Archery terms

Below is a list of Archery terms that will educate, fascinate and allow you to wow your friends with your newly gained knowledge of Archery terms and facts! You know they will thank you for it...perhaps.

Ever wanted to know what Want to know where the nock is? Discover where the name Fletcher came from? Are you an Ambi-Ocular archer? Do you want to know where the belly or the face of the bow is? Do you want to know what a Bowyer does? Why should you never dry-fire a bow? Should you be afraid of a Field Captain? Can you put your limbs on the riser the right way?  Have you ever had to Let Down a bow? Do you know where the nock point is?

Below is an A to Z of Archery terms.  Some will become familiar to you, and some you will never need or hear uttered by Leith Community Archers instructors or volunteers.  Archery is an ancient activity, and the origin of some surnames, words, and phrases we use today have originated from archery terms.

Fletcher was the name of the person who used to put flights on the arrows and Bowman was more simply an Archer.  Today Fletcher has become a common surname as has Bowman (Archer), similar to Smith (Blacksmith), Fisher (fisherman), and Cooper (barrel maker). For more information, you could visit the Wikipedia page on Archery.  There you will find lots of interesting facts about Archery.

Why not add another string to your bow, or add another arrow to the quiver and read on?

Archery terms

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There are currently 4 names in this directory beginning with the letter K.
Kevlar
Is a material that people will often use for bowstrings. The reason it is used is because its lightweight and also strong. There is very little stretch so some bows are not able to use this type of bowstring.
Kyudo
A name for the art of archery in Japan.
Kyudo Arrows
These are the traditional arrows that they use in Kyudo. They are fletched with feathers and are over 1 meter, 40 inches in length
Kyudo Bow
This is a traditional bow in Japan, that is very similar to a longbow. It is typically 2 meters in height, made from bamboo an is one piece of wood with limbs that are rounded.
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