Did you know that the origin of the sport of dart dates back to more than 700 years?
Invented in the 1300s medieval England, it started off as a target-hitting game in the military to improve soldiers’ aiming capability as well as to help them pass the time in between battles.
Though the timeline may come as a surprise for most, it is in no way an overstatement to say that we can all relate to the “fun pastime” attribute of this recreational game.
Hereafter without further ado, I am going to review a dartboard that will give you the maximum fun in playing the sport that we came to admire today.
Before I move on to elaborately discuss the Winmau Blade 5 Bristle dartboard’s specification, it is important to point out that this device is certified by the British Darts Organization (BDO).
Which means this is a dartboard used by professionals of the respective field to play international competitive sports such as the annually held World Championships, the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, and Winmau World Masters.
Thus, it is safe to say that this particular device given its professional accreditation will be a good choice for the game enthusiasts; rookie and expert alike.
So, What Makes This Dartboard Unique from Others?
To begin with, the brand in itself.
The Winmau Dartboard Co. is one of the world’s biggest manufacturer of premium high-quality bristle dartboards and has been in the dartboard manufacturing business for more than 70 years!
So, you can bet, with the years of experience in hand when this company brings forth a new product, they only mean serious business.
But the Winmau Blade 5 Bristle dartboard review, It doesn’t only rely upon its strong brand name to be sold out. Rather it has various exceptional merits under its record to help it stand alone on its own accord such as:
- The dartboard being lightweight and nimble lies in unity with BDO’s specification.
- Next, it endorses 14% thinner wire system across the surface dimension compared to previous models. This in effect greatly increases the area of the scoring zone thereby allowing players to hit their potential targets per throw of the dart.
- It also features an upgraded dart deflection platform through cutting the razor wire by a reduced 30-degree angle. This ensures less dart bounce off upon impact regardless of the throw speed.
- Imbued with “carbon diffusion technology”, the dartboard also has 20% stronger steel rings and lines running across the web surface area. This, in turn, helps to direct the darts into the scoring zones thus ensuring reduced bounce off.
- Finally, the model is armed with the new and improved “Rota-lock Advantage System.”
With so many new features at your disposal, it is needless to say that this dartboard is going to be a fan favorite among its users.
That being said, now let’s take a closer look into the key features of the Dartboard.
With the combination of white, black, orange, and green colors sparely balanced across the web surface, the Blade 5 bristle dartboard is aesthetically pleasing to look at.
But what makes it more fashionable is the numbering system. Instead of the usual numeric inscription found within dartboards, Winmau opted to use a separate wireline with the numbers on them.
Along with giving it a 3D effect the number ring being placed above the board’s surface enhances the player’s visibility. This is a special plus point considering that pubs or indoor places were most darts games are hosted usually prefers ambiances comprising of soft lightings.
Apart from visuals the number ring also has a very practical usage to it. Being a removable fixture, you can easily take off the number wire at regular intervals and rotate the dartboard by centimeters in any direction.
This in effect will help you to disperse the dart impacts from concentrating at certain points and thus preventing wearing off of the device thus ensuring premium level durability.
The Board and Its Wiring System
The Winmau 5 Blade bristle dartboard is made from world-class premium quality Kenyan sisal fibers.
Acknowledged for their high compression density and visibility characteristics, the infusion of sisal fibers in the board guarantees that you get the maximum product durability possible! All the while providing a well-adjusted platform for increased score chances per throw that efficiently reduces dart bounce offs.
Next, let’s focus on the wiring system. As mentioned earlier this particular Winmau model with 10% thinner radial wires & 20% thinner sector wires boast an overall 14% thinner wiring system compared to any other dartboards found in the market.
So, this feature along with the 20% stronger steel structure at the present can be considered the best dynamics available in the dartboard industry.
The narrowing of the wiring width reduces the web surface area. Thereby increasing the scoring zone by a remarkable extra 9-millimeter square per double and an extra 6-millimeter square per treble segments, respectively.
While the 90-degree wire angle in Blade 4 was already considered a cutting-edge technology back in the times, the Winmau Blade 5 has taken the game to the next level with its introduction of the 60-degree wire angle.
It is wise to point out that, both the reductions in the wiring diameter and the angular degree harmoniously worked in the favor of players by allowing more impact area and increased dart deflection into the scoring zones.
Needless to say, all this together reassures the prospect of scoring and greatly diminishes dart bounce outs.
The Rota-Lock Advantage
People who regularly play will understand how important it is for the dartboard to remain fixed and immobile in its spot. As any movement on part of the device upon the impact of the dart poses the threat to disrupt the game completely.
Hence in this aspect, the 5 blades with it’s easy-to-install “triple-wheel-lock-and-lever” system guarantees that the dartboard will remain perfectly still in any surface level with zero movements whatsoever!
- Made from premium quality Kenyan sisal
- 14% reduced web surface wiring
- Increased impact surface enhances the scoring potential
- 60-degree optimized wire angle ensures accurate dart deflection to score zones
- 20% strong steel framework.
- Endorsed by British Darts Organization (BDO)
- East to install Triple wheel lock system
- The board doesn’t come accompanied with darts
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the dartboard made of?
It is made of high-grade Kenyan Sisal fiber.
- Is the entire wiring made of real steel?
Yes, you can use a magnet to verify it!
- Is it a ‘center mount’ dartboard?
Totally! Furthermore, it comes with a secure triple-lock system with mounting brackets.
- What is the weight of the board?
The weight of the board is around 10-11 pounds.
- Is the board suitable for steel darts?
You bet it is!
- Is the dartboard suitable for outdoors?
In sunny days it should have no problem, however as the board isn’t weather/waterproofed it is not advisable to use it outdoors while it’s raining.
Furthermore, dartboards should always be placed or stored in a cool dry place to encourage their life span.
In conclusion, I would say that given the reasonable price at which this high-grade dartboard is being offered, it would be a loss to not have it enlivening the quality of your game room.
But the decision always lies with you. So good luck in making the right call!