Broken Carbon arrow wrapped in tape

Quick tip – Preventing carbon splinters in quiver

The vast majority of us are responsible archers, by this I mean we clean up after ourselves and don’t leave rubbish cluttering up the woods.
So if we break arrows we take the bits home, but if these bits are broken carbon arrows we don’t want carbon splinters in our quiver.
I think this is potentially the most useful of the non-normal uses for micropore tape the sort you might have in your first aid kit. I also think this is good for all archers to know whether they shoot carbon arrows or not.
Micropore Tape - how useful

Micropore Tape – how useful

When carbon arrows break it can result in very sharp splinters (splinters that aren’t picked up in x-rays and can be very hard to extract). On a side note I find it is amazing how few people realise the potential issues of getting these in your skin.

If I find a broken carbon arrow I will wrap tape round the end and down the shaft if required, so protecting myself from any splinters, before putting in my quiver for disposal later.

Broken Carbon arrow wrapped in tape close up

Broken Carbon arrow wrapped in tape close up

This means I’m less likely to have splinters in my quiver or worse me.  I use the same technique on aluminium arrows when they break so the sharp edges don’t catch on the quiver or me.  Hope this is of use.
Thanks for reading.
Broken nock

Arrow making and repair tip on removing broken nock

I’ve been doing some repairs on some club Mybo Cadet arrows and I’d like to share this tip with you. Following a coaching session we had quite a few broken nocks.

Broken nock

Broken nock

When a nock breaks leaving a section in the shaft, it can be hard to remove. I found taking a small screw and carefully screwing it into the broken part of the nock can help. You can then use a pair of pliers to grip the screw and with a bit of puling it should come lose with the broken part of the nock attached.

broken nock removed

broken nock removed

It might take a couple of attempts but be patient, it should work.
Thanks for reading.