What Is an Arrowhead Used For?

what is an arrowhead used forArrowheads are a subclass of projectile points and important archeological artifacts. An arrowhead is a sharpened tip that is usually added to an arrow to make it deadly. In the past, many cultures used organic materials and stones to make arrowheads. But, as human civilization progressed, the arrowhead became more sophisticated. However, they are still quite popular in modern times. In fact, over a million arrow points are manufactured every year.

You can distinguish the different kinds of arrowheads by their function and the material they’re made of. Here are 7 types of arrowheads and what they are used for.

1. Bodkin Points

These are short, rigid arrowheads that come with a small cross-section. Bodkin points are made of unhardened iron and used for a longer and better flight. They are also a favorite because of their cheap production cost.
Bodkin points were initially designed in a way they could penetrate armor. Limited research has so far found that no hardened bodkin points are available on the market. At the time of their design, Bodkin points were a simpler, cheaper alternative to the broad edge arrowhead.

Bodkin points are sometimes used for extending range as well. A hard steel bodkin point was recently used in a test that was aimed at penetrating a chain armor that was made in Damascus. Bodkin arrowheads are minimally effective against plate armor.

2. Judo Arrowheads

Judo points are fitted with a spring wire that extends from the tip. The spring holds onto debris or grass to prevent the arrow from getting lost in the bush. Judo arrowheads are widely used for small game and practice.

3. Blunts

These are unsharpened arrowheads that are used for target shooting. Blunts can be used for shooting at stumps or other targets. But, blunts don’t penetrate, so I sometimes use them for hunting small animals, especially when I only want to stun my prey
Blunt arrowheads can be made of hard rubber or metal. While blunts are commonly used to stun prey, it is still a possibility of penetrating. So, I really do try to mind the safety of my prey when using blunt arrowheads.

4. Broadheads

Broadheads were originally designed for war, but they are now being used for hunting. Broadheads can be made from steel and have hardened edges. Broadheads are usually fitted with two to four sharp blades that cause the target to bleed massively. The role of these blades is to deliver a wide cut and kill as quickly as possible.
Broadheads are rarely used for practice and can damage, or worse, kill your target. They are among the most expensive arrowheads on the market. Mechanical broadheads and fixed-blade broadheads are the most common types of broadhead used for hunting.

4. Broadheads

Broadheads were originally designed for war, but they are now being used for hunting. Broadheads can be made from steel and have hardened edges. Broadheads are usually fitted with two to four sharp blades that cause the target to bleed massively. The role of these blades is to deliver a wide cut and kill as quickly as possible.
Broadheads are rarely used for practice and can damage, or worse, kill your target. They are among the most expensive arrowheads on the market. Mechanical broadheads and fixed-blade broadheads are the most common types of broadhead used for hunting.

The blades of a fixed-blade broadhead can’t be moved and are rigid at all times. On the contrary, mechanical broadheads have movable, non-rigid blades that can deploy themselves upon contact with the target.
Three things are required when making a broadhead tip. Firstly, the blade must be narrow enough to penetrate the target. It should also be wide enough to produce a quick kill and cut through tissue.

Broadhead blades must also be in a shape that is easy to sharpen. Mechanical broadheads fly better than fixed-blade broadheads due to their streamlined shape. However, it penetrates less than its counterpart because it uses kinetic energy to deploy its blades.

5. Safety Arrowheads

These arrowheads have a tip that is padded and sometimes wide. They reduce the risk of injury when arrows are used for sports that involve combat. One such sport is called SCA armored combat.

In this sport, participants will wear armor and engage in mock combat competitions that mimic the style of medieval Europe. SCA combat rules require the use of a padded safety arrowhead that doesn’t exceed 28 inches and is at least 11⁄4 inches in diameter.

Along with restricted draw length and draw weight bows, safety arrowheads can help reduce the risk of injury for competitors.

6. Target Arrowheads

Target arrowheads have a sharp point that is in the shape of a bullet. Because of their design, these arrowheads cause very little damage to the target. They are the perfect arrowheads for first-time shooters.
Target arrowheads also don’t have any burbs that could make them get stuck in a tree or target. Instead, their construction allows them to penetrate and pull out of targets easily.

However, these arrowheads should be handled with care as they are still sharp enough to penetrate animal or human skin. Target arrowheads can injure, or kill anything they hit. So make sure that you bever aim them at a person. Only use them with an archery target.

7. Field Arrowheads

Target arrowheads have a sharp point that is in the shape of a bullet. Because of their design, these arrowheads cause very little damage to the target. They are the perfect arrowheads for first-time shooters.
Target arrowheads also don’t have any burbs that could make them get stuck in a tree or target. Instead, their construction allows them to penetrate and pull out of targets easily.

However, these arrowheads should be handled with care as they are still sharp enough to penetrate animal or human skin. Target arrowheads can injure, or kill anything they hit. So make sure that you bever aim them at a person. Only use them with an archery target.

Conclusion

Arrowheads with sharp tips can cut into anything easily. Different materials, including stones and carved bones, were used for making arrowheads. However, that has changed as most of today’s arrow points are made of steel.

A stick would also be shaped and used to improvise an arrowhead. You can differentiate arrow tips by their function and the material that they’re made of. Arrow tips made from wood are better when used with bows with less power because the wood can break.

Those made from carbon are light but brittle. So, users must control them often so that they don’t hurt the archer or break in shards. Arrow tips made from aluminum are lighter than the wooden ones
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However, they are heavier than carbon arrow tips and more practical than any other arrowhead. The shape of an arrow tip can be tailored for its purpose, including hunting, sports, and practicing.

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