There are many ways to cut feathers before fletching an arrow, but this tip will also work when cutting feathers that are already on the shaft. Sometimes it is necessary to trim them to a lower profile for arrow flight on a windy day, or you may decide that you like a banana cut feather better than a shield cut feather. You may simply find that this is the easiest and cleanest way to cut all of your feathers, before or after fletching.

Cut an old Christmas card into a thin cardboard template in any shape that you desire. Place a strip of Scotch® tape onto the feather, making sure it covers the line you will be cutting. Trace the pattern onto the tape, and cut the feather with sharp scissors. The tape holds the quills together to produce an accurate cut and a smooth edge for quiet flight.

Remove the tape and admire your work!

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