How to tie on a string nock

By Jason Farrell and RJ Bachner

Greetings, so you have wandered in and are now curious as to what the heck I am nattering on about here. Well we are going to teach you how to tie a nocking point to your string.

Why you ask, would I do that, never mind be so foolish as to recommend someone else do that? Firstly String nocks are significantly lighter than the big brass jobbies that we normally use to nock the string with. As with all things in archery, lighter weight usually translates into more speed and this is no exception.

I do not know how much in actual fact this will improve the speed of the arrow, I have heard figures like An extra 15 fps and maybe that is true, I don't know. Someday I will chronograph it and see but for now let us just close our eyes and imagine it is significant, OK?

Now then, chances are you've tied a half-knot before… what is a half-knot?? Well we've all tied our shoes, tied bows on gifts; if you were lucky, tied people up while playing games as a child. A half-knot is simply the first half of a knot...

Start with a simple knot

it's what you do with the other half that makes a knot complete… for now we don't need the second half.

To tie a "tied on string nock", you will need:

  • Your bow
  • Your bow string
  • At least 2-feet of nylon string
  • Bow square
  • String wax
  • A short piece of tape, any color

First, string your bow, and make sure you have the proper fistmail, once you've completed the String nock it can be adjusted by twisting it up or down the string, however you will want to make sure the serving is snug and not sliding or twisting under the nock point. Lay your bow on a table and you are ready to go.

There are many ways to start serving; this is my way, if you have a better one let me know. Use the bow square to find the proper location for the knocking point, remember to go at least 1/8th of an inch higher or lower (depending on how you nock) from dead center on the square. That's where you will do your first half-knot.

Take your nock string and wrap the tape around one end. Proceed to make the half-knot around the knocking point. This will be your mantra during the process, "right over left and under" or in this case "tape over no tape and under"

Now you flip the bow over and repeat the process again… "tape over no tape and under". Flip the bow and another half-knot… "tape over no tape and under". Flip and repeat.

You don't want to spread the knots down the string at all and no more than 3 or 5 knot widths up the string otherwise you will mess up the knocking point. What to do… just make the knots over the old ones so as to build up the thickness 2 or 3 string widths.

go on in this fashion until you get an nice bundle of knots..

Once you get a nice bundle that you will feel comfortable with (and won't slip through the arrow's knock) you are ready to finish it up… The finishing knot is a full knot..

"tape over no tape and under" then "no tape over tape and under" flip the bow and "tape over no tape and under" then "no tape over tape and under".

Cut the ends off so that there is at least an 1/8th of an inch remaining and:

  1. Apply a very generous amount of string wax and work it into the bundle, at the same time making sure that the bundle is in the right place.
  2. Or put some CA glue, Super Glue, or any other contact glue on the ends so that they don't fray and the knot will not vibrate loose.

Whichever way you choose periodically check the String nock to see if it's still in place and still holding together.

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