Arrowheads have been made for thousands of years. They can be classified in a number of ways.


Ways of classifying an arrowhead:

(1) material (flint, iron, forged steel, rubber, plastic etc)

(2) shape

(3) purpose



bullet point, target point

narrow with bullet shape tapering to a pointed tip

blunt point

narrow with blunt end

field point

similar to a target point but with a distinct shoulder

bodkin head

narrow with or without a thicker neck, tapering to a tip, often not fixed to the shaft

JUDO point

addition of springs extending from the tip that are intended to limit the range and reduce the chance of the arrow becoming lost

fish point

designed for fishing; may be barbed, forked or spring loaded


large, wide head with 2 or 4 edges; the edges come in a wide range of sizes and shapes (solid, barbed, etc)

mechanical broadhead

broad head with blades that extend out upon impact


padded or otherwise made to minimize injury

forked or roving head

U-shaped or V-shaped with ends pointing out


Common purposes for arrowheads:

(1) target shooting, contest or tournament

(2) practice or play

(3) small animal or bird hunting

(4) large animal hunting

(5) fishing

(6) warfare against unarmored soldiers

(7) warfare against armor


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