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Unicorn 2014 Kim huybrechts 22g darts review

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAFLqF7CVh4&feature=youtu.be

This is a review of the recently released Kim Huybrechts darts, they are available in 22 and 24 grams and these are the 22g model. They are a 90% tungsten dart with a classic knurled ring grip. You can find more info on the Unicorn site here: Huybrechts Darts

Also you can watch Kim talk about his darts in the clip below, here is the YT link too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PToMz8yMcU&list=TLvhe7LiNtqKtB-ymbZCBx_kJLYCkidqgN



The darts are part of Unicorns Maestro range and retail around £30 and come supplied with a compact case, 8 flight protectors and alloy shafts and Kim Huybrechts signature standard (big wing) flights.

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As you can clearly see from the pics the front of the barrels are smooth with "The Hurricane" etched on. If your a front gripper like me then it may pose a problem if you have problems with your grip. I was fine with it really but its a dart that is obviously designed for Huybrechts grip style which is a rear grip and that's were the knurled rings are to accommodate him. I would say the grip is around a low medium level but the grooves are fairly deep and do provide a little edginess and grip.

Dimensions:

Length:

Not sure why but I was kind of expecting the barrels to be longer so was surprised to find they were around 50mm:

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Width:

I think the darts are in a comfortable range of thickness for most people:

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Detailed dimensions:

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Weight:

The barrels were fairly well matched 2 barrels very close and just 5 hundredths of a gram difference between lightest and heaviest:

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Weight of the full setup as supplied:

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Balance:

With nothing attached the barrel was quite evenly balanced, may be a little to the front:

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With the supplied set up the balance moved more to the rear:

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

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At first I was gripping the darts on the front smooth section just before the knurls, after a couple of throws though I changed to very close to the front near the first groove of the barrel. I think it just felt better there:

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Darts were landing in the board flatter than my usual:

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Conclusion:

These darts are your classic straight barrel darts with a classic knurl ringed grip so its a design that has been around a while but with good reason as its a very versatile design that can and should work with all grip styles. I guess the biggest issue is the fact some front grippers will be put off by the lack of physical grip on the front of the barrel.

Its really not an issue for me personally as I don't have any problems with smooth darts per se but I do tend to favour some kind of grip for the tactile feeling of having something to push against but it is surprising how grippy a smooth dart can actually be. I would say it really only a problem if you have very dry fingers or may be suffer from excessive sweatiness.

For middle and rear grip styles your well catered for by the knurled rings but I would say the level of grip is around a low medium so its up to you to decide if that's adequate.

Throwing the darts was nice and effortless it was kind of strange as they felt a lot lighter and a little floaty to me but they were mostly well behaved in flight except for a little whirling or squirreling but I suspect that was down to me gripping so near the front and the way I release it. But they held there course well and I quite enjoyed throwing them overall.

I tried throwing the darts from the middle and they actually flew well from that grip even though its not my natural grip position, they kept nice and stable so should fly even better if your naturally a middle gripper.

I also tried throwing form the very rear which was a bit of a disaster as it was just too weird holding it there lol! But again I think if its your natural style then it should be fine, I see no reason why they should not work with any grip positions.

I think I would really like a gold ti set in these, I think they would look great in gold ti and the coating would make the front feel a lot better for us front grippes. Gold Ti version please Unicorn!!! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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Summary Ratings:

Looks: 7 (just a classic style)
Grip: 6.5 (on a 1 to 10 Scale, 10 been severe grip)
Weight match: 8 (quite close)
Quality: 8 (nice quality)
Value: 8 (fair price)
Suitability for me: 7.5 (fly better than I expected and have an easy feel of throwing to them which was nice)

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Thanks for the review as always. I really do fancy trying these even though I'm happy with my wades. I will try to resist but I bet I end up with some
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My grip is similar to yours but my thumb and index sit just behind the centre of the dart so I figure these might work well
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If I owned a dart company I'd contact you to take pics of the darts for the website. These are probably some of the best dart pics I've ever seen on the internet. That new lens was WELL worth it.

Could you please tell me how deep they are drilled out? Excellent review.
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(10-19-2014, 07:01 PM)Cyanide Wrote: If I owned a dart company I'd contact you to take pics of the darts for the website. These are probably some of the best dart pics I've ever seen on the internet. That new lens was WELL worth it.

Could you please tell me how deep they are drilled out? Excellent review.

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Its about 8 - 10 mm drilled out. Why are you asking about that so much, you planning something?

I was hoping to find some kind of stick/gauge that I could use to accurately measure it but not sure if there is such a thing, if there is I dont know but may be a metal rod that has mm markings on it?
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(10-19-2014, 07:16 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Its about 8 - 10 mm drilled out.  Why are you asking about that so much, you planning something?

Yes

I was hoping to find some kind of stick/gauge that I could use to accurately measure it but not sure if there is such a thing, if there is I dont know but may be a metal rod that has mm markings on it?

Doesn't your caliper's have a depth gauge?

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ah!!! well ya bugger!!! I wondered what that was about, I just got annoyed everytime I stabbed me self with it, not sure if it fits fully to the bottom of the drilled out part but just tried it and it said 9.25mm Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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(10-19-2014, 07:28 PM)Getagrip Wrote: ah!!! well ya bugger!!! I wondered what that was about, I just got annoyed everytime I stabbed me self with it, not sure if it fits fully to the bottom of the drilled out part but just tried it and it said 9.25mm Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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I've always wanted to file mine down into a dull point so it would fit flush into the back of a dart.

A lot of companies drill there darts out to different depths. Like the new 22 gram Phil Taylor darts. Those are quite deep. Some only go in a few mm, just deep enough to allow a stem to screw in. I'm in the market for a new dart and to get a dart to a weight I prefer takes quite a few mm of drilling.

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Another top quality review Darren +1 you really have been getting through them recently!
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Great Review.
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very nice darts, not my kind of grip but good looking Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Looks like i will have to open my wallet again
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Great review grip, I really like those backgrounds! +1
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I was actually looking into Harrows Boxer, Torpedo, and this!
Looks very nice and I hold darts like you do in the front...so the thing in the front is too lengthy and therefore might not be suitable lol
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