Bulls Fighter Dolfin 18g darts review



Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbJ76hgh6VA

This is a review of a set of soft tip darts from what I think is a fairly new company from Korea called Bulls Fighter. This is one of their recent models the 18g Dolfin.

You can find more info on their site here: Bulls Fighter

A great name though!!! I like it!

The darts are made in Korea to a very high standard and are 90% tungsten. They retail for around 118,000 Korean Won which is roughly £67 I think.

All the models come in this very neat compact and classy packaging which has a slide out tray with a foam insert to hold the darts and flights. They come with Bulls Fighter standard flights which have a pre-cut ring slot and what looks to be tweenie nylon stems with spring clip rings. The barrels have soft tips pre-fitted too.

A neat touch on the side of the packaging is it tells you the dimensions of the barrels which I found to be extremely accurate!

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CLOSE UPS:

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As you can see from the pics the barrels have the main grip to the rear half which carries right to the end of the barrel. Its a high level grip. The front section is very slightly scalloped and towards the centre where the barrel is thickest it has these notches which is around where I gripped it. What you may not be able to see is that due to the very fine lines from the machining the surface of the barrels create a kind of rainbow effect like oil on water which I believe is due to the diffraction of light on the very fine lines, I don't think its intentional but it is kind of cool Smile

You cant really see the lines with your naked eye though, the camera pick it up in the close shots.

DIMENSIONS:

Length:

Was exactly as it said on the box!

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Width:

Again the widest section was exactly as stated on the packaging, which is impressive!

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Detailed Dimensions:

As you can see the darts are drilled out a good bit from the rear:

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WEIGHT:

The barrels without the tips are 18g as stated and 2 were the same weight with the third just 2 hundredths of a gram difference which again is very impressive and shows the quality and control that has gone into making these:

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Weight of the full set up as supplied:

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BALANCE:

The balance of the barrels with the tips on is slightly towards the front:

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With the supplied stems and flights it moves about central:

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Balance with my own medium, short, and extra short stems and standard flights:

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MY GRIP:

I tried gripping these further up the barrel as I think they were slightly better balanced there, so I gripped around where the notches are:

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I also tried a couple of throws gripping at the rear:

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As these are soft tips it does not really matter how they land in a soft tip board but this is how they land in a steel tip board:

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CONCLUSION:

The main thing that impresses me about these darts is the quality of the machining and the exactness to the dimensions as stated, they really are very nicely made and the tungsten has a very high shine to it which makes them look special Smile

Of course I don't have a soft tip board to give them a try for their intended game but a dart will fly through the air the same regardless of its intended target and I found these flew very well for someone like me who is not so used to light darts, I kind of expected to struggle more but from the off they did feel effortless to throw and flight was stable and overall very nice. I did not feel so comfy gripping them very near the front though and I deliberately held them further up the barrel which I think was a good decision.

I do think these would likely suit rear grippers best though, I tried throwing from the rear and it feels like the weight of the dart will suit a grip that likes to grip just past the smooth section after the notches. At that point I think your pushing right through the centre of gravity.

The darts are not so cheap admittedly but I think its in line with a lot of the Asian brands but they really are very nicely machined and the cuts in the shaping of the grip pattern is very clean and neat.

I would really like to see them make a few steel tip models if the quality of the soft tips is this good and would be great to get a steel tip model Smile

Overall these are a great dart if your a rear gripping soft tipper and well worth a look, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by the quality Smile

Summary Ratings:

Looks: 8.5 (nice looking darts)
Grip: 8 (on a 1 to 10 Scale, 10 been severe grip)
Weight match: 9 (close)
Quality: 9 (top quality)
Value: 7 (Pricey but nice quality)
Suitability for me: 7.5 (flew very well really, but think will suit rear gripper best)

Best Feature: Quality feel Smile
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D'oh - £67 is not too bad considering the price of other sets with similar styling...
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Nice dart and quality review
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(12-04-2014, 02:03 PM)kamikersie Wrote: D'oh - £67 is not too bad considering the price of other sets with similar styling...

Not excessive and a lot cheaper than some od the Asian brands but dearer than what us U.K. people are used to I guess Smile

(12-04-2014, 03:12 PM)ElusiveDouble85 Wrote: Nice dart and quality review

Cheers! Smile
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Awesome review like always. One thing that kinda confused me was the dimensions drawing is all to scale besides the kine showing how deep it's drilled right? If it's drilled out 23mm then the drilling almost goes as far as that rear grip does.

And on a manufacturer side, are a lot of people fans of darts with an intense grip on the back but almost no grip on the front half? I feel like it's popular in soft tips. Maybe its for people with a dry thumb and index on the grip but nice and oily middle and ring finger for the smooth part?
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Great review Darren. Those are some nice looking darts. The machining on asian darts is amazing
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There you go another nice review done to perfection. I don't throw softies but these look very well made and of course out of my price range regardless
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(12-04-2014, 04:23 PM)Dmott Wrote: Awesome review like always. One thing that kinda confused me was the dimensions drawing is all to scale besides the kine showing how deep it's drilled right? If it's drilled out 23mm then the drilling almost goes as far as that rear grip does.

And on a manufacturer side, are a lot of people fans of darts with an intense grip on the back but almost no grip on the front half? I feel like it's popular in soft tips. Maybe its for people with a dry thumb and index on the grip but nice and oily middle and ring finger for the smooth part?

Thanks! Yeah they are drilled out quite a lot, it seems a lot of darts from Asia have most of the grip there, but there is still some that are near the front but I think they are lots of rear grippers which is what they are catering for.

(12-04-2014, 04:27 PM)Tormentor Wrote: Great review Darren. Those are some nice looking darts. The machining on asian darts is amazing

Cheers Shawn, yeah they do make nice darts Smile

(12-04-2014, 04:28 PM)SlingBlade Wrote: There you go another nice review done to perfection. I don't throw softies but these look very well made and of course out of my price range regardless


Cheers! May be they will tempt you to try soft tip? Smile
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Great review. But remember when reviewing soft tips, the "front" would be up for debate. It looks like those darts would work great for a rear gripper if they were turned around. I'm super impressed with the attention to quality here. The measurements are nearly perfect.
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(12-04-2014, 05:29 PM)Cyanide Wrote: Great review. But remember when reviewing soft tips, the "front" would be up for debate. It looks like those darts would work great for a rear gripper if they were turned around. I'm super impressed with the attention to quality here. The measurements are nearly perfect.

Cheers!

Well you could reverse them but I think the balance would be weird then, as most of the weight would be at the back, I will have a go and see what happens Smile

I have another set yet, they are even more exact Smile
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