|Oliver Queen's bow|
|Creator|| Yao Fei (first)|
Felicity Smoak (third and fourth)
|Owner(s)|| Oliver Queen|
Yao Fei (first; formerly)
|User(s)|| Oliver Queen (all)|
Yao Fei (first; formerly)
Shado (first; formerly)
John Diggle (second and fourth; formely) (all; formerly)
Oliver has used 4 bows; a traditional carbon fiber longbow, a recurve bow, and an Oneida Kestrel compound bow, which was later modified slightly.
The first of Oliver's bows, a longbow, was originally Yao Fei's, and he used it frequently during his time on Lian Yu, as a way of defending and attacking, and also as a way for him to hunt and provide food for himself and for Oliver. After Yao Fei's capture and Shado's rescue, the bow was then brought to Oliver, so he could assist in Yao Fei's rescue. Shado began training Oliver on how to shoot and she proved to be, like her father, an expert archer. However, also much like her father, Oliver struggled to learn to shoot the bow. Later on, Oliver showed more interest in the bow, and Slade realized that Oliver was not able to draw the weight of the bow. Shado took it upon herself to strengthen Oliver by making him slap water, and by the end of it, he was easily able to draw the bow. He eventually used it to kill Edward Fyers. After Yao Fei's death, however, Shado mainly used the bow.
After he returned to Starling City, Oliver began using a recurve bow, albeit an oddly short one, obtained from Lodai. It featured standard recurve limbs and a riser that had a metal enclosure for the hand. This likely was for increased damage when hitting targets with his bow hand. Its design was short for a man of his size. Oliver used the bow to great effect but it met its end in when it was destroyed by Malcolm Merlyn.
After his previous bow was destroyed, Felicity Smoak had a bow custom-made for him, an Oneida Kestrel compound bow. It featured lever-style limbs meaning it used compound cams to store energy from bending the power limbs, but transferred this power to the arrow using the recurved outboard limbs. The resulting bow made for a great-looking weapon as well as a very functional one in a small 43" size. When Oliver first handled the bow, he remarked it to be perfect.
Following their defeat of Slade Wilson's army, The Arrow began using a newer bow, which uncurled to its full length when needed, but was otherwise "curled" into a smaller size. The bow itself was still an Oneida Kestrel compound, but had a few extra modifications. Following Oliver's apparent demise at the hands of Ra's al Ghul, John Diggle began suiting up as The Arrow and using the bow. After Oliver returned to Starling City, he began using his bow again.