a traditional unit of distance equal to the width of a clenched fist with the thumb extended. This is about 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters, making the fistmele the same as the Saxon shaftment.
   The unit is used in archery, where it measures the brace height of a bow (the distance from the center of the grip to the bowstring) and also in kayaking, where it measures various critical dimensions of the boat. In both cases, the intention is that if the fist of the actual archer or kayaker is used in establishing the unit, then the bow or the boat will fit that person precisely.

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