Why pyramidal points ?

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Why pyramidal points ?

Postby Thearos » 15 Aug 2018 23:30

Is there any particular mechanical advantage to a pyramidal point ("bodkin" arrows, crossbow points, some warhammers, ancient catapult bolts, Roman pilum head) as opposed to a leaf-shaped blade ?
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Re: Why pyramidal points ?

Postby admin » 17 Oct 2018 10:37

Flatter blade sections tend to bend and/or roll when they impact on plate. Even bodkins roll, but less so than flatter blades.

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Re: Why pyramidal points ?

Postby Dan Howard » 24 Nov 2018 11:34

Flight arrows tend to have pyramidal points. IMO the design (on projectiles, not hand weapons) is likely related to its aerodynamic qualities rather than its alleged ability to punch through armour. Take two arrows of identical length and weight - one with a broadhead and one with a pyramid head - and shoot them from the same bow. You'll discover that the latter out-ranges the former by a significant margin.
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