I’ve got to admit that I’m a neophyte when it comes to bowhunting. Therefore, one arrow is just as good as another to me.
However, while listening to Stephen Chatman talk about arrows, I began to wonder if there were as many variables in choosing an arrow as there is in picking fishing line.
Some extensive testing at his archery shop in Franklinton has him standing firmly behind a relative newcomer on scene — Black Eagle arrows.
“I started testing them two years ago,” Chatman said. “Last year, I started shooting ASA with them. They’re starting to show up in lots of quivers, and in my opinion they’re primed to take over the arrow world.”
Chatman’s affinity for Black Eagle arrows stems from them being the straightest arrow he’s ever shot. He builds his own arrows, and he’s used to cutting some of both ends to get his as straight as possible.
“With these,” he said, “I have yet to have had to cut off both sides. I can cut off one side, and it’s good to go. The tolerance is so much better, too. I can cut four other arrows that are 8.2 grains per inch and have four arrows that range from 1 to 3 grains difference.
“With Black Eagle, I cut four and they’re going to be within a half grain of each other.”
Chatman has also tested their penetration at his bow range, and he was impressed.
“It’s because of their carbon weave,” he explained. “When an arrow hits its target, there’s some flexing that takes place, which takes away from its penetration.
“These arrows have less flex at impact, which means more energy is passed on into penetration.”
And to top it off, Chatman can sell a dozen of the highest-end Black Eagle arrows for $114 per dozen, whereas other brands can run upwards of $180 per dozen.
“I don’t think I can go wrong with them. That’s why I shoot them,” he said. “They weigh probably 10 grains less than other brands, but they penetrate 7 to 8 inches farther.”
For more information about Black Eagle arrows, contact Chatman at K&S Archery at 985-839-7709 or www.blackeaglearrows.com.
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