How to Tie a Nocking Point on a String

Written by holly harmon
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How to Tie a Nocking Point on a String
Increase your arrow speed using a string nock. (archery image by Vladislav Gajic from

The nocking point is a mark on the bow string where the arrow nock is rested to be shot. While many archers use a brass set of nocks to mark their nocking place, others prefer to create their own nock using string because it is significantly lighter than brass versions. A lighter bow string generally gives more speed to your arrow. This nocking point is relatively simple to complete and is based on the half-knot.

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Things you need

  • Two feet of nylon string
  • Bow square
  • Tape
  • Super glue

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  1. 1

    String your bow using bow string and create the appropriate fistmele, or distance between the string and the deepest part of the bow. Lay the bow on a table in order to find the nocking point.

  2. 2

    Measure at least 1/8th of an inch higher or lower than dead centre of the string, based on what style of nocking you prefer. Measure lower to rest your arrow on top of the nock, and higher to rest it beneath the nock.

  3. 3

    Tie your nylon string around your marked point on the bow string using the half-knot. Make the half-knot as you would when beginning to tie your shoes. Cross the right string over the left, then pull under the first string and tighten. Wrap tape around one end of the nock string in order to keep track of your ends.

  4. 4

    Flip the bow over and repeat the half-knot, using right over left. Continue this process of flipping the bow and tying more knots until the string is about three to five knots wide. Create more knots over these existing knots to build up the thickness of the knot to two or three string widths. Build up your knot until it does not slip through the nock on your arrow.

  5. 5

    Finish the knot by tying the half knot right over left, then left over right. Flip the bow and tie again right over left, then left over right. Cut ends with about 1/8th of an inch remaining and apply string wax to the bundle, working it into the knot, or use superglue on the ends of the string so that they do not fray.

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