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Winmau 2014 Mervyn King Black PVD 22g darts review


This is a review of the new Black coated King darts, for a review of the gold version see here: https://www.dartsnutz.net/showthread.php?tid=2148

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These darts are supplied in the usual Winmau packaging with medium red alloy stems, standard shape King flights, point protector and plastic case. No rubber "O" rings are fitted to the alloy stems which is a little annoying as alloy stems never stay tight without the "O" ring so its something I feel should be added if darts are going to be supplied with such stems. But as must people will use their own stems any way its not such a big problem, but if these are your first set of darts it will be annoying when they work loose.

They are 90% tungsten and are coated with a black PVD coating and come in 22, 24 and 26 grams. They retail for £27.90.


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As I said before the barrels remind me of bamboo with the shape of the them, the scallops are kind of sectioned with the grooves on the knuckles just like a bamboo cane, they look very nice in the black PVD coating though:


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As you can see above the there is some small rings after the third scallop and the rest of the barrel is smooth. Apart from the affect of the scallop providing some grip the coating was surprisingly grippy too and I thought it would be slippy, but it had a nice feel to it and I think I actually like the feel better than the gold ti version.

Dimensions:

Length:


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Width:

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Full dimensions of the barrel:

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Weight:

Two of the barrels were closely matched at within 2 100ths of a gram and the third was 16 100ths more than the lightest barrel:


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Weight of full setup as supplied:

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Balance of the barrels is hard to gauge because of the scallop but it was just a little front of centre with nothing attached:


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Then moves closer to centre with the supplied set up:

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Balance with nylon medium, short and extra short stems and standard flights:


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Not sure why I took a pic of my grip like this below, as it was not how I held it when I threw the darts but only while I was sat doing the video review, but it felt nicely balanced around that point but when it came to throw them my normal grip was just around the knuckle so I moved it just above the first knuckle and more on the scallop.



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Conclusion:

As with the gold version I find the darts very comfy to hold and throw, and they fly much better than you would imagine in spite of the strange bamboo style shape. I do think if your grip falls naturally on one of the knuckles that you may need to alter it slightly, unless you have a very steady grip and super clean release you may find holding the knuckle cause the dart to rock a little.

The black PVD coating on these felt better as my fingers and the darts warmed up and it had its own grippiness really. It may react differently with other people I don't really know but for me it was a pleasant surprise and I really liked the feel of it. It also gives the darts a very sexy look! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

These are great darts and the value is good, the shape of the barrels may not be to everyone's taste but they are well worth a try.

Summary Rating:

Looks = 9/10 (I think they look cool and sexy! )
Grip = 7 (difficult one to judge but I think 7 is close enough on a 1 to 10 scale or level)
Weight match = 7 (close - ish)
Quality = 9/10 (very nice!)
Value = 8/10 (Nice value )
Suitability for me = 8/10 (very nice and comfy to throw)

Best Feature: PVD coating

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I know this review is BS because you hit a ton :crylol:

Nice job Grippo
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Those are a sexy dart, I want to give them a go one of these days. I am not a fan of straight barrels but I think those scallops will make them comfortable to hold. Another great review as always Grip (even though you just copied and pasted the other review to this one, lol).
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I love these babies. Definitely won't be letting mine go.
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I enjoyed throwing these for a little while. The barrel is just a little too short for the way I grip the dart. I found myself having to change it so I gave up on them. Great review as usual.
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Nice mate, just ordered the gold ones
may all the doubles be with you

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These and mvgs are 1 and 2 on my darts to try list.
Play like it means nothing when it means everything


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worth a try you just might like them Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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(04-11-2014, 05:57 PM)Getagrip Wrote: worth a try you just might like them Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Definitely going to get them hopefully in the not too distant future
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Very nice looking darts. Thanks for the review. I found the black bristows to be even grippier than the gold version.
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Don't like the red stems with them, couldn't they make a black pvd stem with it?
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Where can i get the Dartsnutz flights ?
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https://www.infinitidarts.com/shop/artic...DTGDHq8FPd&shop_param=cid%3D15%26aid%3DDNUTZFSTD%26
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The Darts Nutz flights in the pics here are the old ones, the new ones are much better printed Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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