Bow string
Bow string
Release date 25 March 2002 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 6 coins
Low Alch 4 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 10 coins
(Uglug Nar)
Exchange price 141 coins (info)
Buy limit 13,000
Weight 0 kg
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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 a player 15 Crafting experience.

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 experience per hour, if you stay at a constant rate.

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 passing through a stair, 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.

Spinning flax into bow strings is a good way for players with low skills to make money. Because of this, bow strings are commonly made by macroers, as they can easily be sold in bulk and for fairly good profits. Therefore, it is quite 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.

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 Seer's Village.

Dropping monstersEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Spiritual Ranger 115; 118; 122; 127 7 2; Common
Mutated Bloodveld 123 1 2; Common