Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
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- Professional-Level Staple Free Dartboard
- 50% Thinner Dynamic Sector Wire for Reduced Bounce Outs
- Triangular Wiring Deflect Darts into Target Area for Maximum Scoring Potential
- Super-Dense, High-Visibility Kenyan Sisal Offers Ultimate Durability
- High-Tensile Steel Wiring Maximizes Scoring and Longevity
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50% Thinner Dynamic Sector Wire
The Blade 4 features new Dynamic Sector Wiring that is 50% thinner than the Blade 3 for higher scoring potential and better averages.
Galvanized Steel Wiring
The board’s spider wiring, is made of a high-tensile, galvanized steel that is ultra-durable. The strength of the wiring deflects darts into the bed and increases the longevity of the board.
Staple-Free Blade Technology
The staple-free design increases scoring potential by decreasing the amount of wiring on the surface of the board. This Blade Technology was first developed by Winmau in 1997, and now the 4th generation, Blade 4, is the pinnacle of staple-free dartboards.
Winmau is the world leader in darts and the largest manufacture of bristle dartboards and tungsten darts. Winmau dartboards are exclusively endorsed by the British Darts Organisation (the founding body of darts worldwide) and have been for over 35 years. Winmau’s leadership in innovative technologies has earned them sponsorships of top dart throwers around the world. Winmau is The Force Behind Darts.
Legacy of the Blade 4
The first Winmau Blade dartboard was released in 1997 and revolutionized the game of darts by removing all staples and offering the thinnest wiring available, making it the most technologically advanced dartboard of its time. Four generations later, the Blade 4 dartboard continues to pioneer new technologies and bring dart throwers the thinnest wiring available. The Blade 4 has been used in professional tournaments around the world including the Lakeside World Championships and Winmau World Masters. The Blade 4 is also approved by the British Darts Organisation (BDO).
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Style Name: Bristle Dartboard
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However, in late December the center started 'bowing' out. At this point it's out about an inch... so much that the dividers on the bottom have pulled completely out. ( picture attached )
The board is located in my office at work so it's unlikely related to temperature shifts. My friend and I play 2-5 games a day during the work week so while it's used regularly it is not used excessively. At 1st the bulge didn't really matter because it was uniform around the bullseye and only out an 1/2 inch. But now its getting huge under the bullseye and it definitely effects shots.
I found Winmau's website and contacted through their contact form but never heard back.
Not sure what to do now... The cheaper board we had before this one lasted only about a month. But I'm not sure I want to pony up another $80 for this board.
Edit: 1/21/2015 - Finally heard from Winmau and sent in more photos as requested. There responsive made me downgrade the rating 1 more star.
To repeat... we only played about 400 games of Cricket on this board. Here is the gist of their reply:
"Thanks for sending the pictures to us. Whilst it is always difficult to tell without seeing the actual dartboard, it looks like certain areas of the board have seen excessive wear and so earlier rotation may have been necessary. This has almost certainly occurred in the bullseye area, and this particular section of the board cannot be protected by rotating the board."
After initially blaming me for not rotating the board ( of course they don't know if I did or did not ) they admit since it started in the bullseye that normal maintenance would not have helped.
So the expected lifespan is 400 games? I can't justify spending $80 bucks 2-3 years on this dartboard. We'll look elsewhere.
I've attached an additional photo showing it's state now.
It came in it's own box and with that box inside another one which was twice as long as it needed to be. This allowed to smaller dartboard box to slide from one end of the box to the other. Two thin sheets of paper were the only packing that was in the box so it didn't do much good.
The hardware was in it's own plastic bag and easy to figure out how to use it. The written instructions for putting the screw in the centre of the board was ok not much to go wrong there but for adding the 3 spring tabs to the back of the board they were confusing. Luckily there was a small drawing of the board with the spring tabs on it so you could figure it out using that.
I was a bit disappointed at the way the numbers were mounted especially when I compared them to my old Nodor board. The new board had shiny bright nail heads sticking out of the 4 black tabs that hold the numbers to the board. It would have looked much nicer if they had painted the nails black like the tabs.
All in all it's a very nice board, you'll love the sound and the feel of it.
We'll I've had this board about 2 months now and I've decided to revise my star value to a three. I've played on this board 4 to 6 days a week usually about 2 hours a day. I'm retired so I can play as much as I want to.
The reason I am demoting this board is because of the number of bounce outs and how quickly the condition of the board is deteriorating. I am very disappointed after reading all of the pros about this board .
I am 82 years of age and I've been playing darts ever since I was 12 years old I've thrown darts at paper, cork and horsehair boards, I've lived in 3 different countries and I've never been without a dartboard.
All of the bristle dartboards I have owned over the years have all easily lasted longer than 10 years.
Frankly I can't see this one lasting more than a year, in the short time that I have had it there are already holes visible from the darts hitting the board. In a year this board is going to look like a piece of swiss cheese. The old bristle boards that I have been used to playing on would not show a hole left by a dart but would close up as soon as the dart is pulled out.
I am going to try to attach a few pictures of the board showing the holes, I hope they show up on the photo as you have to get pretty close to see them. The ones on the black background are more easily seen.
My next dartboard will be a Unicorn.
The back of the board has three screws "feet" that allow you to set the tightness against the wall. This board was first mounted against a wall by the screw on the back. This is sometimes difficult to set the board and get it tight against the wall using only the middle screw. With the three feet on the outside, you can adjust the tension from the wall to the board by tightening the set screws, making the board more solid against the wall.
When I mounted the board inside the dart cabinet, I was able to screw through the back of the cabinet into the back of the dartboard to hold it in place. Very solidly built, not worried about the screws pulling out of the back.