What’s a quiver?

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Quivers have been used for holding arrows for thousands of years, made from animal skins, cloth, or wood. They come in different sizes and materials, with open tops for easy access. Quivers can be worn on the back, hip, or side, or placed on the ground. The number of arrows carried depends on the situation, with some carrying less than a dozen and others carrying a dozen or more.

A quiver is a receptacle for holding arrows, and these useful arrow holders have been around for millennia. Wherever the use of arrows, or sometimes darts, is found in archaeological records, some variants of quivers are also likely to be found. The earliest quivers that have been found were typically made of different shapes of animal skins, cloth, or sometimes carved from light colored wood. Most have some form of strap, although there are quivers that can be placed stably on the ground as well.

The size of a quiver can depend on the type of bow you are using, the number of arrows you need to carry, and the size of the arrows. The choice of material must be strong enough so that the material is not pierced by arrows, which are typically placed point-down in the holder. On the internet, there are also guides to making your own quivers out of fabric, although most commercial quivers used can be made out of lightweight plastic or leather.

The arrows in the quiver must be accessible so that a person shooting a bow can quickly draw an arrow. This usually means that the quiver has an open top, but is stitched or closed at the bottom and sides. Because many of these arrow holders are worn in some way, they often come with comfortable straps, which tend to come in three forms.

A double-strap quiver can be worn like a pack, with the archer leaning back to draw arrows. Some quivers fit around the hip and can be worn attached to belt loops. Others fit on one side of the body. Arrow holders that can stand on the ground can be used in competition, with the person reaching forward to catch another arrow. These have also been used in warfare in the past, although someone had to prepare quivers, for which there was not always time or space.

There is much debate about how many arrows a quiver should hold. Generally, if you are traveling long distances without being able to retrieve your arrows, you will want to carry several arrows with you, perhaps a dozen or more. On the other hand, more arrows, especially if you’re hiking or backpacking, mean you’re carrying more weight. Some people claim to carry less than a dozen arrows. In the archery competition settings, you may be limited to the number of arrows you can carry, or a standing quiver is filled with the number of arrows you can use.

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