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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to use Korean Female + Male Thumb Rings

Male Kkakji Thumb Ring
Korean thumb rings for archery come in two varieties: Female and male. (This doesn't mean only males and females use the different thumb rings, it is more like male and female plugs and sockets.)

Female, which is identical to the common thumb ring used in other cultures.

Male, which is built with a large thumb shaped appendage attached to the ring which is used as a 'surrogate thumb' for releasing the bow string. The male version sometimes comes with a piece of leather to make the thumb ring fit tighter.

The Korean word 깍지 and pronunciation is Kkakji (Kkakjchi).