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Anyone here know anything about dart boards?

I want to buy my bro-n-law a dart board. A nice one, with real darts, and a real cork board. I never played the game, and never owned a board so I dont know what I should be looking for.

Anyone here know darts or own a board and can recommend which to buy?
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cork board? I've played alot of darts over the years and have never seen a cork board. It's always been bristles. that way the board will self heal when you pull the darts out.

Also make sure the dividers are V shaped and not U shaped. This way it will reduce bounce outs.
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eh man, one of the best boards out there right now is the blade III by winmau. they are about $90 CDN, but a quick search on amazon shows them for $46US, that's an amazing price.

the board itself is awesome; stapleless bullseye, 'blade' dividers around the numbers and an all-round high quality product. we have very few bounce-outs with this board...

yeah, just get this board.

as far as the darts themselves you'll have to find a local dealer where you can try them individually. go with your buddy and spend some time in the store trying different styles. don't buy darts without trying them, you never know if you want fat/skinny shafts, light/heavy, short/long....things like that. if you're entirely new to the sport i suggest getting some 'bomber' darts (the big fat brass beasts) as most people find them easy to learn on....but you never know..

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cork board? I've played alot of darts over the years and have never seen a cork board. It's always been bristles. that way the board will self heal when you pull the darts out.

Also make sure the dividers are V shaped and not U shaped. This way it will reduce bounce outs.

That just supports how much I know about darts


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eh man, one of the best boards out there right now is the blade III by winmau. they are about $90 CDN, but a quick search on amazon shows them for $46US, that's an amazing price.

the board itself is awesome; stapleless bullseye, 'blade' dividers around the numbers and an all-round high quality product. we have very few bounce-outs with this board...

yeah, just get this board.

as far as the darts themselves you'll have to find a local dealer where you can try them individually. go with your buddy and spend some time in the store trying different styles. don't buy darts without trying them, you never know if you want fat/skinny shafts, light/heavy, short/long....things like that. if you're entirely new to the sport i suggest getting some 'bomber' darts (the big fat brass beasts) as most people find them easy to learn on....but you never know..

Winmau Blade III

AWESOME.

Could I trouble you to link me to the darts so I dont get the wrong ones?

Also, how many do I get in a set?
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AWESOME.

Could I trouble you to link me to the darts so I dont get the wrong ones?

Also, how many do I get in a set?

Eh man, not linking you to any specific darts...there are literally hundreds of styles. It seems daunting at first, but just walk into your local store and pick a fairly inexpensive set to start with. When you're just learning the game the darts aren't going to be what holds you back from improving.

I started playing with a set my mom used in the 70s and they were fine for me until I was good enough to know how to match a dart to my throw....you'll see some sets (a set is 3 darts) for less than $20, then the next ones are around $30-$40 with the 'best' being anywhere from $70 and up....just start with some low to mid range prices. You might hate the game and only use them once, haha!

Just found this link for you....

http://www.crowsdarts.com/dartdiff.html

Using that link generally the brass will be <$20, nickel/silver mid range and tungsten super expensive. It's all in the throw man, just pick up some cheap brass to try out remember that you've got to have badass flights to be a good dart player, haha.
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Very awesome link.

Can I use either a soft tip or steel tip with the board you linked me to?
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eh, steel tip man; soft tips are meant for electronic boards (different rules/board/setup).
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eh, steel tip man; soft tips are meant for electronic boards (different rules/board/setup).

I asked because I wanted to buy steel tips, but thought "what if this thing needs the soft ones".

Hopefully my Bronlaw wont hang this thing on his living room wall
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I asked because I wanted to buy steel tips, but thought "what if this thing needs the soft ones".

Hopefully my Bronlaw wont hang this thing on his living room wall


Nah the board you're getting is for real darts!

But yeah, might want to get one of these foam borders for your board....if that's not big enough to save your wall, find another game! (that was just a link I pulled off google, no idea who they are)
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Hmmm, I might need to set up a dart board in my house now. Good info in here.

+1 more for going and checking out darts in person. I hated playing with the huge brass darts. I tried out some thinner heavier darts at a local store and love them.
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Hmmm, I might need to set up a dart board in my house now. Good info in here.

+1 more for going and checking out darts in person. I hated playing with the huge brass darts. I tried out some thinner heavier darts at a local store and love them.


Right on man, fairly inexpensive sport to play once you get a board and set of darts...flights cost next to nothing and a set of darts can last a lifetime.
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Right on man, fairly inexpensive sport to play once you get a board and set of darts...flights cost next to nothing and a set of darts can last a lifetime.

TSRH. i have had the same set of darts for about a decade. Good way to kill time when waiting for your turn is to have a dart sharpener laying around so you can sharpen your darts while ting.

My darts looks pretty much identical to the link gandalf posted under tungsten, the left side ones.

But ya, i would never ever buy anyone darts. It's a pretty personal things IMO. I can make the analogy being an avid golfer that i would never ever thing of buying someone a golf club.
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Nah the board you're getting is for real darts!

But yeah, might want to get one of these foam borders for your board....if that's not big enough to save your wall, find another game! (that was just a link I pulled off google, no idea who they are)

lol. Ya you will want something for people who have no idea what they are doing. My dad built something nice in his basement. it surrounds the dart board by about a foot above and 2 feet to the side and 2-3 feet under the board. All it is is corkboard on the wall (dart board is in a housing) and he put nice base board around the cork board. It actually looks really nice for something that probably cost less than $30 to build.
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Thanks for all the help Gandalf, you really saved me a lot of headache.
Ordered the board and some darts just to start the guy off, and ill let him go further if he wants better hardware.
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I hope you made the right choice. Usually before you buy stuff you can go try it out at a darts club ( you pay a weekly fee and try all their boards ) or an arcade arena - where you pay per game. GL!
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