Scarab A Closer Look

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Quantum Darts Scarab – A Closer Look

Recently released, our Scarab range are a bulbous barrel style dart and most certainly one of our favourite sets for sale at the moment. 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 Design

As with previous dart releases, (similar posts for our other ranges of darts here – blog), we spend a lot of time conceptualising and tweaking/sampling the barrel design, to make it best suited for our target user, which is naturally determined by their specific grip choice and/or preferred barrel balance. Up until these were released, most of our products suited short barrel users, straight barrel users (in varying forms) & tapered barrel users so we knew a bulbous style dart was needed. On a more traditional bulbous style dart, there is a radiused nose which continues in a convex manner back down to the dart outer diameter whereas with these you will note that this is not the case. After the nose radius, you will note that the Scarabs continue in a concave manner to the outer diameter (noted as the curved section) and it is this ‘contoured/curved shape’ which really provides the comforting thumb/finger reference point for perfect grip.


On our Telstar darts, the balance is frontward of the middle and this causes the dart to effectively land nose down, but they are still a  relatively straight dart even though they taper from the front of the barrel to the back whereas the nose and concave profile on the Scarab darts, almost exaggerates this ‘nose dive’ in flight. Depending on the stems/flights used this can be an advantage if you want the flights to land more upright/downwards in the board; I.e. If you use a standard flight and medium length stem this would naturally cause the dart to land differently to a slim flight and medium length stem due to the stability each flight provides.

The nose of the dart is completely smooth and this was a purposeful decision to remove any opportunity of grooves clashing with flights of any darts which have been thrown and already in the board. Perhaps a negative for someone who does prefer to rest a finger at this point, but there are other potential ways around this. One of those we suggest may be adding grip points and placing your finger there rather than on the nose, of course this is entirely dependent on how comfortable this would feel and how much of a change it is to your traditional grip.

After the nose, there is a double thin ring grip created with the use of large radiused grooves and small radiused grooves and this combination gives it a really solid grippy feeling but not one which is overly encompassing to hinder your release.

Looking at the comparison picture above, it’s perhaps not quite so clear to see the barrel length of the 22,5g and the 24,5g are different but if you count the number of black rings there are nine on the 22,5g & ten on the 24,5g. Altering the length rather than the width was done in order to achieve the balance/weight ratio thus allowing both weights to perform in a similar manner. I.e. between release point and reaching the board in their parabolic arc.

Above – Scarab 22,5g full setup as supplied with medium stems, 32mm black points and standard flights

Above – Scarab 24,5g full setup as supplied with medium stems, 32mm black points and standard flights

Above – Scarab 22,5g & 24,5g setup comparison


Barrel Specifications & Price

Priced at £33.99 you will find the full specifications on the diagram below for both 22,5 & 24,5g variants:

Example Grip Positions/Styles

These will help give you an indication whether the resonance darts may be suitable for you based on some typical gripping positions that suit the groove configuration; Note these are just examples and each individual will have their own variation to suit themselves.

Example grip 1 with thumb/finger sitting on the barrel profile & point but just towards the start of the contour

Example grip 2 with thumb/finger only (a ‘light’ grip) towards the start of the contour

Example grip 3 with thumb/fingers on the barrel profile, on the nose & on the
point positioned nearer to the middle of the barrel

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