What is a Fletching Jig (tool)?

What is the back end of an arrow called?



The rear end of an arrow is usually referred to as a nock. It is a split plastic tip at the back end of the arrow which snaps onto the bowstring and secures the arrow in position, ensuring that the arrow is stable before the archer shoots. The “nocking point” is a certain point on the string where the arrows are nocked. It is usually somewhere in the middle of the string and this requires fine tuning which is done by adjusting it either up or down the bowstring. There are different materials that can be used to tie the nocking point such as dental floss.


The fletching is also located at the back end of an arrow. It is the plastic vanes or feathers on an arrow. Fletching causes wind drag and can cause the arrow to spin similar to a bullet, providing stability and accuracy while in flight. The fletching is made up of three or more vanes or feathers the one of a different color is called the “cock” feather. The remaining feathers are referred to as the “hen” feathers.

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