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The Unicorn darts sharpener is one of the better and more useful accessories for your new set of darts. It is cheap, small (can be bought with a keyring attachment) and does exactly what it says on the tin and gives your points a little bit of an edge, very important when trying to force bounce-outs from your game.
I bought a pair of James Wade darts, loved them but naturally using them every day of the week during my lunch and tea breaks at work caused the points to slowly wear down. After a while you'll notice that your darts don't quite sit into the board as deep as a fresh set of points, and bounce-outs become ever more prevalent in your game. Simply put this is due to the points becoming more rounded, meaning that there is more surface area for the spokes around the boards to be hit by.
The Unicorn darts sharpener is something that can add a quick edge to your points, helping with such issues. You could even go as far as to use it quickly between plays, but sportsmanship issues means generally you'll refrain from this choosing to sharpen before and just after a match.
The great thing about this is that it only costs around £1.50-£1.99 a pittance for what it's worth. I did once opt for point replacements, simply put my points were in dire need of a change and not even a sharpener could save them, and whilst it cost me around £10 and included a fresh set of point, it took 7 or so days to sort. No doubt a few sports shops still offer the service though finding said shops is becoming more and more difficult.
The Unicorn darts sharpener on the other hand is cheap and quick, and considering how much gimmicky accessories that are now made available to throwers this is one item that isn't gimmicky in anyway and can in fact be the difference between a ton eighty and three bounce-outs in all honesty.
It is made from vitrified silicon carbide, and even through constant use will last you years and years before you even need to consider replacing it. Even when that time comes, it's not exactly a bank-breaker and for that reason this can only ever get 5 stars. Great value for money and can quite literally be the difference between winning and losing dart matches
Until I started to play darts regularly (apart from a quick game at the local with friends after work) I had no idea that such a thing as a dart sharpener actually even existed. I have a decent set of darts and I was going to some fairly competitive matches and heard people mention a Unicorn Dart Sharpener. Here was me thinking that I'd just invest in another set of darts. I'm actually glad I kept my old ones and bought the dart sharpener instead as it's been a great investment.
My darts weren't 'sticking' so well to the board. I'd had them for ages and though I really loved them and they had been great when new, I was finding that they had lost their precision and were falling to the floor. This meant I was personally having to put a lot more effort behind my throws and for me this was taking away the fact that I was also trying to concentrate on aiming at exactly the right place at the dart board.
The unicorn Dart Sharpener cost me only £1.50 and it's been a godsend. It is basically just a stone for sharpening the tip of the dart and it is quite abrasive in its action. I really believe this is an essential piece of kit if you really are taking your dart playing seriously. It is made from vitrified silicon carbide, and a few light strokes on the tips of your darts is all it takes for much better throws.
It's dead simple and easy to use and really does make a massive difference to my technique. It's obviously made to last a long time. It's double ended and unless I lose it, I'm guessing I won't be buying myself another one for many years. It's certainly been an excellent investment and far cheaper than forking out for new darts.
Great stuff and highly recommended.
Darts hey, big fat men throwing something at a static object - surely an Olympic sport in the making? The essence of the game is well throwing your dart at the dart board, most darts are made of tungsten and dartsboards are made of a kind of composit material which holds the tip of the dart. A dart has to be thrown from 7'9 and remain in the board until the end of the throw to be counted.
So whats more annoying, being rubbish at darts or having blunt darts which once in the board have a tendency to fall out again? Well you can improve on both, one takes practice, lots of time in a pub, drinking beer and eating crisps - well you don't think the average darts player spends a lot of time in the gym do you?
The other is to use a dart sharpener, darts taper to a point and the point can become dulled with prolonged use, as most of us use the same set of darts for years then they do become blunt and can fail to stick in the board, especially if the board itself is a little old and losing some of its component material.
Darts aren't expensive but most people only have one or two sets and tend to prefer a certain weight of dart, most people use a 7-10 once dart, Dennis Priestly famously uses a 4 once dart and have been compared with blow darts but they stick in so yours surely can.
So to keep your darts to a sharp point a dart sharpener is a perfect tool, the sharpener is a very simple thing really its just a piece of stone shaped in a similar manner to a piece of snooker chalk. The stone is gypsum I think and the tip of the dart can be rotated around the inner circle sharpening the tip and the surrounding couple of millimeters of exposed tungsten. The dart should be sharpened by slow swirls of the tip against the base of the stone, don't grind the dart into the stone as that could bend the shaft and damage the flight of the dart. Once sharpened its best to clean with a rag and then the darts should be ready for play.
The dart sharpener isn't exactly high-tech but does the job and darts only need to be sharpened every now and again so can live in your kitchen drawer for months without being touched. The sharpeners are ususally lurking in more good sports shops and I wouldn't spend more than a fiver on one, they can also often be found at carboot sales so keep your eye out there as well.
I have had a dart board up in my garage for about 5 years now, and I really enjoy using it, although I don't use it consistently, more in fits and starts, and often only in the warmer seasons, as it gets really cold in my garage in the winter.
When I got my dart board, I also purchased 2 sets of darts, which I still have to this day, thanks in part to my little gadget - the Unicorn Dart sharpener.
It must have been about 12 months ago that I realised that my darts were not performing as well as usual - well, when I say I realised - it was actually my dad that notced one day when I was actually beating him in a game of 501, and he suddenly started to stare at the tip of his darts and said that they were blunt, and that was why a few of his shots had bounced out of the board!
After this claim, I noticed it more and more, and in a way it began to affect my game, as I was trying to throw the darts harder than my natural action would have assumed, which affected the flight and direction of the darts. I remember thinking that next time I saw some darts on offer I would buy a couple of new sets, as they are not too expensive, and a decent set can be easily be purchased for less than £10. However,
luckily for me I read a review on here about a dart sharpener a few days later, and so decided to give it a try.
I got my sharpener from Amazon, where it is still available for a bargain price of just £1:37 and comes with free delivery. It is basically a small solid little tube with a kind of grind stone inside it.
This grind stone is actually composed of vitrified silicon carbide, which is significantly tougher than the steel tips found on darts, and so when the two are rubbed together it is the dart tip that yields, and as such sharpens up the tip, and at the same time removes any flat spots or burrs, resulting in a nice sharp dart. The grinder is shaped so that it has a circular hole in it, and it is this hole which you place the tip of the dart into, and start twisting the dart, making sure that it is the sides of the tip that you are grinding, and not the very tip, as this would just flatten the tip further.
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I found that this cheap little piece of darting equipment does work very well. It is not something that you would need to use regularly, more like once or twice a year for a moderate user of a set of darts. I could noticeably tell the difference after using the sharpener, and for a while I could actually hit the diamond shaped wires on the board and the sharpness of the tip on the dart would mean that it would force the wire to one side, and still stick into the board, rather than bouncing back off the wire which was completely impossible before i used the sharpener. I expect this sharpener to last many, many years, and will probably save me having to replace my sets of darts, and so for £1:37 it is a great buy in my opinion!
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Years ago I used to be a fairly keen darts player, and even had a dart board set up in the garage to practice with. And through the years, although my 'keenness' for darts dropped off, I still enjoyed throwing a few darts at the board still hanging in the garage. My kids also now enjoy the odd game of darts, and even during the occasional BBQs that we've had, guests have ended up having a go.
But years of missed shots, with the darts ramming into a brick wall rather than the softer dart board, have taken their toll on my 2 sets of darts, such that the tips became really badly blunted. It was getting to the stage where you almost had to try and launch the dart at the dart board with full force like a javelin in order to get the dart tip to stick in. I was toying with the idea of trying to file the tips of each dart back to a point, and then someone mentioned that there was a dart sharpening product available called a Unicorn Dart Sharpener which you can use to sharpen dart tips of a dart instead of trying to revert to a manual file.
Now I've got to admit that I've never heard of, or seen, a dart sharpener before, but a quick search on Amazon and I found them selling this Unicorn variety for £1.37 - not really going to break the bank, so I thought I would at least give it a try. Ultimately it could save me the price of a couple of new sets of darts.
So what is it? It comes as a small, specially shaped grind stone, shaped as a sort of small tube that you can easily fit into your pocket. The grind stone element is what they call a best quality vitrified silicon carbide, which effectively should be harder than your dart steel tip. Hence, when you grind the tip against it, is wears the metal away to resharpen the point. To help with this grinding process, the centre of the stone has an internal conical cavity into which you can put the dart tip for the manual grinding action. What is important to get right is the actual grinding action. The cavity itself is shaped as an internal cone, and hence has a bottom. If you push your dart too far in so that the tip touches the bottom of the cone, and then start the grinding action, you will effectively further grind the point away, making your dart point even blunter. So the idea is that you rub and rotate the dart point around the sides of the cone and gradually grind away until you get a sharp point.
Does it work? Well, yes it does, but in the first few goes at grinding, I was initially prepared to say that is wasn't any good because it seemed to be blunting the points and not doing anything. But then once I had started to perfect the wrist action and that grinding technique that I detailed above, I found that this stone does a really good job at re-sharpening your dart tips.
In summary, for little cost, I've managed to give my 2 sets of darts a new lease of life - once I got the grinding technique correct. Hence, I'm quite happy to give this a 5 star recommendation.
A few months ago I decided to get back into the sport of darts. I have always had a dart board hung up in my garage and possess a number of sets of darts. Some are poor quality with a lot of age to them, and some were just simply short of their best from wear. When I went back to the darts a few months ago I found that I had to throw them quite hard to get them to stay in the board. i decided to look online and see whether it would be best to get a cheap replacement set or a decent quality set that would last me longer and be better to play with. The darts I own were not of poor quality, they were just not in top condition. I came across the Unicorn Dart Sharpener and took a few minutes to think about the product. i knew that if i sharpener the darts they would be much better to play with, and there is nothing better than a sharp set of darts. The problem with blunt darts is that you have to put more effort behind the projectory of the darts. The correct method is to let the darts do all the work and you simply guide their progress with your wrist. This gives a more accurate aim and will improve your performance at the oche.
The Unicorn dart sharpener is basically an abrasive sharpening stone that is shaped to accommodate the tip of your darts for sharpening. Constructed from vitrified silicon carbide, it takes just a few strokes against the dart tip to sharpen it. I suppose you could compare the dart sharpener to chalk they use in snooker - it is an essential product. The dart sharpener costs just £1.37 from Amazon.co.uk which is a fraction of the cost of renewing your entire set of darts every 6 months. The sharpener is double-ended which means it will last a long time.
Unicorn are one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to darts equipment and supply the 15 times World Champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor with his darts. This product is so reasonably priced that it is a no-brainer when it comes to considering buying this product. I now ensure my darts are always kept in top condition using the Unicorn dart sharpener, allowing me to keep on top of my game albeit at a modest level.
In my formative years I used to be a keen darts player - not to the extent of wearing nylon shirts and developing a huge beer belly; but for a year or so I was a member of a darts team. After a while, I noticed that my darts seemed to 'bounce back' from the board more than they used to - something which became frustrating when it affected my scoring. After undertaking a bit of research, I found out that the most likely cause of the problem was blunt tips. To solve the issue, I obtained a dart sharpener (up until them I didn't realise that such things existed) - it was made by Unicorn, and cost around £3. Today, the same sharpener can be purchased from Amazon for the reasonable price of just £1.37 - but does it work?
Design & Appearance
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The Unicorn Dart Sharpener is simply a small tubular object made from a silicon carbide material - it's small enough to fit into the pocket, and can be transported around with ease. To use the device you simply pop the point of one your 'arrows' into the opening, and then rotate the dart whilst pushing it against the side of the sharpener. The technique is important, as you can end up making your darts even blunter if you set about in the wrong way. With moderate use, this particular sharpener can be used for years, thus making the initial £1.37 outlay seem very reasonable indeed.
It's difficult to undertake a comparative review of this product, as it's the only brand of dart sharpener that I've come across - I'm sure there are other dart sharpeners available, but the Unicorn ones are the only variety that I've seen in sports shops. This particular sharpener is double ended, meaning that in theory it should have a longer life span than a regular one - sharpening your darts isn't something that you'll need to do on a regular basis - perhaps once a month if you only play infrequently.
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Although it may seem like a gimmicky product, the Unicorn Dart Sharpener works as advertised, and will, if used correctly, reduce the likelihood of your darts bouncing back from the board. The sharpness you achieve will depend on your sharpening technique - but presuming that you've got it down to a fine art, I would have no hesitation in recommending this simple device. *The sharpener is designed to be used with steel tipped darts only*
I like to play darts when I'm bored, and a week ago I noticed my darts were slightly blunt compared to my brothers, he uses his much less than mine. I asked my dad about the bluntness and he told me he would get us a dart sharpener, I had no idea what to expect to receive when he came home with it at the weekend. It was a lot small that I thought, and it was compact, and infact it has come in very handy indeed.
It's really esy to use, I sharpen my darts before every use of them, which is usually 2 or 3 times a week. The sharpener will last for ages, it's double-ended too. It's of the Unicorn brand which is a major darts manufacturer, it's seen as a very reliable brand and in my opinion Unicorn and Winmau are the best. Unicorn being number one. I'm really pleased with the sharpener, it's worked really well and I've noticed darts falling out of the dartboard a lot less since I sharpened them.
My dad bought the dart sharpener from a sports shop in Otley, a historic market town in Leeds which sells sports equipment at very reasonable prices. He said it cost him 89p, and that is dirt cheap in my opinion, especially since it's a Unicorn sharpener!
It's very small, you can put it in your pocket with your darts case if you're going to a game somewhere other than in your house. If you;rea a hardcore player, one that's most inevitably much better than me at darts, then this is a must have. I mean it. I'm sure you;ll have experienced blunt darts, and the anguish caused when they fall out or fly in to the board straight but end up at an annoying and obstructive angle.
I just reminded myself of one time where a dart flew out and bounced back into my foot, that was so painful! Now that I have the sharpener though, the chance of bouncing back darts is much less likely so my feet are feeling a lot safer and happier when stood at the oche.
Ultimately shaper drats give you a better chance of a better score, so this is a handy tool all darts players need. They're really cheap so there isn't really a reason not to buy one! Other than they get lost easily due to their small size, but that's all!
I have been playing darts since I was a kid. My dad plays and he taught me the game from a young age. I have a dartboard set up in the back room and while I can't say I play all the time, I do go through a phase every now and again of playing darts for hours on end. If you plays darts yourself, you will no that one of the most annoying things that can possibly happen when playing darts is to get a bounce out. This is when your dart hit's the board but pops straight back out.
When you watch professional darts on the TV, you notice that they don't tend to get that many darts coming back off the board. So why is that? Well partly because they have better boards than I do, but it is also because they have sharp darts! Something that is essential when playing. When you buy a new set of darts they will be in good sharp conditions, but over time the points get worn down and become a little blunted. They will still stick in the vast majority of the time, but occasionally you will get bounce outs. So that' where the Unicorn Dart Sharpener comes in.
The Unicorn dart sharpener is a very simple piece of kit that is used to sharpen the ends of your darts. You simply grind the ends into the solid stone of the dart sharpener and it will give them a nice pointy finish. The fact is that no matter how sharp your darts are you are going to get the odd one coming back and landing at your feet, but with sharper darts you find this happens far less.
This sharpener is double ended which means it will last twice as long. It is made from a strong silicone material that will get your tips nice and sharp. If you want to purchase one of these you can pick them up online for just £1, so they certainly are a bargain. They are only small so can easily be carried around if you are a serious darts player who likes to regularly sharpen your ends.
Overall this is a very handy piece of kit. Using this will mean you have far less of those frustrating moments when a dart simply does not stick to the board. With the price of these being so low it is something that every one who owns a set of darts should really purchase. The Unicorn darts sharpener is easy to use and simple. There is no real explanation needed when it comes to how to use it.
If you do play darts either on a professional level or just every so often down the pub, this is a piece of kit that you should make sure you have. Darts is probably one of the cheapest sports to participate in that there is, the fact is if you have one of these it will keep your darts in great sharp condition and you will be able to go along time without having to replace them. Overall a very good product.
One of the many sports I play but the only one I do so with a pint in my hand is darts. Every weekend when out at my local you will find me stood at the back corner huddled around the dart board. I thus tend to spend a bit of money on ensuring I have the right darts and flights and this can be quite expensive. So my dad, who is also a keen player, introduced me to the unicorn dart sharpener he had just bought and after using it a few times I was under no doubts that I needed one. And for the low price you can argue!
The sharpener is a small item that comes wrapped in a foamy outer laying material that protects the sharpening tool inside. Simply place you dart on the inside material and sharpen it as you would a knife. The tip of your dart is inserted into the alcove at whichever end of the device you use. You then simply turn the dart as required to give you a revitalised weapon!
It works a treat and this can restore even the most blunt of darts to their former glory. Its well worth it if you play with darts and cant part with your favourite set as it increases your lifespan. At £2.50 or so priced wise it could save you a lot of money in the long run. There is a skill to this though as if you make too much of a point and go over the top with the sharpener you will find your dart won't stick.
This item will give you well over a years service to keep your darts going and only need used once every few months or when you feel your darts are sticking as they should. For the price it could save you a lot in the long run as it will extend the life of your current set!
The Unicorn Dart Sharpener was something bought for use with a selection of darts shafts. Not really being all that in the know about which is THE best sharpener in the universe I can only say that this has been fit for purpose. Any dart player does need a dart sharpener such as this, as an important little bit of kit but to me the budget variety works well enough.
The price we paid for the Unicorn Dart Sharpener was a very reasonable £1.49p. This item is a little gem that can work its magic on a blunt set of darts in no time and so the price we paid seems ok. If the end of your dart isn't right then no matter how well you aim, your dart won't go in to the board so its best to keep a sharpener handy.
Our Unicorn Dart Sharpener is a very simple little item, made from an abrasive material that can safely and easily help to sharpen the tip of your darts to perfection. The materials used include silicon carbide and they are abrasive enough to gently smooth and shape your dart tips.
The sharpener comes with a light and simple wrap around label that you can leave on. After all you only want to sharpen your dart tips, not everything else that you come across. The sharpener is double ended, which means its longer lasting and you can use either end to sharpen your dart tips on.
When using the Unicorn Dart Sharpener you need to insert your dart tip into the slightly funneled shaped end. Either end will do, then rub the end of the dart on the abrasive surface of the sharpener. Make sure to rotate the dart when doing so, as this will give the most even end result.
Make sure you don't over sharpen the dart tip. What you are aiming for is a nicely rounded tip. Anything over sharp will just bounce of the board. You only need to use the sharpener between games or when you feel the darts are in need of adjustment.
The Unicorn Dart Sharpener should last for ages when used well and at just £1.49 for this little item, it won't break the bank when you need to replace it.
In terms of rating the product, it seems to do what it should and once you get used to using it, it should serve you well. We haven't found any issues with it and often get this brand as its rather long lasting. So a full 5 stars go to the Unicorn Dart Sharpener.