Update: Sadly it looks like the Blade 4 is becoming more difficult to find. I still recommend picking it up if you find it for a discounted price. If you are not able to find one, check our review of the new Blade 6, or Blade 5 for a comparable board.
Today I’m going to review one of the most popular dart boards on the market, the Winmau Blade 4.
Yes, it is a little dated, but If you are looking for a solidly-built, professional-level, competition-ready dartboard, the Winmau Blade 4 is definitely worth your consideration.
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Overview of the Winmau Blade 4
The Winmau Blade 4 (from Amazon) is available in both a “single core” and a “dual-core” design, which makes it a fantastic choice for both professional-level play and practice sessions.
The board features a high-quality finish in high-visibility colors, which, when combined with Winmau’s proprietary engineered wiring and high-compression tech, improves player accuracy, dart retention, and scoring potential significantly.
- 17.75-inch regulation size
- High-Grade Sisal Fibers
- High compression inner core increases durability
- Staple-free wiring
- Ultra-thin sector wires
- Sturdy build
Let’s take a closer look at the
Winmau Blade 4’s Strongest Features
Winmau Blade 4 bristle dart boards are all made with very high-quality materials. A very premium grade Kenyan sisal fiber is used to build the board’s cores. In the case of the “double core” mode, the inner core is made using a high-compression manufacturing process that increases dart retention, thus boosting performance.
However, an added benefit of this high-compression design is that the boards are better prepared to endure normal wear and tear. This means that the Blade 4 offers superb strength, longevity, and scoring potential.
Speaking of scoring potential, the Winmau Blade 4 features enough design choices to increase a player’s scoring potential and performance in general. I’ve already mentioned the high-compression cores, but this isn’t the only advanced feature designed to boost player performance and scoring potential.
For example, Winmau has designed and engineered an ultra-thin spider. Thinner wires mean increased surface area in the double and triple segments. This also results in more accuracy and a lower bounce-out rate due to having more space for your darts to land in.
The wires used on the Blade 4 also have a triangular profile, which guides darts toward the scorable areas. This is in stark contrast to lesser boards which generally feature flat or round wiring, which tends to bounce wayward darts out of the board.
The Winmau Blade 4 is not cheap, and there are plenty of more inexpensive options to be found, but a dartboard’s true value is not just tied to its price. When you consider the potential boost to your throwing performance, the value proposition offered by the Blade 4 becomes much more attractive.
Additionally, given this board’s sturdy build and high-quality materials, you get a very respectable level of durability. I’ve played hundreds, if not thousands, of games on the Winmau Blade 4 and the board has fared far better than other popular boards on the market.
All in all, the Winmau Blade 4 is well worth the asking price.
Final Word On The Blade 4
The Winmau Blade 4 is the result of decades-long experience and fine-tuning. Winmau has been designing and manufacturing some of the highest-quality dart products and accessories in the industry.
The board offers plenty of durability and enough performance-enhancing features that players of all skill levels, including professionals, should find it worth considering.