Last Updated on June 23, 2022 by Brian Grossman
If you found this page Googling “What do you use to screw on broadheads?” then I’m going to assume you’re taking your state’s hunter education course. Great job! Broadhead safety is one of many topics covered in the standardized course and has been know to show up on the test as well. As a result, it is a surprisingly popular Google search!
Maybe you’re not taking hunter ed, though. Maybe you’re just trying to keep from losing a finger messing around with ridiculously sharp broadheads. Either way, safely installing or removing broadheads from your arrows isn’t difficult if you have the right tool for the job, and using a broadhead tool like the one seen above is the only safe way to do so. (Shhh. Mark that on your test)
Why Use a Broadhead Tool
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been guilty of using my bare hands to install or remove broadheads more than once. It’s a bonehead move. I’ll also admit I’ve cut my fingers more than once doing so! Most of today’s broadheads feature razor-sharp blades — as you would expect — that can slice your finger open before you realize what happened. It’s not worth the risk. Save your fingers and a trip to the local E.R. by using the appropriate tool.
Some broadhead manufacturers are kind enough to provide you with a tool to use for installing or removing broadheads. Some do not. Fortunately there are plenty of great, inexpensive broadhead tools on the market that will get the job done. Some of those tools even include a sharpening feature so you can not only install and remove your broadheads safely, but you can also keep them razor sharp for the moment of truth.
Below are a few of the most popular broadhead tools available on Amazon for your shopping convenience.
Inexpensive Broadhead Tools
Allen K’Netix Universal Broadhead Wrench
It doesn’t get any more basic or cheaper than the Allen K’Netix universal broadhead wrench for safely screwing your broadheads on and off your arrows. The multi-grooved opening accommodates any fixed blade broadheads, and the compact size allows you to throw the broadhead wrench in your pocket or pack so it’s always handy when you need it.
Allen K’Netix MV2 Broadhead Wrench and Sharpener
This broadhead tool is also made by Allen, but as you can see, this one is a little more advanced. Not only does it include a broadhead wrench that accomodates both fixed blade and expandable broadheads of all sizes and configurations, but it also includes a carbide broadhead sharpener and nock tuning slots! The slim ergonomic design makes it easy to toss this broadhead tool in your back pocket.
Lansky Broadhead Tool with Tungsten Carbide Sharpener
The Lansky broadhead tool is a safe, easy and compact tool that makes fast work of three different tasks; locks broadheads safely for tightening or replacement, sharpens broadheads , and can be used to touch up knives. The Lansky Broadhead Sharpener will prove indispensable to every bowhunter.
HME Archery Broadhead Tool and Sharpener
The HME broadhead tool is the most advanced and most expensive tool on our list, although you can still pick one up for under $20. The tool includes eight allen wrench sizes, two screwdrivers, a nock wrench, broadhead wrench and a broadhead blade sharpener. What more could you want in a broadhead tool?
While it’s tempting to just grab a broadhead and screw in on the arrow or remove it from the arrow, it’s not worth the risk of a nasty, unnecessary cut. For under $10 you can buy a broadhead tool to safely do the job. In many cases, that same tool can keep your broadheads sharp. If you don’t already have a good broadhead tool, pick up one today and start getting your arrow setup ready for this fall!