Arrowhead Shapes

Arrowhead Shapes- What Information that you must know?

Introduction to Arrowhead Shapes

Arrow tip, blade, and bases differ variously. Some are more pointed, and some are flakier. This article explains about Arrowhead Shapes that you can use as the guideline and references about the arrow and how to developed arrow.

This various structure that is unique to each type of arrow tip speaks about their relative age. 

That is why, when you find an arrowhead with a smooth base, it merely indicates an older type of arrow tip. This characteristic is very significant as it helps to keep record things chronologically. Of course, its implications brought an insightful look at the kind of life our descendants have lived in the past.

Now, to give you more information about these. We listed the most popular arrowhead that differs in terms of stem shape, base shape, and blade shape. Here are the following: 

Stem Shape

Under this morphology, there are three main types. These are the lanceolate, notched and stemmed arrowhead. Each of these types has subtypes, which will be discussed one-by-one.


It is made up of an elliptical morphology that can either have a straight or concave base. Its flaking outline ranges from an equally distant one to a random structure. The average length of lanceolate is more than 50 mm. 


There are three subtypes for notched. These are the basal, corner, and side-notched. The basal notched is highly barbed in their shoulder. Similarly, to lanceolate, it also has an elliptical morphology. It is composed of parallel edges. Its base can range from straight to convex.

The most nearly example of this is the Arredondo.  Whereas for corner notch, it is also barb but specifically between the blade and the base. Some examples of these include Lafayette and Wacissa.

As for side-notched, it is mainly carved out of parallel points. Some variety of Bolen Beveled and Greenbriar include this type of notched point.

Stemmed Arrowhead

It is mainly made up of triangular stem points that expand upward horizontally. It includes contracting, expanding, and stemmed arrowheads. The contracting stem is made thinner from the shoulder to the base. Whereas an expanding stem does not taper from any point as it enlarges. Meanwhile, the stemmed arrowheads are entirely just made up of parallel structure.

Base shape

There are three main types of base shapes. These are the straight, concave, and convex arrow base. A straight base arrow tip has a flat edge base. Some examples of flat base arrow tips are the Newnan and Gilchrist. In contrast, the concave base arrowhead has an incurvate morphology. Simpson and Gadsden are an example of this type of arrow base. Lastly, the convex arrow base has a closer protrusion. Some examples of these include the Ocala and Westo.  

Blade Shape

An arrow tip can have a blade shape that can be excavated, incurvated, serrated, and many more. The excurvated ones have a pointed arrow tip with a big base area. On the contrary, the incurvated arrow tip is smaller than the excurvated ones. It has a little by little inward curving side. However, a serrated one is like a tooth-like structure. At their edges, they have a saw-like morphology.

Conclusion Arrowhead Shapes

As a conclusion it should be noted here that when you want to create arrowhead shapes this article will provide you overview information about the arrowhead. Hope that this article will give understanding about the arrowheads.