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MAKING THE CUT.

WE PUT 14 TOP MODELS TO THE TEST. HERE'S HOW THEY MEASURED UP.

It is hard to beat the feeling you got when you are picking off spot after spot with broadhead-tipped arrows--especially at long range. You work hard to dial in your form as perfectly as possible and shoot arrow after arrow, gradually moving farther and farther away from the target until you reach your goal and are fully in the zone. Ah, love it!

You are ready for real-world hunting situations now, right? Well, il you have been bowhunting for very long at all, you have probably run into a situation where, despite all that practice, something didn't go quite right in the moment of truth. The target was no longer a stationary piece of foam but a live animal with a free will and the propensity to move at exactly the wrong time! For every "He needed to take just one more step!" story I've heard over the years, I've heard two "He took a step just as I pulled the trigger" stories--and a couple are mine!

Rushed shots, shots taken from awkward positions and squeezing your shots through tight windows can all result in arrows that don't end up exactly where we intended. This is reality; stuff happens. The question then becomes, will your chosen broadhead get the job done when shot placement is less than optimal? If you happen to clip a shoulder blade, will your broadhead stay intact? Are the blades razor sharp out of the pack and durable enough to keep cutting after a rough impact?

As a bowhunter, I believe it is my ethical responsibility to not only fine-tune my bow and practice my form until my arm is ready to fall off but also to select the absolute best gear I can find, based on reliable data and personal experience. When it comes to broadheads, there are more options available these days than ever before. So, narrowing literally hundreds of choices to THE ONE head you will screw onto the end of your arrows can be time-consuming and extremely expensive.

You could just rely on marketing hype (no bias there) or the wealth of "science-based" information found on "warm and friendly" online chat rooms. Or, you can take some time and review the results of our in-depth, unbiased, no-BS test to narrow your options.

We at Petersen's BOWHL1NTING conduct the most thorough, reliable broadhead test you will find anywhere. We invest hundreds of man-hours, use high-tech test equipment such as the computerized X-Ring Machine and enlist the services of world-class testing experts when we do not have the in-house expertise required to give you the results you need.

This year, we drill down on 14 of the industry's top fixed-blade models and assess their performance in a host of categories such as sharpness, accuracy, penetration, durability, hemorrhage efficiency and more. Remember, this is an important decision, and your choice will have life-or-death consequences in the real world.

Test Philosophy

Our goal is to objectively test those characteristics critical to the successful completion of a broadhead's mission--killing game quickly. Tests are conducted with materials and processes that result in accurate, unbiased results. Since conducting our first head-to-head broadhead test in 2012, we have built on our experiences year after year and continuously made enhancements and modifications where they benefit the test and, in turn, the reader. We use in-house technology such as the Petersen's BOWHUNTING X-Ring Machine, which is advanced far beyond any commercially available shooting machine, and the Silks Outdoors X-Ring operating software. To create slowmotion video of the broadheads in action--from slicing through sheet metal to crashing into solid rock--we use an IDT high-speed video camera.

Where we did not have the in-house resources to conduct our tests, we sourced world-class testing services from the outside. For example, sharpness testing for all broadhead blades was conducted on a state-of-the-art machine at the Cutlery & Allied Trades Research Association in Sheffield, England. Yes, we ship broadhead blades across the Atlantic each year to bring bowhunters the industry's most reliable sharpness data!

Test Setup

A Mathews NO CAM HTR bow was set up with a 29inch draw length and 65-pound draw weight. It was equipped with a NAP QuikTune 3000 arrow rest and tuned with Easton 5mm FMJ 340 arrows, which we fletched with three, 2-inch Bohning Blazer vanes in a 2-degree, offset configuration. Test arrows were tipped with 100-grain fieldpoints to match the weight of the test broadheads. The bow was secured to the X-Ring Machine and paper-tuned using the test arrows.

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS: A Mitutoyo 8-inch dial caliper was used to determine the size of each broadhead's cutting diameter, blade length, blade thickness and the length of the head beyond the end of the arrow. Measurements were cross referenced using a digital caliper. Cutting diameter on 3-blade heads was calculated by laying two of the blade tips along one jaw of the calipers and the third on the opposite jaw. That number was divided by 1.5 and then multiplied by 2. Example: Greatest distance is .75/1.5 = .5x2 = 1-inch cutting diameter.

An Easton Digital Grain Scale, calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions, was used to determine the weight of each individual broadhead. Three separate heads were measured and averaged for a final result.
BROADHEAD PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS

MANUFACTURER       MODEL                #0F         ADVERTISED
                                       BLADES   CUTTING DIA. (IN.)

G5                 Striker V2            3            1.250
Innerloc           Falcon                3            1.000
Muzzy              One                   3            1.125
NAP                Thunderhead Nitro     3            1.063
QAD                Exodus                3            1.250
Ramcat             Diamondback           3            1.063
Rocky Mountain     First Cut X           4            1.125
SIK                F4                    4            1.350
SlickTrick         ViperTrick            4            1.063
Swhacker           Razor 252             4            1.500
Trophy Taker       A-TAC                 4            1.125
TruGlo             Titanium X            3            1.188
Wac'Em             Fixed 3-Blade         3            1.033
Wasp               Havalon HV            3            1.1875

MANUFACTURER          TESTED       TESTED BLADE    TESTED BLADE
                   CUTTING DIA.    LENGTH (IN.)   THICKNESS (IN.)
                       (IN.)
G5                     1.245          0.862            0.032
Innerloc               0.999          0.751            0.028
Muzzy                  1.070          1.135            0.048
NAP                    1.042          0.638            0.027
QAD                    1.284          0.765            0.040
Ramcat                 1.121          0.610            0.030
Rocky Mountain         1.115          0.955            0.060
SIK                    1.336          1.109            0.040
SlickTrick             1.060          0.953            0.035
Swhacker               1.467          1.433            0.062
Trophy Taker           1.033          0.750            0.078
TruGlo                 1.194          0.910            0.032
Wac'Em                 1.006          0.720            0.029
Wasp                   1.245          0.845            0.037

MANUFACTURER        AVG.TESTED
                   WEIGHT. (GR.)

G5                     98.30
Innerloc               98.97
Muzzy                 100.63
NAP                    99.67
QAD                    97.07
Ramcat                 96.13
Rocky Mountain         99.00
SIK                    99.60
SlickTrick             98.20
Swhacker              101.10
Trophy Taker           99.20
TruGlo                100.07
Wac'Em                 97.67
Wasp                   99.77


TOTAL CUTTING POTENTIAL: The ability of a broadhead to cut, and the amount of cutting that takes place, is a factor of its sharpness, cutting diameter and number of blades. With this in mind, we calculate the Total Cutting Potential (TCP) of a head by multiplying the radius by the number of blades. We consider it "potential" because a lost blade in bone or otherwise means you have that much less to do the cutting once the head breaks into the core of the animal. Blade angle is not considered in the TCP since angle does not change the amount of flesh that is cut as long as penetration is equal.

Here are two examples of TCP calculations: A 2-blade, 2-inchcutting-diameter head has a radius of 1 inch. To get the TCP, you multiply the radius by the number of blades, which gives you a TCP of 2 inches. Now, consider a 3-blade head with a cutting diameter of 1.375 inches. The radius is .6875-inch, so you would multiply .6875 by the number of blades, 3. Your TCP would be 2.0625 inches, which means you will cut slightly more than the 2-blade head with a 2-inch cutting diameter.
TOTAL CUTTING POTENTIAL

MANUFACTURER           MODEL         #0F BLADES   TOTAL CUTTING
                                                  POTENTIAL (?N)
G5               Striker V2              3            1.868
Innerloc         Falcon                  3            1.499
Muzzy            One                     3            1.605
NAP              Thunderhead Nitro       3            1.563
QAD              Exodus                  3            1.926
Ramcat           Diamondback             3            1.682
Rocky Mountain   First Cut X             4            1.851
SIK              F4                      4            1.816
SlickTrick       ViperTrick              4            1.919
Swhacker         Razor 252               4            2.427
Trophy Taker     A-TAC                   4            1.597
TruGlo           Titanium X              3            1.791
Wac'Em           Fixed 3-Blade           3            1.509
Wasp             Havalon HV              3            1.868


SHARPNESS: Three blades from each test model (one blade each from three brand-new heads) were sent to CATRA (Cutlery & Allied Trades Research Association) in the United Kingdom to measure blade sharpness with its Razor Edge Sharpness Test (REST) machine. The machine measures the force required, in Newtons, to cut through a rubber test medium. The less force required to cut the rubber, the sharper the blade As a reference point, a shaving razor will typically result in a reading near .3 N. Additional information about the REST machine can be found online at www.CATRA.org.
SHARPNESS TEST
TOP 10 PERFORMERS

RANK    MANUFACTURER          MODEL         NEWTONS
1      G5               Striker V2           0.910
2      TruGlo           Titanium X           1.100
3      QAD              Exodus               1.127
4      NAP              Thunderhead Nitro    1.150
5      Innerloc         Falcon               1.337
6      Wasp             Havalon HV           1.343
7      Swhacker         Razor 252            1.397
8      Wac'Em           Fixed 3-Blade        1.737
9      Slick Trick      Viper Trick          1.747
10     Rocky Mountain   First Cut X          1.760


HEMORRHAGE TEST: One of the more entertaining tests in our lineup is the hemorrhage test, so named because it is designed to provide a relative measure of how much bleeding each broadhead will cause. A series of thick plastic bags containing exactly two gallons of red water and marked with a reference line near the bottom. Each bag was also vented to ensure an equal amount of pressure. We then suspended the bags in front of our target and used a Mission SUB-1 XR crossbow to shoot each test head through one of the bags. We used a Nikon D5600 camera to record each shot on video and relied on the frame-by-frame time stamps on the video to calculate the elapsed time between the instant the shot was fired and when the water level matched the reference line on the bag.
HEMORRHAGE TEST
TOP 10 PERFORMERS

RANK   MANUFACTURER     MODEL               ELAPSED TIME
                                              (SECONDS)
1      Ramcat           Diamondback             2.53
2      QAD              Exodus                  2.75
3      Swhacker         Razor 252               2.94
4      G5               Striker V2              3.22
5      Slick Trick      Viper Trick             3.34
6      Muzzy            One                     3.62
7      TruGlo           Titanium X              3.89
8      Innerloc         Falcon                  3.94
9      Rocky Mountain   First Cut X             3.99
10     NAP              Thunderhead Nitro       4.19


HARD-IMPACT TEST: The hard-impact test is designed to simulate the performance of a head after it encounters and passes through a hard material such as bone. We all want to know our broadhead will still do its job and continue cutting even after hitting a rib or shoulder blade. This test was performed at 20 yards, and the impact material was .03-inch sheet metal. A thin, dense foam panel was placed approximately 18 inches behind the metal to "catch" the heads after passing through the metal. High-speed video equipment was used to capture these shots in slow motion. It is worth noting that no head in this year's test suffered more than minimal damage.
HARD-IMPACT TEST RESULTS

MANUFACTURER       MODEL                  FULL       BROKEN   BENT
                                       PENETRATION   BLADES   BLADES
G5                 Striker V2               X
Innerloc           Falcon                   X
Muzzy              One                      X
NAP                Thunderhead Nitro        X
QAD                Exodus                   X
Ramcat             Diamondback              X
Rocky Mountain     First Cut X              X
SIK                F4                       X
SlickTrick         ViperTrick               X
Swhacker           Razor 252                X
Trophy Taker       A-TAC                    X
TruGlo             Titanium X               X
Wac'Em             Fixed 3-Blade            X
Wasp               Havalon HV               X

MANUFACTURER       BLADE EDGES    MISSING    DULLED    DAMAGED
                      MARRED       BLADES      TIP     FERRULE
G5                      X                       X
Innerloc                X                       X
Muzzy                   X
NAP
QAD                     X                       X
Ramcat                  X
Rocky Mountain          X
SIK                     X
SlickTrick              X                       X
Swhacker                X
Trophy Taker            X
TruGlo                  X                       X
Wac'Em                  X
Wasp                    X                       X


PENETRATION: We compared penetration using two kinds of custom-built, block-style targets. One was made of pure foam plates wrapped in plastic film, while the other was a three-material combination of rubber-backed carpet, .03-inchthick sheet metal and foam plates, also wrapped with film.

Each test model was shot three times into each block, with a brand-new head being used for each shot. The depth of penetration was recorded and averaged for a final result. Over the years, many readers have suggested we test broadhead penetration by shooting into deer or even steer carcasses. However, we choose to use manmade materials to maintain the consistent media properties (hardness, firmness, density, etc.) required for valid test results.
FOAM PENETRATION
TOP 10 PERFORMERS

RANK   MANUFACTURER         MODEL         PENETRATION
                                          DEPTH (IN.)
1      Muzzy          One                   16.086
2      Innerloc       Falcon                15.820
3      Wac'Em         Fixed 3-Blade         15.375
4      NAP            Thunderhead Nitro     15.192
5      Ramcat         Diamondback           15.119
6      QAD            Exodus                14.911
7      Wasp           Havalon HV            14.772
8      Trophy Taker   A-TAC                 14.715
9      G5             Striker V2            14.421
10     SIK            F4                    14.299

COMBO PENETRATION
TOP 10 PERFORMERS

RANK  MANUFACTURER   MODEL               PENETRATION
                                         DEPTH (IN.)
1     Trophy Taker   A-TAC                  8.215
2     QAD            Exodus                 8.099
3     SlickTrick     ViperTrick             8.036
4     Wac'Em         Fixed 3-Blade          7.980
5     Innerloc       Falcon                 7.928
6     SIK            F4                     7.591
7     Ramcat         Diamondback            7.327
8     G5             Striker V2             7.191
9     TruGlo         Titanium X             7.173
10    NAP            Thunderhead Nitro      7.171


ZERO-PENETRATION TEST: The zero-penetration test was a violent test of the broadhead's durability. It was conducted by shooting into the flat surface of a field stone at 20 yards and evaluating the overall condition of the head after impact. High-speed video equipment also was used to capture these impacts in slow motion. Check the clips out on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/petersensbowhunting
ZERO PENETRATION TEST

MANUFACTURER     MODEL               DAMAGE
G5               Striker V2          Significant
Innerloc         Falcon              Moderate
Muzzy            One                 Slight
NAP              Thunderhead Nitro   Significant
QAD              Exodus              Moderate
Ramcat           Diamondback         Slight
Rocky Mountain   First Cut X         Significant
SIK              F4                  Severe
SlickTrick       ViperTrick          Significant
Swhacker         Razor 252           Moderate
Trophy Taker     A-TAC               Significant
TruGlo           Titanium X          Moderate
Wac'Em           Fixed 3-Blade       Moderate
Wasp             Havalon HV          Moderate


SPECIAL THANKS!

BOWHUNTING would like to thank the following companies, organizations and individuals for providing products and/or services that aided in the completion of this year's broadhead test:

BAKER ARCHERY PRODUCTS | bakerarcheryproducts.com

BLACK EAGLE BOWMEN | Lamar, Pa

EASTON | eastonarchery.com

MATRIX TARGET SYSTEM | matrixtargets.com

RINEHART TARGETS | rinehart3d.com

PETER SCHMITZ with Quantum Technologies LLC | qtechimaging.com

TEST SPECIALIST CHAD SMITH

FIELDPOINT COMPARISON TEST:

A fieldpoint-tipped arrow was shot from the X-Ring machine at 25 yards to give us a reference point for comparing the broadhead impact points on the target. No additional tuning was performed outside of the initial paper tune, as we did not want to give any one head an advantage. Three shots of each model were averaged to plot the data.

The results of this year's fieldpoint comparison test continue an industrywide trend toward better broadhead accuracy. Considering the fact that fixed-blade broadheads are widely considered more difficult to group than mechanicals, it is noteworthy that NONE of the 14 fixed-blade heads in this year's test varied more than .625-inch from the fieldpoint impact in EITHER windage or elevation. In fact, most of them varied considerably less than that! In fact, as you can see in the chart, we have to magnify the 1-inch scale just to make the impact point of each head visible without landing on top of one another.

So, when it comes to accuracy, the bottom line is that bowhunters shouldn't have much trouble getting any of the broadheads in this year's test to hit where they want them in the field.

(1) G5 Striker V2

(2) Innerloc Falcon

(3) Muzzy One

(4) NAP Thunderhead Nitro

(5) QAD Exodus

(6) Ramcat Diamondback

(7) Rocky Mountain First Cut X

(8) SIK F4

(9) SlickTrick ViperTrick

(10) Swhacker Razor 252

(11) Trophy Taker A-TAC

(12) TruGlo Titanium X

(13) Wac'Em Fixed 3-Blade

(14) Wasp Havalon HV

* Fieldpoint-Tipped Arrow

ONLINE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

In addition to the detailed test results included in this article, we used high-speed video equipment to capture slow-motion footage of the broadheads in action in our Hard-Impact (sheet metal) and Zero-Penetration (field stone) tests. We also captured video of the Hemorrhage Test (simulated blood drainage). You can view these action-packed videos 011 our YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/petersensbowhunting

2019 FIXED-BLADE BROADHEAD TEST

THE COMPETITORS

G5 STRIKER V2

G5 did what all successful companies do--move forward and improve. They took a look at their popular Striker broadhead and identified a few areas that could be upgraded. The new Striker V2 features a fully machined, stainless-steel ferrule. The 3 super-sharp Lutz blades are also somewhat different, with a longer tail, contoured belly for a deeper seat and more defined tip structure. The improved Anix Blade Locking System employs a stronger collar at the base and more defined ledge under the chisel tip. On top of all these new features, the Striker V2 features an increased cutting diameter of 1.25 inches and improved aerodynamics.

$39.99 per 3 | g5outdoors.com

INNERLOC FALCON

Innerloc's Falcon is an all-stainless, 3-blade head with several new features and technologies that will grab your attention. First is Innerloc's B.A.T. (Blade Alignment Technology) with a tuning stud that allows the ferrule to be spun to your desired position and locked in place. This means you can tune your broadhead blades to match the vanes on your arrow, which can improve flight stability and consistency. Up next is Innerloc's CLS II (Center Locking System) blade-retention technology, which uses matching bevels on the ferrule and tuning stud to create a self-aligning clamping action, L-shape blade bases that match the inner diameter of the ferrule and an assembly stud that holds it all in place. Innerloc's Endur-Edge, achieved through special manufacturing and tempering processes, is designed to create a super-durable edge that will hold its form and sharpness throughout the target.

$39.99 per 3 | innerloc.com

MUZZY ONE

Muzzy's ONE is aptly named, as it is completely and precisely machined from a single piece of stainless steel. Tolerances are tightly controlled to ensure optimal flight characteristics and consistency from head to head. The blades are continuous from the foot to the tip, which makes this a true cut-on-contact design. However, a chisel structure is also built in, resulting in a hybrid tip. Vents are strategically placed in the blades to enhance flight and accuracy while also cutting out some of the weight. Blades measure .046-inch thick and create a 1.125-inch cutting diameter. The 3-blade configuration allows them to be resharpened on a flat stone for easy touchups. This 100-grain head is available in both standard and crossbow models.

$44.99 per 3 | muzzy.com

NAP THUNDERHEAD NITRO

NAP's new, 100-grain Thunderhead Nitro features a unique, oversized, convex tip profile that has an umbrella effect over the blades' leading edges. This design is advertised to create a gradual transition from point to blades for smoother penetration in both tissue and bone while also preserving blade integrity. This design is also advertised to cause slight drafting behind the tip to reduce planing. The three blades are replaceable, precision ground for optimal sharpness and create a 1.0625-inch cutting diameter. NAP uses a short, low-profile design intended to perform well with the fastest vertical bows and crossbows. The Nitro's all-steel, one-piece ferrule construction is built for precision and hard-impact durability.

$39.99 per 3 | newarchery.com

QAD EXODUS

QAD broadheads are unique in their design, as they employ B.O.S. (Blade Over Shaft) technology, which anchors the blades to a super-short ferrule while allowing the length of the blades to reach back over the shaft. The length of the ferrule and hardened, stainless-steel tip equal that of a typical fieldpoint, which is said to improve flight characteristics and accuracy. QAD's compact design is also intended to increase penetration and pass-throughs. The 3 stainless-steel blades have a .04-inch thickness and are set at a steep angle to reach the 1.25-inch cutting diameter in a short distance. QAD builds the Exodus with tight tolerances across all components to improve fit and function, resulting in perfect spin and downrange accuracy. The blades are replaceable, and the head is available in 85-, 100- and 125-grain versions and either swept-back or full-blade models.

$39.99 per 3 | qadinc.com

RAMCAT DIAMONDBACK

The Diamondback features stainless-steel construction and Ramcat's patented Concave Scoops on the trocar tip to create an airfoil advertised to push air away from the head/blades in flight, eliminating wind planing and the "steering" effect caused by some other designs. This allows the arrow vanes to do their job by controlling flight for a more accurate shot. On impact, the airfoil continues as hydrofoil, forcing body mass outward for reduced friction and increased penetration. Ramcat's Back Cut Technology features .032-inch-thick stainless-steel blades that are sharpened both front and back. The 3 replaceable blades have a steep angle that reaches the 1.0625-inch cutting diameter in a short distance. If a pass-through is not achieved and the head moves backward, the blades continue to cut and open the wound channel. Firenock Aero Concentric Technology uses dual O-Rings on the threaded shaft to produce a consistent, concentric fit, which in turn produces better accuracy.

$39.99 per 3 | ramcatbroadheads.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIRST CUT X

The First Cut X is designed for the high speeds produced by some of today's crossbows. However, it also works well with vertical bows. Main blades are made of stainless steel, measure .04-inch thick, are cut-on-contact design and can be resharpened. Bleeder blades, which are perpendicular to the main blades, are .03-inch thick. Main blades create a 1.125-inch diameter cut, while the bleeders come in at.75-inch diameter. The 100-grain heads are built with a 22/64-inch aluminum ferrule for better fit-up with crossbow bolts. First Cut X heads are spin-tested to ensure quality and performance. Rocky Mountain advertises the First Cut X to be fieldpoint-accurate at speeds of more than 420 fps.

$19.99 per 3 | huntrockymountain.com

SIK F4

Sik's 100-grain, fixed-blade F4 features laser-welded, stainless-steel construction. The cut-on-contact-style main blade is curved, spans 1.08 inches in length per side and comes in at .04-inch thick. Main blades feature a 37-degree, razor-honed blade angle and create a 1.35-inch cutting diameter. Bleeder blades have a much smaller cutting diameter of approximately .485-inch and measure .03-inch thick.

$39.99 per 3 | sikbroadheads.com

SLICKTRICK VIPERTRICK

The ViperTrick employs SlickTrick's super-slim, all-steel ferrule, manufactured with tight tolerances with the intent to maximize performance. Lutz blades are known for their quality and sharpness, which is why the company calls on the German-made, stainless-steel blades to outfit their heads. The replaceable blades measure .035-inch thick. SlickTrick's patented Alcatraz Bladelock System uses interlocking blades that are locked into and protected by the steel ferrule. The 4-blade head is configured to produce a 1.0625-inch cutting diameter with the main blades and a .875-inch diameter with the bleeder blades. ViperTricks are available in both 100- and 125-grain models.

$42.99 per 4 | slicktrick.net

SWHACKER RAZOR 252

Swhacker enters the fixed-blade broadhead market with its Razor Series, which consists of three 100-grain models that offer different cutting diameters and blade pitch options. The 252 model sports a large, 1.5-inch cutting diameter main blade, which is set at a 59-degree pitch, and a bleeder blade that spans .875-inches. Blades are engineered from solid 420 stainless steel, can be replaced using a special tool and measure .065-inch in thickness, making them twice as thick as most others on the market. Swhacker blades are laser cut, independently ground and hand-stropped to shaving sharpness. It is recommended that the main blades be set at 11,12 or 1 o'clock as a starting point for optimal flight.

$49.95 per 3 | swhacker.com

TROPHY TAKER A-TAC

Trophy Taker's 4-blade A-TAC is a unique broadhead, featuring a thick, cut-on-contact tip built directly into the ferrule. Trophy Taker machines the unique ferrule/blade combination from a solid piece of stainless steel. Blade thickness on the ferrule tip blade is constantly tapered. However, the company says the bleeder blade measures .08-inch thick--more than twice the thickness of most blades on the market. A bleeder blade that has a greater diameter (1.125 inches) than the main blade (.0625-inch)? Sure! The bleeder blade is a single-piece unit that slips through the ferrule and is anchored with setscrews that are easily removed when a replacement is needed. All cutting edges are precision honed. Also available in a 125-grain model.

$39.99 per 2 | trophytaker.com

TRUGLO TITANIUM X

Aiming for precision, TruGlo employs CNC machining to build its one-piece, grade 5 titanium ferrules. Titanium is well known for its tensile strength, ruggedness, corrosion resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The Tru-Cut, one-piece titanium tip works with the Tru-Thru, .031-inch-thick stainless-steel blades to optimize penetration. TruGlo advertises the 3-blade head at a cutting diameter of 1.1875-inch. Heads are spin- and sharpness-tested to ensure maximum performance. TruGlo also offers a 4-blade version; both include an installation wrench and replacement blades.

$38.99 per 3 | truglo.com

WAC'EM FIXED 3-BLADE

Wac'Em's 3-Blade broadhead is built on a solid, hardened stainless-steel ferrule. It features the company's patented cut-on-impact tip, which has three sharpened edges that line up with each of the blades. Blade tips lock into a pocket under the chisel tip on the front edge, are seated in a slot on the ferrule and then are secured at the back end with a washer and the arrow. The .027-inch-thick, hardened stainless-steel blades, which form a 1.0325-inch cutting diameter, are replaceable and will sharpen on a flat stone. This head is available in 100- and 125-grain versions. Each pack includes one Nockturnal Strobing FIT Nock (with 3 bushings).

$29.99 per 3 | wacembroadheads.com

WASP HAVALON HV

After two years of collaboration, Wasp and Havalon have come together to create the new Havalon HV 3-blade broadhead. Wasp brings its broadhead manufacturing know-how to the table, while Havalon brings its expertise in surgical-edge technology. The 100-grain head is built on an aerodynamic, aerospace-grade aluminum ferrule that is slotted to accept the three blades. Wasp's trademark Stainless Smart Tip (SST) is a trocar-style tip designed to break through bone and enhance penetration. As with all Wasp 3-blade heads, the SST is pressed onto the ferrule under hundreds of pounds of force and aligned to the blades. The .035-inch-thick Havalon blades are surgically sharp and combine for a 1.1875-inch cutting diameter. Blades are replaceable, and Wasp includes six replacement blades in the package.

$44.99 per 3 | wasparchery.com

Caption: The Hemorrhage Test was designed to simulate a broadhead's ability to cause bleeding after slicing through an animal.

Caption: The Hard-Impact Test was designed to test the durability of a broadhead in the event of it encountering a hard object such as bone. Each head was shot through .03-inch-thick sheet metal and then evaluated for damage. This image is a video frame grab of the Swhacker Razor 252 after passing through the metal. You can watch the full video--and others from this year's testing--online at youtube.com/user/petersensbowhunting

Caption: Our Penetration Test evaluated each broadhead's ability to penetrate two types of targets--an ail-foam target and a combination target consisting of rubber-backed carpet, sheet metal and foam.
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Title Annotation:2019 FIXED-BLADE BROADHEAD TEST
Author:Silks, Jon E.
Publication:Petersen's Bowhunting
Date:Jul 31, 2019
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