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You may be wondering why anyone would cut their own carbon arrows. I mean, what do you get for all of your effort, money, and time that you could be spending on something else? Carbon arrows are perfect for hunting, and being able to customize your own feels great and helps you develop your shooting skills!
Carbon arrows are a lighter alternative to aluminum, but they may not always be available in the length you require. While you can always take your arrows to a hunting store and have them professionally cut, you can also cut arrows at home with a rotary cutter or an arrow saw.
While it is not the most convenient option, cutting your own arrows allows you to customize the wrap, vane angle, style, length, and fletching. It may even be more practical for some people who live far away from a specialized bow shop to cut their own arrows.But where do you begin? What do you require? Continue reading to learn how to cut carbon arrows yourself, even if you’re using a beginner compound bow!
Let’s first start by learning what the heck carbon arrows are.
What Are Carbon Arrows?
Carbon arrows are made of high-quality carbon material that is designed to be consistent and long-lasting. They are regarded as one of the most popular arrows among all bowhunters because they are not only consistent, but also light enough to bear while hunting in the field.They are sharp and have deep penetration in addition to straightness and precision.
Materials You Need
Before you get started with the cutting of arrows, you will first need to assemble all the required materials which include:
- Carbon arrows
- A cutting tool that has an abrasive wheel
- Any mounting tool
- Measuring tape
- Masking tape
- A strong and stable working station
- A wooden block or anything else that will form the basis for the arrow
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
- Protective Gloves
Before you go ahead and begin doing anything. There are a few safety concerns that you need to be aware of:
- Wear protective goggles and a dust mask when chopping to prevent particles from falling into your eyes or causing injury to your face.
- Using the clamp to hold the arrow in place. Carbon arrows are sliced by spinning or rotating them on a high-speed cutting wheel, one hand leading the shaft in the direction of the blade and the other spinning the arrow.
- Often sand with a good grit sandpaper. This confirms that the arrows are ready to be inserted.
- The use of toothed blade equipment to cut carbon arrows is highly prohibited because it damages the arrows’ fiber composite. As a result, hacksaws and tube cutters should not be used in this situation. They weaken the arrows and make them splinter quickly.
Process of Cutting carbon arrows
1. Choosing the Correct Arrow Length.
To begin, with your non-dominant hand, hold a tape measure out to your side.Grip the tape measure in your nondominant hand so that the tape is pointing toward your wrist. To simulate holding a bow, fully extend your nondominant arm out to your side, parallel to the ground. Check that you can easily grab and pull the tape measure toward you, and reposition it in your hand if you can’t.You should avoid using fabric measures because they may produce inaccurate results.
After that, using your dominant hand, pull the tape to the corner of your mouth.With your dominant hand, grab the end of the tape and slowly pull it out. Continue to pull the tape until the end touches the corner of your mouth on your dominant side. Pull it to the right corner of your mouth, for example, if you are right-handed. Examine the measurement after the tape measure has been fully extended.
To calculate the arrow length, increase your measurement by 2 in (5.1 cm).If your arrow becomes too short, it may cause your bow to jam or the arrow to shoot incorrectly. Add at least 2 inches (5.1 cm) to the draw length measurement you just found to ensure that the arrows are long enough for your bow.
Finally, Begin your measuring tape at the back of the arrow shaft and work your way forward. When you’ve found the correct measurement, use a marker to draw a line or dot on the arrow shaft so you know where to cut. To use as a reference, rotate the arrow 180 degrees and make another mark in the same location.
2. Decide on a tool to use.
An arrow saw is the most secure and highly recommended tool. However, because this may be difficult to obtain, especially if this is your first time, other alternative options can also be used.A Dremel tool, a tile saw, a flat file, a drill, and a pipe cutter are among them. Many people prefer to use a DIY setup for convenience, but these can be dangerous and necessitate courage and skill to use.
How to cut Carbon Arrow Using Using a Rotary Cutter
Clamp a rotary cutter horizontally over the edge of the table first.A rotary cutter is a handheld multitool that cuts through materials by spinning quickly. To easily cut through the carbon arrows without deforming them, use a rotary cutter with a circular carbide blade. Position the rotary cutter horizontally so that the blade is vertical and hangs over the edge of your work surface. Use a C-clamp to secure the tool to your work surface so that it does not move while you work.
Place a shop vacuum hose behind the rotary blade.This is due to the fact that cutting carbon arrows produces dust that can cause irritation if inhaled, so it is best to vacuum it immediately to prevent it from spreading.As a result, place one end of the hose on your work surface directly behind the rotary cutter’s blade and connect the other end of the hose to the vacuum’s intake port.
To keep dust from getting into your eyes and lungs, Before using the machines, put on safety glasses and a face mask. Carbon dust can irritate your eyes and lungs if it gets into them, so it’s critical to wear protective gear while working. Put on safety glasses that completely cover your eyes and a face mask that protects your nose and mouth. After putting on your safety equipment, you can begin using the rotary tool and vacuum.
Once your rotary tool has reached full speed, carefully guide the arrow so the blade aligns with the marks you made earlier. Gently press the shaft against the blade to cut into the carbon. Push the arrow into the blade until it completely cuts through the other side.
Cutting a carbon arrow with a drill and pipe cutter
While this method is simple to understand and apply, it is risky. It is critical not to thread the arrow too tightly through the cutter. As the cutter spins, the shaft should fit snugly but not too tightly in the hole. Be careful not to break the shaft as you cut.
You can adjust the tightness with which you spin the cutter, but only apply a small amount of pressure. You may need to practice a few times to find the perfect tightness to avoid cracking or snapping the arrow’s surface. If you do this correctly, you will have a nice smooth round cut.
It will take about six to seven spins of the cutter in your hand to almost cut through the arrow. At this point, you should remove the cutter and break off the remaining arrow part. Rather than allowing the pipe cutter to cut through, do this to protect the shaft.Using a file, lightly rub the arrow’s end to keep it straight and even the entire time. Remove any splinters by running the file along the arrow edge as well.
You can speed things up even more by mounting your arrow in a drill and spinning it instead of doing it by hand. However, if you accidentally apply too much pressure to the cutter, you run the risk of damaging the shaft.
Cutting with an Arrow Saw
The first thing to do, connect a shop vacuum hose to the port on the back of an arrow saw. Many arrow saws have a port on the back where a vacuum hose can be attached to collect dust. Insert the end of a shop vacuum hose into the dust collection port on the arrow saw and tighten it down. Connect the other end of the hose to the vacuum’s intake port.
Next, put on safety glasses and a face mask while you’re cutting arrows. That way, you can prevent dust from getting into your eyes or inhaling it.You are free to start your machines once you’ve put on your face mask and safety glasses.
You can now position the arrow on the saw so that the back of the blade sits inside the notch on the support.Your arrow saw will have a support with a notch on it to keep your arrow from rolling around while you cut it. Set the back of the arrow in the notch and align the front of the arrow so that the mark you made on the shaft corresponds to the saw blade.
Finally, while the arrow is still against the saw blade, rotate it to cut completely through it. If the arrow saw is up and going, carefully insert the arrow shaft into the blade. When it begins cutting through the arrow, spin it until the blade slices along the circumference of the shaft. When you get around the circle of the arrow, the end can break off and you can turn off the saw. With that, you will have your arrow ready for hunting. Pretty simple, right?
Cutting using a file
Although this approach is fairly simple and straightforward, it does necessitate some patience. To begin, take a flat file and make small, gentle, directed strokes on the shaft with its corner or cutting edge. As you do this, keep rolling the shaft and applying constant pressure to the file.
After breaking an arrow, the section that remains will have a tapered or pointed end, while the other will have a flush surface. Keep the arrow like a pencil and use the end to draw circles or slip it on file for a flawless cut.
Tips for carbon arrow cutting
- Mark the line where you intend to break into the arrow with a tape; this also serves to secure the carbon shaft as it is inserted into the drill.
- To cut the arrow to length, either line it up against a glued yardstick ruler or use the ruler to hand measure the length and mark it with tape or pencil.
- It is strongly advised to use the vacuum pickup to collect the dust produced during the cutting process.
So there you have it. You don’t need to be concerned if you have the proper supplies, follow the proper protocol, and, most importantly, wear your safety clothing. This is a vital duty that you can do at home on your own.
Carbon arrows still guarantee a successful chase, but finding a carbon arrow that allows you to work at your peak performance is the best opportunity in the world. You may also use the Dremel tool to cut the carbon arrow without using an arrow cutter.This method, though, is not as simple and straightforward as the arrow cutter saw.
Although carbon arrows are more costly than aluminum bows, these are much more durable and long-lasting. Furthermore, since it is made of sturdy materials and is durable, it can dig deeper into your game, raising the odds of a sure kill.
I hope you’ve heard everything there is to know about carbon arrows and how to cut them. It’s time to get the job done.