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Thorn Crown Broadheads Review | King of the Broadhead Hill?

Talk about a crazy, wicked looking, innovative broadhead!

I first saw the Thorn Crown broadheads at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) show and talking with the original designer.

When I finally got my hands on them, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test to see if they were the real deal.

It kind of looks like a mace, a medieval weapon.

thorn crown broadhead closeup
Here, you get a close-up look at the Thorn Crown. I mean this is one crazy-looking broadhead. I love innovation from Thorn. This is 125-grain model. It’s an 8-blade broadhead. And you can see all 8 blades are aligned helically and make a star pattern.

Typically, I like broadheads to have a really wide cutting diameter, rather than a concentrated cut. However, I’ve never killed anything with an 8-blade broadhead, and I’m imagining that it would make a hole that is pretty difficult to close up.

Each of the blades are stainless steel and are 0.040 inch thick. So, they are really thick blades. They are arranged with the smallest diameter first, 5/8 of an inch, then 6/8 of an inch, 7/8 of an inch, and 1-inch. So, that’s where you get the total of 3.25 inches of cut.

That’s a lot of cut!

thorn crown broadhead blades
The blades are in a helix pattern and separated by a small stainless steel ball bearing. It’s kind of a cool design. They are replaceable and the heads come with replacement blades. The ferrule is 7075 aluminum, so it’s a really stout, durable and heavy aluminum. And it has a hardened tip as well.
thorn crown broadhead tip
The Thorn Crown has a hardened tip.

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Thorn Crown Broadheads Testing

I tested the Thorn Crown broadheads for flight, edge sharpness and edge retention, for penetration and for durability.

Let’s see how the Thorn Crown performed.

Flight test

I was able to pop a balloon at 70 yards with the Thorn Crown.

Sharpness test of the Thorn Crown

I tested the Thorn Crown for out-of-the-box sharpness. It was able to still cut paper after 5 strokes of a carbon arrow shaft.

thorn crown sharpness test
The Thorn cut paper after five strokes of the arrow.

Penetration Test

I tested the Thorn Crown for penetration by shooting it into ballistic gel, fronted by 2/3-inch foam matting and 1/2-inch MDF.

thorn crown in ballistic gel
The Thorn Crown penetrated 6 and 3/4 inches. I know it doesn’t look like that in this photo, but from over the top, I measured it cleanly. It’s 6 and 3/4 inches.
thorn crown wound channel
Check out the wound channel of this Thorn Crown. It’s the one directly to the right of it there, that big giant swath. And it’s really cool because as you move around the gel, you can see that it’s that way from every side. It’s not just like wide on one side like if you had a 2-blade head or something, but it really is that cut in 360 degrees. That’s pretty cool.

Durability Test

I shot the Thorn Crown into 1/2-inch MDF five times. Below is the result.

Thorn Crown broadhead after being shot through MDF
Here’s the Crown after being shot into the MDF five times. And as you can see, it looks virtually brand new. The blades, the ferrule, the tip, everything is just in pristine shape. And look at those holes. It makes really cool holes. Notice the eight cuts!

Final Thoughts on the Thorn Crown Broadhead

So what do you think of the Thorn Crown?

Like I said, I’ve been wanting to test it because it’s just so unique.

A wicked cut

Cut is one of the many factors to consider when selecting a broadhead. I typically want a wider cut out of my broadheads, because wider cuts tend to produce a better blood trail. There’s more likelihood that you’re going to reach that extra artery and the holes are typically harder to close up.

But, I’ve never shot an 8-blade head before now. And, I’ve got to tell you, when it went into the target, or went into the gel and I pulled it out, man, it just ripped them apart.

So this is a wicked wound channel that honestly, I want to shoot into an animal just to see what happens.

Great flight and durability

I was really impressed with its excellent flight.

I chose ahead of time to test this for the durability compared to a mechanical. And the reason I did that is that it has eight blades. Each of those four individual 2-blade heads would be hitting the steel plate that I typically use for fixed-blade broadheads.

I thought, “There’s no way that’s going to hold up to the steel plate.” But given it’s such a big cut size, let’s test it as I would a mechanical. And as you saw, it did extremely well for the mechanical test.

Now, I was curious and I want to see what would happen through a steel plate so I shot it into the steel plate as well and it punched a really nice 8-blade hole through the 22-gauge steel plate. But as expected, the head itself just did not hold up to the steel plate.

thorn crown broadhead scorecard
The scorecard for the Thorn Crown Broadhead.

But honestly, that wouldn’t hold me back from using it in a hunting situation given its flight and given just the wicked wound channel and the way it held up to the MDF.

This broadhead is not a gimmick. This is something that really could do some serious damage.

So great job, Thorn! Love the innovation. Keep it up. Great job.

John Lusk

John Lusk is an avid bowhunter and broadhead fanatic. He has taken well over 100 big game animals with his bow all over the US, as well as Canada and South Africa. He puts his Engineering degree to use in his broadhead testing and has tested over 50 different broadheads. He has written articles in a dozen different archery publications, appeared on several hunting TV shows, and has well over a million views on his YouTube Channel: Lusk Archery Adventures. There you will find more than 70 videos of his hunts and extensive broadhead tests. When he is not shooting his bow, John serves alongside his wife as the Pastor of the Des Moines Church of Christ, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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