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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Bowstring (Dungeoneering).
Bowstring detail.png

Bowstring 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, bowstrings 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 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 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. Currently, it is also possible to pick flax from the field in Taverley and deposit bowstrings at the bank counter at the small gnome tree in Burthorpe, as there is a spinning wheel along the path between the two. Lletya is one of closest places for flax, and a spinning wheel in range of the bank; yet you need to have started Mourning's End Part I to access it.

However in spite of all these options, players wearing a Seers' headband 2 or higher, spinning in Seers is still the fastest method given the '33% faster' reward from the Seers' Village Tasks. Also handy for those who have not yet started The Fremennik Isles anyway.

Spinning flax into bowstrings is a good way for players with low skills to make money. Because of this, bowstrings 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 bowstrings at the spinning wheel at Seers' Village.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Bowstring.png Bowstring
Crafting-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
15 XP-3 (1.8s) 501
Crafting Crafting level1
link = Spinning wheel Must be performed at a spinning wheel
F2P icon.png Free-to-play

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Baby impling jarN/A Reward1UncommonN/A
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A Reward1UncommonN/A
Bulbous crawler140 Multicombat.png27–45 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Cadarn worker93 Thieving-icon.png(noted)CommonN/A
Dagannoth Supreme303 Multicombat.png217–550UncommonP2P icon.png
Elite Dark Ranger98 Multicombat.png1–3 (noted)RareP2P icon.png
Greater reborn ranger82 Multicombat.png(noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Lesser reborn ranger68 Multicombat.png(noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
New Varrock guard captain104 Multicombat.png1CommonP2P icon.png
Seeker86 Multicombat.png15 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Soulgazer (elite)135 Multicombat.png20 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Soulgazer128 Multicombat.png20 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Spiritual ranger49; 98 Multicombat.png(noted)16/128P2P icon.png
Veil-ripper Ozharakha135 Multicombat.png20 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Young impling jarN/A Reward1UncommonN/A
Young impling22 Hunter-icon.png1UncommonN/A
Zamorak ranger64 Multicombat.png10 (noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Zombie (New Varrock)1 Thieving-icon.png1UnknownN/A

Other[edit | edit source]

Bowstrings can sometimes be found inside barrels. Noted bowstrings are a possible reward to choose from in Temple Trekking, an easy way to obtain a fair amount of bowstrings.

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Calculator[edit | edit source]

Method Profit/Bowstring GP/XP
Picking Flax 501 33.4
Buying Flax 391 26.1

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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Uglug's StuffsiesJiggig100Coins 100.png Coins0P2P icon.png
Alison Elmshaper's Flying Arrow Fletching ShopTaverley100Coins 100.png Coins15F2P icon.png
Alison Elmshaper's Flying Arrow Fletching ShopTaverleyFree sample-1F2P icon.png
† Denotes discontinued stores that stocked Bowstring. For help, see the FAQ.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • ninja 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • Free players can now pick and spin flax into bowstrings.
  • patch 12 April 2011 (Update):
    • A highlighted bowstring now looks the same as the non-highlighted version.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The item was originally called "bow string", although "bowstring" was also used in the examine text of unstrung shieldbows. In November 2013, the item as well as all references were changed to "bowstring" for consistency.