As you probably know, there is two types of darts for the classic dart game, steel tip darts (metal darts) and soft tip darts ( plastic darts). Almost every professional darts tournaments are played on the bristle dartboards and with steel tip darts. Metal darts are sharp so you must be careful because darts can make damage to the walls or furniture. I strongly recommend you to build or buy some backboards to protect your walls. Also, take care if you have small kids in the house. For furniture, I don’t have any advice on how to protect them. Maybe just be better and don’t miss a board? 😀
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So lets we start the first with the best metal darts, here we will present you the best models than after that we will talk a little bit about types of steel tip darts, how to throw them etc.
NOTE: If you want to read more about metal darts, just scroll down and skip the part about the best metal darts.
The Best Steel Tip Darts
Before we present you the best models, let us make something clear. This guide and article are for an amateur/casual player, professional dart player won’t be here for sure and read which darts to buy. So we will show you some models for beginner/amateur game level. Of course, there will be and some professional darts with higher price in case you want to play professional darts.
Ignat Games Steel Tip Darts Set
We will start with one of the most selling models. That is Ignat darts. When we take a look at the price and what we got for that money, this is our “EDITOR CHOICE“. With this great steel tip dart set, you will be got, well-designed dart case, the free e-book “35 Ways to Play Darts” where you can find a complete step-by-step guide for beginners, then 6 brass barrels steel tip darts with an aluminum shaft and 8 dart flights. Oh, I m almost to forgot, you will get and darts sharpener, so your darts will be always sharp and ready for playing. One more time, great steel tip darts set for the affordable price!
Viper Blitz 95% Tungsten Steel Tip Darts
These metal darts come from a well-known company in the world of darts. They made this model in a few different sizes, 22 grams, 24 grams, 26 grams, and 28 grams. Because of the high the percentage of tungsten (95% and only 5% barrel) this darts has a slim profile which is really enjoyable for hands.
Like for Ignat darts, this model of Viper darts also has a carrying case which is included in a package. This is a premium case made of aluminum. A package contains 3 darts sets. This is also a great choice at a reasonable price for what you got.
CC-EXQUISITE Steel Tip Darts Set
This is a great steel tip darts set for beginners! In this dart set, you can combine 8 custom solutions. In this steel tip dart set you can find 2 different weight brass barrels (18 grams x3 and 22 grams x3), then 2 different size and weight shafts ( 1.8 inches/4.8 cm and 2 grams x3 and 1.38 inches/3.8 cm and 1 gram x3) plus 6 rubber O-Ring and 12 dart flight (slim and standard). With all these possibilities you can easily find what types of darts suit to you.
All of these for the really cheap price. This dart set also has a lovely carrying case, so that can be a perfect gift for someone who really loves a darts.
Fat Cat Bulletz 90% Tungsten Steel Tip Darts
These darts are made with 90% tungsten and 10% nickel alloy. They whey 23 grams and have convex nylon shafts. Each barrel has well placed knurled bands, deep grooves and rings that make firm gripping points.
In a hard-shell case, you will find a set of nylon shafts, flights, and a dart mechanic wrench.
Most common complaints are about the nylon shafts being too flimsy and easily bend, and the tips getting dull relatively fast.
Pros: slim design, good gripping points, affordable
Cons: Getting dull fast. Flimsy and bendable nylon shafts
Cuesoul Tungsten Steel Tip Darts Set 90% Tungsten
These slim-lined darts offer a dose of extravagance thanks to the black titanium finish and crystal shafts. Titanium finish is, besides looking great, important for protecting the barrel. They come in a variety of weights: 22, 24 and 26 Grams. In an interesting book-shaped box you will find 6 replacement shafts and 12 flights.
The problem most reported is that the tips tend to get dull somewhat fast.
Pros: Interesting design, titanium finish. Extra shafts and flights.
Cons: They are not cheap. Tips are dull
Cuesol Tungsten Steel Tip Darts- Precise Barrels
These barrels come at three different weights – 18g, 19g, 21g, and 24g. The alloy is 90% tungsten, and that guarantees straight flight and a slimline great for tight grouping. The barrel has enough grooves to ensure good grip and easy release. In the case, you will find three tungsten barrels, six aluminum dart shaft and four sets of dart flights. The tip is quality made, and do not chip away when hitting a metal part of the board and falling on the floor
The downside to these darts is that to some people they may be too slim, and with bad grip.
Pros: affordable, aluminum shafts.
Cons: they may be too slim to some users.
Types of steel tip darts
There are 3 standard materials used for metal darts. It is brass, nickel, and tungsten. So, lets we talk a little bit about each of these 3 models.
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Brass steel tip darts
Brass steel tip darts are a cheaper solution, in most cases, they are the amateur option. I say that because is hard to believe an amateur will pay a lot of money for some tungsten metal darts. I highly recommend this tip of darts for beginners. They are not expensive, they are pretty good and stable on the fly. Perfect choice to learn basic skills. This type of steel tip darts have one CON, they have lower weight so maybe you can reach a higher number of bounce-out. If you don’t want to have this a problem, just pick one with a thicker barrel.
Nickel steel tip darts
Nickel metal darts are also an inexpensive option as well as brass darts. Nickel darts have just a little bit higher price because nickel is more expensive than brass and stronger as well. This type of darts is also for amateur play, but for a player who will more frequently than with brass metal darts.
Tungsten steel tip darts
Tungsten metal darts are professional darts. Tungsten has more density than brass and nickel, so tungsten darts have a higher weight. That is good because tungsten darts have a tinner barrel with a higher weight. That means tungsten darts has a lower rate of bounce-out because of weight. Tungsten is a more expensive material than brass and nickel, darts have a more stable a fly and that is why they are more expensive. As I have said, they are professionals darts. One tip for amateur players ( professional players know that) if you even decide to buy tungsten metal darts, take a look at the percentage of tungsten in the barrel. Higher the percentage is better than lower. Every darts manufacturer write the percentage of tungsten in the product description. The percentage of varies between 80% and 95% in most cases.
The weight of Steel Tip Darts
Darts are made in many different weights, from 12 grams to 50 grams, but heavier than 30 grams are somewhat rare. What you should consider when choosing is that lighter darts require greater strength and speed when throwing in order for the dart to maintain heading and fly straight. For beginners the best choice would probably be somewhere in the middle of the weight scale, and as their skill improves they will find the ideal weight for them.
Darts also differ in the place where the weight is distributed, front or back.
For What Do You Need Steel Tip Darts
You want to:
Play at home. Any of the types of darts would do the job. But if you have small children and do not want pointy sharp things around, soft tips would probably be the best choice.
Play seriously. The best choice would be tungsten barrels. You cannot expect good results without the proper tools for the job. As you will see in the next part of the article.
A final thought about steel tip darts
If you did not play with steel tip darts before, I recommend you to first start with some models with lower weight. A darts are a little bit more weight so you will need time to get accept it. But later you will enjoy the game. You will see why every professional dart tournament are played with this type of darts. I hope I helped you with your choice. Cheers, and enjoy the game!
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