Bowhunting is a sport that requires a great deal of speed and reflex actions. The type of bow and arrow used in hunting by a hunter is very much important in determining the extent to which a kill would be successful.
Carbon arrows made out of carbon of very high quality. They look like regular arrows but differ just by the material type they’re made from, carbon. Most hunters love to make use of the carbon arrow because of its consistency, durability, strength and firmness coupled with its extremely lightweight nature. But have you ever wondered how to cut carbon arrows? Well, this article will seek to answer that question.
What Are The Tools And Equipment Needed?
When cutting a carbon arrow shaft, you must have all types of equipment needed to give the best result. They are best cut with the use of an abrasive wheel with a high speed cut off tool that operates at a speed of about 5000rpm. This can also be referred to as an Arrow Saw Cutter.
Also needed are bare arrow shafts, stops, a woodblock, sliding clamps, rulers, masking tape, and sandpaper that would be required to cut the arrow to the right length and shape effectively. It is not advisable to make use of the hand saws or tube cutters because they tend to cause damage to the carbon material of the arrow.
Before you go ahead to cut your carbon arrow, just like any other activity, there are safety measures you need to be aware of and a list of them are as follows:
- While cutting, make use of safety goggles and a dust mask to prevent bits flying into the eyes or causing damage to the face.
- Make use of the clamp to keep the arrow secured. Carbon arrows are cut by being rotated or spinned on a high-speed cutting wheel, with one hand guiding the shaft in the direction of the blade and the other being used to spin the arrow. This helps to prevent fragmentation of the arrow and also enables a straight and smooth cutting.
- Always sand against sandpaper of high grit. This gives an affirmation that the arrows are prepared to be inserted.
- It is easier to make use of a GSD arrow squaring device if you’re looking to attain the utmost perfection with your cut.
How Do You Cut A Carbon Arrow?
Once you have all materials ready and safety measures have been executed, it’s time to get right into cutting.
The first step is to take a hand measurement of the arrow, using your ruler, to the desired length you want to cut and mark the length using masking tape. This really helps in avoiding mistakes that will end up in you having to throw away the arrow.
Once the arrow has been measured to accurate length, the arrow is ready for the cutting wheel. All you have to do is place the arrow directly on the wooden block that’s already where you intend to do the cutting, make use of the sliding clamps to firmly hold the carbon arrow in place and make use of one hand to direct the shaft towards the blade while the other spins the arrow. There’ll be particles flying around, so make sure you have your protective gear on. At this point, you can start cutting. Apply a little bit of gentle pressure consistently as you slide the arrow against the cutting wheel.
Finally, when cutting is done, it might come out in shape or size that’ll make it hard for you to add the inserts so, you make use of the sandpaper to help shape the carbon arrow into the desired shape you want.
Cutting, Installing Insert Guide on YouTube
There you have it! You don’t need to worry much once you have the right types of equipment, follow the right procedure and most importantly, make use of your protective gear. This is a very important task that could be done at home all by yourself.
Carbon arrows always promise a good hunt but having the carbon arrow that helps you work at your best is just the best experience in the world. You can also cut your carbon arrow without making use of an arrow cutter by using the Dremel tool. However, this procedure is not as easy and direct as the arrow cutter saw. I hope you’ve learned all you need to about carbon arrows and how to cut them. It’s time to make a kill.