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How to tie a nock-set?

You could tie it with a serving thread or tighten it if it is made of brass. If you want to learn more, this article explains how to tie a notch.

Nock height: what is it?

The Nock height is where the notch will be positioned on the string so that the arrow goes straight where you aim. It is the two points where the notch markers are placed. In archery, this detail is often neglected, but it is the most important basic adjustment, because it determines all other adjustments and the choice of other materials, especially the arrow and the point.

Why is Nock height important?

Nock height is a very important aspect, because it allows the arrow to pass as close to the bow as possible, which allows it to go out as far as possible in the axis of the shot without ever touching the bow. There will be no contact that would deflect it away from the accuracy and quality of its flight.

Be aware that the slightest change (e.g. change of string, bow, limb) may require a re-setting of the calibration, sometimes by only one millimeter.

How to determine and adjust the Nock height?

To determine the Nock height, use a square. To do this, place the square on the string by clipping the two small clamps. Then slide it until the measuring part touches the bow pad or arrow rest. The graduations on the string side will allow you to determine and adjust the offset.

The second method of adjusting the Nock height is to perform a test. To do this, stand in a shooting position with feathered arrows about two meters from the butt and have an observer check the arrow placement horizontally. Then shoot. If the result is low to the point, you should raise the markers. Otherwise, if the result is high relative to the point, you should lower the markers. When the arrow is horizontal, the markers are correct. You could then fix them permanently. To do this, keep track of the height by measuring it with a square. This type of adjustment will be done with bare arrows and feathered arrows. The shot depends on your level and the power of your bow.

The importance of the nock-set

The nock-set is important because it holds the arrow in place on the bowstring. It ensures that the arrow is released from a fixed position with a steady force.

The nock-set is very advantageous because it is simple to install, strong and easy to maintain. In addition, you can easily replace them in case they are already worn out or damped.

Steps to follow for tying a nock-set

Once the height of your nock-set has been set, you may now begin to tie your nock-set by following these steps:

  • Step 1:

With the thread, make a loop around the string of your bow and tie a knot. Tighten it at the determined location.

  • Step 2:

Make a second knot below the first. The loop will be placed on the opposite side of the string.

Then tie a third knot above the first one with the loop on the same side.

  • Step 3:

Alternate knots above and below the first one on the rope. You could also tie some over the previous knots until it reaches the desired size and shape.

  • Step 4:

Trim off the excess thread. Then using a lighter, carefully burn off its ends. Once the excess thread has been burned off, press its ends onto the notch marks to close them.

To make the bottom notch mark, even if you already have your markings, it is necessary that you notch an arrow on the string for more precision. Then, all you have to do is repeat the same process.

Once your notch markings have been tied, you are now ready to shoot.

Tips for tying a nock-set

  • Here are some tips for properly tying a nock-set:
  • Make sure the spacing is sufficient to avoid overtightening.
  • You may want to run the string over a hot melt glue stick before applying it. This will help you secure the thread when you heat it up.
  • Remember to gently tighten your nock-set to get it in shape and to hold it securely.