The Bohning Nock Demanding Development Process

Bohning nock manufacturing processNot all nocks are created equal. Today’s bows are becoming increasingly efficient. A higher percentage of the energy stored in a bow’s limbs is transferred to the arrow than ever before. The potential energy stored in your bow is transferred to the arrow via a single component: your nock. The question is, has your nock kept up with bow technology? At Bohning, we have dedicated significant time in testing and research into developing nocks that will withstand the rigors of shooting both today’s and tomorrow’s high-energy bows.

Every nock we design has to go through an extensive series of tests and refinements before it ever hits the store shelves. Special care is taken early in the design phase to ensure each nock is as strong and resilient as possible. Before a design is cut into steel, computer simulations are run to find and potential weak points in the nock’s geometry. Only after multiple tests and refinement is an injection molding tool built in house. Our expert team of engineers and machinists have more than 112 years of combined experience. This vast body of knowledge, skill and experience is how Bohning nocks are set apart from the competition. Producing multiple identical nocks per machine cycle; each having the same exact dimensional, material and strength properties as the next is proof of highly skilled craftsman.

Every Bohning nock is molded to incredibly tight tolerances and subjected to meticulous standards of workmanship and quality. This translates to superior consistency at a fraction of the cost.

Once production-ready nocks have been run, they are not ready for the shelves until they have passed an exhaustive battery of testing, both in the lab and on the range. Using state of the art destructive testing methods, our nocks are bent, crushed and abused to expose design flaw or material defect.

On the range, our final and most rigorous test is performed: accelerated lifecycle testing. Using a custom built bow capable of shooting arrows at kinetic energy levels exceeding 110 ft-lbs (nearly twice that of most hunting bows), we put our nock designs through the gauntlet. No design is approved until a single nock can reliably withstand over 1,000 shots under these conditions without any sign of wear.

A nock’s ability to withstand repeated use under demanding conditions is a testament of resilience. By testing our nocks at extreme levels of kinetic energy rather than just extreme speeds alone, we ensure our nocks are the most resilient nocks on the market.

In archery, mental focus is just as important as all of the practice and careful preparation of your equipment- you shouldn’t have to question the reliability of your nock. Only Bohning nocks take the guesswork out of the equations for you.

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