Spring is here. The weather is getting nice, and it’s time to dust off your bow and arrows and get outside and use them.
Whether compound, flat bow, self bow, crossbow, or recurve, every archer has their preference. I shoot regularly. Personally, I prefer a recurve bow, and hunt small game with sharpened practice tips. So I know how my bow works with different arrows, and with which practice tips.
Recently, I became involved in turkey hunting. I realized that I needed a broad head on the end of my arrow, instead of the sharpened practice tips that I usually elect to use. I’ve purchased a variety of broad heads to see which I liked, but I hadn’t been able to find one that worked for me. Either they were too heavy and made my arrow drop at the end of the shot, or the head hit my bow and the arrow tended to then go “kittywompus” (up, down, left, and right)… not toward the intended target.
Needless to say, I couldn’t seem to find a broad head that I liked for my setup. I had almost given up. It wasn’t until going to an outdoor show that I saw the All-Blade booth. All-Blade is an American company, based in Michigan. The owner of All-Blade found a way to use the practice tips that I’ve used for so long, and turn them into a very effective broad head.
These little beauties fit with my practice tips, yet don’t sacrifice any weight or aerodynamics of the arrow. The guys working their booth at the outdoor show told me how to use one. “You take the All-Blade and put your practice field tip through the designated hole, and then attach your field tip to the arrow as you usually do” they said.
That sounded crazy to me, but then I saw the example they had on the table. It was intense-looking! It looked like a regular broad head, but with a field tip at the end. The science behind why this works is that the field tip is dull, so when it hits the skin it stretches it like a rubber band. As soon as one of the blades touches the skin it rips it open, and the arrow cuts through for the kill. Not to mention, the result is a hole that resembles a 12 gauge slug.
The All-Blades come in 1 ½“, 2”, and 3” cutting edges for different shooting variables like crossbow or compound bow. Yes, it makes a difference, and these lethal beasts are especially made for All-Blade. The compound 4-blade is only 10 extra grains, and the crossbow version is only 15 grains, so it doesn’t throw off the shot. Imagine you’re shooting a 100 grain field-tip; the 4-blade only adds 10 grains, so you’re only dealing with 110 grains.
Most archers won’t notice the added weight unless they take an “out of the norm” shot (that probably shouldn’t be taken anyway). The All-Blades are made of .010 thick stainless-steel, so they won’t rust and have no upkeep. As a bonus, they come in a nice pocket-sized container for easy travel.
I did talk with owner/founder David Gryspreerd. He seemed like a really down to earth guy, who is excited that he created a product that will undoubtedly break new waves in the hunting industry. In controlled tests, Gryspreerd has had everything from ¾” plywood to both shoulder blades of a mature 8 point buck run through with the All-Blade. Every time, the broad head came out of the target and was reusable.
All-in-all, any hunter looking for a new broad head to match their field tip should consider the All-Blade as their next choice. From my perspective, I’ve found this to be a good, sturdy, lightweight, and new innovation to the broad head world. And retailing for only $24.95, you can have 6 of these bad boys in your arsenal, and be confident that they will perform reliably when you need them.