The Solid Broadhead Company began when Steve Speck set out to build “the best broadhead possible.” (As you may recall, I recently interviewed Steve about this broadhead design, his archery shop, and his latest hunting DVD.)
Many companies claim to build the best product possible, but these companies are limited by the costs of marketing, production and facilities overhead, distribution, and ultimately constrained by the bottom line. These companies cannot build the best broadhead without reservation because they are limited by price points, target demographics, market segments, competitors, and other factors.
The Solid Broadhead Company (aka “Steve”) isn’t constrained by these things in the way that larger companies are.
I have kept tabs on the development of this design for several months, before it was announced to the public, and just recently I had a chance to begin testing this broadhead. In this article I’ll be sharing my first impressions and after I gain some real world experience putting this broadhead to work on game this fall I will follow up with a full review.
Let’s take a quick look at the Solid Broadhead, using the same set of criteria that I have used for all of my other broadhead reviews.
There is no need to belabor the point here – the Solid Broadhead is one of the most accurate, if not the most accurate, fixed-blade broadheads that I have ever shot. I have never felt more confident with my hunting setup than I do right now, shooting these broadheads out of my Elite Pure.
Here’s some proof of the kind of accuracy these things are capable of…
If you don’t see the video above, please watch it here.
Really, how can you argue with that?!?!
These broadheads are made of 100% solid stainless steel. There is no aluminum, and no MIM (metal injection molding). Even the torx screw is stainless! There are obviously no moving parts, and the blade lockup seems absolutely rock solid.
The blades on the Solid Broadhead are made of S30V blade steel, hardened to 59HRC. S30V is a premium steel that has never been used on a broadhead, but it is celebrated in high-end knives for its cutting performance, strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. For a detailed, technical explanation of S30V steel, I highly recommend that you take a look at this article from knife expert Doug Ritter.
Ease of Use
The Solid Broadhead comes preassembled but can be easily disassembled by removing the torx screw; removing the smaller “Penetrator” blades will give you access to touch up the sharpness of the main blade with a strop or sharpening stone.
Out of the box these heads are hair popping sharp. I was able to slice through paper, get them to catch on my nail, and cut stretched rubber bands with ease.
I have been shooting 2 of the 3 heads extensively for weeks; I have not shot the other head at all so that I can compare the “factory” sharpness to the sharpness of the heads that I have been practicing with. I have been pretty amazed that the heads I have been shooting have retained their edge as good as they have and I am looking forward to see how the sharpness of these blades holds up over the long haul.
On that note, I will be testing how easy it is to sharpen the edge of these blades down the road, which will also affect my final Ease of Use rating.
I haven’t performed any sort of damage tests on these broadheads yet, but if you are interested you can see that Steve has some impressive raw footage in this video. I will be sure to report back on how these heads hold up over the course of the season. My plan is to use just one of these heads on all of my kills this year!
Are you ready for a little sticker shock? The Solid Broadhead sells for $74.99 for a 3-pack. I am pretty sure that I literally shook my head when I saw this price for the first time. However, when you stop and analyze a few things you will realize why the price point is what it is, and why it will be worth it to some hunters.
I hope that this broadhead is everything that it seems to be (and that it is everything it has proved to be thus far), and if it is, I think that the price point is actually quite fair. Here’s a few reasons why…
- First and foremost, this cost of the broadhead is directly related to material costs of the S30V steel. Look at any knife that comes in a S30V version as well as cheaper steel – the S30V knife will cost a considerable amount more. Make no mistake; this broadhead can only be made at this price because Solid doesn’t have the extra overhead of staff, marketing, distribution, etc. (There is a reason you haven’t seen an S30V broadhead before now!)
- The blades don’t need to be replaced. Due to the S30V steel they hold an edge a long time and hopefully I will find that they re-sharpen easily when needed. If you look at many fixed-blade designs and add in the cost of an extra pack of blades, which you will almost certainly need, you are often spending $60+ right there.
- They aren’t disposable. I have experienced broadheads that didn’t fly true after a kill or encountering some other type of obstruction. If you are lucky all you need to do is replace the blades, but it sometimes the broadhead won’t fly right any more. I don’t see that happening with this beefy, 100% steel design. Worse yet, some of the ‘cheaper’ heads don’t spend true out of the package, each Solid Broadhead is spin tested and…
- The Solid Broadheads are backed by a lifetime, no questions asked guarantee. (That is unless you are doing something stupid to intentionally damage the heads.)
We live in a world where nearly every company claims to come out with a product that is revolutionary, innovative, cutting edge, game changing, or some other buzz-worthy marketing phrase. Though Steve has never made any of these claims, I think we will soon see more of the broadhead industry chasing the Solid Broadhead design and philosophy.
Certainly a broadhead at this price will only appeal to a segment of the bowhunting marketplace, but I don’t think Steve built it for everyone. The goal of the Solid Broadhead was to build the best without restraint, and I think that it is a marvelous effort.
I look forward to using it this season. It has already begun to win me over in several ways and I think it will be a broadhead that I’ll be shooting for quite a while. Time will tell!
Solid Broadheads are available at S&S Archery.