Have you damaged an arrow and wondering if it is reusable? I will give you the answer if they are and show you how to fix them if they are not.
Yes, archery arrows are reusable or fixable. If the nock, shaft or head is not functional there are ways to fix them. This will be cheaper than replacing an arrow in the long run.
Commonly damaged parts on the arrow
A common issue to my arrows is the fletching. If your arrows are not working as they should. Check the fletching by looking if they are attached properly to your arrow and check if the curves are correct and similar. If the fletchings should be straight, simply check if they are.
How to fix fletching
Heat. Using a heat gun, hairdryer or a lighter (“a lighter can cause some black stains because of the fire, but it works.”). Use this on your damaged arrow fletching and you will see the heat will fix your warped arrow fletching. This is a very effective, cheap and simple way to fix it. Try it before you go further.
How to replace the fletching
This acquires some practice to make perfect, but after a few tries, you should be set. When you learn this you can make your arrows “your own”, choose your own color combination and how you want your fletching. If you don’t want to put in the time or energy a shop can do it for you. But I recommend to learn it yourself if you plan to be archery for a while.
Common damaged points on the nock
The nock can be broken, weakened or loose.
Check it visually to see if there are any damage and just use your hands to see if the nock is weakened or loose.
How to replace a nock
If you have any issues with the nock, replacing it is the fastest and best solution. You can usually twist it with your hands to make the nock falloff or else you can use a pair of pliers for help. Then put on some glue on the new nock and put it in place.
How to repair a bent or broken shaft
The shaft can be bent. If you are using a wooden arrow you need to check if there are any gougles, scrapes or chips.
To check if your shaft is bent take a look with your eye by putting it close by your eye and look if it is in line.
The other method that is used is to roll it in your hand. This is a more advanced method. If you are a beginner I would recommend to use your eyes to see if the arrow is straight. It can be hard to see if it is bent if it’s a minor bend.
How to fix a broken arrow
To fix a bent shaft you can lay the bent side of the shaft against a table and apply some pressure while rubbing the arrow back and forth. Take a visual check between the rubbing intervals to see if it’s straight. You don’t want to bend it too much, causing it to bend the opposite direction and weakened the arrow even more.
If you have gougles, scraped and chips you can use some sandpaper if this doesn’t work I would replace it.
Shooting with damaged or bent arrows is not recommended and is not safe. If you are not able or your local shop can’t fix it, replace the arrow!
The head is probably the area that has broken most for me. Make sure to recover the head if it breaks off. If you manage to do you can fix it. If the arrow is not totally broken off, check if it is put on straight, if its well tightened and threaded as it should be.
Replacing and fixing the head can seem intimidating and scary, but it’s actually quite simple. I will link to a youtube video here to show you how to do it on your own Arrow youtube video.
What you need: a pair of pliers, a block of hot melt and a heating source.
Use your plier and heat to remove the broken arrow, take your new arrow and apply some glue. Put the arrow over the heating source and simply put it in your shaft.
Why and when does the arrow break?
Breaking an arrow is actually quite hard if you are shooting on regular targets. The fletching will be the part you need to fix most often. Arrows are made of stronger materials now, usually carbon or aluminum or a mix of both and therefore they can last longer.
Hunting is different. If your target is moving or your arrow hits a bone the arrow can easily be damaged.
Hitting your own arrows can also be a cause of damage on your arrows. This will most likely damage the nock or the fletching on the arrows. They are cheap to replace, so you shouldn’t worry too much about it.
In order to keep your arrows safe at all times we recommend you to use an arrow case, you can find our suggested arrow cases here
What arrows to use?
Choosing the right arrow to use depends on the bow and the person who uses it. Having the right length and an arrow that fits the bow`s draw length is important. For example, an arrow that limited to a 55# draw should not be used on a 60# draw bow.
Andy Ryan is an archery enthusiast who has been practising hunting and target shooting as long as he can remember. He is known for his accurate groupings and humming laughter. His texts are packed with experiences and knowledge about the archery sport that few obtain.