Title:
AERODYNAMIC ARROW
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An aerodynamic arrow is provided which includes a plurality of aerodynamically designed fletching members at the rearward end of the arrow shaft and a plurality of aerodynamically designed blades at the forward end of the shaft of the arrow. The blades of the broadhead and the fletching members of the fletching impart rotational movement to the arrow as it passes through the air from the bow to a target or animal.



Inventors:
Torkelson, Truman R. (Cody, WY, US)
Mccord, Glyn P. (Cody, WY, US)
Application Number:
13/628243
Publication Date:
03/27/2014
Filing Date:
09/27/2012
Assignee:
TORKELSON TRUMAN R.
MCCORD GLYN P.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B65/02
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Primary Examiner:
RICCI, JOHN A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
THOMTE LAW OFFICE, L.L.C. (2120 S. 72ND STREET, SUITE 1111, OMAHA, NE, 68124, US)
Claims:
1. An aerodynamic arrow, comprising: an elongated shaft having a forward end and a rearward end; a broadhead mounted on said forward end of said shaft which is comprised of two or more radially spaced-apart blades; each of said blades having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side; each of said first sides of said blades being flat between said leading edge to said trailing edge thereof; each of said second sides of said blades being cambered from said leading edge to said trailing edge thereof so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

2. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 1 wherein the leading edge of said second side of each of said blades has a greater thickness than the trailing edge thereof.

3. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 1 wherein said blades are comprised of a metal material.

4. The aerodynamic arrow of Claim I wherein said broadhead comprises three blades.

5. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 1 wherein said leading edge of each of said blades extends outwardly and rearwardly from aid shaft.

6. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 1 wherein said trailing edge of ach of said blades extends outwardly and forwardly from said shaft.

7. aerodynamic arrow of claim 1 further including at least two fletching members mounted on the rearward end of said shaft in a radially spaced-apart manner.

8. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 7 wherein each of said fletching members includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side and wherein each of said first sides of said fletching members is flat and wherein each of said second sides of said fletching members is cambered between said leading edge to said trailing edge thereof so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

9. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 8 wherein the leading edge of each of said second sides of said fletching members has a greater thickness than the trailing edge thereof.

10. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 7 wherein each of said fletching members is comprised of a soft rubber or plastic material.

11. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 7 wherein three fletching members are mounted on the rearward end of said shaft.

12. An aerodynamic arrow, comprising: an elongated shaft having a forward end and a rearward end; a broadhead mounted on said forward end of said shaft which is comprised of two or more radially spaced-apart blades; at least two radially spaced-apart fletching members mounted on the rearward end of said shaft; each of said fletching members includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side; each of said first sides of said fletching members being flat; each of said second sides of said fletching members being cambered between said leading edge to said trailing edge thereof so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

13. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 12 wherein the leading edge of each of said second sides of said fletching members has a greater thickness than the trailing edge thereof.

14. The aerodynamic arrow of claim 12 wherein each of said fletching members is comprised of a soft rubber or plastic material.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This is a non-provisional application claiming priority from Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/626,643, filed Sep. 30, 2011, entitled AERODYNAMIC ARROW.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to an aerodynamic arrow and more particularly to an aerodynamic arrow which includes an aerodynamically designed broadhead at the forward end of the shaft of the arrow and which may or may not include an aerodynamically designed fletching at the rearward end of the shaft of the arrow

2. Description of the Related Art

Conventionally manufactured broadheads used in the archery field utilize straight blades or blades that are bent in some fashion to cause the arrow to rotate and cause a measurable amount of parasitic and form drag.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key aspects or essential aspects of the claimed subject matter. Moreover, this Summary is not intended for use as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

An aerodynamic arrow is disclosed which includes an elongated shaft having a forward end and a rearward end and which has a broadhead mounted on the forward end of the shaft which is comprised of two or more radially spaced-apart blades. Each of the blades has a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side. Each of the first sides of the blades is flat between the leading edge to the trailing edge thereof. Each of the second sides of the blades is cambered from the leading edge to the trailing edge thereof so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

In another embodiment of the invention, the aerodynamic arrow also includes fletching at the rearward end of the shaft of the arrow which includes at least two fletching members secured to the shaft in a radially spaced-apart manner. Each of the fietching members includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side. Each of the first sides of the fletching members is flat. Each of the second sides of the fletching members is cambered between the leading edge to the trailing edge thereof so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

The broadhead of this invention may be used with or without the fletching of this invention and the fletching of this invention may be used with or without the broadhead of this invention.

In the preferred embodiment, the blades of the broadhead are comprised of a metal material. In the preferred embodiment of this invention, the fletching members are comprised of a soft rubber or plastic material.

It is therefore a principal object of the invention to provide an improved aerodynamic arrow.

A further object of the invention is to provide an aerodynamic arrow wherein a broadhead is mounted on the forward end of the arrow shaft with the broadhead including at least two, and preferably three, blades which are aerodynamically shaped to cause the arrow to rotate as the arrow is traveling towards a target or animal.

A further object of the invention is to provide an aerodynamic arrow wherein a fletching is mounted on the rearward end of an arrow shaft with the fletching including a plurality of fletching members which are aerodynamically designed so as to impart rotation to the arrow as the arrow travels through the air towards a target or animal.

A further object of the invention is to provide an aerodynamic arrow which increases speed of the arrow due to less form and parasitic drag for entire kinetic energy.

A further object of the invention is to provide an aerodynamic arrow which provides increased accuracy due to the rotational movement of the arrow.

A further object of the invention is to provide a fletching for an arrow which is positioned on the arrow on a straight fashion rather than a canting manner.

A further object of the invention is to provide an arrow which may be used with cross bows, compound bows and conventional bows.

A further object of the invention is to provide an aerodynamic arrow which has greater arrow penetration than the broadheads of the prior art.

These and other objects will be apparent to those skilled in the art.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Non-limiting and non-exhaustive embodiments of the present invention are described with reference to the following figures, wherein like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout the various views unless otherwise specified.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the aerodynamic arrow of this invention;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of one of the blades of the broadhead of this invention;

FIG. 3 is a partial perspective view strafing the broadhead of this invention;

FIG. 4 is a front end view of the broadhead of this invention;

FIG. 5 is a partial perspective view illustrating the fletching invention; and

FIG. 6 is a sectional view of the fletching invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Embodiments are described more fully below with reference to the accompanying figures, which form a part hereof and show, by way of illustration, specific exemplary embodiments. These embodiments are disclosed in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention. However, embodiments may be implemented in many different forms and should not be construed as being limited to the embodiments set forth herein. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense in that the scope of the present invention is defined only by the appended claims.

The aerodynamic arrow of this invention is generally referred to by the reference numeral 10 Arrow 10 includes an elongated shaft 12 having a forward end 14 and a rearward end 16. A nock 18 is mounted on the rearward end of the shaft 12 in conventional fashion. The broadhead of this invention is referred to generally by the reference numeral 20 while the fletching of this invention is referred to generally by the reference numeral 22.

Broadhead 20 includes two or more metal blades 24, and preferably, three metal blades 24. The broadhead 20 includes a pointed portion 25 at the forward end thereof. Each of the blades 24 includes a leading edge 26, a trailing edge 28, a first side 30 and a second side 32. Fletching 22 includes fletching members 34, each of which have a leading edge 36, tapered trailing edge 38, a first side 40 and a second side 42.

The first side 30 of each of the blades 24 is flat while the second side 32 of each of the blades 24 is cambered. As seen in the drawings, the cross-sectional shape of each of the blades 24 is such that the leading edge 26 thereof has a greater diameter than the trailing edge 28 thereof. The cross-sectional view of the blade 24, as seen in FIG. 2 is much like that of the cross-sectional shape of a stealth bomber or the like. As the arrow is traveling through the air, the leading edge 26 of each of the blades 24 travels straight through the air with the air passing upwardly over the cambered surface of the blade 24 to create a lift to create a rotational movement to the shaft 12. Preferably, each of the blades 24 is constructed of a metal material.

With respect to the fletching members 34, each of the fletching members 34 has a leading edge 36 and a trailing edge 38. It is preferred that the fletching members be comprised of a soft plastic or rubber material. As stated before, the fletching 22 may be used with or without the broadhead 20 but it is preferred that both of the broadhead 20 and the fletching 22 be utilized on each of the arrows.

When the arrow is released from its bow, the blades 24 and the fletching members 34 impart rotation to the shaft 12. Use of either or both of the broadhead 20 and fletching 22 increases arrow speed due to less form and parasitic drag and higher kinetic energy. The use of the broadhead 20 and the fletching 22 increases accuracy due to the rotational movement of the arrow due to stability. The fletching 22 may be mounted on the shaft in a straight fashion as opposed to the canting fletching members of the prior art. The design of the broadhead 20 is such that it provides greater arrow penetration. It can be appreciated that the broadhead 20 and the fletching 22 are compatible with compound bows, cross bows and conventional bows.

It can therefore be seen that the invention accomplishes at least all of its stated objectives.

Although the invention has been described in language that is specific certain structures and methodological steps, it is to be understood that the invention defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific structures and/or steps described. Rather, the specific aspects and steps are described as forms of implementing the claimed invention. Since many embodiments of the invention can be practiced without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, the invention resides in the claims hereinafter appended.