Archer's Toolkit

Here's a basic toolkit for on-the-field jobs that you might need to do to keep your recurve or compound bow in working order:

  • Allen (hex) keys - a set that includes all of the common metric sizes: 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2.5mm, 2mm, and 1.5mm.
    Sometimes there are odd sizes, e.g. 1.2mm for a pressure button. Always keep the Allen keys that came with your equipment.
  • Screwdriver/bits, if your equipment needs them. Some sights attach with a Phillips head bolt.
  • Knife - useful for removing glue from arrows or stick-on arrow rests, and all sorts of other things.
  • Bow square - used to check your bracing height, tiller, and nocking point position.
  • Small pair of pliers. Handy for adjusting arrow rests.
  • Fletching glue. Bohning Fletch-Tite Platinum is a good one for aluminium or carbon arrows. Superglue gel is fine for aluminium shafts, but can be very tricky to remove from carbon without lifting the fibres.
  • Tube of string wax. Use to keep your string in good shape. Bohning Seal-Tite is a good one for synthetic strings. Apply monthly.
    Dental floss or nocking point thread - for tying nocking points.


  • At least 2 spare arrows, ready to go, in your arrow tube, so that you can carry on with a round if you lose a fletching. You might also want to keep 2 unfletched arrows for use in bow tuning.
  • Arrow nocks - 6 or 12. Push-in nocks can be replaced in seconds when damaged, avoiding the need to change arrows. Other types may require glue.
  • Spare fletchings. Keep a dozen of each colour in your kit. It's usually better to glue on a new fletching rather than re-attach the old one.
  • Spare arrow rest. If you use a plastic stick-on rest, keep a few spares - they wear out quickly.
  • String. They rarely fail these days, but it can happen. Keep a spare string if you take part in competitions.
  • Sight pin. These most often break when a bow is knocked or dropped. Note the position of the old pin before replacing!
  • Spare finger sling (they're easy to lose).