The Crafting skill set used to arrows and things out of wood.
See Category:Fletching (Equipment) for things that raise this skill
The Fletching skill involves the making of bows and arrows. The products of this skill are primarily used in the Ranged skill. It also provides material with relatively high alchemy prices, so its products are often used to train Magic as well.
At higher Fletching levels, the skill can be trained without losing any coins, although a decent amount of working capital is very useful. A general rule of thumb for fletchers is to wait until you hear 3 "plucks" of the log being stringed to know when you're done. This is an especially helpful tip for those who tend to be multitasking on other things when fletching. The plucking noise only applies to unstrung bows being strung though. Generally, however, each 5 logs that are fletched result in one plucking sound. Since 14 is the number most commonly used for fletching (14 of one type of log, 14 bowstrings), around 3 plucks are needed. Of course, if you are just cutting the logs with your knife then all you need to do is wait until you do not hear any more animation of the cutting to check back on your character. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at rank 2,000,000) on the hiscores for Fletching is level 30.
|Knife||Knives are used to whittle wood into unstrung bows/crossbows or arrow shafts. You can find one in the Lumbridge Castle basement or find one on a table in the Musa Point general store. Knives can be also be bought in the Catherby general store for a fixed price of 25 coins. They are used to cut logs. Also used in many different aspects throughout quests. When examined "a dangerous looking knife". A must have for any player. You could buy a knife for 105 coins.|
|Beaver||The beaver acts like a knife. To fletch with a beaver you use your log on your beaver. You will need 33 summoning to summon this familiar. Current Price for Beaver pouch: 1,984coins.|
|Chisel||Used to cut gems the second time into bolt tips. Worth 20 coins|
|Logs||Logs are obtained from trees via the Woodcutting skill or bought from fellow players or the Grand Exchange.|
|Sacred clay fletching knife||The Sacred Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points, They are used to cut logs. They give +100% experience bonus, or double XP. It disintegrates after a certain amount of Fletching experience is gained using it.|
|Volatile clay fletching knife||The Volatile Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points, They are used to cut logs. They give +120% experience bonus, or 2.2x XP. It transforms back to seed after a certain amount of Fletching experience is gained using it.When Transforming, it transforms into a random volatile tool and uses 10% of its charges.|
|Bow strings||Bowstrings are one of the materials used to make bows. They can be spun from flax.|
|Flax||Flax can be picked in Seers' Village, in the Taverley courtyard right next to the fountain, on the Lunar Isle, directly south-east of The Grand Tree, and in Lletya. It can be spun into a bowstring on a spinning wheel. There is a spinning wheel on the 2nd floor of the house north of the churchyard. Spinning flax gains 15 Crafting experience. There is also one on Neitiznot, which is the closest one to a bank. Another spinning wheel can also be found on the second floor of Lumbridge Castle, which is just downstairs from a bank .Flax plants give multiple flax per plant but do not last forever. They require time to "grow" or spawn again. Flax is a common way of making money. Flax can be picked and sold(115gp each), or they can be spun into bowstrings to sell for more.|
|Crossbow strings||Crossbow strings are one of materials used to make crossbows. They can be spun from sinew and tree roots below magic trees.|
|Crossbow stocks||Fletched from logs and are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim.|
|Metal Limbs||Smithed from metal bars, metal limbs are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim.|
|Sinew||Sinew can be made by using a piece of raw beef with a range and choosing to make sinew.|
|Arrow heads||Arrow heads can be bought in a ranging shop or smithed. 15 arrowheads can be made from each bar.|
|Arrow shafts||Arrow shafts can be made by using a knife on a some logs. 15 shafts can be made from each pile of logs.|
|Grenwall spikes||Grenwall Spikes can be used as an alternative for arrow shafts. These can be obtained by hunting Grenwalls|
|Feathers||Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in various places such as Shantay Pass, Fishing Guild, Lumbridge Fishing Shop, Port Sarim, Shilo Village, Ava's Arrow Shop, and various other places. Each shop has a player stock of 1000 feathers, and feathers can be bought for 11 each. You can use coloured feathers for this too, but they are more expensive most of the time. You can get coloured feathers from hunting.|
|Nails||Smithed from metal bars, nails are used in the production of Brutal arrows. (and construction)|
|Wolfbone Tips||These can be made by using wolf bones with a chisel. They are used to create Ogre arrows.|
|Barbed bolt tips||Barbed tips are rewards from the Ranging Guild minigame.|
|Feathers||Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in Port Sarim, the Fishing Guild, and Shantay Pass. Shantay no longer has unlimited stock, though feathers can still be bought for as low as one gold each.|
|Gem bolt tips||Gem bolt tips are attached to finished bolts (use feathers with unfinished bolts) to make gem tipped bolts. They can be made by using the gem with a chisel. Every standard gem in RuneScape, including the Shilo Gems, (Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Dragonstone and Onyx) can be made into gem tips, needing higher fletching levels progressing upwards.|
|Pearl bolt tips||Pearl bolt tips can be made by using a oyster pearl with a chisel.|
|Unfinished Bolts||Unfinished bolts can be smithed from metal bars. Each bar can smith 10 of these.|
|Dart tips||Dart tips can be smithed from metal bars. Players get 10 dart tips every bar.|
Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about fifteen feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in the Fishing Guild, Shantay Pass, Shilo Village shop, Port Sarim, and the Lumbridge fishing shop.
To fletch bows, a player must use a knife on a log to whittle a short bow or long bow of that wood. Then, bow string must be attached to the unstrung bow. Bows, especially Yew longbows and Magic longbows, are frequently high alched as a means of income or magic xp. Yew longbows are often made by many fletchers because of their high profit and Xp.
|Comp ogre bow||30||45||90|
Players may now gain twice the normal experience per log that is made into a bow (u) with the new Sacred clay fletching knife that is awarded through the minigame, Stealing Creation, it costs 20 points to obtain. However, the knife will disintegrate after 500 uses. For more information, see Fletching training.
To make a crossbow, the player must first use a knife with a log to make a Crossbow stock. Then, the player needs to add some crossbow limbs (Made via Smithing). Finally, the player must string it with a Crossbow string.
|Crossbow||Stock Material||Level Needed||Exp for Stock/Stringing||Exp For Limbs||Total Exp|
Achey logs can be whittled into Ogre arrow shafts. Each achey log yields between 2 and 6 arrow shafts. Four feathers are needed for each shaft. The shafts may be tipped with wolf bone arrow heads or with nails. Ogre shafts tipped with nails are called "brutals" and are especially useful for killing Zogres. Any type of metal may be used for the nails.
The following table shows experience per item made, although 15 items are made at a time.
|Arrow||Level Needed||Experience||Experience for 151|
1For arrows with tips, experience includes 20 xp for the shaft (5 xp) and feathering (15 xp).
2Broad arrows can be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.
Bolts are made by using a metal bar at an anvil while you have a hammer in your inventory. This grants smithing experience. The bolts created in this process are unfinished and still require fletching (they need feathers). This part provides the fletching experience. Bolts are also the fastest way to acquire xp, and you will not lose much money. It's also great combined with smithing
The following table shows experience per item made and per 10 items made (the amount made per metal bar).
|Bolt Type||Required Fletching Level||Experience (per bolt)||Experience (per 10 bolts)||Profit (per bolt)|
|Kebbit bolts||32||0.97||5.8 (per 6 bolts)||14.5|
|Long kebbit bolts||42||1.33||7.89 (per 6 bolts)||31|
|Red topaz bolts||48||3.9||39||5|
*Broad bolts may be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.
You can fletch darts by adding feathers to a smithed dart, noted that finishing Tourist Trap Quest is needed for making these.
|Dart||Level Needed||Experience Given|