All Darts Sold in a set of 3
Darts are made of brass, nickel silver or tungsten.
Brass is a soft/light
material, which makes for easy machining, which keeps costs down.
Due to the lightness of this material, the darts can be bulky as the
Nickel Silver is
slightly heavier than brass, but is still considered a soft/light material.
Again, a nickel-silver dart will be bulky as the weight increases.
Nickel-silver darts do not tarnish as easily as brass darts and usually
retain their luster longer.
Tungsten is a brittle
and dense material. Because of its
brittleness another alloy is added to it to avoid breakage, the most common is
nickel. The higher the percentage
of tungsten, the density increases in the barrel.
Thereby you can have a smaller barrel (than brass or nickel-silver) even
with the same or greater weight. The
higher the percentage of tungsten, the cost of the dart usually goes up.
This is because Tungsten is a harder material to machine.
The hardness of a Tungsten barrel allows it to retain its grooves and
knurl longer than a Nickel Silver or Brass dart.
Tungsten is a preferred choice for more serious darters because you can
group your darts tighter with a smaller barrel.
The most common weights are between
22 grams and 25 grams. Steel tip
darts are weighed barrel and point only.
Steel tip darts have either
fixed or moveable points. The most
common type of steel tip dart is the fixed point.
The reasoning behind a moveable point dart is it allows for fewer bounce
outs when you hit the wires on the board.