and increasing the efficiency of spinning. 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.

For players who have not yet started The Fremennik Isles, another option is to use the spinning wheel in Seers' Village while wearing a Seers' headband 2, the reward from the Seers' Village Tasks, which increases the rate at which you spin flax.

Spinning flax into bow strings is a good way for players with low skills to make money. Because of this, bow strings were commonly made by macroers, as they can easily be sold in bulk and for fairly good profits. Therefore, it used to be common to see macros in Seers' Village picking flax in the field, and spinning them into bow strings at the spinning wheel at Seers' Village.

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Spiritual ranger 115, 118, 122, 127 7 (noted) 2Common
Lesser reborn ranger 87 2 (noted) 3Uncommon
Zamorak ranger 81 10 3Uncommon
Elite dark ranger 79 1 (noted) 3Uncommon

Calculator

Method Profit/Bow string GP/XP
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