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whisker biscuit mess up fletching??

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I put a whisker biscuit on my hunting bow and after just a few shots the fletchings on my arrows were being pulled off the shaft. I know the size of the rest is correct. Has anyone else had issues with this? I've heard it can take a toll on the fletchings after awhile, but not after 3 shots...
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Wait. The quote you've found doesn't apply to Flex-Fletch Vanes. At least some of it doesn't. Just for the record, Flex-Fletch white vanes do not have more dye in them than our other vanes. Our white vanes are just as durable as any of our other vanes, which are the best vane available. All vanes are not created equal. The extrusion process others use to produce their vanes isn't comparable to our unique process. Daniel Grundman / Flex-Fletch products.
thenson said:
Here is what I found on the manufacturers website. I also included the link below. Hope this helps.


My fletching wrinkles or tears, is there anything I can do to fix it? We have tested many different vanes from many different manufacturers and found that some hold up better than others. Here is what we have learned:

White vanes are the softest regardless of the manufacturer or material. This is because it takes a lot of dye to produce the white color and the dye weakens the vane. You will also notice that white vanes get discolored faster than other vanes.

Rubber based vanes are the easiest to glue to an arrow shaft, but are the weakest material to make vanes from. Most arrow manufacturers use rubber vanes because they are so easy to glue on and allow the mass production of arrows. You can tell a rubber vane by its usually textured surface and elastic nature. Rubber vanes have some memory, but when stretched past their elastic limit, they will wrinkle. Rubber vanes also wrinkle in flight due to the acceleration of the shot. You can expect about 150 shots before seeing damage to the vanes.

Urethane based vanes are the toughest vanes and hold up the best over the long term. They are however more difficult to glue to the arrow shaft. The base of the vanes must be cleaned well with a solvent, or simply dish soap. A good flexible glue like Flex-Flex glue works the best. Urethane based vanes don't oscillate during the shot, and are the most quiet as they fly through the air. You can expect 1000's of shots without damage to the vanes.

The best method we've found to affix the vanes to the shaft is as follows: First rub the shaft with a fine abrasive sandpaper or scotch bright. Use a flexible glue on the base of the vanes like the Bohning glue. Then dab a hard glue like super glue or goat-tough glue on the front and back of the vane. Let the arrow sit over night and then shoot it 1000's of times before having to worry about the fletching again.

We have found the following manufacturers to produce the best fletching and adhesives:

Bohning Company, Ltd.
7361 N. Seven Mile Rd.
Lake City, MI 49651
231-229-4247 Bohning makes the best overall vanes we have found. They will last indefinitely and bond easily to the arrow shaft using their flexible Bond-Tite cement. These vanes are available from most dealers, or from Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.
Flex-Fletch Products
1840 Chandler Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55113
651-426-4882 Flex-Fletch makes excellent vanes that will last indefinitely. They also produce Flex-Fletch glue, which is a superior glue.
Bi-Delta Vane Systems
25 Dempster Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
716-896-4734 Bi-Delta vanes have a unique profile. They have a cut out in the middle that is supposed to reduce drag and increase range.
Arizona Archery Enterprises
2781 Valley View Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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