Bow Handle

The bow handle, also known as the riser, is a critical component of a bow in archery. It is the central part of the bow where the archer holds the bow and is responsible for connecting the bow limbs to form a single unit.

Materials Used for Bow Handles

Bow handles can be made of a variety of materials such as wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Wood

Wooden bow handles are traditional and offer a classic look. They are also relatively inexpensive and offer some flexibility in terms of customization. However, wooden handles are heavier than other materials and may not be as durable.

  • Aluminum

 Aluminum bow handles are lightweight, durable, and offer good stability. They can also be customized with different colors and finishes. However, they can be more expensive than other materials.

  • Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber bow handles are extremely lightweight and durable, providing excellent stability and accuracy. They can also be customized with different finishes. However, they are the most expensive option.

Components of the Bow Handle

Grip Section

The grip section of the bow handle is where the archer places their hand to hold the bow. The grip may be designed to fit the archer's hand comfortably and securely, and it may be shaped in a way that promotes proper hand placement and form.

The grip section may also be covered in a material such as leather or rubber to provide a non-slip surface and to absorb some of the shock of the bowstring release.

Arrow Rest

The arrow rest is a small shelf or platform on which the arrow sits before it is released. The rest may be located on the bow handle or attached to the bow limbs, and it helps to guide the arrow in a consistent manner.

There are different types of arrow rests available, including full-capture rests and drop-away rests. The type of arrow rest used can affect the accuracy and consistency of the shot.


A sight is a device that attaches to the bow handle and helps the archer aim the bow. The sight may have one or more pins or dots that align with the target, and the archer can adjust the sight to compensate for factors such as distance and windage.

Sights can be fixed or adjustable and can be made from different materials such as aluminum or carbon fiber. The sight can have a significant impact on the archer's accuracy and consistency.


Stabilizers are additional weights that attach to the bow handle or limbs to help balance the bow and reduce the amount of vibration and shock that is transferred to the archer's hand upon release. Stabilizers may be adjustable in length and weight, and they may be positioned in different locations on the bow to achieve the desired balance and performance.

Stabilizers can help the archer achieve a steadier aim, improve accuracy, and reduce fatigue. They can also help to absorb some of the shock of the bowstring release, making the shot more comfortable for the archer.