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P.D.C Grand Prix Unicorn HD wear and tear
i'm sure many of you have noticed the wear on the unicorn boards at the grand prix , most notably in wade-thornton , wade - anderson , wade - mvg . a few guys with wades points say they don't go in that far and are ok to use so maybe not the points , but as it has been more notable in the wade matches it could be, perhaps these pros don't bother with taking and barbs of worn points as i had a set i noticed was pulling out my board and then found the points needed a going over with the sharpener . i guess these guys hit the wires around the t20 all the time compared to how little i do. but overall it was not a good show for unicorn and with me needing a new board i am ruling out a unicorn board in favour of a gladiator 2 or winmau blade 4 i think if a blade 4 i'll just get the standard one

on a side note yesterday i was in reillys and they had a harrows board with blade type wiring , it looked battered but still performed well , i wonder how old it was . it was late at night and the guy behind the bar didn't seem to know anything about darts so i didn't bother asking him, interestingly the biscuits seemed to have been wrapped in plastic rather than the brown paper in a blade 4 which doesn't seem to come out in big clumps like the paper
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i have had quite a few unicorn boards and at least half have had strands of sisal coming out after just a few hours play. and on most of those i was just using standard stainless steel points with no kind of grip. many of those boards went on to last for a good few months. and on some of them after the initial issue they then had no real further problems. i did wonder if some of them were too tightly packed, which led to a few strands coming out at first until they had settled down. i like the blade 4, but for me the blade 4 dc is much better. its the same spider, but the lack of glue and the rota lock system make the dc the better option for me.
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100% totally and completely the points on Wade's darts would ruin ANY dartboard. It's not the fault of the board at all. If players choose to play with points like that, then expect to buy a new dartboard soon. Here's the END of the match with MvG and Bunting. The board is 100% perfect.

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That's evidence right there then . Wade sponsored by unicorn too. Not great advertising for their boards is it
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Milky made a good point the other day. He mentioned that players can't afford to have one single dart fall out of the board. One dart could cost these guys thousands in prize money and rankings. So that's why they use the knurled points. It's my opinion that if ANY of us here at Dartsnutz uses knurled points to play at home then they are totally throwing money out the window. Either that or you enjoy buying new dartboards every other month.
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(10-13-2014, 12:02 PM)jamie373 Wrote: That's evidence right there then . Wade sponsored by unicorn too. Not great advertising for their boards is it

The average darter watching won't realize it's the points causing the damage to the dartboard and blame the board. So you're correct, probably not the best advertising for Unicorn. But in all reality, the boards are fine.
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Players use grip points when the have more problems dart falling out.

They don't care what board or whatever..

There darts must be in the board to try to win.

MvG have old worn darts with rubbed points.
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yeah i suppose having never owned a unicorn board i can't comment , one of the reason i'd like to know the opinion on this , it is as you say the average punter who perhaps only even watched the final who'll be saying thats not for me
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yeah I think its valid reasons for them to use them but I would not recommend them for home use unless you don't mind buying new boards regularly.
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(10-13-2014, 12:14 PM)Fred Raket Wrote: Players use grip points when the have more problems dart falling out.

They don't care what board or whatever..

There darts must be in the board to try to win.

MvG have old worn darts with rubbed points.

i thought that MVG's points could have been barbed from being worn and adding to it , but Cy's photo from bunting game proves otherwise
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but....

if you look at how Wade pulls out his darts,
you can see him pushing them down first, causing the holes & tearing of the dartboard.
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(10-13-2014, 01:08 PM)MichelBarre Wrote: but....

if you look at how Wade pulls out his darts,
you can see him pushing them down first, causing the holes & tearing of the dartboard.

can't i've noticed this , must have a look to see . maybe he's switching over to winmau soon like nicholson lol
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(10-13-2014, 01:08 PM)MichelBarre Wrote: but....

if you look at how Wade pulls out his darts,
you can see him pushing them down first, causing the holes & tearing of the dartboard.

Yeah, I did notice that. He doesn't pull them straight out. He pulls them down then out. Not good for the board Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

I just watched about 10 minutes of the match and was looking for close ups of his darts. Every single time they showed a close up the knurled part of the dart wasn't even touching the bristle fibers. So I'm not 100% sure what's causing the damage, but whatever it is, it's certainly Wade's darts. Thornton's darts also killed the board as well.

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i'm starting to think the aggressive grip on his barrels , hitting the wire etc. his points just need the barbs took of them in a sharpener, i have only used a sharpener twice in two years but as i said a set i was using started wrecking my board . at first i put it done to the fact thew board is all then i nicked my finger with one of the points and it was almost like a fishing hook lol , filed it off turned the board and all good again , mon james look after yer darts pal Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Although Unicorn make quality darts I've never been a fan of their dartboards. The bottom line is, in my experience, they just don't wear as well as boards by Winmau and Bulls.
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