The nock is a notch in the rearmost end of the arrow. It serves to keep the arrow in place on the string as the bow is being drawn. Nocks may be simple slots cut in the back of the arrow, or separate pieces made from wood, plastic, or horn that are then attached to the end of the arrow. Most nocks are constructed to curve around the string or pinch it slightly, so that the arrow is unlikely to slip off. In English it is common to say “nock an arrow” when readying a shot.

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Nockless Arrows in History

It is said that in old world archery, the Arabs developed a "nockless arrow," which prevented their enemies, the Turks or Persians, from picking up used arrows and shooting them back at the Arabs. The Arabs altered the bow to include a small ring that was tied onto the bow string at the proper point where the nock would normally be placed. The end of the arrow, rather than being slit for a nock, would be sharpened like an arrowhead, then the rear end of the arrow would be slipped into this ring and drawn and released as usual. Then the enemy could collect all the arrows they wanted, but they would be useless to them in shooting back.