haha I might refer to this as the blind leading the blind
since these are honestly my second and third projects of my forging career (the first being the tongs to make them with). I watched a lot of the tutorials on youtube about forming the socket as that was the part that seemed most difficult.
Honestly it was much easier than I thought. Here is a picture of the tongs I made to help hold the arrow head once I cut it off the stock.
Those made it really easy to work the head portion after you split the arrowhead from the bar you are working off of.
I started with 1/2" rebar 24" long from Lowes ($1.90 or something for the bar)and heated one end. Work that down really thin and then roll it over to form the socket.
I used a railroad spike shaped and tapered down to a point half inch at the base and about 1" long to help shape the socket.
Once socket is formed heat the rebar just above the socket and cut it off. I went about 3/4" above the socket neck and had to trim some material off that small bodkin but it was just about right for the broadhead.
After its cut off grab from the socket end and work the head into whatever shape you are going for. straighten it up and sharpen if you like.
Couple notes though:
Since I am a noob and not experienced at all I ended up burning the metal and had to start over when I was trying to form a socket. The metal heats insanely fast when that thin.
After I cut off the head with the socket formed I then picked up the head from the socket end with the tongs right on the seam and after a couple hits to start forming the head the socket was totally screwed up and separating on me so be careful how you grab the socket end (should I be forge welding this shut because I just butted the ends together).
There are tons of videos on youtube and people way better at this than me. This was my experience but check out the videos and watch the pros make it look easy
Either way it was a lot of fun and I will definitely be making more.