Late 2016 saw the launch of the eagerly-awaited Winmau Blade 5 dartboard, the next chapter in the Winmau Blade series and the first since the launch of the Blade 4 in 2010.
The big question on everybody’s mind was whether Winmau could improve upon the Winmau Blade 4. If they could then it would be some achievement because the Blade 4 would take some beating. As it turns out, the Blade 5 has managed to surpass the excellence of the Blade 4 and Winmau have pulled out all the stops to bring a dartboard to the mass market which is quality through and through.
It’s price is very reasonable and it should give you many happy darts-playing years. It will suit young and old, professionals and amateurs alike. We take a closer look at the Winmau Blade 5 here and give you all the key features. You need to consider that there are two versions of the Blade 5 – the dual core and single core. We review here the single core. If you want excellence then go for the dual core for the extra money. However, fans of the single core Blade 5 will not be disappointed because this is quite simply an excellent dartboard.
Features of the Winmau Blade 5
Reduced profile, thinner wire and higher scoring area
The Blade 4 saw a wiring profile triangular 90 degrees with the point facing outwards. This means any chances of the dart tip hitting the wire and bouncing back out are minimal because the wire profile will encourage the dart tip to go right or left and embed in the board – not bounce straight back out.
With the Blade 5 this angle has been reduced to just 60 degrees, meaning that the very small chances of bounce-outs are now even smaller.
On top of that, Winmau have managed to reduce the thickness of the dartboard wire further still. The Dynamic Sector Wire (DSM) forming concentric rings around the bullseye has been reduced in thickness by as much as 20%. The radial wire (leading out from the centre of the bullseye to the edge of the board) has been reduced in thickness by 10%. With thinner wire and a more acutely-angled wire face, the chances of suffering wire hits and bounce-outs as a result have never been so small. This really is a very well engineered wire profile. The wiring on the Blade 4 had previously been a 50% reduction in thickness from its predecessor Blade 3, so over the years the wiring has got thinner and thinner. Regardless, it is still very visible and creates a solid boundary.
All in all, your chances of hitting the double or treble have never been better. The double area has increased by 9mm squared in area and the treble area has increased by 6mm squared – all thanks to this clever, thin wiring system