Not many archer or bow-wielding hunters prefer to cut their carbon arrows to use. It requires a lot of effort, time, money and even a certain level of craftsmanship. Additionally, for a lot of people out there, it quite worth the investment.
Carbon arrows are known to be flexible, light, but they are also very strong, making it a must-have in the quivers of modern day archers.
By crafting your arrows, you can customize it to whatever you want from a length, style, the fletching and all of the parts that made up the arrow.
It would also be of great convenience if you don’t live particularly near to a hunting surplus shop – as it, in itself, is not wide-spread anyway. So instead of ordering online and have to wait for a long time or drive several miles away and back, you could just craft your own.
Therefore, in this guide, we’ll show you how to cut carbon arrows for your own needs.
How to Cut Carbon Arrows
Of course, before you can begin to craft anything, you must have the necessary tools needed as well as the materials to work on.
You can begin by acquiring a powered cutting tool with the round per minute (rpm) of higher than 500. Besides, avoid using hand tools as it can damage the fibers and lessen the strength of the arrow itself.
You should avoid serrated or bladed tools as the individual strands of fibers would be damaged in the process of the cutting. The saw is the most expensive and elaborated equipment that you’d need. Then, the rest can usually be found right in your garage. They are rulers, stops, mounts, wooden base, clamps, sandpaper, and tapes of any sorts would do the trick.
Finally, the only material that you need is a bare arrow shaft – a cylindrical tube of carbon fiber. This one is that you would operate on to cut your carbon arrows.
Just like any crafting operation, after you’ve gotten the necessary tools and materials, it’s time to check off the safeties.
Besides a handy pair of thick gloves, it is also necessary to have a respirator to protect yourself from inhaling carbon fiber dust. It’s because you would be working with the powered tool. Safety goggles are also a must. Debris can fling at very high velocity while you are cutting your carbon arrow.
Common safety exercises such as barring the workplace from being accessed by young children. Or to always be cautious while the tool is running are also plusses.
Avoid operating on carbon fiber near exposed electrical appliances or components. As the flying carbon fiber kicking up from your cutting can attach to these parts and short-circuit them. Carbon fibers are great electrical conductors, and that is why working near electrical devices could be risky.
Carbon fiber is a tough material. Thus, you can’t simply cut out a perfect shape with a pair of scissors. Your carbon arrow needs to be spun at high speed on the cutting wheel.
Use a clamp to secure the arrow in place. Use both of your hands to guide the cut. Spin the arrow to ensure that you had a straight and beveled cut.
Make light touches between the shaft and your wheel consistently, as you slide across the surface of the shaft to smooth out the details as possible. This could be beneficial to the aerodynamics of the arrow later on in your finished product.
Spinning the shaft will also allow you to have a squared arrow. It’s because the rotating blade’s contact is uniform all across the entire body, no matter the cut angle. With this method, fragmentation is also reduced significantly unlike traditional methods.
Cutting The Length
The length of the arrow depends greatly on your set up and your preference. There are often general guides on how long an arrow should be for most effective use. Once you already know what you want with your arrow, you can go ahead and cut it out.
Use a clamp and set it to your specified length, then wedge the arrow in-between. And after that, just guide your saw over and make a clean, quick cut. You now have in hand a complete shaft ready for tasking.
The other method is more manual. Just use a ruler, measure it to whatever that you desire. Mark down the length right into the shaft with either a permanent marker or tape. Then, just use it as a guide for your cut.
After the cut, your carbon rod might be a little bit rough around the edges. It depends on the quality and the precision of your cut.
Either try for a recut or use the assortment of tools that you have in hand to better your finished crafting product.
One of the best tools that you might have is sandpaper. Try to grind the rough parts, and you would find it relatively smooth for taking in a few short notices.
After you’ve gotten the arrow ready, it’s good time for you to begin cleaning up your workplace. Carbon fiber is quite of a hazard. Not only you can inhale it; it can seriously mess with your electrical appliances.
The best way to make sure that the majority of those leftovers are squeaky clean from your workplace is to use a vacuum cleaner and make a quick sweep across the floor.
This is relatively rudimentary if you consider this to be a hobby, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a serious, heavy duty arrow cutter. Even if they’re not cheap, it’s a nice investment for the hobby.
Now that you have to know how to cut carbon arrows with your personal touches. There’s no need to drive a long distance just to get a dozen of them. The money you spend on gas far exceeds that of the arrows.
You can also resell them if your craft is strong enough and with good quality for the community, making you sort of a side income.