Modern steel broadheads outperform ancient stone points, right? Watch this test and find out.
Many of us automatically assume that steel broadheads outperform flintknapped arrowheads by a wide margin. But is that a fair assumption?
Primitive archer Billy Berger wants to find out if steel broadheads are actually more effective than stone arrowheads. He runs an experiment that presents about as realistic a “live” hunting situation as you might imagine.
He shoots both stone and steel arrowheads into a freshly-killed deer carcass. The results are surprising.
Berger used his primitive self-made bow, which pulls 50 pounds at 30 inches, to shoot both stone and steel.
The stone points were made of Texas flint and were attached to the arrow shafts in the traditional way, using sinew and pine sap glue. The steel broadhead was fashioned from a circular saw blade, sharped and attached in the same manner as the stone points. This arrowhead followed the pattern of broadhead used by certain Plains Indian tribes.
The real surprise for me was not so much the similar penetration and obvious deadliness of both points, but rather the fact that the stone arrowheads received little to no damage upon entering and exiting the deer.
Stone points were used with great success for at least 10,000 years. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at their deadly effectiveness and durability.