2019 is the first year that mechanical broadheads are legal in my home state of Oregon. Naturally, I am curious to explore the realm of mechanical broadheads, especially as someone who obsesses over accuracy with my compound equipment. The SEVR broadhead was the first mechanical I purchased after the 2018 season, and after having them since January, I’m quite happy with the purchase.
There is a bit of background to why I became interested in a mechanical broadhead in the first place. At one point in time, I swore I wouldn’t shoot them even if they were someday legalized. However, after seeing close friends around the country have great success with them, and then also identifying the short comings of fixed blade broadheads in some major ways, my mind has opened up to the use of them a bit. This is by no way me making a claim for mechanical broadheads over fixed blades, in fact Ill be the first to admit that I haven’t even hunted with the SEVR yet. I do however think they hold a lot of potential as a broadhead.
No broadhead is perfect in all scenarios. If you hit shoulder, and you’ll want a strong fixed blade head. If you hit too far back toward the stomach, you might wish you had a mechanical. Steep downhill angles with bad footing… the mechanical will win again, where as a close range frontal shot is probably better with a fixed blade. Either way, they both have merit, but this post is about the SEVR specifically, and I will defer the broadhead debate until a later day.
Right out the package, the broadheads feel stout, especially for a mechanical. The titanium ferrule is strong and stiff, and the blades feel as durable as and fixed blade that has replaceable blades. Consistency is also very good across the 7 that I have.
Mine all weigh in within 3/10ths of a grain of each other on a powder scale, which is quite accurate. I tested my field points for a reference, and they weighed in at 100.0 exactly. My SEVR heads weigh in between 98.6 and 98.9 grains right out of the box. The machining tolerances appear to be very tight, and it appears that the .3 difference in weight variation may actually be coming from the O-rings supplied to hold the blades. I haven’t tested that quite enough though to say so definitively. It is important to note for reference that I have the 100 grain Deep-six model.
From the package it doesn’t seem to matter which arrow and broadhead I screw together, they all spin like a dream. I have long been a stickler for making sure my arrows are prepped and squared properly when I build them, but either way these heads spin as well as anything I have bought before. I have not found any issues whatsoever in regards to straightness or run out in the set I have.
Sharpness is probably the largest downfall I’ve seen to the SEVR broadhead so far. While the heads aren’t miserably dull, they just don’t feel hair popping sharp either. The grind on the blades is fairly rough, and isn’t honed to a fine edge like I’d like. It’s definitely possible to hone the blades upon receiving them, which is what I will most likely do, but it’d be nice to need to.
Blade angle I suppose is a lot of the give and take relationship of a mechanical head. While the 2.1″ cutting diameter does punch a big hole, it does so by a fairly aggressive blade angle, which doesn’t do penetration any favors. For me, this is less of an issue as I shoot an 80# bow, and a relatively heavy at arrow. Even with the blade angle and loss of energy to open the head, my bow should easily drive this setup through anything up through elk, as long as the arrow hits where I want it to and doesn’t encounter any significant bone.
The blade angle though, like I had mentioned, is a give and take. By having a more aggressive angle, the blades and ferrule are reduced in overall length, which helps increase durability and straightness.
SEVR makes a pretty big deal about this feature, as did the Ulmer edge. Personally I don’t think its a bad thing. I like how the blades lock into the open position, but still fold forward some so that the broadhead isn’t considered barbed. I suppose in just the right scenario the pivoting blades could help as the head grazes by a bone and narrowly avoids it, but I doubt this scenario is really all that much of an issue most of the time. From what I have seen with major bone contact, the entire arrow is dead centered into bone when problems occur.
The ability to practice with the exact broadhead is a huge selling point for me on the SEVR broadhead. A set screw and a couple extra O-rings are provided with each broadhead. By placing the set screw into the ferrule, the blades are locked shut, and can be shot without opening. This provides exact testing specific to each arrow-broadhead combination before heading to the field with it in your quiver. Two things sold me on the SEVR broadhead and this was one of them. Shooting them this way has lived up exactly how I expected it to.
For me this was it. Accuracy was the very first and primary reason that I bought some SEVR broadheads to try. I can happily say that they have lived up to every bit of my expectations in this department.
Fixed blade broadheads, no matter how well they’re tuned, always have an issue when it comes to very steep shots at severe angles, and especially when bad footing is present. Anyone who is honest with themselves and knows enough about technical archery knows that your bow is effectively detuned when your shooting position and form are compromised. Unfortunately for those of us that hunt in the mountains, that is quite often on every shot.
This is the first broadhead I have ever been able to shoot on a bare shaft without fletches. To me, this is an incredible feat. Every mechanical broadhead I’ve ever tried this with (out of a compound) end up planning off in some direction, and typically snaps the arrow in half as the broadhead buries into the ground at a poor angle. The SEVR has repeatedly shot right with fletched field tip arrows out to 60 yards with no difference in group size. It flies incredibly well.
A large part of this with the SEVR is its design that leaves almost no blade surface exposed when folded up. This makes it incredibly arrow dynamic, and combined with its tight tolerances, makes it a dream to shoot.
So far I’ll give this broadhead an 8.5/10. Its a really solid broadhead, and its only downside to me is the lack of sharpness, and possibly the blade angle. I think a 1.75″ version of similar size with an improved angle (and sharper blades) would make this broadhead perfect in my eyes. That being said, I’m not sure if you could find one that’s more accurate to shoot. At the end of the day, an arrow flying straight and hitting the right spot will have all the penetration it needs.