Release date 25 March 2002 (Update unknown) edit
Members No
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Equipable No
Stackable No
High alch 60 coins
Low alch 40 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 100 coins
(Alison Elmshaper's Flying Arrow Fletching Shop)
Exchange price 320 coins (info)
Buy limit 10,000
Examine I need a bow stave to attach this to.
Weight 0 kg
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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 20 Crafting experience.

In Dungeoneering, bowstrings are purchased from the smuggler.

A full load of 28 flax will generate 560 Crafting experience (20 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 26,880 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 Ends Part I to access it.

For players who have not yet started The Fremennik Isles, another option is to use the spinning wheel in Seers' Village while wearing a Seers' headband 2, the reward from the Seers' Village Tasks, which increases the rate at which you spin flax.

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.


Dropping monstersEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Spiritual ranger115; 118; 122; 1277 (noted)Common
Lesser reborn ranger872 (noted)Uncommon
Zamorak ranger8110Uncommon
Elite dark ranger791 (noted)Uncommon


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.


Method Profit/Bowstring GP/XP
Picking Flax 320 21.3
Buying Flax 298 19.9


  • Although flax is a member's item, bowstrings are not.
  • The item was originally called "bow string", although "bowstring" was also used in various interfaces. In November 2013, the item as well as all references were changed to "bowstring" for consistency.
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