How to Cut Carbon Arrows: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Carbon arrows are becoming more and more popular in the hunting world. They are lightweight, durable, and accurate, which makes them a great choice for many shooters. They can be a little tricky to cut properly, which means you might need some help with the process.

In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of how to cut carbon arrows so that you get the best results possible. Keep reading to learn more.

What Are Carbon Arrows?

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Carbon arrows are made from, you guessed it, carbon fiber. This material is also used in other high-end products (like racing bikes and Formula One cars) because it is incredibly strong and lightweight. 

Carbon arrows are also designed to be very stiff, which makes them more accurate than other types of arrows. One downside to carbon arrows is that they can be more difficult to cut than other materials. 

This is because carbon fibers can splinter if they are not cut correctly. However, don’t let this discourage you from using carbon fiber arrows. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to cut them perfectly every time.

How to Cut Carbon Arrows

Now that you know a little bit more about carbon arrows, let’s walk you through the process of how to cut them.

What you’ll need:

  • A cut-off saw or chop saw
  • A cutting disc
  • A ruler or tape measure
  • A sturdy flat surface
  • Sandpaper
  • Fletching jig
  • Gloves, protective eyewear (safety glasses), and a dust mask

Here is a step-by-step process for cutting your carbon arrows:

The first thing you will need is a good quality arrow saw. This type of saw is designed specifically for cutting arrows and will help to prevent the carbon fibers from splintering.

Getting the right measurements is an essential part of this process. For a lot of carbon arrows, you will want to measure from the back of the point to the start of the nock groove. This is typically about 29 inches for adult arrows. Leave a margin for error when taking the measurements. 

Once you have your measurement, it’s time to start cutting. Place the arrow on your conductive work surface and line up the cutting disc with the mark you made. Make sure that you are wearing gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask before you start cutting.

Next, you will need to find the right spot to make your cut. The best place to start is at the point where the arrow meets the shaft. This will give you a nice, clean cut that is less likely to cause any damage to the arrow.

Once you have found the right spot, simply line up the saw with the arrow and begin cutting. It is important to make sure that you are cutting at a slow and steady pace. If you go too fast, you run the risk of damaging the arrow. 

Once you have finished cutting the arrow, it is time to remove the fletching. The best way to do this is with a fletching jig. This tool will help to remove the fletching without damaging the arrow.

After this, you can make any required follow-up cuts and then sand down the edges of the arrow. This will help to remove any sharp edges and make sure that the ideal arrow is ready to use. You can also use sandpaper to remove any burrs that might have been left behind from the cutting process and then clean up the carbon fiber dust.

Now that you know how to cut carbon arrows, you can get started on your next project. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to perfect your technique and produce professional-looking results.

Alternative Ways To Cut Carbon Arrows

Other than using a saw to cut your arrows, you can opt to use other tools such as a file or a drill. Let’s look at these methods:

Using a File

Although this approach is quite easy to understand and straightforward, it also calls for some patience. Start by applying small, light, steady strokes to the shaft with the cutting edge or corner of a flat file. While doing this, continue to roll the shaft and consistently press down on the file. 

The piece that is left once you have cut through an arrow will have an angled or tapered end, whereas the other will have a smooth surface. Grasp the arrow like a pencil and utilize the pointed end to create circles. You could also choose to slide it on the file for a clean cut.

Using a Drill

For this method, it’s crucial to keep in mind not to thread the arrow through the mini tubing cutter too tightly. As the cutter spins, the shaft must fit snugly but comfortably in the hole. Be cautious when cutting to prevent breaking the shaft.

You can change how tightly you spin the metallic tubing cutter, but be careful to exert very light pressure. To get the ideal tightness and prevent the surface of the arrow from breaking or cracking, you may require some experience. 

The arrow shaft cutter almost cuts through the arrow after six to seven rotations in your palm. You should now take the cutter out and cut the last portion of the arrow off. The shaft won’t get damaged if you do this rather than letting the pipe cutter go through.

The arrow’s end should then be carefully rubbed with a file. Make sure that it is straight and even the entire time. To get rid of any splinters, run the file around the edge of the arrow too. 

Rather than spinning your arrow by hand, you could mount it in a drill to help the process go more quickly. Nonetheless, if you unintentionally apply too much consistent pressure to the tubing cutter, this raises the risk of breaking the shaft.

How to Determine the Best Arrow Length

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As a beginner, you may not know what arrow length is best. When you have the perfect shaft length, your arrows will be more forgiving. It is easier to achieve consistent results with a long arrow selection. 

A longer arrow also provides more kinetic energy, which is beneficial for hunting. If you are looking for accuracy, a shorter arrow is the way to go. It is important to find a balance between the two.

The length of the arrow should be based on the draw length of your bow. To determine your draw length, extend your arms out to either side and have someone measure from the tip of your middle finger to the corner of your mouth. Once you have this arrow measurement, you can use a chart to find your appropriate arrow length.

Keep in mind that you can always trim your arrows to the perfect length, but it is more difficult to add length back on. It is better to err on the side of caution and start with proper arrows that are too long rather than too short. You can always cut them down, but you cannot add length back on.


How can I cut my own arrows at home?

With a few simple tools, you can cut your own bamboo arrows at home. You will need an arrow saw, an arrow cutter, and a measuring device. First, measure the length of the arrow you want to cut. Second, mark the length on the arrow saw. 

Third, cut the arrow shaft at the marked length. Fourth, use the arrow cutter tool to cut off the fletching and nock. Finally, sand or file down any rough edges.

What is the best way to cut carbon arrows?

There are a few different ways to cut custom carbon arrows, but the best way is to use an arrow saw. An arrow saw will give you a clean, straight cut. 

You will also need an arrow cutter to remove the fletching and nock. Be sure to measure the length of the arrow you want to cut before you begin.

Can I use a regular saw to cut my arrows?

You can use a regular saw to cut your traditional arrows, but it is not the best option. A regular saw will give you a jagged, uneven cut. 

An arrow saw is specifically designed to give you a clean, straight cut. You will also need an arrow cutter to remove the fletching and nock. Be sure to measure the length of the arrow you want to cut before you begin.


We hope that this guide has been helpful in learning how to cut carbon arrows. Cutting your own wooden arrows at home is a great way to save money and get exactly the arrows you want.

Now that you know how to cut carbon arrows, you can get started on your own arrow-cutting project. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to perfect your technique and produce professional-looking results. Thanks for reading!