Fistmele, also known as the "Brace height," is an older term used in archery to describe the correct distance (about seven inches) between a bow and its string. [ [ Fistmele] at [] ] The term itself is a Saxon word indicating the measure of a clenched hand with the thumb extended. [Hansard, George Hagar (1841), [ "Of The Shaft, Ancient and Modern,"] Chapter 10, "The Book of Archery," [ The Archery Library] ]

Different brace heights may be obtained from the same length of string by twisting it around before affixing it to the bow. A proper height helps to reduce noise upon the release of an arrow and vibrations in the bow itself. Consequently, if the distance is too small excess noise and poor arrow flight are the results. A bow is said to be "overstrung" when this distance is exceeded. [ [ Brace Height (Fistmele)] in the "Martin Archery Traditional Bow Manual"]

ee also

*Bow string
*Archery Trade Association standards


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