The Copper Arrow is similar in concept to the Silver Arrow. While not an exceptionally powerful arrow, the material is necessary against certain enemies. (In this case, The Untitled.) Copper is a soft metal and would not be a good material for regular use as an arrowhead. A copper jacketed arrowhead would make more sense.
In this story we see that Roy (Speedy) has cobbled together a singular arrowhead that uses a broad Knife-Edge Arrow inspired design. It is gruesome in its effectiveness.
- Type: Improvised Arrow
- Frequency: Unique
- Effects: An arrowhead made of copper.
- First Appearance: Red Hood and the Outlaws #4 (2011)
Neolithic humans about 10,000 years ago first used native copper as a substitute for stone. For nearly five millennia copper was the only metal known to man, and thus had all the metal applications. As a result of copper, mankind’s “oldest metal,” the art and craft of metalworking spread into almost every facet of life, from currency to tools to ornaments and, especially, weaponry.
For ancient artisans, copper’s malleability in its natural, pure state was a major attribute, but this quality had significant drawbacks when it came to producing armaments. Swords and spears made from copper could be easily sharpened, but they were unable to hold their edge for very long.
This led to experimentation and, ultimately, to the creation of alloys that combined the best qualities of two or more metals. When early metalsmiths discovered more durable metal with performance attributes beyond anything they had ever known, the Bronze Age began. Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, has been used as far back as 4500 BCE, as it is much harder than pure copper. The Bronze Age is conventionally dated to the mid-4th millennium BC. The Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age starting from about 1300 BC.