An unstrung willow shieldbow (called willow shieldbow (u) in-game) may be cut from willow logs with a knife at level 40 Fletching, granting 41.5 experience. This will amount to 1162 Fletching experience for a full inventory.
Due to the low price and abundance of willow logs on the Grand Exchange, many players train Fletching by cutting willow logs into unstrung willow shieldbows and attempting to sell them on the Grand Exchange. This has resulted in an excess of unstrung willow shieldbows on the Grand Exchange.
The most profitable means of getting rid of these unstrung bows is selling them to a general store. This can be profitable since the logs cost 248 coins on the Grand Exchange and the unstrung shieldbows sell for around 32 coins at the store. An Explorer's ring could also be used to some effect - the 30 low level alchemy charges can be used to get a greater amount of coins than selling them to the store, although because the ring only has 30 charges per day its effects are minimal.
- This item can be invested in the Mobilising Armies activity. Each unit trades for 33 Investment credits.
- Stringing this item makes almost 600 experience per inventory and is fairly cost effective.
- As of 1 April 2010, willow shieldbows (u) can be sold to the general store in Varrock Square for the minimum Grand Exchange price, making fletching these bows a little bit more profitable.
Fletching cost analysis
Note: All prices are calculated using current GE price
|Action||Material cost||Product price||Profit|
|Cutting willow logs into unstrung bows||248||67||-181|
|Stringing unstrung bows||450||335||-115|
|Making willow shieldbows from willow logs||631||335||-296|
|Item quantity required||1|
|Base junk chance||78.0%|
Unstrung ranged weapons