What follows are basic instructions to make your own deadly broadheads. Three of the five deer I have harvested this year have been with my own heavy broadheads. They have performed beyond expectation.
Disclaimer: I shoot heavy bows, 80-90 lbs, with heavy spined arrows, .300 minumum spine. Don't try shooting heavy broadheads with a light arrow.
Consult the pictures along with the instructions.
Tools needed: Vise, Hacksaw with abrasive blade, metal snips (I use a Craftsman and it works well),a sharp scribe, sharpening equipment
Materials: cardstock papar, thin aluminum (dryer duct guage), 16 guage mild steel, JB weld, Aluminum or steel ferule for mounting 5degree taper socket head for regular screw in tips.
1. Determine your cutting diameter. I generally use 2 inches
2. Draw a paper patters with a center line longitudinally. Here's to all you Trekkers; this pattern is the Star Trek Design. Any number of designs is possible.
3. Transfer to thin aluminum (dryer duct guage). Make sure to keep the center line scribed on the aluminum. The aluminum serves as a durable template.
4. Scribe a straight line on your steel.
5. Lay aluminum template on the line and scribe the design onto the steel.
6. Use snips to cut it out
7. Saw a slot down the center an aluminum ferule. Dont smooth out the burrs as they help hold the JB weld.
8. Mount the blade in your vise point down and JB weld the ferule onto the blade using the centerline to balance the ferule with the blade.
9. Don't touch it for 12 hours.
10. Sharpen with a combination of grinder, files, stones, etc until razor sharp.
11. Mount on a heavy stiff spined arrow and fletch with large helical feathers.
12. Hunt (My state allows barbed arrow heads as long as they meet the cutting diameter requirements. If you's doesn't, don't make your design barbed) My homemade broadheads have a 2 inch cutting diameter and produce very humane kills. Oh yes, they shoot accurately
Questions and comments welcomed