BreakdownThe Helix broadhead was created by Tim Strickland of Strickland’s Archery. Tim set out to create the perfect broadhead. He didn’t want a broadhead that would just put a big hole in the game he was after; he wanted the best overall performance in his equipment, including accuracy, penetration, cutting diameter, etc. The Strickland Helix Broadhead Arrowhead's single bevel aerodynamic design means it works in tandem with the fletching. This is a unique principle in broadhead design: steerage from the front, which results in greater overall stability in flight. The secret to creating the helix effect comes from the sharpening process. While the Helix Arrowhead may appear to be a simple two-blade design, the offset sharpening process yields a unique hunting broadhead that is forced to rotate in flight. Front rotation from the arrowhead combined with back rotation from the fletching results in greater stability in flight. In other words - your arrow goes where it's aimed.
With a single bevel broadhead you don't only get added accuracy, but also better penetration. The arrow rotation continues at impact due to tissue pressure pushing against one bevel causing it to rotate. There are several advantages to this, but the most obvious is when the arrow penetrates bone. The bevel induced rotation tends to cause massive bone breaks, especially in heavier bone; whereas a double bevel simply tries to force its way directly through. The Helix Arrowhead is sharpened on the back to first, helping reduce friction, which aids penetration. Any type of blade that enters meat creates a wrap-around effect. The extra cutting surface on the blade's back eliminates meat caving in around the arrowhead and as a result lessens the wrap-around effect. Second, if the Helix Arrowhead remains in the animal, its razor-sharp, multiple cutting edges are working with every move the animal makes.
I placed a poor shot on a whitetail doe earlier this season, just into the shoulder and found my blade broken in front of where she got hit. Trailed for hours with decent initial blood that eventually went dry. I think failure of the blade might be due to the area where the blade is mounted.
I am super bummed by this because they fly true and do a ton of damage when they miss bone. However, due to this experience I won't be using them again.
My recommendation would be that if you use them; do not try to re-sharpen any of these broadheads that have been fired. Only hunt with fresh broadheads and keep the spent ones for practice only.
How the he’ll do you get these things to tune
Fantastic flight and accuracy. I swear these almost shoot better than field points. All heads spun true out of the package.
However, the steel is very soft. Edges deformed from a handful of shots into my foam broadhead block. Burrs form extremely quickly and edge retention is poor. Strickland recommends you leave a slight burr on the edge for sharpness, which is not ideal. I found the burr was indeed sharper than the polished edge.
I'm guessing these are cheap 420 stainless. For just a bit more $ you can get into other heads with premium steels that will take and hold an edge.
These will get the job done, but would be fantastic with some better metal.
not what expected
Broadheads fly well for me and were sharp out of the box. Ultimately, I'm not a fan of the shape, susceptible to bending after a missed shot. If you like the Ashby recommended geometry for broadheads then you'll like these.
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