Nut (crossbow component)

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16th century nut (above) compared to a full crossbow
1. Nut of a crossbow, 2. String, 3. Bolt, 4. Trigger

The nut is a crucial part in the deduction of most medieval crossbows . It was made from horn , deer antlers and later also from metal . The purpose of the nut is to hold the bowstring in place before the pressurized nut is released through the trigger. The nut sits in the nut well , a recess in the shaft that allows the nut to run freely. The nut is also held in place by the nut thread, a waxed linen thread .


  • Richard Kinseher: The bow in culture, music and medicine, as a tool and weapon p. 112 ff. ISBN 978-3-8311-4109-8

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