Quasar A Closer Look

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Quantum Darts Quasar – A Closer Look

This style of dart may not be one which you’ve thought about trying before; Maybe each set you’ve seen has missed the key characteristic making them suited for your throw, maybe the barrel length doesn’t seem like it would suit you or maybe the barrel wasn’t particularly aesthetically pleasing, there are numerous reasons to be put off. Granted It can be an unpopular style & most likely, if you compared the ratio of straight barrel throwers (barrels 44-54mm length) to short barrel throwers (38-44mm length), the straight barrels would have the majority of the market, but until you’ve tried them please don’t rule them out!

We use this blog post as an opportunity to give you an in depth look at the barrels, give you an insight as to why the design/grooving pattern presents itself in the configuration it does & provide you with some foundation knowledge to help decide on the dart suitability.

The Barrel Profile

It could be said, that there are three main sections to this barrel:

  1. The nose – A smooth radiused nose which starts at a reduced diameter where the barrel meets the point aids deflections, especially when approaching flights/darts already in the dartboard.
  2. Focal grip section just towards the rear of the nose – This section is quite distinguishable as it was originally set out to create a barrel with a really good reference point in the middle of the focal grip. By adding undercuts towards the front and the rear, making the centre more pronounced, which could almost be described as a “belly” protruding amongst the other grooves, this was achieved. It almost has the feeling of a scallop when rolled in between the finger tips, without there actually being one present. A combination of narrow and wide radiused grooves give a level which is easy to release but wont slip in your fingers, around the 3-3.5 out of 5 mark on scale.
  3. The rear taper – The placement of closely grouped shallow grooves along this taper gives a grip level which doesn’t compromise the release (due to it’s sharpness) and suits a rear gripper (as some choose to hold the base of the shaft/stem) very well. The centre of gravity due to the addition of the taper shifts frontwards of the barrel mid point along it’s length towards the nose.

The image below highlights discussion points above for clarity.

Barrel Specifications

Made up of a 90% Tungsten (W) 10% Nickel (Ni) composition the Quasar darts are available in three weights. Each of the corresponding barrel lengths & widths are different. These dimensions are as follows pictured below:

22g Barrel Weight (left/top) – 40,6mm Length x 7,9mm Diameter

24g Barrel Weight (middle/middle) – 42,0mm Length x 7,9mm Diameter

26g Barrel Weight (right/bottom) –  43,2mm Length x 7,9mm Diameter


Grip Suitability
Pictured below are two examples of grip positions which suit these darts well, one being along the rear taper near the shaft end (other barrels this style tend to be smooth on this area) & the other, on the main grip section around the middle/front middle of the barrel. Again, as previously mentioned, the “belly” with the subtle undercuts create a great reference point for grip, but as this is a personal preference, variance/combinations around these two positions is to be expected.

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