In a world of ever-growing technology and complexity, there is something satisfying about simple, razor-sharp fixed blade broadhead. Since the stone-age, we have been using these tools to bring home dinner and thousands of years later, they are still among the most viable options to take our chosen prey. If that is your goal, you are going to need the best fixed blade broadheads you can get!
As thousands of hunters nationwide take to the woods for deer, elk, and turkey seasons, you can bet that many will opt for the rugged, tough, fixed blade design. Forgoing the modern mechanical broadhead option is a point of pride for some hunters while many others have found them to be the most successful for the game they seek.
Don’t get me wrong, mechanical broadheads can be quite effective but more and more people are choosing the simpler option. Whether you are looking for a plain two blade broadhead or something with a little more oomph, check out our top 5 fixed broadheads!
- What is a Fixed Blade Broadhead and Why Should I Choose Them?
- Fixed Blade Broadhead Considerations
- Top Fixed Blade Broadheads - Comparison Table
- Top Fixed Blade Broadheads - Reviews
- Fixed Blade Broadheads Hunting Tips
What is a Fixed Blade Broadhead and Why Should I Choose Them?
Fixed blade broadheads are simply a broadhead that has blades that stay at the same angle and relationship to the arrow unlike mechanical broadheads that have blades designed to open on impact with the target. No matter what one you use, the idea is for the broadhead to make a hole larger than the arrow shaft to allow blood to flow.
If this sounds brutal to you, rest assured it is a more humane way to take an animal than using a smaller arrow point that may leave the animal to suffer for days before it finally dies. If you want to ensure an ethical kill with a fixed broadhead, choose a quality option and learn to shoot it well.
No matter what broadhead we pick, the idea is to allow an animal to bleed out as fast as possible so it doesn’t have time to suffer and can’t run, causing us to waste our kill. Some of the best broadheads can bleed a deer out fast enough that it will drop almost on impact.
There is nothing new about this technology. The Native Americans were using fixed broadheads made of stone and bone to take down bison a thousand years ago. The idea is so effective that the Greeks even cast fixed blade broadheads out of bronze. Not only did they use these broadheads for hunting, they also used them as an effective implement of war.
When the idea is just to cause as much damage as possible to make a quick kill, a fixed blade broadhead is an outstanding choice, especially for animals with thick, heavy bone. That’s why many people will choose to use a fixed broadhead for elk hunting or to take down more dangerous game like bear.
Rest assured that no matter your target species, we have a broadhead that will work for you. I will not say that mechanical broadheads are all gimmicks but the fixed broadheads below will do anything a mechanical will just as effectively and probably for cheaper.
If you are interested in further reading on the types of broadheads or broadhead selection, check out our article here.
Fixed Blade Broadhead Considerations
A fixed blade broadhead may be a simple piece of sharpened metal but there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing one. Not all are created equal and not all of them will be as effective as others when it comes to the animal you intend to hunt. Picking the right broadhead is an important step in ensuring your hunting success.
There are two types of fixed blade broadheads. Those that have a blade edge that extends all the way to the point are cut-on-contact and those that have a separate point that looks much like a field point are chisel-tip. Most fixed blade broadheads are cut-on-contact.
The exception for this are broadheads that have removable or replaceable blades. These will always have a chisel tip.
If you are hunting an animal with thicker bone, a chisel tip can be the edge you need to get past thick ribs and shoulders but at the weight and size of most fixed blade broadheads, this will not be a big issue. If you choose a mechanical broadhead, the blades are more likely to bind on the bone than make a deep, lethal hit.
Fixed blade broadheads come in various weights measured in grains that should be selected based on your bow, draw weight, and target. You may opt for something as light as a 75 grain fixed broadhead for something like turkey to a very heavy broadhead for crossbows or powerful compound bows.
Typically, a heavier broadhead will have more energy to transfer to the target than a lighter broadhead. For most game, a 100 grain broadhead will be sufficient though some do opt to use heavier broadheads for larger game. Until you get into the size and weight of an elk, bear, or mule deer, even a 75 grain broadhead will usually do the job but 75 grain broadheads are rare as hen’s teeth.
Number of Blades
It seems like more companies are trying to stick as many blades as possible on a broadhead these days. Sometimes this is just a sales gimmick and does nothing to actually help the hunter. More animals are taken with 2 or 3 blade broadheads every year than any fancy broadhead that looks like a medieval torture device.
Occasionally those extra blades are more than a gimmick and can have an effect on how open a wound is. Just be aware that for a given weight, more blades mean that each individual blade will be thinner and weaker. If you plan to use your broadheads for more than one season, opt for fewer blades that are thicker and stronger.
Very few topics in the hunting world are as contentious as the ideal cutting diameter. A large hole will typically mean faster blood loss. While that can effectively bring down a deer or other animal faster, any cutting diameter over an inch is usually effective enough for most game animals.
Much like the number of blades, larger blades will often be thinner than shorter blades. This is a more important consideration for mechanical broadheads.
Top Fixed Blade Broadheads - Comparison Table
85 - 125gr
1 - 1 1/8"
100 - 125gr
100 - 125gr
Top Fixed Blade Broadheads - Reviews
1 G5 Montec
When it comes to the best of the best,G5 Broadheads have always led the pack. Not only is the broadhead an elegant and lethal design but its one-piece construction makes it tough and durable as well. Being somewhere between a cut-on-contact and chisel point, the Montec will blast through bone that would stop lesser broadheads.
If you are looking for a broadhead for deer hunting, the 80 grain Montec is a great choice but you could go all the way up to the 125 grain for larger animals. Honestly, most people settle into a 100 grain fixed blade broadhead for most of their hunting needs. It may be a little larger for the smallest game but it should do fine for anything from deer on up.
G5’s 80 grain option has a solid 1” cutting diameter but the heavier heads step it up to 1 1/8” and with the three rock-solid blades, you should never have an issue with penetration or lethality. The Montec knocks them dead! That is why it leads our list of top rated broadheads.
2 Muzzy Phantom
Muzzy has been making broadheads since most other companies were living in their momma’s basement. As a matter of fact, muzzy fixed blade broadheads have probably taken more deer than any other single broadhead in the past 30 years.
They have consistently been one of the go-to broadheads for whitetail deer year after year. I personally took my first few deer with 75 grain muzzy broadheads.
Really there isn’t anything truly outstanding about the Muzzy at first glance. The cutting diameter and weight are on par with most other broadheads. The blades are sharp and solid but not exceptional. However, if you were to conduct a most accurate broadhead test, the Muzzy would knock the socks off most other fixed blade designs.
The simple and rather lightweight blades of the muzzy fly well and penetrate deep. The bleeder blades cross-cut tissue to ensure a good bleed. It may not be a flashy broadhead or one that will turn heads but when it comes to broadheads for deer hunting, you can count on the Muzzy.
3 Carbon Express Native
If you want something simple yetlethal, Carbon Express is the company for you. Every broadhead theymake is a clean, no-frills, killer. The movement back to simplerstyles has been lead by broadheads like the Native which is one ofthe finest 100 grain fixed 2 bladeoptions on the market.
This is really as simple as a broadheadgets. Two sharp edges weighing 100 grains with a 1 1/8” cuttingdiameter. But simple doesn’t mean ineffective. These broadheadsgo deep and cut clean. They are shaving sharp out of the box and flytrue out of most bows.
If you are looking for fixed bladecrossbow broadheads for deeror other game, these make a solid choice. They are a little lightfor your more powerful bows but if you have the right setup, theseare a great option for you. Why go for more blades if two does thetrick?
4 Flying Arrow Toxic
I don’t know what it is about thetoxic broadheads but they may be the most frightening design on the market. Don’t let the smaller than average cutting diameter fool you, these things will slay deer and any other medium size game. They are a great broadhead for hogs.
The Toxic are one of the few chisel point broadheads available with fixed blades. If you do hunt hog, their bones can be thick and a strong tapered point is a real asset to getting in the vital region. With the evil looking hole that this thing leaves, you can be sure your prey will bleed out before long.
I will admit that for me, this isn’t the most accurate fixed blade broadhead. It does strange things sometimes but when tuned, you can easily make shots at the distances most people hunt. I am not sure if I love or hate this broadhead but there is no doubt that it is effective!
5 Wasp Archery Drone
Wasp Archery has been around for a while and has made several mechanical broadheads that have done well. Their fixed blade Drone may not be eye-catching but this is the classic design that took more deer back in the 80s than any other broadheads on the market. If it looks a lot like the Muzzy, that's because both companies found an affordable option that was a true killer.
The long chisel point is great for getting past larger ribs or shoulder bone and the short, no-nonsense blades open a solid 1 1/8" wound channel. There is nothing more that a broadhead needs. If you don't fail into the hype of the lastest space-age designs, the Drone maybe what you looking for.
This is a great broadhead if you are hunting smaller deer and even turkey. I would hesitate to take this up against an elk but people have. Wasp Archery does a good job with their simplistic fixed blades and this flying razor is a fine example.
Fixed Blade Broadheads Hunting Tips
f you are a tree stand hunter, shooting at sharp angles to the ground increase the odds of a bone strike. Opt for a chisel tip broadhead or the Montec for the best chance of getting through.
If you hunt for smaller game, use a broadhead like the Muzzy or Wasp to keep from ruining the meat and damaging your broadhead. Better yet, get a small game specific broadhead.
The number of blades is less important than the wound channel in most cases. Any of the broadheads above should do equally well despite their blade numbers. Conversely, the size of the wound channel doesn’t always correlate to lethality. Wound shape is important too.
Though less of an issue with fixed blade broadheads, occasionally they can still get hung up on bone. The larger the cutting diameter, the more likely this is to happen. If you are hunting animals known for thicker bones, choose a deep penetrating arrow with smaller blades.
There is a common misconception that a heavier broadhead will always penetrate deeper. In many cases it may but having a broadhead with the appropriate weight broadhead will ensure a more stable arrow flight and more solid impact leading to better penetration.
Though its possible to shoot most broadheads made for compound bows out of a crossbow, check with the manufacturer’s recommendations before doing so. Some broadheads can actually be damaged just from the pressure of shooting them.
The edges of a fixed blade broadhead can be damaged just from the act of moving around inside a quiver. Consider keeping them in a protective case until you are in your hunting spot before attaching them to your arrows.
Similarly, a fixed blade design is always ready to cut. Handle them with care, especially when climbing into a stand. Use a haul rope to bring your bow and arrows up after you are in position. Accidental cuts are the most common injury during deer season and pulling a bow string with a cut finger really sucks!
Though its true with all broadheads, fixed blades will fly differently than your practice points. Make sure you take the time to tune your bow correctly before you hit the woods. Just because your bow can take the wings off a fly with a field tip doesn’t mean it will perform the same with a broadhead.
Many people are concerned about the flight dynamics of a mecahincal broadhead and if the moving parts will throw it off. Never fear that a good mechanical broadhead will compete with the most accurate fixed blade broadhead any day.
Always check your state’s laws on broadhead requirements. They differ for every state and often for different target species. You can find a list of every state’s laws here.
We have made every effort to choose our broadheads with care, you should do the same. What you choose may not be one on this list but stay away from cheap, bulk broadheads. Many of them are made from substandard materials and with a lack of craftsmanship. Just because it looks like a broadhead doesn’t mean it’s a quality one.
Any of the broadheads on this list have passed rigorous testing and has been proven in the field time and again. When you only get one shot at a deer, you have to make that shot count in every way. We all take care to be accurate and choose a bow capable of delivering a solid hit. Don’t make the all too common mistake of skimping out on the business end of your arrows.
For that matter, always consider your arrows when purchasing a broadhead. Some materials do better with certain weights of broadheads. If you would like further information, check out the link in the above section on what a fixed broadhead is.
No other season in the U.S. sparks such excitement and fervor as deer season and that time is just around the corner. If you haven’t selected a broadhead yet, its time to bite the bullet. Those last few weeks before the opening of bow season are crazy and some models sell out fast. If you want to have your bow tuned and ready, you need to get on it! Time is wasting.
Whatever choice you make, always keep safety in mind and your equipment maintained. The last thing you want is a bow failure knocking you out of that trophy buck. These things are easy to overlook as buck fever sets in. Having the best fixed blade broadheads money can buy still won’t help you if you break a bow string.
Good luck and good hunting!