Darts are used on dart boards in a wide variety of different games all over the world. A dart may be small but there are actually a lot of separate components that can go into a darts set. Below is a basic walk through of all the parts that go into the making of a standard steel tip darts set.
Darts points are the front end of the dart. This is the part that enters the dart board and keeps the darts stuck in. Dart points can be removed and replaced with different types and colours by using a re-pointing tool. It is important to keep the points roughed up at the tip otherwise the darts will struggle to stay in the board and you may have "Fall Outs".
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The barrel is the main part of the dart, they come in all shapes and sizes to suit a wide variety of needs as different players like different weights and shapes that will suit how they hold the dart. For beginner players, darts between 24g to 28g are ideal. Its best when starting out to try and use as many different types of darts as possible so if a friend has a set just ask to have a quick throw. The more that you can do this with darts of all shapes and weights the more it will help you find what is suitable for you and help find you the perfect set.
This part screws into the back of the barrel. Stems are cheap replaceable parts which will take a lot of damage during play as the darts are repeatedly thrown at each other, they come in a wide variety of styles, lengths, materials, and colours. The most common damage the stem will sustain is to the top 4 ‘prongs’ that hold the darts flights in. Once these have been damaged the darts flights will often ‘pop’ out during play so it’s better to replace any damaged stems with fresh ones right away. Metal stems do tend to last longer than plastic ones but they also weigh more and this can affect how the dart flies so it’s important to try different types and length’s to find what keeps the dart steady and straight in the air.
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Dart flights, like dart stems are a cheap replaceable part, dart flights slot into the end of dart stems and keep a dart stable during flight. Again like stems, flights can come in a wide range of shapes, colours and designs. The larger the dart flight the more stable the dart will be, pear, kite and slim shape flights are the common type of smaller flights and these tend to work better with lighter darts such as 22g weight and under. The heavier the dart the bigger the flight you need, of course there are exceptions to the rule such as Phil Taylor, he uses 26g darts which is considered very heavy for a pro-player but he uses ‘Vapor’ flights which are the smallest flights in general sale today.
You can view our extensive range of flights HERE
Flight protectors are small items that slot onto the end of dart flights, if a dart hits the back of a flight it can rip through a flight. Flight protectors are made from a metal alloy so they will deflect and protect the flight from the point of the dart. These items are more of an accessory and not all players use them because they are so small if they pop off the flight during play then they can be very hard to spot on the floor and players often lose them. Even though they are small and lightweight this can actually have a small effect on how the dart flies in the air and this can also put people off, items like this are really down to player preference and are not for everyone.
You can find our brilliant range of flight protectors HERE
Dart springs work with nylon plastic dart stems, they are made to squeeze the 4 ‘prongs’ at the end of a nylon dart shaft and this then holds the dart flight tight inside the stem. Most standard nylon dart stems on sale today come with some sort of spring or ring that does this job, however darts can occasionally hit these springs and deflect away from the target so not all players will use them.
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O’Rings are small circular rubber rings that get mistaken for doing the same job as dart springs, O’Rings are for use on metal alloy dart stems. They are designed to go onto the thread of the alloy dart stem, once the stem has been twisted into the dart the small O’Ring that is now between the dart barrel and the stem will actually provide a seal between them and stop the stem coming loose from the barrel during use. O’Rings are not necessary with nylon plastic stems as they create a good seal and very rarely come loose, metal alloy stems however are known to come loose every couple of throws.
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Slot lock rings are designed to be used with a dart flight hole punch, they do a similar job to dart springs and are designed to keep the dart flight firmly attached to the dart stem. The dart flight hole punch will make a small rectangular hole in the bottom of the flight and the slot lock ring will slide into this hole perfectly, these rings can only be used on nylon plastic stems. Slot lock rings are more effective than standard springs and will last a lot longer, however darts can deflect or get caught in them.
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Like the slot lock rings these caps need a punch before they can be used, they also do the same job as slot lock rings with one key difference, because of the cone shape of the caps if a dart hits the cap it will not deflect but it will slide off it which means less scoring points will be lost through massive deflections. However because the cap is much larger than springs or slot lock rings they add a little more weight to the rear of the dart and can affect how the dart flies through the air.
You can find our Whizlock range HERE
This item can be used for two reasons, as the name suggests this item weighs 1 gram and can be used to increase the weight of the dart, but they are also used to increase the length of the dart. Increasing the weight and the length of the darts massively affects how the dart will behave. To use an add a gram simply screw it into the rear of the dart barrel then just screw the dart stem into the back of the add a gram.
These little items have been used in the past by some of the biggest names in the business such as Phil Taylor and Dennis Priestly. The concept is simple, on most dart barrels at the point where the darts point goes into the barrel, there is a small ridge and this small ridge can easily catch flights and deflect the dart away from the target. The trident slides over the point up to the barrel and creates a ‘cone’ rather than a ridge so if the dart hits the nose it will slide past instead of deflecting off target.
If a point has been in a dart for a long period of time then the end of the point may become blunt, this will cause deflections and may restrict the dart from sticking into the board correctly. A dart sharpener can first of all be used to get the point back to its original shape and secondly to then rough up the front half of the dart point which will then grip the dart board upon entry.
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This simple little piece of plastic is something any dart player should not be without, simply push your 3 darts into the 3 holes and this will allow the darts to be kept in any pocket without stabbing yourself accidentally. Simple but very effective.
Of course, to keep all of your darts equipment safe & available during a match you'll need a case. Cases come in a variety of styles, sizes & colours. Whether you want to keep your darts fully assembled or take them apart, there is a case for you.
You can find the wide range of cases that we stock HERE