We all want to take care of our darts and make them last as long as possible. If you notice your darts don’t stick in the board like they used to, it might be time to sharpen them up a bit! There are several ways to do this, and we will show you the best way to do it safely and efficiently.
When you look at the design of darts, the tip of a dart should have a sharp point so they will stick in the board after you throw them.o
So Do We Have to Sharpen The Darts?
The answer is yes and no. A new set of darts that have never been thrown, will not need sharpening for a long period of time, depending on how often you play.
Frequently used darts may need to be resharpened once their original point has been pitted by multiple impacts in the dartboard. If you take good care of your darts, they can last for a long time.
How Often Should I Have My Darts Sharpened?
The answer will depend on how often you play. If you are in a league or tournament, you might be playing more often than someone who only darts on the weekends. To determine how often you need to sharpen your darts, look at the point (the end of the dart) after throwing some. If you notice that the sharpness of the point has become blunted or pitted over time, then you should probably get your darts sharpened.
Why You Should Sharpen Your Darts?
The reason darts should be sharpened is because of the repeated impact on the dartboard. It’s like running a car and putting too much mileage on it. The impact from dart-throwing can cause the steel tip to compress and eventually become blunted over time.
How to Sharpen Your Darts Properly?
There are many ways to sharpen your darts:
One of the easiest ways is to use a sharpening stone. You can use a larger-flat one (you might have one at home for sharpening knives etc) or buy a smaller-round one designed for darts. These are quite common, affordable, and easy to find. I like these small ones, since you you fit them in your case, of place them on your keyrings.
With the advancements of technology, we get electric dart sharpeners too. You can save time and energy with these. I haven’t tried one myself but they are very easy to use. Simply slide your dart into the slot, and let the machine do the work!
Some of you might prefer sharpening your darts with sandpaper. You will need two sheets of sandpaper, one coarse and one fine.
1. Wrap the sandpaper around a smooth surface with the coarse side facing out.
2. Draw your dart across the sandpaper, pushing it straight down. You want to get a smooth, even motion going. This will help you reestablish a sharp point on the dart.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with each dart. Be careful not to over-sand the tip of your dart, or you might accidentally damage it.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the fine sandpaper.
Which method to choose?
It’s up to you to decide which method you are more comfortable with. I personally like small sharpening stones meant for darts, they are easy to carry and you never know when you might need one, so it’s nice to be prepared. I found the electric ones too big for my liking, and the same with sandpapers. If I was looking for a solution to sharpen my darts at home I’d probably pick an electric one, but when on the go, a sharpening stone is just more practical.
How Sharp Should Your Darts Be?
That’s entirely up to you. Some players like their darts blunt, some like them really sharp. I’m somewhere in the middle, and so are most of the world’s dart players – not too sharp but not too blunt either!
To be honest, you need them sharp enough to score! You want your darts to be sharp enough that when you push them into the dartboard, they will stay in place. If your darts aren’t sharp enough to do this, try sharpening them.
How Often You Should Sharpen Your Darts?
If you’re not sure whether it’s time to get your darts sharpened, you need to check their condition. Look at the point (the end of the dart). If it’s blunted or pitted, it probably needs sharpening. A good time to get your darts sharpened is when you’re about to use them in a tournament.
Have you ever had this happen? You throw a dart, it sticks into the dartboard, and then it falls out. When a dart doesn’t stick to a dartboard, it can damage the board. Imagine taking a nail and deliberately hammering it into a wall that’s been freshly painted – not nice! Unless you want to throw away darts that don’t stick, make sure you keep them sharp enough before every game.
Are There Downsides to Sharpening Your Darts?
Sharpening your darts can get them out of shape. They might get shorter or they get a pronounced bump, or they can get a flat spot. It’s probably not going to cause you any problems, but it could make the dart less balanced and affect your throwing.
If you sharpen your darts too much, they might become too pointy. This can damage the dartboard and it might lead to your darts breaking easier. There are people that swear against sharpening darts, so in the end, comes down to personal preference.