Now let’s take a look at the most common types of arrowheads:
What Is An Arrowhead?
Arrowheads are the tip of your arrows. They are usually pointed to cut into your targets easily.
They can be made of different materials but usually, they are made of metal nowadays.
Before people learned how to use metal, however, they used mostly stone or carved bones to craft an arrowhead.
Another way would be to just sharpen a stick (and maybe harden the tip with fire) to craft an improvised arrow more quickly but just as deadly in the hands of an experienced archer.
Instead of “arrowhead” we use the terms “arrow tip” or “arrow point” as well.
There is no difference between a “head” and a “tip/point”.
You can use whichever term you like best.
The Three Big Groups Of Arrowheads
We generally distinguish between the following three groups:
- Target Arrowheads
- Blunt Arrowheads
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There are huge differences between the three types I listed above.
Let me show them to you:
When you start shooting, then this will be most likely the first arrowhead you will be using.
It does not have any barbs that would make it get stuck in its target.
It is made to penetrate archery targets easily, but it is just as easy to pull them out of the target again.
Handle them with care, as they can also penetrate human or animal skin with ease and therefore are capable of injuring or even killing what they hit.
Never aim at anything with your bow and arrow but your archery target!
Blunt arrowheads come in many different shapes and sizes.
They don’t penetrate their target but cause blunt traumas that can paralyze or kill small game (“game” is what hunters call their prey).
There is one type of blunt arrowhead that is gaining more and more popularity.
It is the “judo point” you can see in the image above.
The metal springs keep you from losing the arrow in the grass or under leaves because they will stop the arrow burrowing itself too deeply.
It can be used for practice, or to hunt small game.
Don’t think that blunt arrowheads are harmless and can be given to children to practice archery.
They can cause serious damage when they hit someone with high speed.
There are arrowheads for children, or for those who want to be safer when practicing archery.
Those are safety arrowheads that are made of very soft materials to reduce the danger to a minimum (they don’t penetrate targets, so they are of limited use to target archers).
The broadheads are easily the most dangerous arrowheads you can use.
The tip of those arrows is formed of three or more razor-sharp blades that cut deep wounds into small and big game.
They can penetrate prey easily and cause more bleeding than the target arrowheads.
Broadheads are usually barbed so that the arrow gets stuck in the animal and won’t fall out easily. It is more likely that the arrow breaks than that the arrow falls out.
Don’t get or use broadheads if you are not planning to go hunting!
There is really no reason to get this arrowhead type if you are not hunting. They will just rip your targets apart and won’t do anything to make you a better archer.
How To Change Your Arrowhead
If you are wondering how to change from a target arrowhead to a blunt arrowhead or a broadhead, I have good news for you:
Modern arrows make it very easy to change the arrowhead. They can just be screwed on/off the arrow in no time.
There is a standard size for the fitting that makes it even easier to buy, replace and change your arrowheads depending on what you want to do today with your bow.
Can I Make My Own Arrowheads?
You sure can, but this is not something I would recommend to a beginner.
While it can be rather easy to make your own bow, it is way more difficult to make a straight arrow with a good arrowhead.
Like I said at the beginning of this article, the easiest way would be to use a sharpened stick for an improvised arrow. If you want a real arrowhead made of stone or bone, you would need a lot of experience, or talent to get a straight flying arrow.
Or you are lucky and have some shark teeth at hand.
I am planning to cover bow and arrow crafting on my website, but this lies in the future.
So as of now, I would like to encourage you to buy your arrows and arrowheads to get the most out of your archery experience.
Which Arrowhead Is The Right One For Me?
Since you know the most common types of arrowheads now, I am sure that you can already make your decision about which arrowhead type you should use.
As a beginner you will most likely shoot on archery targets, so you should start with target arrowheads.
If you go hunting, you can choose between blunt arrowheads or broadheads.
Blunt arrowheads can only be used for hunting small game (e.g. rabbits or birds), while broadheads can be used for big game (deer, bears), too.
Once you have decided on what arrowhead type is right for you, head over to my review of the best arrowheads.
To minimize all risks, you can also choose to buy safety arrowheads, but they are not something I would recommend to a serious archer, as they won’t get stuck in any target.
What is your favorite arrowhead type?
Are you a hunter or a target archer?
Let me know in the comments below.
I will be happy to answer all questions to arrowheads or any topic related to archery, too.
See you around soon!