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Broadheads 101: When to replace your broadhead blades

Dec 5, 2018

A broadhead is only as effective as the sharpness of its blades. If the blades are dull or if the arrow is otherwise damaged, its impact and performance take a significant hit. It can even lead to dangerous hunting circumstances caused by the unpredictability and decreased control of less-than-perfect arrows. Here are some tips to help you recognize when it’s time to replace your broadhead blades so you can keep on shooting and taking down your target.

Inspect your blades regularly

Some bowhunters don’t often think about replacing their broadhead, but the reality is it’s a factor that needs to be taken into consideration before and after every shot. What appears to be in good condition at first glance might actually be hampered by dull blades, a warped arrow shaft, damaged fletchings, and more. Every component of the arrow must be thoroughly inspected to ensure optimal performance. Before your next hunt, take a close look at the condition of the broadheads and arrows you plan to shoot. It could make the difference between a successful kill and a disappointing time out.

The elements take a toll

Shooting the broadhead into anything can deteriorate its quality, particularly hard objects out in the field. If the broadhead hits rocks or dirt, it should most likely be retired as this can cause it to bend and not fly straight. This is also typically true for shooting into live game. If you want your broadhead to serve you to the best of its ability, it’s recommended to replace the blades any time you shoot the broadhead.

Replacing vs. maintaining

Proper maintenance and an understanding of when a broadhead is damaged will factor into your success as a bowhunter. Nicked blades can throw off the point of impact. Depending on the broadhead’s condition, it can either be reused, resharpened, or replaced after it has been shot. Resharpening, however, can remove material and weaken the blade. The tremendous advantage of replaceable blades is that they never need to be sharpened. You can simply remove them and replace with fresh, sharp blades.

Be prepared

You should always buy replacement blades for your broadheads to ensure you have the appropriate model and that you’ll be ready to replace in a pinch if needed. A sharper broadhead leads to a larger wound and a better blood trail and ensures a clean, ethical kill. If you do have blades in less-than-perfect condition, these can still be used for practice as long as the rest of the arrow is in good working condition.

The long-lasting toughness of Wasp broadheads

Wasp broadheads are built on 45 years of American innovation. We are responsible for the world’s first commercially available replaceable blade broadhead and include replacement blades with most of our fixed blade broadheads. Our long-lasting broadheads are tough and resistant. Shop our products today to start getting the most out of every shot.

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