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Helix Broadhead for the Easton Injection arrow shafts.
The Helix broadhead was created by Tim Strickland of Strickland’s Archery. Tim set out to create the perfect broadhead. He didn’t want a broadhead that would just kill the game he was after; he wanted overall performance in his equipment. Plan for the worst and hope for the best. What was created? Perfection…
Single bevel technology: Single bevel broad heads are not new technology. The first single bevel head in modern times actually hit production almost three decades ago. There are stone points found with single bevel edges! Most everyone knows that arrows rotate or spin in flight due to the fletching. But what happens at impact and beyond?
A double bevel broadhead’s rotation stops at impact. Unless it hits a hard medium such as bone etc. It does not deviate from it’s path and leaves a straight wound channel with zero rotation. This happens due to the horizontal pressure being applied to both bevels from the tissue, making them push against each other which in turn keeps the broadhead straight.
With a single bevel broadhead the arrow rotation continues at impact due to tissue pressure pushing against one bevel causing it to rotate. There are several advantages to this, but the most obvious is when the arrow penetrates bone. The bevel induced rotation tends to cause massive bone breaks, especially in heavier bone; where as a double bevel simply tries to force its way directly through.
The Helix Principle
HELIX BroadheadThe term Helix refers to a twist or rotation.
Arrow rotation is crucial for shot accuracy. That's the whole reason for fletching. Fletching causes rotation from the back of the arrow. Unfortunately, many broadheads tend to plane in flight and can actually counteract the benefits of rotation caused by the fletching.
The Helix Arrowhead's single bevel, aerodynamic design means it works in tandem with the fletching. This is a unique principle in broadhead design: steerage from the front, which results in greater overall stability in flight.
The secret to creating the helix effect comes from the sharpening process. While the Helix Arrowhead may appear to be a simple two-blade design, the offset sharpening process yields a unique hunting broadhead that is forced to rotate in flight.
Front rotation from the arrowhead combined with back rotation from the fletching results in greater stability in flight. In other words - your arrow goes where it's aimed.
The benefits of the helix principle don't end with flight. The rotation of the Helix Arrowhead continues upon impact. This means superior penetration and a massive wound channel...larger in diameter than the width of the broadhead.
Like a Flying Knife Blade
Helix BroadheadLook closely at your favorite hunting knife. It's undoubtedly razor sharp, rugged and thick. Now there's a hunting broadhead that delivers the exact same characteristics.
The Helix Arrowhead is one serious pieces of metal: made of stainless steel, 62-thousandths of an inch thick (72-thousandths for the 125-grain and heavier models) and honed to a razor's edge. Most other hunting broadheads aren't even half as thick.
Some broadheads will deflect off bone, some will slide around...the Helix Arrowhead's combination of thickness, rotation, and hardness is meant to split right Tim's WY Muleythrough bone.
Cuts Going and Coming
100 grain Right Bevel The Helix Arrowhead is sharpened on the back. Why?
First, it helps reduce friction, which aids penetration. Any type of blade that enters meat creates a wrap-around effect. The extra cutting surface on the blade's back eliminates meat caving in around the arrowhead and as a result lessens the wrap-around effect.
Second, if the Helix Arrowhead remains in the animal, its razor-sharp, multiple cutting edges are working with every move the animal makes.
Straight as an arrow... literally!
125 grain Right Bevel
Have you ever made a perfect shot, eventually recovered the animal and discovered your broadhead in a completely unexplainable location within the animal? (Or perhaps made a perfect shot and never recovered the animal?)
When you shoot a stationary target, once your broadhead strikes the surface, you know where the broadhead is. Nothing concerning the target has impacted the arrow/broadhead's trajectory.
Now, let's put your target in motion - say, a whitetail jumping the string, or even the subtle movements of an animal that's feeding. Every slight, or not so slight movement the animal makes will obviously affect the arrow/broadhead's trajectory - up, down; right, left.
This is a real problem for some broadhead designs. The movement alone causes the arrow/broadhead to veer off course as it enters the animal. Plus, animal movement also results in unanticipated angles of impact regarding the alignment of the animal's bones. For example, there is potentially more ribcage to punch through if the animal is quartering, compared to directly broadside.
The affects of target movement are lessened when using a two-blade broadhead design. Because the Helix rotates in flight, maintains momentum upon impact and has a superior cutting design, your arrow/arrowhead is more likely to maintain its intended trajectory.