Say what you will, but I am just excited to see what the Winmau Blade 6 will be like as the next person.
After several people have asked me about the Winmau Blade 6 and what information is there about it, I thought about doing this short-ish article on what we know—which is not a lot by any means—about the Blade 6 and what we may expect it to be like.
So don’t expect much, although I have shared with you some interesting information about the evolution of the Winmau Blade dartboards, including some expectations that most dart players have about the future Blade 6 dartboard.
This will turn into a fully fledged review of the Winmau Blade 6 once this dartboard is out, so there will be more updates to come.
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Winmau Blade 6 Release Date
So far, there has not been any official statement from Winmau about their Blade 6 release date. However, if we take a careful look at the release date of their previous Blade dartboards, we can make an educated guess and expect the release date of the Blade 6 to be around 2024.
But so far, we can only speculate.
The first-ever Winmau Blade dartboard was introduced in 1997. It was the result of a long three-year development and hard work. The wiring was something new and very impressive. It wasn’t long before the dartboard took over the market. The then unseen staple-free wiring turned this dartboard not just one of the best in the world at that time but also incredibly fun to play on. The wiring reduced the bounce-outs, the averages went up, and the darts was slowly becoming more and more competitive. Winmau is also sponsoring the World Masters, so that also helped tremendously.
The Winmau Blade 2 was introduced in 1999. The dartboard was made in England of very high-quality sisal fibers and excellent staple-free wiring. The Blade 2 did not disappoint both professional and occasional darts players and continued to gain popularity.
The Winmau Blade 3 was introduced in 2005 and took the Blade technology to a new level. The angled galvanized wiring made from high tensile steel was super tough and durable. The Blade 3 quickly set the new standard for staple-free dartboards. It also lowered the chances of bounce-outs even more. The sisal fibers were of very high quality giving this dartboard a very long life. It is no surprise that the Winmau Blade 3, although rare, can be found even today on some people’s walls.
A dartboard that lasts for 15 years, and maybe even more? Winmau was definitely doing something right!
In 2010 was introduced the Winmau Blade 4, which is one of the best Winmau dartboards and it is held in the highest regard amongst players even today. Winmau’s desire to continue improving gave us a dartboard with 50% thinner dynamic sector wires. The material used for the wiring was very tough and durable. It was able to hold its own against the occasional impacts from each dart, and best of all, it was slanted, so the darts were deflected into the dartboard.
This led to increased scoring potential, lower bounce outs, and higher averages making darts even more exciting.
In 2017 Winamu introduced the Winmau Blade 5. Winmau took the Blade 4 wiring system and, again, improved it by making it significantly smaller. It reduced the total wiring surface by 14% and gave the wiring more slanted edges taking the degree down by 1/3 (from 90 to 60). This lowered the incidents of bounce-outs even more.
Another notable upgrade over the Blade 4 was the rota-lock system. No longer were you to deal with metal clips. The three rotatable wheels can be adjusted so that they can give a secure fit.
As you can see, historically, the release dates of each Winmau Blade dartboard range anywhere from 2 to 7 years. This means that we may expect the Winmau Blade 6 to come out anywhere around 2024 at the latest. However, there is no guarantee that will happen during that year.
What Features We Can Expect to See in the Winmau Blade 6
One of the questions that you may have is whether or not there is anything left to improve—a valid question, in my opinion. Winmau dartboards have gone a long way since they were first introduced. Better wiring. Better sisal fiber quality. Even going so far as to introduce Dual-Core dartboards.
But other players and I have been speculating that there are some things that we can expect to see in the near future.
A Few Different Models
There are several things that we can expect to see in the upcoming Winmau Blade 6 dartboard, and the first, most likely, is that there will be at least two models, (1) a classic Winmau Blade 6, and (2) a Winmau Blade 6 Dual Core.
Judging by the fact that Winmau actually released four different Blade 5 dartboards, it is reasonable, in my opinion, that there may be more than two Winmau Blade 6 dartboards, but we will have to wait to really be sure.
Although the Winmau Blade 4 Dual Core did not come out the same year the Winamau Blade 4 came out, the chances are the different Blade 6 dartboards will be available at the same time.
The Blade Wiring
One of the parts where Winmau has been focusing on improving with each consecutive generation of dartboards has always been the wiring. After all, you can have the best sisal fiber in the world, but a poor or thick wiring can ruin any dartboard.
The wiring is an important part that makes or break a dartboard and it is one of the things that you need to look for before buying a new dartboard.
So it is only natural to conclude that the Blade 6 most likely will be a completely staple-free dartboard as we have come to expect.
The wiring durability and ability to withstand the impact from the occasional darts may also be improved, including the thickness and the angle of the blade wiring in order to increase the playable surface on the dartboard and reduce bounce-outs.
The Sisal Fibers
There is no way Winmau will compromise with the quality of the sisal fibers on their dartboard. However, the Blade 5 has been feeling a little softer compared to the Blade 4, so we will have to see where they will go with the Blade 6.
Overall I am sure it will be a dartboard made from high-quality sisal fibers. After all, Winmau has been producing some of the top quality and best self-healing dartboards on the market in recent years.
However, depending on how willing to experiment, Winmau feels it could introduce a dartboard with synthetic fibers. These may be more wear-resistant and durable.
This is one of the potential moves forward, but whether they will introduce it with Blade 6 or with some other dartboard product line, we will have to wait and see.
Will It Be Worth Upgrading to the Winmau Blade 6
This is a tough question to answer as we still don’t know what Winmau has in store for us. So far, with each consecutive model, they have never failed to impress, and the upgrade to the newer model has been worth doing in almost all cases. So the chances are that yes, it will be worth upgrading to the Blade 6 when it comes out if you have an older and significantly worn-out model.
However, the price will be an important factor in making that decision. When the Blade 5 Dual Core first came out, it definitely set itself apart as being a very expensive steel tip dartboard. And let’s admit it is fairly expensive, even today.
So we can expect the new Winmau Blade 6 to be on the expensive end as well. In which case the Blade 5 may become more appealing to people that do not want to spend a lot. And for players that already have a Blade 5 and is still in good condition, there may not really be a reason to switch to the Blade 6 just yet.
As of yet, I am not sure if I will be switching my Blade 5 for a Blade 6, however, am I sure I will at least give it a good test when it comes out.
Should You Wait for the Winmau Blade 6?
If you have a very old and worn out dartboard and are looking for an upgrade, I would not recommend waiting for the Blade 6. As you can see, we don’t really have any concrete information so far as to what will be the release date of the new Winmau Blade 6.
It is just not worth waiting several years, if not more, to get a new dartboard, especially if your old dartboard is screaming retirement. Get yourself a new dartboard now and enjoy playing darts. You will not be losing any money by not waiting for the Blade 6 to come out. In fact, the chances are by the time the Blade 6 comes out, you may already be looking for a replacement anyways. Or you may end up not needing one whatsoever.
After all, depending on how long you have been into darts, you may know that some players still play on their Blade 4 dartboards more than ten years later.
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