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or 'Got Grip'?

I received my 'final notice' from FedEx on Thursday and in a panic (ok not totally) headed to the FedEx store to find what had arrived for me and that I might have missed. You see, we'd had a lot of wind lately and FedEx notices had apparently blown off the door at least twice earlier so I had no idea something had arrived that FedEx would not drop off. This only happens when you have to sign for it and that generally means it's something from overseas which for me means someone sent me something to take a look at. And that my friends, makes for an exciting day!

Well, you might have guessed it, from the title and all, but what arrived were two sets of Shot Darts and needless to say I was excited to check them out.

The first set I opened were the new Ronin REI's

My first impression was quite simply WOW! What Grip! These REI's are simply superb when it comes to grip! In fact, I immediately thought of Rainman (Kevin Luke) who commented last summer when he saw my custom Red Dragon's that they didn't have enough grip for him. He needs a LOT of grip and let me tell you bud, these puppies have it in spades!

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Seriously, ouch even! Holy cow! Frankly I'm loving this and want to head out to a board asap! ok, I'll be honest, I have one at home (and the office, and my cabin and some extra's tucked away here and there) but I wanted to try them out on a soft machine since that's what I'm playing these days after all. So I snuck off to my favorite watering hole and started hitting the board.

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Not the prettiest hat-trick in the world but then it's me throwing it and not the Crafty Cockney back in the 80's so forgive me ;)

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I've been fighting dartitis...
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I have to admit that I could not find these darts for sale in the US, or for that matter anywhere but the Netherlands, so they might be tough to get but I think worth the look. As I was unable to locate them for sale (other than NL) I'm also only guessing on the price of about $55. I see tungsten versions run over $100 but the brass darts of similar design and by WINMAU run $56-$64 in the USA.

These darts come with steel conversion tips which worked very well, soft tips and extra flights and shafts. They do not come with a case but then I don't use a case anyway and always just toss them out when they come (if I'm keeping the darts) so it doesn't make much sense to me to send a case with them anyway.

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The darts are larger than most modern darts, which is to be expected because they are made from brass, but they are only just barely larger than my own soft tip darts which Red Dragon made for me by drilling out the barrels of my 24g steel dart. I insisted I wanted the same barrel size and shape but light enough to play NDA Electronic darts and they made it happen.

I should note that I started with Brass darts back in 1976 but these are not the brass darts your grandad, or I, started with. Ours were big, fat and plain really and came with Turkey Feathers (that's what we called them) and these are a modern, precision machined dart well suited to today's players!

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So, the idea of reviewing these Scott Waites Onyx darts intrigued me because they were just slightly larger than my own and I like a larger dart. I tend to laugh when someone tells me they need thinner darts to hit more 180's and ask them if they've ever seen John Lowe's darts? Heck aren't Taylor Phase 5's kinda wide too? Width has nothing to do...
I received a set of these Scott Waites darts from WINMAU today and started my assessment. On first blush I was surprised how big there are and how heavy they felt! They are only 20 grams and just slightly larger than my own darts but feel bigger in the hand which personally, I like!

Too often I think darts are too darn small for my bigger hands and fingers and I need to feel the dart in my hand not some needle of a dart only elves and wraiths can throw!

So, I'll bang away with these and see how they fly and let you know my thoughts on them as soon as I have a chance to really toss them a bit.

Meanwhile, here's an interesting 140 I tossed with them almost immediately after sticking the flights on them.

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And a shot of them with my dart for comparison ...
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Stay tuned.
I wrote the piece below on October 28th, the second day of the PDC Asia, North and East region qualifier. Since then, I have not been able to find video of the event on Youtube. I can find video of the qualifier held here last year in Taipei, and I can find videos of many other PDC qualifiers, but unsurprisingly I cannot find this year's Taipei qualifier on Youtube. This may have something to do with the level of competition and quality, or rather, lack of quality play.

The Great Die Off and the PDC qualifier in Taipei. Oct. 28, 2017

40 players competed at the PDC Asia qualifier, North and East Region (South Korea, Mongolia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) in Taipei, Taiwan, last night. I was shocked, but not too surprised at the small number of players who showed up. I took a look at the tourney bracket, and only a few names were not written in Chinese. I didn't see anybody who looked like Borat, so I guess the turnout from the former Soviet republics may have been non-existent. There were a couple guys from Mongolia, some South Koreans, a contingent from Hong Kong and Macau, and of course local Taiwan players. Many top Hong Kong shooters failed to attend. Royden Lam surprisingly didn't come. The top 16 will fight it out today for a place at Allie Pally this December. I will not go watch today. It's just not worth my time.

There is a core group of steel tip shooters here in Taiwan, good players, getting up in age who no longer play. Most of them are in their late 50s and early 60s. They understand etiquette, counting, and chalking. These are guys who played during the peak of steel darts in Taiwan, the 80s and early 90s. Many played through the 90s, and a few of them play soft tip even now. Several of them played on the Pacific Cup teams of the 80s that played against Paul Lim and his teams. I am of the same generation. We are the dinosaurs of darts.

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