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Cutthroat Broadheads Review | The Inside Information

In this review, I tested the Cutthroat Broadhead. I really like this company. Everything is made in the USA and they have a great reputation.

Cutthroat broadheads have fans all over the world and I have long considered them to be one of the best two blade, single bevel heads made.

In this review I’ll cover the Cutthroat 2-blade as well as the Cutthroat 3-Blade broadheads.

I tested them for long range flight, penetration, durability, and edge sharpness and retention. And, as always, I shot with my Bowtech SR6 set at 72 pounds with a 27-inch draw length, and I’m using Bishop Archery FOC King Arrows, with a weight of 460 grains.

Cutthroat 2-Blade Broadheads specs

cutthroat broadheads lineup

The cutthroat broadheads lineup ranges from 125 grains to 250 grains.

There’s a lot to like about the Cutthroat. In some ways, it’s just a simple 2-blade single-bevel design. But, in other ways, there are some unique things that make it extra special.

First of all, Cutthroat broadheads come in several different weights, ranging from 125 grains to 250 grains (which can be great for higher FOC arrows). In this test, I shot the 125-grain version.

cutthroat broadheads specs

Here, you can see the specs for the Cutthroat Broadhead.



The Cutthroat is machined from a single chunk of 41L40 tool steel, which is really a high quality tool steel. And it’s brought to a Rockwell hardness of 55. It’s a good balance between being soft enough to sharpen and yet tough enough to be able to hold its edge well.

In addition, these broadheads are Teflon coated to protect the blades. It also has a really nice Tanto tip to help prevent blade rollover at the end.

The blades are 0.060 inches thick so a nice good thickness to them. And the single bevel is a 25-degree bevel.

I was eager to put this head to the test and see how it performed.

I have found that a 40-degree bevel is superior when it comes to how much a broadhead rotates in flight. So, the rotation of a steeper edge is going to produce a better bone splitting ability and more damage internally. At a 25 degree bevel angle with the .060″ blade thickness, the Cutthroat head should still do fairly well.

Balloon test

cutthroat broadhead balloon test

The Cutthroat head was able to pop a balloon from 70 yards out.




Out of the box sharpness test

In the out of the box sharpness test, I test how many times a broadhead can still cut through paper after a stroke of an arrow shaft across it. I give 5 points for the first cut and then one point for every cut thereafter.

The Cutthroat broadhead was able to still cut paper after three strokes of the arrow, giving it a total score of 7 points.

out of the box sharpness test of cutthroat broadheads

The Cutthroat 2-blade head cut paper after three strokes of the arrow.

Penetration testing

In this penetration test, I shot the Cutthroat into ballistic get that was fronted by 2/3″ rubber mat and 1/2″ MDF board.

cutthroat broadhead ballistic gel test

In ballistic gel test, the Cutthroat penetrated 7-1/4″ with 45 degrees of rotation.



Steel plate test

I shot the Cutthroat five times through a .22 gauge steel plate. The head held up very well.

The head did have a bit of edge folding on each side, which would take a little bit of work to sharpen those out. But, overall, the head fared pretty well for five shots through the steel plate.

The “S-cut” made by the Cutthroat makes it more difficult for entry wounds to close up on an animal after impact. The S-cut also aids in prying bones apart on big game animals like whitetail, mule deer, elk, etc., to allow an arrow to slide through.

steel plate test with cutthroat broadhead

The Cutthroat 2-blade provided a good “S-cut” that you get from a single bevel broadhead.


cutthroat broadhead damaged blade

The Cutthroat 2-blade had some dinged blade edges on each side after the test.



Final Thoughts on Cutthroat 2-Blade Broadheads

So, overall, the Cutthroat is a very nice head. I’ve long considered it to be a great head and putting it through these tests just proves it all the more.

It has a great price point, it’s made in the USA, and it flies super well. It keeps its edge well and is durable.

If you are looking for broadheads that are 2-blade and single bevel, this is definitely worth a look.

Great job, Cutthroat.

Cutthroat 3-Blade Broadheads Review

I was also able to test the Cutthroaght 3-Blade from Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear. This is a 3-blade double bevel head.

I was excited to see how it performed. But first, let’s take a close up look at it.

cutthroat 3-blade broadhead

Here’s a good close-up look at the Cutthroat 3-blade. This is a wicked looking broadhead. Notice the convex design to the blades, how they’re curved. You don’t see that in many 3 blades. That’s supposedly going to aid in penetration and the way it cuts the tissue. I was eager to see how that plays out.

The Cutthroagth 3-Blade head is machined from a solid chunk of 41L40 tool steel, which is a great steel to use in a broadhead application, due to its impact resistance.

The blades are 0.035 inches thick and the cutting diameter is one and one-eighth inches. This is the 125-grain model. So it has got a relatively short overall profile and you notice the tip there is designed for extra reinforcement and durability to prevent curling and rollover.



Sharpness test of Cutthroat 3-blade

I tested the 3-blade on the Edge-On-Up Sharpness tester. Results below:

cutthroat 3-blade sharpness test

The 3-blade took 500 grams of pressure to break the wire on the sharpness tester.

Ballistic gel penetration test of Cutthroat 3-blade

I shot the 3-blade in the FBI-grade ballistic gel fronted by MDF and a foam rubber mat.

cutthroat 3-blade head penetrating in ballistic gel

The Cutthroat 3-blade penetrated 7-3/4 inches into the ballistic gel.

Sharpness re-test post-ballistic gel test

sharpness test of cutthroat 3-blade broadhead after ballistic gel penetration test

The 3-blade took 575 grams of pressure to break the wire on the sharpness tester after the ballistic gel test.

Cardboard Penetration Test with 3-blade

cardboard penetration results of cutthroat 3-blade

The 3-blade penetrated through 62 layers of cardboard.

Steel plate durability test of 3-blade

Below is the Cutthroat 3-blade head after going through a 22-gauge steel plate five times.

cutthroat 3-blade after steel plate penetration test

The Cutthroat 3-blade was in perfect condition after shooting it into the steel plate 5-times. You can’t even tell it has been shot other than my fingerprints on the blades. Man, this thing really, really held up well.



Cinder Block Test of Cutthroat 3-Blade

I shot the 3-blade into a cinder block to see what would happen.

cutthroat 3-blade after cinder block test

Here is the Cutthroat 3-blade after impacting the cinder block. This was the same head that also went through the steel plate five times. It’s in excellent shape. You can see the discoloration from the concrete and chips of concrete embedded in it. But the edges, even where it went into the concrete, are still in good condition. The tip is still very sharp. No doubt this can be re-sharpened and reused many times over.

Final Thoughts on Cutthroat 3-blade broadhead

So what do you think of the Cutthroat 3 blade? Man, it performed very well.

Go through the score sheet below and see how it measured in each of the areas that I tested and compare it to other heads and see how it performed with them.



There are many really good things about it this head. I especially love the durability of that chiseled tip. I also love the steel that they’re using (the 41L40.)

I’m not really sure why they went with a curved convex design, although it looks really cool. Maybe there are reasons that don’t bear out in my testing. The convex design makes it a little bit more challenging to sharpen, because you can’t just lay it flat like you could with a normal 3 blade, 60-degree head and sharpen two edges at a time.

So, overall, I think the 3-blade Cutthroat as well! It’s a great head.

scorecard of cutthroat 3-blade broadhead
lusk archery grade of cutthroat 3-blade broadhead


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afflictor fixed blade and hybrid broadheads

Afflictor Broadheads Review (Fixed Blades & Hybrids) | The Inside Information

I had been wanting to test the Afflictor Hybrids as well as their fixed-blade broadhead offerings for a while. So, when I finally got my hands on some I was excited to test them out. (If you want to jump straight to the section of the review you are interested in, you can do so by clicking the links below:

Afflictor Hybrid Construction

I have used tested and used other hybrid broadheads on the market, but the Afflictor heads are different than other designs. They have a main cutting tip that’s about 1/8-inch thick, made of 420 stainless steel that is extremely thick and sharp and will not fold over.

They also have a feature they call a “drive key,” that also functions as a bleeder blade that opens up the main blades, but also cuts extra tissue.

The Afflictor Hybrid heads have a “Drive-Key”

Afflictor 1-3/4″ K2 Hybrid vs Afflictor Ultraviolet (Hybrid X Mini) | The differences

On the 1¾-inch Afflictor Hybrid (or, K2 Hybrid as Afflictor calls it), the drive key has little prongs on it. They are designed in such a way that if they hit hard bone, they will shear off by design, so that the head can continue to penetrate. In fact, everything about this head is designed for penetration.

Afflictor also offers a head called the Ultraviolet, that is purple in color (now called the Hybrid X Mini) . At the time of this publication, it is the only purple broadhead on the market.

The Ultraviolet has a little bit different design. The main tip of the Ultraviolet is longer and more swept than the original Afflictor Hybrid. Due to that design, it has a little bit better penetration.

Another difference is that the Ultraviolet has non-shearing drive key that functions as a bleeder blade. So it’s a half-inch wide and will open up the blades and continue to cut tissue.

With the Ultraviolet broadhead, you get a 1¾-inch cut and plus the ½-inch bleeder, for a total of a 2-inch cut.

Afflictor also makes a 1½-inch  model of this as well and it also has the ½-inch bleeder, for a total cut of 2 inches.

afflictor broadheads

The Ultravioloet head has a longe tip and more swept design.

Both versions of this broadhead fly extremely well. They are both 5/8-inch thick in profile, which is like most other mechanical heads on the market. The specs and construction are top-notch.  They also spin very well in flight.

On impact, the drive key comes down and the blades open. There is also a pretty strong o-ring that keeps the blades from rattling during flight.

The NAP Killzone is my standard for comparison testing, as it’s been around for many years. It’s a really reliable and super strong head. However, it doesn’t penetrate very well, so anything I test should penetrate better than the Killzone.

For comparative purposes, I tested penetration and durability in comparison to the NAP Killzone broadhead.



Penetration Testing | The Setup

If you have seen any of my broadhead tests on mechanicals, you know that when I do comparative tests, I don’t test them on animals. The reason I don’t do this is because they don’t hold any value.

Different bones have different densities and bone geometries. Every animal is different. In addition, shooting angles on animal bone could have varied results, which would not provide good insight into how the broadhead truly performs.

So, I use a uniform medium to simulate animal anatomy as best as I can. I use carpet on the front and the back to simulate animal hide. I also use a rubber foam to simulate tissue and ½-inch plywood in the middle to simulate the bone.

afflictor ultraviolet vs nap killzone penetration

Penetration test using Afflictor Ultraviolet, Afflictor 1-3/4″ Hybrid and NAP Killzone.

Then I use a few more layers of rubber foam toward the end for padding, followed by another 3/8-inch plywood at the end just in case it were to make it through all of that.

I also have a thin sheet of cardboard in the very front to get a visual on how well the heads deploy on impact.  



Penetration Test #1

I first tested the Killzone head, followed by the Afflictor 1¾-inch head and the Afflictor Ultraviolet.

In the penetration test, the Ultraviolet out-penetrated the others by a wide margin. Of course, the Ultraviolet it has that more swept initial tip and also has the 1½-inch cut, and that solid drive key. Those factors made all the difference in this penetration test.

Take a look at the Afflictor 1¾-inch cut broadhead. The 1¾ inches plus the ½-inch bleeder provides 2¼ inches of cut. The blades came all the way through the ½-inch plywood after going through the carpet and the rubber mat and the cardboard.

The NAP Killzone tip came through the wood, the blades did not. The NAP has a good, long tip that’s really tough. But the blades didn’t do any cutting on this test. All the broadheads in this test held up well in the penetration test.



Initial Cut Size

When inspecting the opening cut, the Ultraviolet opened 1½ inches from the main blades and then ½-inch from the bleeders and the bleeders stayed intact.

The 1¾-inch Afflictor Hybrid opened 1¾-inch on impact and then had the drive key bleeders cut  a ½-inch and those stayed intact as well.

The NAP Killzone advertises a 2-inch cut, and it actually cut a little over two inches (2-1/4 inches).

So, all the heads in this test opened well.

afflictor hybrid broadheads cut comparison vs nap killzone

This shows the initial cut size of the Afflictor Ultraviolet and Afflictor 1-3/4″ Hybrid vs. the NAP Killzone.

Penetration Test #2: Angled Shot

In the next test, I performed a steep angled shot.

I first shot the Killzone and it stuck right in. Then, I shot the Afflictor 1¾-inch Hybrid. It stuck in, but angled off a bit. Lastly, I shot the Afflictor Ultraviolet.

In the diagram below, you can see that the Killzone and the Ultraviolet penetrated through the back of the wood. The Killzone point come through the wood but not the blades. The Killzone also broke off at the ferrule and broke my arrow.

The 1¾-inch Hybrid went through all the layers of carpet and foam and cardboard and made a deep cut in the wood, but it skimmed across the top of the plywood.

afflictor broadheads penetration vs nap killzone angled shot

In the angled shot test, all three heads penetrated, but the Afflictor 1-3/4″ Hybrid slid on impact.


afflictor ultraviolet vs nap killzone angled penetration test

Afflictor Ultraviolet and NAP Killzone penetration through back of the plywood on angled shot penetration test


broken nap killzone broadhead on angled shot

The NAP Killzone broadhead broke off at the ferrule during the angled shot penetration test.

Penetration Test #3: Afflictor Ultraviolet into 22-gauge steel

In this test I shot the Afflictor Ultraviolet into 22-guage steel, backed with a 3/8-inch sheet of plywood, a ½-inch sheet of plywood, 4 rubber mats and a Rinehart target behind it.  

Because I didn’t want to break another arrow, I used the Mammoth Arrow by Bishop Archery, which are guaranteed for life.

The Ultraviolet went through the 22-gauge steel plate and poked through the back of the 3/8-inch board about a ½-inch. The tip held up really well.

The blades of the Ultraviolet not only went through the steel plate, but they opened up as well, which is very impressive.

When I have shot other heads into steel and plywood in this manner, they only hold up when the blades don’t reach the steel plate. But here, the blades held up and even opened up inside of the steel plate. Even the drivel key was still intact.

afflictor ultraviolet penetration into 22 gauge steel plate

Ultraviolet penetrating steel/wood and deploying blades.


afflictor ultraviolet tip after shot into 22 gauge steel plate

The tip and blades of Ultraviolet post steel plate test.

BONUS: Afflictor K2 Mini Hybrid Tests

I’ve shot the Afflictor K2 Mini broadheads not only in tests that I perform, but also in the field. I’ve killed turkeys, hogs and deer with these heads and they’ve always performed very well.

The K2 Mini is basically the same as the other hybrids (the Afflictor 1-3/4” Hybrid and the Ultraviolet). The K2 just has a shorter overall profile.

I have shot these at long range and know that they fly very well, so I did not put them through a flight test as I typically do with the other heads.



K2 Mini Up Close

Below you can see the K2 Mini up close. And again, it’s just like their other K2 Hybrid, only it has a shorter ferrule, which is going to aid in flight, since it has less surface area.

k2 mini broadhead in closed position

The K2 mini has an aluminum ferrule, but in my testing so far, it has done really well. They are quite strong. Of course, everything else is steel.


afflictor k2 mini in deployed position

The Afflictor K2 Mini broadhead with blades in the deployed position.

So let’s put it through the test and see how the Mini performs.

K2 Mini out-of-the-box sharpness test

The K2 Mini was able to cut paper after two strokes of the arrow but not after the third.

afflictor k2 mini blade sharpness test

The K2 Mini was able to cut paper after three strokes of the carbon shaft of an arrow.

Penetration test of K2 Mini

I shot the K2 Mini through a rubber mat, backed with 1/2″ MDF and ballistic gel. The results are below.

afflictor k2 mini penetration into ballistic gel

The K2 Mini penetrated in ballistic gel right at 8 inches.

K2 Mini durability testing

I shot the K2 Mini through 1/2″ MDF that was backed by a Rinehart target. See below.

afflictor k2 mini broadhead after going through MDF 4 times

The blades and tip of the K2 Mini held up well after going through the MDF and Rinehart target four times. The small drive keys that deploy the blades broke off, but that is by design.



K2 Mini steel plate test

Usually, I don’t do this test with expandable broadheads, but I also shot the K2 Mini into a .22 gauge steel plate because they typically don’t make it through the first time. But, this one made it through the first time just fine. The second shot did some damage. See below.

afflictor k2 mini after second shot through steel plate

This was after the second shot through the steel plate. You can see that it got pretty dinged up. The ferrule is in great shape. It lost those drive keys again. Tip is in perfect shape and the blades got a big dinged up there as you can see. So the blades would have to be replaced, but the head could be good to go.

It was pretty impressive for a mechanical like the K2 Mini to make it through the MDF four times and through the steel plate twice.

Final Thoughts on Afflictor Hybrids

In this Afflictors Hybrids broadheads review I learned a lot. I didn’t really know what to expect from these heads. But, I have to say I was impressed. They have a very low profile and will fly really well and shoot accurately.

I didn’t expect them to open so well, penetrates so deeply and hold up as well as they did through that medium, unlike some other heads I’ve tested.

The Ultraviolet’s penetration was extremely impressive, especially on the angled shot, as they not only penetrated the steel plate and the plywood, but also deployed the blades.

If you are looking for a fool-proof hybrid mechanical head, the Afflictor Hybrids have qualities of a mechanical and a fixed blade and are going to fly like a dart and hold up well so you can kill some big game!

I’ve long enjoyed Afflictor broadheads, whether it’s the Hybrids or the fixed-blade heads. I’ve used all of them in many hunting situations and they’ve always performed really well.



The Afflictor Fixed Blade Head Offerings

In the following review, I’m going to be testing some of the the fixed-blade heads in the Afflictor lineup.

Afflictor Fixed-Blade Broadheads

afflictor k2 and ext broadheads

The Afflictor K2 and EXT fixed-blade broadheads are similar in design, but the K2 has a shorter profile.

There are a lot of good companies in the archery business, and Afflictor is certainly one of them. Afflictor has a passion for testing, they are ethical and they are faith-based.

Now, before testing the fixed blade heads from Afflictor, I was already a big fan of the Afflictor Hybrids. I’ve taken deer, turkey, and hogs with them. They’ve always performed really well. They flight great. They penetrate deep, they hold up well and they inflict a lot of damage in animals.

So, when Afflictor sent me the fixed blade heads, I thought, “Well, I really like the hybrids.” But, then when I started shooting the fixed blade heads, I thought, “Man, I really like these too!”

I first tested the K2 and the EXT models. They’re similar in design, but obviously, they have different specs. (Further down in this review, I also tested the Heavyweight versions of these heads).



An overview of the fixed heads

When I first looked at the fixed blade heads, I thought, “Okay, they’re just like normal 4-blade fixed blade heads.”

And yes, they are, but there are some unique things about them.

Low profile

First of all, the K2 has a super short, low profile design. That’s why it flies so extremely well.

I would put the K2 up there with any fixed blade head as being the very best flying. There are several that I put in that category that just are top of the food chain in terms of long distance flight. This one is one of those.

The EXT also flies very well, but at super long ranges, it’s not quite as good as the K2, and that’s just because there’s more surface area.

You can see the total length is greater on the EXT heads, and therefore more surface area. That’s why the K2, with less surface area tends to fly better at long distances.



Blade thickness

Another unique feature of the K2 is that the blades themselves are extremely thick. They are 420 stainless steel, so they are a decent stainless steel. But beyond that, they are really thick.

The standard for many fixed blade heads is 0.030 or 0.035 inches thick. I have always liked how the QAD Exodus blades are 0.040 inches of thick. Well, the K2 blades are 0.059 inches thick. That’s impressive! (All four of the blades on both the K2 and EXT are 0.059 inches thick).

K2 and EXT tips

This tips of the K2 and EXT are also very unique. It’s not like a chiseled tip on other broadheads. It’s not like a true “cut on contact tip” though it does cut on contact. But it’s really thick. It’s actually double the thickness of the blades themselves. It’s 0.125 inches thick!

With that thickness, what that translates into is two things. First of all, durability. But, secondly, it’s going to make a really thick cut through the deer or animal. And, I found that with all things being equal with penetration, the thicker the blades, the harder it is for that wound channel to close up.

This results in better blood trails.

That’s why these Afflictor fixed blades perform so well for me in the field and have created such good blood trails; it’s the blade thickness.

Afflictor K2 and EXT broadhead tips

The tips of the Afflictor K2 and EXT is extremely thick.

A Horizontal blade cross? Yes, and here’s why

Another thing that is unique about these fixed heads is if you look really closely, the top of the cross blades are actually horizontal for a little bit and then at an angle.

This feature is not by accident.

Now, you might look at that and say, “Well, that’s going to impede penetration.”

Actually, what Afflictor found is just the opposite.

k2 and EXT horizontal blades crosssing

The K2 and EXT have a horizontal blade crosssing that actually aids in bone penetration.

In all their testing, the folks at Afflictor weree surprised to see it that sometimes what really happens during penetration seems like it defies the laws of physics.

They found that the penetration through bone has actually improved by having a little bit of horizontal cut because the head is able to breach the bone. It pushes the bone out of the way more effectively with that angle as well.

I was interested to see how it does this in my own testing.



Higher FOC

With the extra thick tip and with the cross blades being moved up on both the K2 and the EXT, it allows for a greater FOC. So, compared to other heads that have similar dimensions, these are going to have more weight toward the front end. That’s going to aid in forgiveness in flight and it’s also going to aid in penetration.



Fixed-blade ferrules

The ferrules on the K2 and EXT are aluminum. Now, I’m not typically a big fan of aluminum… unless it’s this kind of aluminum. The aluminum ferrules on these heads are made of 7075 T6 grade aluminum.

So, this aluminum is stronger than many steels. I haven’t had any problems with it in the field. Let’s see how it did in the testing.

For each of my tests, I used my Bowtech SR6 on the comfort setting, set at 72 pounds, 27-inch draw. I used Bishop FOC King Arrows (460 grains), Nockturnal Nocks and FOBs.

What I tested for

Because of the weather at the time of these tests (we were in the middle of a blizzard here in Iowa), I did not go outside to test long range flight.

I’ve already shot the K2 at longer ranges in the field and I know it is absolutely fantastic, the best of the best at longer ranges. I would give it a 10. It flies like at ATAC, Iron Will original, or a Bishop Holy Trinity… very, very good flight.

I would give the EXT a 9. It does really well out to about 60 yards. But, it’s a little more touchy beyond that. I can still pop balloons at 80 yards but I have to really focus on it.

I did, however test for penetration, durability, and edge retention.



Penetration testing of Afflictor fixed blade broadheads

I tested penetration by using a 1/2-inch inch layer of MDF, surrounded by 1/3-inch layers of rubber foam matting. On the back side of that medium is ballistic gel, made by Clear Ballistics. The clear gel allows you to see exactly what the broadhead is doing inside the gel.

I also measured the penetration, so that it can be compared to how other heads penetrate the same medium.

k2 and ext broadheads in ballistic gel

Here, you can see the penetration of the two. And as expected, the one with a smaller cut, penetrated more deeply than the one with a larger cut, though it wasn’t by much. The EXT here at the bottom penetrated 8 and 1/4 inches and the K2 at the top penetrated 7 and 3/4 inches.

Durability and edge retention testing

I shot these heads through a 22-gauge steel plate. In this test, I will shoot through the steel plate as many times as possible (up to 5 times), until the blades really start to get damaged. When the blades start to get significant damage, I stop.

For the purposes of scoring, each time I shoot without them getting significant damage, I give the head 2 points. The maximum a head can receive is 10 points. The maximum is 5 shots.

As for the blades themselves, I shot both the K2 and EXT into the steel plate and examined them after each time. Both heads made it 3 times into the steel plate before the blades began to get pretty mangled.

holes in steel plate made by afflictor k2 and ext broadheads

Here are the holes that the K2 and EXT made in the 22-gauge steel plate. And you can see, the ones at the bottom are by the K2. The ones on the top, the EXT. The K2s really punched a big hole. You can see why they would open up a big hole in an animal. That wound is not going to easily close up. Really, really impressed by that.

The blades were not bent way out of shape, but they were definitely getting nicked up enough to stop shooting. So, three shots through the steel plate at that range is pretty impressive. The blades are replaceable and would need to be replaced. But, they will get a score of 6 because they made it three times into the steel plate.

K2 and EXT blade damage after going through steel plate

Notice that the tip is just like brand new. It did not move at all. And that’s what really matters the most when it’s going into an animal. So, I was really impressed with that. And then it was actually the same for the EXT. So, you can see the blades there getting pretty nicked up and you can see those cross blades there getting a little flared out, a little bent out of shape. And again, the tip just pristine.

Both the K2 and EXT are really good heads. For flight, for total cut size, and for damage being inflicted, I go with the K2 but both of them are really good heads.

Actually, in the field, I would say the K2 does even better on animals than it showsin the testing.



The Afflictor K2 and EXT heavyweight fixed heads

In addition to the K2 and EXT, I also tested the Heavyweight versions of these broadheads. All of the heavier Afflictor fixed blade broadheads are stainless steel and they vary in weights from 155 to 200 grains. In my tests on the heavier fixed blade heads, I specifically be testing the 200-grain models.

afflictor EXT and K2 broadheads heavyweight lineup

Here’s a look the Afflictor Heavyweight lineup of their fixed-blade heads.

How the heavier fixed blade heads are different

The heavier versions of the Afflictor EXT and K2 differ from each other, as well as their lighter counterparts…

The tips and ferrules of the heavyweights

One main difference between the EXT heads and the K2 heads is the tip (The EXT tip is also used on the EXT Hybrids and the K2 tip is also used on the K2 Hybrids).

The biggest difference in the heavyweight heads over the 100 and 125-grain models is that the heavyweight versions are all stainless steel. The ferrules are no longer 7075 aluminum as they are in the lighter weight models. Now, they are stainless steel.

For example, the 155-grain model is basically the exact same head as the 125-grain model but with stainless steel ferrule, which adds the extra weight.

The tips on both of these heads are extra thick. By my measurement, it came out to 0.14 inch thick in that leading tip of both.

Now, some people note that the tip on these heads is not super sharp. And, that’s right, it’s not.

But don’t let that fool you in terms of its performance. It’s really about edge-integrity.

The tips on these heads promotes edge straightness, (the lack of chips and dings and bending that affects penetration) and they are really tough, holding a straight edge all the way into an animal. Then, the blades behind them do the cutting.

afflictor heavyweight fixed blade broadhead bleeders

The tips of the EXT differ from the tips of the K2, but they are both extremely thick.


heavier afflictor heads with weighted washers

The heavier heads are basically the same heads as the lighter models, except that they have stainless steel ferrules and weighted washers, which, in addition to larger blades, gives the extra weight.


bleeder blades of Afflictor K@ and EXT

The bleeders on both the K2 and EXT are very thick.



Blades, bleeders and cutting diameter

I really like the way Afflictor increased the weights of these heavyweight broadheads by beefing up the blades themselves. Very well done.

Some other things you’ll note about the different models is the EXT has a cutting diameter on the main blades of 1-1/4 inches and then the bleeders are 11/16 of an inch.

And then on the K2, the maximum cut 1-1/8 inches and then the bleeders are 1 inch. So, it’s kind of cool that you have different dimensions to choose from based on your setup and what kind of a hole you want to put in the animal.

Some other things that are noteworthy are the main blades on both the EXT and the K2 are both 0.053 inch thick. That’s a thick main blade!

Typically, bleeders are thinner and weaker, but not on these heads. These bleeders are 0.059 inch thick. So really thick bleeders right there.

I’ve taken a number of animals with the 125-grain fixed versions and they all performed really well.

So, as you can see, for many reasons, I was eager to put these heavier weight broadheads to the test.



Heavyweight Afflictor fixed-head penetreation test

I didn’t test the heavyweight heads for all the things that I tested the 125-grain model with, like flight. They are basically the same dimensions (just differing weights), so they’re going to fly the same.

I’ve also already tested them for edge sharpness and edge retention and they did very well.

But, I did test them for penetration and durability. And for that, I’m used the 200-grain version, just because I was curious to see how that heavier weight makes a difference in terms of the penetration and the durability.

So, let’s see how this heavyweight lineup of the EXT and the K2 Fixed-Blade Afflictors performed.

For the penetration test, I shot into a foam mat, backed by ½” MDF and a block of ballistic gel.

Check out the penetration results below:

afflictor k2 200 grains ballistic gel penetration

The K2 200 grain head penetrated 9 inches into the foam mat/MDF/ballistic gel.


afflictor EXT 200 grain penetration ballistic gel

The 200-grain K2 penetrated 9 inches. The EXT penetrated 9-1/4 inches.

Durability testing of K2 and EXT

I shot both heads into a .22 gauge steel plate. Both the EXT and the K2 heads really punch a hole, as opposed to “slits” like some other heads make. That’s what I look for in a fixed-blade head. I want something that punches a big hole, because it’s going to be a lot harder to close up that wound channel.

Both heads were impressive in this test, but I give a slight edge (in the way the hole looks) to the K2.

afflictor k2 and EXT broadhead durability test

If you look at the heavyweight K2 here, you notice that it really does make a bigger hole. It’s interesting because the heavyweight EXT is a bit wider just by an 1/8 of an inch. But because the bleeders are so wide over here in the K2, man, it just makes a nice big hole. You can see the same type result with the EXT here. The tip and ferrule are in perfect condition, but those blades got a bit nicked up. But very impressive holes and impressive durability.

Now, as for the durability of the heads themselves, they both held up fairly well. Of course, the tips and the ferrules are all in perfect condition. The tip is really durable. You can’t even tell it has been shot into anything, let alone steel.

But, the blades got really nicked up, and that started on the second shot. You could see them start to get nicked up on the first shot and then a little more with each subsequent shot.

Now, they are replaceable blades. Their gradual bevel makes them really sharp, but it also makes them a little prone to a bit of edge bending and nicking when shot into a super hard medium like steel.



Final thoughts on the Afflictor heavyweight fixed heads

So what do you think of the Afflictor Heavyweight K2 and EXT broadheads?

I’ve used them in hunting situations and they perform really well. I’ve been impressed with how beefy these fixed blades are (I especially love the Hybrids).

Like a few other broadhead companies out there, I’ve been so impressed with the Afflictor lineup,

So, check out the score sheets below and see how these things performed, and consider them.

If you’re looking for a little more “oomph” and more FOC, they might be the broadheads for you.

afflictor EXT test scorecard
Scorecard for the Afflictor EXT 200 grain broadhead.
k2 broadheads testing scorecard
Scorecard for the Afflictor 200 grain K2 broadhead.

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Ozcut Elite 3 broadhead

WOW! Ozcut Elite Series 3 Broadhead Review | Short, Mighty [and that box!]

In this review I tested the the Ozcut Elite Series 3 Blade. It’s a really cool head and I was eager to see how it performed.

But first, the box!

First of all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you how cool the box is for the Elite Series 3-blade broadhead… Ozcut really went all out!

ozcut elite series 3 outside of box

The Ozcut Elite Series 3-Blace box has a 3D hologram on the front between the elk and the target.

inside of ozcut elite series 3 broadheads lighting up

When you open to box, it has lights behind the broadheads that illuminate them in gold and red. Very cool!

Now, a closer look at the Ozcut Elite Series 3-Blade Broadheads

Below is a look at the Ozcut Elite Series 3 head. As you will see, the overall length of the Elite Series 3-blade is much shorter than most of its competitors.

ozcut elite series 3 broadhead

Here, we get a good look at the head close up. Of course, it spins very well. This is 125-grain model. It has got a 1 1/8-inch cut. The blades by my measurement are 0.52 inches thick. This picture was taken AFTER I had already shot it through a steel plate 5 times! So, you can see where the durability test results might be heading!

ozcut elite series 3 compared to vpa

If you look at the VPA 3-blade broadhead (top), compared to the Ozcut Elite Series 3-blade head (bottom) you can see the length difference.

elite series 3 broadhead compared to cutthroat 3-blade

If you look at the Cutthroat 3-Blade (top) compared to the Ozcut Elite Series 3-blade (bottom), you can see the length comparison. The Elite Series is simply one of the shorter single-piece 3-blade heads that I’ve ever seen. That’s going to make it extra durable as well as aiding in flight, because there’s less surface area to it.



Sharpening

Now, this being a 3 blade like this, it can easily be sharpened on any flat edge.

However, because they have this extra tanto tip, there’s a bit of a different angle. The bevel angle on the tip is still 60 degrees, but it’s at different angle than the long edges of the blades, so it doesn’t lay flat.

If you were to lay it flat to sharpen it, the tanto tip would not get sharpened. So, you have to angle the broadhead just a little bit extra in order to sharpen that.

ozcut elite series 3 tanto tip

The tanto tip of the Elite Series 3.

You can sharpen it on any flat stone, or as I’ve noted in a recent test that I did of the Annihilator, you can also use the Stay Sharp Guide 344 sharpener, which changes the bevel from 60 degrees to 44 degrees (still very stout and strong, but much sharper.)

So, I’m going to sharpen this head up at the end of the review using the Stay Sharp Guide just see how sharp I can get it.

But overall, I love the design of this head, as well as the simplicity. It looked like it was going to be durable and fly well. So, I was eager to put it to the test.

I will cover some details on the tests I performed, but you can click the links to jump straight to the test results:

The tests I performed on the Ozcut Elite Series 3-blade heads

I want to explain a bit about my tests on this head.

I do these tests to try to make them as relevant to hunting situations as possible, but I want to provide you with data points as well.

You can determine whether those data points are important to you or not, but I’m going to give you those to gauge or judge a broadhead’s effectiveness. Then, you can make the best broadhead selection for you and your hunting setup and your hunting situation.

Flight Test

I did a flight test where I shot two broadheads and a field point at 40 yards, just see relatively how well they group together and then I score them accordingly.




Penetration Testing

I did two penetration tests. In penetration test #1, I shot them through a half inch layer of MDF surrounded by two 1/3-inch layers of rubber foam mat and backed up by Clear Ballistics FBI Grade Gel.

In penetration test #2, I shot it into layered cardboard just to see straight up how many layers of cardboard the broadhead could penetrate through.

layered cardboard used for cardboard penetration test

Here is the layered cardboard that I used for penetration test #2.



Sharpness Test

I did a sharpness test where I used the Edge-On-Up Sharpness Tester.

This tester has a small little clip that’s made out of aluminum with copolymer wire that’s engineered to be super consistent and to break in a certain way, rather than to stretch just to test edge sharpness.

This test measured the amount of grams of force it took to cut through that copolymer wire.

Edge Retention Test

Then I also did an edge retention test where after penetration test #1, I also did a sharpness test to see how much of the sharpness has been lost.



Durability Test (Steel Plate)

Then I did a durability test where I shot the fixed blade head through 22-gauge steel plate up to five times (When I test mechanicals, I only shoot through a half inch layer of MDF because they’re not quite as durable typically. And I shoot them five times through that layer of MDF just to see how well they hold up through that.)

Cinder Block Test

Finally, I shot the heads into a cinder block, just to see how a zero penetration exercise like this tests the overall structural integrity and durability of the head (plus, it’s just fun!)



Scoring

Once I finished all the tests, I took all of those scores and, based on how I think the broadhead performed, gave it a “Lusk Grade”, a score of 1 to 10 golden arrows, based on how effective that broadhead was at accomplishing what it set out to accomplish.

For all of these tests, I used my Bowtech SR6 27-inch draw, at 72 pounds. I lowered it to 65 pounds for the penetration test through cardboard, just because I didn’t want to shoot it all the way through and go into my wall! Then for most of the tests, I used the Bishop Archery FOC King Arrow. It’s super straight, flies extremely well, and is very durable. (For the harder impact tests, I’m used the Bishop Archery Firearm Dispatch Eliminator (FAD). It’s footed, so it’s extra durable.

Ozcut Elite Series 3 Test Results

So, now that I’ve explained a bit of the testing that I did, let’s get to the test results!

Flight Test Results

Below you can see the results of the flight test.

ozcut elite series 3-blade in target

Here’s the Ozcut Elite 3 from the flight test. That one on the far right was the first shot (field point) and I pulled that shot, but I figured I’d just go ahead and finish shooting because I knew that was my error. The other two (broadheads) grouped extremely well.

Sharpness Test

I tested the Ozcut Elite Series 3 on the Edge on Up Sharpness Tester…

edge on up sharpness tester testing the ozcut elite series 3 blade head

It took 400 grams of force to break the wire using the Ozcut Elite Series 3.



Penetration Test #1 – Ballistic Gel Results

You can see the results of shooting the Ozcut Elite Series 3 into the ballistic gel, fronted by foam matting and 1/2″ MDF.

ozcut elite series 3 penetrating into ballistic gel

The Elite Series 3 penetrated 7-1/2 inches into the ballistic gel.

Edge Retention Test Results

After penetration test #1, I tested the sharpness of the Elite Series 3 on the Edge On Up Sharpness Tester. It took 450 grams of force to break the wire.




Penetration Test #2 – Layered Cardboard results

Here, you can see the results of shooting into the layered cardboard.

ozcut elite series 3 layered cardboad test result

Here, you can see it penetrated through 65 layers of the cardboard.

Durability Test Results

I shot the head through the steel plate five times. See below…

Here’s the head after going through the steel plate five times. It’s in excellent shape. There’s a slight nick in the edge right near the tip of one the blades. That would be very easy to file out. It held together extremely well and spins very well also.



Re-Sharpening

OK. I took one of these dull heads and spent a little bit of time sharpening it with the Stay Sharp Guide 344 just to see how it would do. I didn’t spend much time on it, but let’s see how it did…

resharpened ozcut elite 3

Man, the Stay Sharp Guides really work well! It only took 275 grains of force to break wire… better than new!

Cinder Block Test Results

This test is always one of my favorites. Look what happened below when I shot the Elite Series 3 into the cinder block…

ozcut elite series 3 buried in cinder block

This head absolutely buried in the concrete. Man, this is the deepest I’ve ever had a broadhead go I think and it’s definitely the most stuck. I’m going to have to get out my chisel and hammer and work to get this thing out.



ozcut elite series 3 after cinder block test

Here’s the head after I finally got it out of the concrete (I had to use a chisel and a hammer… It took about 20 minutes to get it out!) But man, it did very well. Still spun super well. You can see that the white part there is mostly just the concrete. The tip is still in perfect condition and very sharp. That Tanto tip is impressive. One blade got some nicks in it here. I don’t even know if you can make that out. But this head could definitely be resharpened even after being shot into the concrete.



Final thoughts on Ozcut Elite Series 3 Broadheads

So what do you think of the Ozcut Elite Series 3-blade?

I ahve to say, it performed really well. You can check out the score sheet and see the summary of all the different tests that I did below. But, this is a head really worth considering, especially if you are looking to maximize penetration.

For whitetails and so forth, I tend to prefer a head with a bit more cutting area than this with a 1-1/8-inch cutting diameter, though it will certainly get the job done.

It makes really nice holes so it will do it. I personally like something with a little bit wider cut. However, for bigger animals where you’re really going after deep penetration, this is something really worth considering.

Great job, Ozcut!



scorecard for ozcut elite series 3
Scorecard for the Elite Series 3.
lusk grade for ozcut elite series 3 broadhead
Lusk Grade for the Elite Series 3… 10 golden arrows!


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