The Fletching Book
(Transcripted from the book you can buy at the fletcher shop)
A Field Guide to Fletching. Third Edition
Fletching, the art of making arrows from component peices, is one of the oldest weapon crafts on Norrath. This tome details the construction of arrows, as well as providin information on the sister craft of the Bowyer. Bowyers and Fletchers both require a Fletching Kit to practice their trade. Fletching kits can be purchased from archery shops.
The shaft of the arrow can be made from a variety of different materials. The most common material used for shafts is wood. Bone shafts are stronger than wood, and Porcelain strongr than Bone. Steel is the strongest material used for arrow shaft.
There are three types of Nocks, differenciated by the size of their grooves. The larger to groove, the easier the arrow is to make. The smaller the groove, the farther the arrow travels.
There are four parts to every arrow. Generally, the cheaper the part, the easier it is to assemble. Expensive componenets produce superior arrows.
There are many designs for arrow tips. The most common is the point tipped arrow. Slightly more damaging is the hooked tip - it's small blades cause tearing and bleeding. Actual bladed arrows do more damage than the hook tipped arrows, though they are easier to remove.
The fletch, or feathering, of the arrow influences the distance the arrow travels, as well as the impact delivered upon a succesful hit. The easiest pattern to fletch is a round cut. Slightly more difficult is the parabolic cut, whos spin gives the arrow additional flight range. The shield cut fletch pattern has a shorter range than either the round of the parabolic cut, but produces a spin providing superior armor penetration.
Book images taken from the Library of Books of the Guardians Of Light
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