With an ever growing number of new innovations in the broadhead market it can be easy to forget about a type that is still regarded as the most reliable and most effective for bringing down big game animals. But single bevel broadheads feature a simple design, have no moving parts and are incredibly durable - to top it off, they are devastating when they meet flesh and bone.
The single bevel broadhead is capable of tremendous penetration and produces large wound channels. They are also available at very reasonable prices. They usually have a long and narrow design although it is also possible to find models that are quite short and broad from tip to tip.
They might be considered to be a little old-school because a single-bevel broadhead will typically be heavier than the majority of fixed blade models manufactured today. But when it comes to hunting big game, the added weight combined with the rotational ability means that hunters have regularly experienced pass through shots on big game animals when using a single bevel broadhead.
Featured below is a selection of some of the best known and most highly regarded single bevel broadheads on the market today. We have put them together in a comparison list so you can see the specification details side by side with the others. Further down the page is a section that provides more complete details about each one and then we have included more interesting information about why single bevel broadheads are so effective.
Comparison List of Single Bevel Broadheads
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Descriptions of Single Bevel Broadheads
The list of single bevel broadheads that have been examined above and below are the ones that have been regarded by a significant number of hunters who have used them as among the best. There are certainly more single bevel broadheads available but we have simply not had the time to examine them.
In the meantime, listed below is a more detailed look at each broadhead model with a short review that identifies their various features. You will also have the opportunity to visit the manufacturer's websites in case you would like to find out more about the company and the range of products that each one makes.
DirtNap Single Bevel Broadhead
The single bevel broadhead produced by DirtNap is a right sided bevel and is extremely sharp and tough. The ferrule is made from 7075 aircraft grade aluminum. It has been designed to fly straight and true and will penetrate deeply and keep on going once it hits flesh. They can be considered one of the strongest around which should make it as just about the best single blade broadhead available.
The broadhead is advertised as a 100 grain head but it also comes with a 25 grain Modular Weight System (MWS) which gives you the option of turning it into a 125 grain head. The blades are Teflon coated stainless steel and are .051” thick. The cutting surface is 1.84 inches which consists of the main blade as well as a small bleeder blade.
The DirtNap single bevel broadheads come in packs of 3. They are also available in either black or red.
Steel Force Traditional Broadheads
This model has been introduced by Steel Force to resurrect its single bevel broadhead line. The blades are made from razor sharp stainless steel and are made durable with the inclusion of 7075 aircraft grade aluminium ferrules.
There is a nice selection of different sizes and weights to choose from so there will be an option that will suit all hunting scenarios. They come in a choice of either right or left-hand grinds. The cutting diameter for each one is 1 inch and the length ranges from 2-3/16” up to 3”. The grain weight of the broadheads start at 125 and then increases with options of 145, 225 and 300 grains available.
We have displayed the 125 grain version here.
They come in packs of 3 and can be bought for $34.00 per pack for the 125 grain and the 145 grain, which has a .065” single grind titanium blade is $34.95 per pack.
The Tuffhead broadheads are designed for use in pursuing the toughest game with the expectation that bone is going to be impacted. The traditional single bevel broadhead is billed by the company as “The Heavyweight of Broadheads” and describes it as the only tip you will ever need.
The details of the Tuffhead make for some impressive reading, made of laminated high carbon knife grade stainless steel that has been hardened to 52R and then cryogenically treated and tempered so that the sharp edge is retained.
It has a 3 to 1 length to width ratio to help maintain great arrow flight. It has a factory sharp 25 degree single bevel cutting edge.
In terms of size, the Tuffhead measures 3-3/16 inches long by 1-1/16 inches wide at its widest point. It has a 30 degree Tanto cut-on-contact tip.
The ferrule has a 23/64” inside diameter and will accept 5/16” to 3/8” outside diameter glue-in arrows and screw on adapters. The large ferrule to arrow diameter ratio helps to increase arrow penetration by reducing drag and it also provides greater strength for more effective bone splitting capability.
The Tuffhead single bevel broadheads are available in either 225 or 300 grain weights and the company offers a lifetime replacement warranty against breaking, bending and tip curling.They are sold in packs of 3 with the 225 grain costing $57.00 and the 300 grain will set you back $60.00.
The design of the Badger single bevel broadheads has been created to spin in unison with the arrow’s fletching. This will create dual spinning components, one at the front and one at the back with the effect being a more accurate flight at all speeds and from all types of bows. They are considered to be 'barbed' which means you should check your local hunting regulations before using them.
They are made from high carbon steel and are a one piece. Solid molded design. The single bevel design means that when it starts to cut it will spin through the target to increase the likelihood of pass-throughs.
As far as the technical details of the heads are concerned, they are available in 125, 150 or 170 grain weights and they have 1” cutting widths and are 1-3/4” in length. The blade thickness measures .045” and they have been heat treated to 50 Rockwell.
They are available as either left wing or right wing and come in packs of 3 at a recommended price of $44.99.
Find out more about the company by visiting the Badger Broadheads website.
Strickland Helix Broadheads
The aim of the design of the Strickland Helix single bevel broadhead is to create the perfect broadhead. The way this has been approached is to design the arrowhead with a helix effect so that it will work with the fletching and that will force it to rotate in flight. The result is greater stability for better accuracy and the single bevel nature means that when it hits the results are devastating with a huge wound channel.
The Helix is made from stainless steel that is 62-thousandths of an inch thick and 72-thousandths of an inch thick for the models that are 125-grain and heavier. The 85-grain, 100-grain and the 225-grain models are right bevel only but the 125-grain, 150-grain, 175-grain and 200-grain models are all available as either left or right-bevel.
There is a very good reason why these broadheads are extremely highly regarded by the majority of big game hunters and that’s because they are very effective at their job. They are strong, they provide significant penetration through fibers as well as bone and they will continue to work well after numerous uses.
They can be a little difficult to find unless you visit the Strickland’s Archery website which is highly recommended.
Ramcat Single Bevel Grind Broadheads
The Ramcat single bevel broadheads are distinctive when compared to other makes and models that may be termed more “traditional”. It is a fixed blade broadhead with a solid cutting tip that is designed to aid flight and accuracy. Its patented Airfoil System is designed so that field point accuracy is achieved.
It is made with one piece of stainless steel and the blades are sharpened to the front and to the rear. This creates a backcut process when it hits so that if there is no pass through the blades will continue to cut as it backs out. This is known by the company as its Cutback Technology.
The head is 100 grain weight and has a 1” cutting diameter. The blades are strong and measure .032” thick.
Find out more about these single bevel broadheads plus all of the other products from the company by visiting the Ramcat Broadheads website.
Grizzly Stik Samurai Broadheads
The GrizzlyStik broadheads are designed based on the recommendations of Dr Ed Ashby who has put together one of the most respected studies on single bevel broadheads. In this case we loo at the Samurai single bevel broadhead which is available as either a 200-grain or a 125-grain model.
The 200-grain model is a solid 440C stainless steel blade and it is .068” thick. The ferrule is made from CNC aircraft grade aluminum and its will fit all standard threaded inserts. It is a right bevel only head and can be bought in packs of 3.
The head has a sharp Tanto-tip that will firstly initiate the cut and will then start the rotational force that is particular with single bevel broadheads. The size and shape of the blades means that it will split and blow straight through bone and achieve unique penetration.
These broadheads are somewhat more expensive than other brands but there is a great deal of proven quality behind these heads and over the longer term you are definitely going to come out in front.
To buy these broadheads and to compare all of the other models of single bevel broadheads that are available you should visit the GrizzlyStik website.
KuduPoint Contour Single Bevel Broadhead
These are extremely tough and durable broadheads made from 100% stainless steel. The ferrule had been permanently bonded to the blade to make it a single piece that doesn’t have any extra parts that may come loose or move.
The blade is .050” thick and each of the heads have been precision made and then sorted and packaged into lots that cover the same 0.2 grain scale increment. This ensures that each of the heads in each package are precisely matched in weight.
The profile of the blade is sleek for smooth accurate flight through the air. The heads are cut on contact designs and the single bevel nature means that they are capable of deep penetration and heavy, bone-splitting ability.
Zwickey No Mercy Broadhead
The No Mercy single bevel broadhead from Zwickey has been made from high-carbon steel and has a triple-thick tip that will blow straight through bone without pause. It is available either in a screw-in or a glue-on option. It should be noted that when you receive them they will not be factory sharpened, that will be up to you so you can set them up to suit your own requirements.
It is available in either left or right-hand grind so the bevel can be matched with your feather setting. It has been built in a long and narrow design without vents so that it flies flat, quiet and deadly accurate.
It is sold in packs of 3 and will fit arrow shafts measuring 11/32” or 23/64” diameter.
They Fly Like Field Points.
One of the benefits of using these heads is that they fly very truly. This predictable trajectory happens because on the increased rate of spin that they generate.
They Spin – Hit – and then Keep On Spinning
A single bevel that has been matched to the fletching will help the flight of the arrow because the spin rate will be increased. It will also help with arrow penetration by creating a devastating boring action on impact that is very similar to that of a drill bit. When it hits it also creates entrance and exit wounds that are larger than the actual width of the head. This is different to a double-bevel broadhead which stops spinning on impact.
An advantage of single bevels when they encounter bone is that they will drill straight through due to an s-shaped spin rotation. This will shatter the bone on contact and the arrow will continue through the wound channel without any added drag that might slow the arrow’s progress.
Note: if you want to learn a lot more about single bevel broadheads and read about why they get more penetration than other types of heads, either fixed blade or mechanical, you should read some (or even all) of Dr Ed Ashby's research into Arrow and Broadhead Penetration.
We have also examined a nice selection of double bevel broadheads too.