January 10, 2019
By Brian Strickland
Dead Ringer Hatchet
Dead Ringer adds to their long line of successes with the new 100-grain Hatchet. Developed from carbon steel, the Hatchet features a patented rear-deploy blade system that seamlessly opens upon impact. The Hatchet’s chisel-tip design and surgically sharpened steel blades plow through flesh and bone to deliver an impressive 2-inch wound channel.
G5 Striker V2
The new G5’s Striker V2 features a cut-on-contact 100-percent stainless steel design, and like its popular predecessor has extremely sharp Lutz blades that easily zip through heavy big game. Its blade retention system is super strong, increasing the broadhead’s reliability, while still keeping blade replacement extremely simple. The ferrule of the Striker V2 is fully developed from machined stainless steel and has a cutting diameter of 1.25 inches.
Muzzy Broadheads ONE
Milled from a single block of premium stainless steel, the new Muzzy ONE is equipped with a hybrid chisel/cut-on-contact tip and .046-inch-thickthick blades to deliver a 1 1/8-inch cutting path of destruction. With the ability to precisely control all tolerances throughout the manufacturing process, the precision positioned vents on the blades ensure true flight with each shot.
NAP Dark Knight Titanium 150
Truly living up to its name is the new Dark Knight Titanium 150 from NAP. Combining the cutting power of a fixed blade with the stability of a mechanical, this hybrid broadhead features a titanium ferrule with an ultra-sharp titanium tip that easily slices through game. Upon impact, the first set of stainless steel blades deploys to deliver the initial 2-inch wound channel. Unique to these blades is their ability to pivot around bone and then re-center to provide better penetration and efficiency. Rounding out the devastation is the pair of bleeder blades bringing up the rear that deliver an additional 1 1/8-inch cut. At 150 grains, the new Dark Knight Titanium is a great option if you’re wanting more FOC, but the 100-grain version has the same features except with a stainless steel ferrule and tip.
Quality Archery Design Exodus
QAD is expanding their popular Exodus series this year with a 125-grain crossbow model. Much like its vertical bow cousins, this model also features QAD’s revolutionary BOS technology which aligns the stainless steel blades over the bolt to create a super short head. Arrow tuning is a snap because of this compact design, and with its cut on contact tip and razor-sharp blades, its devastation is just as good as its accuracy.
Rage Hypodermic NC
Just when you think it couldn’t be improved upon, Rage raises the bar once again with the new Hypodermic NC. Its streamlined design and needle-like tip has no issues driving deep into game and once engaged the pair of ultra-sharp .035-inch-thick blades slide into a swept-back position to deliver a gaping 2-inch slap-cut entry and exit hole. The Hypodermic NC’s advanced blade retention system have finger-like tabs on the Slip Cam that pins the blades into place while in the closed position and upon impact, they seamlessly deploy every time.
Rocky Mountain Switchblade
With an affordable price tag, the Switchblade from Rocky Mountain features accurate and reliable four-blade design that has a 7/8-inch, cut-on-contact lead blade attached to a rugged aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule. Once engaged, a pair of wide-cutting expandable blades spring into action to add 2 more inches of cutting devastation. The mechanical blades are held in place with a fool-proof O-ring to ensure field-point accuracy and reliability with every shot.
Hybrid broadheads seem to be gaining in popularity every year, and the new SWAT Hybrid is just one example. With the ability to be shot as a fixed blade or mechanical, the Hybrid’s ferrule is constructed of hardened stainless steel and the sharp .036-inch-thick 420 stainless steel blades are designed to cut a 1 1/8-inch diameter in two directions for a devastating 4-blade effect.
Swhacker Levi Morgan Model #261
Engineered to the demands of world champion archer Levi Morgan is the new #261 broadhead from Swhacker. Its chisel-tip design, coupled with the unique arched blades, reduces resistance as it plows through game. Its reinforced ribbed ferrule delivers up to 20 percent greater strength and rigidity than other Swhacker models. Upon impact, the sharp 1-inch wing blades initially cut through the hide to start the process and then swing the primary blades into place to deliver a 2-inch wound channel. The #261 also features Swhacker’s advanced blade lock technology which locks the blades in the closed position so hunters can practice with the exact broadhead they will be using in the field.
Wasp Archery Havalon HV
Wasp Archery teamed up with Havalon Knives to develop the new Wasp Havalon HV broadhead this year. Two years in development, it incorporates Wasp’s trademark Stainless Smart Tip (SST) design, which has no issues penetrating through thick hide and bone. Like all three blade Wasp broadheads, the Stainless Smart Tip is pressed on under hundreds of pounds of force and each blade is perfectly in line with the edges of the tip ensuring stability while in flight and excellent penetration. The ferrule of the Havalon HV is constructed from an aerospace grade aluminum, and the .35-inch thick surgically sharp stainless steel blades combine for a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter.