History Of Outback Broadheads
in 1998, Allan “Woody” Woodward first designed and made his own broadheads from scrap material that he salvaged from used conveyor belt guides where he worked.
He cut each broadhead out by hand with a grinder and final shaping and sharpening was done with a file. Broadhead adapters were cut with a hacksaw to fit the blades and pin inserted to lock them in place.
The original blade shape was designed to be close to a 3:1 ratio, which is generally considered the optimum shape for strength and penetration. A lot of information in regards to this available via the Dr Ed Ashby reports. A google search can provide many resources for these.
Woody made approx 400-500 of these for personal use, plus handing some out to a few friends and aquaintances.
These early tests were highly successful. In particular, the unique ' over the shaft' design which incorporated the arrow shaft within the broad head blades, was proved to have superior strength compared to other broadhead designs.
In around 2004 Woody made his own broadhead sharpening surface grinder, with the help of a few friends and their combined skills. He also designed shapes for the tooling to be made by a local toolmaker for different broadheads.
The ferrules were also made locally by another toolmaker, all customised for different designs.
From these humble beginnings, Allan Woodward launched one of the most widely recognised and highly respected broadhead brands in Australia in the early 2000's. Sadly, production of the broadheads by Woody ceased around 2015.
Woody's aim was to build a better Australian Broadhead at a fair price. It would be fair to say he achieved that aim, and more. As a Bowhunter and an avid fan and user of Outback Broadheads, it seemed only natural to take over the reins when the chance arose...