Target Jadeite 24g Darts Review
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 鈴木 未来 Target "Jadeite" 24g
 鈴木 未来 Target "Jadeite" 24g

95%  Tungsten (タングステン)
50.5mm  Maximum Length (全長)
6.6mm Maximum Thickness (最大径)
9mm Rear Drill Depth. (後部ドリル深さ)
£94.96 - 14th March 2019
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These are the "Gen 1" steel tipped arrows of Mikuru "Miracle" Suzuki. They are slightly different to her new Target Soft tips, also called Jadeite - which has been dominant in the 2018 Soft tip Tour in Japan... 18 rounds, Mikuru played in 17 events and reached 17 finals and won 16 of them... Ouch. But these steel tips have nothing to do with the whizz-bang of the soft tipped arena.
In her spare weekends, Mikuru had a dash around the world with these 'Jadeite' steel tips. The grip is slightly different to her soft tips, a generic pixel grip at the back enhanced with a Black Titanium Nitride coating, rather than a more intricate double ring grip with some lateral cuts you would find on her soft tips. The Steel tipped darts also has a cute scallop compared to the soft tip version. 

First impressions
The box is tiny! But I was a repurposed soft tip box... sneaky stickers on the bar code at the back and the infobox on the front... but the back of the box says it has 3 pixel tips! These are the details a wise man requires, you need to keep an eye out because, these Kitsune live to trick the simple minded.
Box art is nice enough;  a studio picture of Mikuru in a crystal geode, looking all mean and moody.
A small window reveals one of the barrels. A magnetized flip up lid lets you look at the whole tray behind another window. So now you can see all three barrels in a signature point protector, the target pro clear stems and vision ultra flights with the Jadeite patterned flight in white, silver and a 'sky green'. A hole in one side of the box lets you push the entire carboard tray out.  Inside is a flocked, vacuum shaped, thin plastic tray with the bits all snug, very tightly packaged, marked with a Target Logo in pea green, on the white velvet effect.  
The English language signature for Mikuru on the point protector is cute (Kawaii!), as it has a fox encorporated into it, along with the brand - Target - too. Vixen-like Cunning! The point protector is a bit short though, at about half an inch deep and the holes go clean through, so be careful with your points.   (Don't put your hand underneath the holes and push a dart into the top - well you can if you want but bodkin points were armour piercing bits of kit for over a thousand years.)

   

Stems - Pro Grip Polycarbonate Clear.
Only has the Target symbol, no words. They have the split length tines to help splice flights easier, but they don't have any other design features other than the slim pigeon rings which are very small and they are grooved in profile.  These thin shaft rings are very fragile and will not withstand a hit from a Fire Edge point.
5.5mm thread- 41mm Total Length (excluding threads)  26/15mm shaft/tine lengths

 ***  Fire Edge Points ***
30mm exposed metal
18mm of  "Bodkin point" - ah, takes me back to Agincourt during Henry V's whirlwind tour of Northern France.
10.8mm of wide & shallow grooves
1.2mm of normal point to the barrel.
Different. Has some wide shallow grooves cut out of them near the barrel end leaving behind some very small rings which are nice for finger placement - I always place my finger here so it was nice new change.
 
They do compremise fitting a Trident180 cone though... I guess I could bond the nylon cone to the steel point with some glue. Not at all ideal. 
The bodkin tip is also an interesting feature, it is a normal point but has a triagonal pattern flattened into it rather than it just being an elongated cone. This creates a stronger cross section but it also creates three vertices - edges - which, if you have the normally admirable habit of twisting darts out of the board you are scouring the sisal as these long sharp flat edges will slice into the sisal as you rotate. They do punch into the board nice and deep though. I was easily sinking over 20 mm into the sisal. I didn't notice the rings hurting the board. After a week my Blade board has not visable signs of damage.
I guess I have to mention that when I throw the dart goes pretty deep, over 20mm anyhow. But if you zoom in when Mikuru throws her points never get close to the shallow grooves. But they do stay in the board without falling out, even if you are a little lady from Japan.
(Picture of Mikuru's board penetration - )
The rings also pick up my spotlight on the board, which makes spotting just which segment the dart has hit effortless. 

That Paint.
I am not that good with colours, But this is a metallic green jade aqua colour... "Sky Green" has been thrown about, "Heinz Baked Beans Tin Green" - It has a bit of a Miami Dolphin's Floridian Green vibe to me. Maybe it is a nugget of Purest Guatamalen Green. (You can mine Jade there)

   
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 Barrel Map
00.00 - 15.50mm -- Nose Cone
Lean eliptical taper to get the dart up to 6.6mm thickness. It has 5 square profiled shallow grooves spaced just over 2mm appart and each is painted in a metallic green jade aqua colour . There are also a series of single micro groove just ahead of the first 3 jade grooves - these are an effective styling excercise turning a plain ring into a twin ring. The usual polished tungsten you would find on any other dart is actually a very fine very shallow radial micro grooves (I had to use a microscope to see it). These provide more grip than normal but they have a down side as they don't disguise any impact damage here.
15.50 - 22.00mm -- Foxy Scallop section
Small scallop. The front has a nice profile with a 45° cut blending into the front of the scallop which then has a far softer curve to it. The front ridge of the scallop has 6 lateral cuts into the tungsten, connecting the scallop to the previous groove. The effect looks like a Fox Tail to me, and if your grip touches here, you could transfer a subtle torque effect into the dart as you release it.
22.00 - 25.00mm -- Thick Jadeite groove
This is the final bit of painted dart located in a thick band cut into the barrel. It isn't very deep and it is quite wide at 3mm. It is a different level of grip, the front vertical surface gives some purchase at that edge is also the CoG for the dart (22mm) with nothing attached.
25.00 - 26.00mm --Centrepoint Silver Ring
Simple 1mm thick band of polished tungsten. By a happy coincidence the middle of the final silver ring is the actual middle of the barrel at 25.5mm
26.00 - 27.00mm -- Final Silver groove.
Small groove that echoes the onto ahead of the foxtail scallop section with a steep front profile and a 45° angled rear cut.
27.00 - 28.00mm -- Coating link
The Black coating begins here on the top of a simple ring. This leads to a plain round bottomed groove. This unadorned groove 28mm along the barrel is the CoG point for a fully set up dart as supplied.
28.00 - 48.00mm -- Pixel Groove Zone
7 rings of perfectly formed and titanium nitride coated pixel grip, Each ring holds 12 lateral pixels making for a dart with a total of 84 individual nodes. Very comfortable medium level grip that can impart a torque effect if needed but it isn't an extreme level of grip.
48.00- 50.50mm -- Final Chamfer
Last part of the barrel with a plain short ring then a 1.5mm long chamfer that shrinks the rear of the dart down to 5.7mm for the stem to be threaded in. The chamfer has a slight vertical ridge where it meets the ring. More purchase if you grip here but also a very exposed place that will show up barrel damage/your relentless ballistic accuracy.
(Picture of the back of Mikuru's actual battle damaged darts.)
   

Interesting shape. Has a long multi grooved front eliptical curve on the nosecone. Then it turns into a straight barrelled dart with a few interesting shapes carved into the middle and an "off black titanium nitride" coating for the pixel grooves at the rear. Unlike a Fallon or a Fitton elliptical dart with a subtle curve, the Jadeite is perfectly parallel profile once the nose cone is finished (About 16mm along the barrel). It is an oddmix, exactly two Imperial English inches long, it isn't overly thick considering the weight the depth of the groove work and that very slinky elongated front taper.
Balance point when the supplied set up is on the final silver ring between the thick Jade groove and the start of the coated pixel grip, 28mm along the barrel.
With just the barrel and point the balance point is just behind the front scalloped section. (22mm)
Looks - It stands out from a line up of darts, not too many metallic turquoise painted darts... The profile is a world away from being boring or generic, despite much of it being a plain old parallel barrel. This isn't just a classic bristow dart with a different logo laser etched onto it. I had to factor in the damage that will accrue on the dart through use.
Grip - I am new to Pixel grip, but it is a solid pattern, not as extreme as Shot!'s Masonary grip or Red Dragon's Delta grip. Like both of those it can transfer a torque force if your grip is here - The coating also seems to help, feels sort of 'dry' under your fingertips then it sort of warms up and feels good. The mid barrel scallop is small but just enough- Maybe a smidgeon small for my pudgy sausage fingers, but they work fine for Mikuru's vulpine paws.
Flight Risk - Sleek profiled nose cone has a few cuts into it and the choice of the fire edgepoint means you can't fit a trident cone easily - without one you will get the usual barrel-shoulder impacts... coupled to the mass of the dart (Over 24 grams) flights hit will know about it. And so will the back of the pixel grip of the barrel. The lengh of the point also increases chances of catching the back of flights andleading them onto the vertical surface of the front of the barrel.
Weight Match - 23.90 - 23.92 - 23.94 - total spread of 0.04g. Alot of grooves, coatings, paint and non-standard points - alot of variables that Traget keep within the tolerance of just +/- 0.5grams.
Quality - The packaging is solid, Target obviously have alot of experience in making things look nice. The plastic tray was very tight, if you plan to keep the darts in here this tray will suffer, but the last thing you want would be the parts flying about loose inside the box. Paint was nice and unique.
Value - 95% Tungsten, Pixel grip, Titanium Nitride Coated, Unique paint, actually used by the 2019 Lakeside World Champion, the All Japanese Champion, the 2019 Dutch Open Champion and also used by one half of the Dutch Open Ladies Pairs champions for 2019. (Yuriko Yamaguchi being the other half.)   Signature dart used by the 5'2" Giant of Ladies Darts.
If you are not a fan of Mikuru then I doubt you will look far beyond the price tag (I can understand your animosity; a Kitsune masquarading as a Human for her own mischief? Deplorable behavior!)  The dart is still a solid piece of kit, but you can get alot of really good darts for a fraction of the price. These are expensive but how many times has an Asian player won a steel tip world championship and what dart did they use? Even in decades to come, this dart will always be the first one to perform such a task. And my set came in a converted soft tip box, making these an ultra rare collectors item that only a rabid fan would own, obviously.
 
 Summary ratings
Looks -  8 -
A lot of things going on, Metallic turquoise paint, rich dark Titanium Nitride chocolate coated pixel grip. It doesn't need anything as mundane as brand logo's or signatures, The paint and the profile are enough.
Grip - 6 - Back end is a solid amount of grip. Rear Chamfer is small - for a slim dart the grip is pretty impressive.
Flight risk? - 6 The style of point compromises a trident cone. The nosecone has some modest groovework to chew on flights. 
Weight Match - 0.4g - The box claims at least 0.5g, so this set were all good. 
Quality 9 - Crisp cuts all the threads were perfect. The thin tray inside the box was thankfully the only quality issue.
Value - 3 - The price is steep for what it is but you have to factor in the signature dart factor and maybe how hard it was to get hold of a set of them.
Car Comparison - Nissan Skyline GTR (R32). All the gizmos and tech to make this dart stand out. Coated pixels, fire edge point, metallic turquoise paint... Target need to persuade Mikuru that she needs a limited "Midnight Purple Edition"  (If Titanium is present when the metamorphic rocks are crushed under the edge of a tectonic plate that forms Jade, you can obtain a sweet violet/purple hue when the jade is extracted. - A Guatamalan edition maybe.)
Suitability for me - Alot to like about the dart, lashings of grip where I need it, a choice of subtle landmarks on the middle of the barrel. Slim but no bull nose to bludgeon flights and create bounce outs. I had a few questions to ask of this dart, Pixels, Coating, Fire Edge point and virtually all of them came up positive. Heavy, slim sleek good grip dart that has its very own identity.

Negatives
The few negatives beyond the price.

Battle damage - The rear coating on the pixels is nice, but the rear chamfer is exposed and mine has several dings and prangs to reveal the silvery tungten underneath - the contrast of matte black and reflective metal will happen if your darts cluster up. In the same fashion, the nose of the dart has alot of grooves, so rather than a single plane of tungsten, you have multiple rings which seem to magnify any stratches the nosecone will get from a tussle between the coated rear chamfer and the sleek grooved nosecone. As the nose cone has alot of radial cuts any normal impact will slide against the grain of these barely perceptable grooves - and stand out more.
I don't mind battle damage at all but I can see low milage set of these looking pretty beat up just because the majority of the hits will be on a very small area on the back of the dart and the nose cone has so many delicate microgrooves between the larger painted grooves.
 
The specialist point won't accept a trident cone -
This could be fixed with a blob of glue - just to hold it in place. Without a trident the nose will hammer flights and ding the back of a barrel. I am happy letting these chew away on 12p flights... I doubt I would be so ambivilent if I had imported some rigid flights from Japan only for this hungry vixen to chomp away at them like it was loose in a chicken coop.

Any questions ask away - I got bogged down typing this up trying to get a bold to work.
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Lovely looking darts - big fan of Mikuru and would love a set of these, but sadly I'm not a big fan of the price even though it's to be expected given the cost of darts in the Far East.

Thanks for the review, have already added it to the review index
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Thanks for the review.

Nicely written, Ryk.
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Nice write up!
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Great review, thanks for taking he time and sharing!
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Nice detailed review - still loving mine!
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Pretty dart no doubt in my mind but I'm not a fan and can't justify the cost. Great review though and commentary adds a nice touch
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Thanks for another great review. Nice dart; tempting...
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Thank you for this very Nice revieuw
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Nice review and beautiful darts. If they were just making it as 21 or 22g darts, then I would really be tempted, getting a set.
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