Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Some darts I had, that I wish I still had

Some darts I had, that I wish I still had.

Laserdarts, Blackwidow, 23 Gram
These are the original ...well OK Laserdarts used to be an English company called Fansteel, but was then bought and then became a USA/Kansas brand called Laserdarts. These are the original Blackwidows. They were originally made by bonding a 90% front and a 90% back, to a 100% tungsten billet. (If you look close you can see the lines when they were bonded). Yes, they were very short, and they only came smooth because you can not knurl/machine 100% tungsten without great expense ...and they were $170 back in the 80's/90's. 

Bottlesen, GT, 24 Gram
I think they still make them. It's a smooth dart, but it's easy to find your place. If you feel the dart is too fat, you're too far forward; if it feels too thin, you're too far back. I got them well used, after they have been used they get dented and develop a kind of texture, or what they say about a nice cast iron skillet "Seasoned". 

Harrows, PowerPoint, Jerry Umberger 24g
 As they say; once you start a dart collection, the tendency is to push it as far as it will go.  They stopped making them mid to late 90's. Another smooth dart, but also has that distinctive grip point in the middle. It's so called "Front loaded", but any weight that come from the front's larger diameter is countered the amount of material that is removed to accommodate the movable point.

Roger Carter signature dart 24 gram
These were not the production darts, these were all hand made ...demo darts so to speak I got from Roger himself back in the 90's

 Bottelsen, Tony Payne Signature darts, 26gram
As I said before,  once you start a dart collection, the tendency is to push it as far as it will go. These were the first real set of steel tip darts I bought. These were discontinued as Tony Payne, but continued under the name "Precision Grip". A lot of these barrels broke where it gets thin, so it's rare to find a set. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Laserdarts "Matt Chornyak" signature darts review

Laserdarts "Matt Chornyak" Signature Darts

Chornyak? Who is Matt Chornyak? 

1. When Did you start playing darts?
Matt: "1999 early 2000"

2. Where Did you start playing darts?
Matt: "At a bar called Smack Daddies that was in Olathe, KS. Won my first tournament there".

3. Why did you start playing darts?
Matt: "Because I like meeting new people. There was a board in the bar that me and a bunch of my friends would play on for fun. They had a tournament one night and we all decided to play. I won and I have been hooked ever since".

4. What was your most memorable moment playing darts?
Matt:  "First one was turning pro in Omaha with Jason Tomlinson. I had wanted to accomplish that for a long time. The second was watching Abby make it to the Final at TOC. The third was being asked to be a part of team Monstah and Horizon".

5. Where did the idea for this dart come from?
Matt: "I used to throw an old back grip dart and when Horizon Darts came out the lazerbitz I saw a grip I like and decided to add it to a dart that I throw already or incorporate it".

Alright, Alright ...He's a proper darts player, Lets see the darts ?

The Full Barrel
Like I said the barrel has a lot of distinctive features about it. First off it's the longest soft-tip barrel I know of at 51mm for a 18 gram dart and it's not "Skinny" really either. I don't throw a skinny. I find I get more control with a fatter dart. I know some people swear by the skinny dart to leave more room in the target, but whats a dart without control?

The Full Barrel Another Perspective
Here you can get a good look at the different groove profiles. A lot of precision work went into making these.

The Back Scallop 
Its a subtle scallop with a "raised box cutout". It gives you fingers good traction without being overly sticky.

The Mid-Section and Front
There you have it. The famous Laserdarts back-cut grooves. Plus that one distinctive groove in the middle. That was a great idea. It's not to give your fingers traction, but rather a distinctive feature to let you know you have the dart gripped right. Then the front are stand grooves with every other spacing.


The key to playing darts is consistency. consistent stance, consistent grip helps lead to a consistant throw. The design of this dart lends its way into that formula very well. Most signature darts are designed for one particular grip, and if you don't grip it that way, it seem awkward. Matt's dart can accommodate a lot of different grips because it has a lot of distinctive grip points. I like it so much so I'll be getting a couple sets when they come out in a few weeks. Both Soft-Tip and Steel-Tip

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thursday Night Results and Up Coming Tournaments

Your Governor's Cup Team
Paul Schwindamann Jeff Johnson Tressa King
Ric Smith          Jim R Yates Diana Rutherford
Michael Walters Steve Shope Jo Ann Anderson
Chris Mccowan Tim King Terri Stevenson

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Midtown Steel Tip Darts Summer Update

Yes I'm still alive and well. Got busy and had computer problems
 ....but I'm back non the less. So lets ketchup with the Midotwn Thursday Night Steel Tip League.

Check back soon I've got a few dart reviews, as well as player interviews to come.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Midtown Thursday Night Finals

Midtown Thursday Night Finals.

The Finals came down to Colonial Club's, "Hoho & the Merry Elves vs. Chez Charlies infamous, "DirtBaggers". 

HoHo & His Merry Elves: 
Gary "Ho Ho" Holland,
Steve "Shopey"Shope.
Dave "Diamnond Dave" Whitney,
Danny "Book'm Dano" Bribiesca
Bert Lane
Bill "Billy Boy" Pittman

Jim "Dirt Bagger" Dietrich,
Tim "Sasquatch" Kessler,
Pete "Uncle Pete" Codrington,
Dick "The Hammer" CooperSmith,
Dave "Davey" Ryan

After sprinting ahead to the 3-0 lead you would think victory was only a matter of time for Hoho & his merry elves, but that was not be be as Tim Kessler took out 61 for the Dirtbaggers to take the championship and end the Midtown Winter season.

It was a good season, like they always are. With 8 teams (Teams are 4 or 5 people) in the league, I can say pretty confidently we all get along we pretty much recognize them as a proverbial Brother or Sisters. The league ranges in skill levels from beginners to seasoned tournament players who are always willing to help or answer questions.

I'd like to thank our sponsor and home bar. Colonial Club. Come for the Darts and Food, Come for the Food and Darts. It's all good. Very good quality; Pizza, Cheese Steaks, Italian Sausage Sandwiches, Chicken Wings, ....

Colonial Club
Shorty's Pizza
322 6th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 291-0251

Special Thanks to "Moe" Mauzey for all he does. Without him there would be no steel-tip darts in Kansas City.

If you are interested in the Midtown league, or just a night out playing steel tip darts; Come on down to the Blarney Stone for a blind draw this Thursday (5-30-2019)

Blarney Stone
3801 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
(816) 753-4949

...and if you go to Horizon Darts, please use my code and receive 15% off
Horizon Darts
2415 South 50th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66106

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Topeka Results

I was waiting for the full tournament results, but I never got them. 3 weeks late, but here none-the-less. Well I know one result. Derek Hinkle and I won doubles. 

The Topeka Dart Association ran a great tournament at the Lazy Toad Bar They will probably see me back there for a blind draw or something. 

If you are in the area, check out their FB Page.  

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mid-Town Steel Tip Dart League Final Results

Mid-Town Steel Tip Dart League Final Results
There you have it. First time in league history we have a 3 way tie for first. See You'all in the knockout Bracket for the championship.