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Just a quick post about strings and keeping them in a god condition. With the outdoor season now in full swing I have been shooting in a new string over the last few days and thought it worth reminding people that waxing your string is pretty important, but often forgotten.
Before you start make sure the string it clean of any mud or grime. Also make sure it is dry, lets face it, we live in the UK and it maybe the start of Summer but it can still rain.
Applying the wax helps to bind the individual strands of the string together and protects the string from wear,tear and fraying.
Some people use a piece of leather to rub the wax in to the string (Sharon does, but that is because she has sensitive skin and sometimes finds her skin can crack on her fingers, especially when gardening).
I tend to just use my thumb of forefinger, running them up and down the string. The friction causes the wax to soften and seep into the string.
If you have string silencers (string spiders, puff balls etc.) make sure you wax up to them as the strands can often separate there.
I try to remember to wax my string every other time I shoot the bow. I know some will use beeswax, but I’m just using the Easton string wax here, which I carry in my quiver.
N.B. another tip is to carry a spare string in your quiver that is shot in and ready to use, just in case you need it on a shoot.
While waxing the string you can also check the condition of the severing and ensure that is not wearing either at the nocking point or the limb tip loops.
Hope this helps and as always thanks for reading.