Common Types of Arrowheads—Broadheads
Broadhead: Used primarily for big game hunting. The number of steel blades it contains may vary. The only arrowhead that may be used for big game hunting is the broadhead. It must be solidly built and always razor-sharp. Many states have laws governing the minimum diameter and number of cutting edges of the broadhead used to hunt big game.
- Fixed Blades: Used by many traditional-style bowhunters, the blades of this broadhead are frequently broad and typically are designed to glue directly onto the arrow shaft. Some have screw-in type ferrules that can be used with adapters placed on the outside or inside of the arrow shafts.
- Removable Blades: This broadhead is designed so that the blades can be replaced on the ferrule. There is no need to discard the entire broadhead if only the blades are damaged.
- Mechanical (Expandable) Blade Broadhead: Blades are retracted close to the ferrule before the shot. Upon impact, the blades expand to expose the cutting edges. These are recommended for use only with bows rated 50 pounds or more because most require additional energy to open upon penetration.