Bottelsen is one of the big players in the darts world; based in the USA it produces some of the finest darts in the world. Renowned of course for their famous “hammerhead” technology for their steel tip darts which reduced bounce outs when playing on bristle type boards, they produce many other types of darts including soft tip darts as well. The owner Walt Bottelsen was responsible for the invention of the hammerhead system and apparently Bottelsen holds the most patents on darts products than any other manufacturer. So I guess they know their business when it comes to darts stuff.
The hammerhead system that made Bottelsen so famous is, like all great inventions, a very simple idea. The tip of the dart is connected to a very small spring rather like a tiny pogo stick, so that the tip can be pushed back into the barrel by a small amount. This means that if the dart hits a wire of the spider on the dartboard, the tip absorbs the shock of impact by retracting into the barrel, whilst hopefully the forward motion of the dart enables the dart tip to slide down the edge of the wire and enter the dartboard. It works very well and it wasn’t called the Hammer Head No Bounce dart for nothing, it greatly reduced the amount of bounce outs caused by the dart board wire and staples.
One of the great things about Bottelsen darts is the great names they give their darts, like Megathrust, Devastators and Nemesis, not to mention Ooh…Aah , now what marketing genius came up with that! Seriously though they do produce some excellent darts. The original hammerhead darts were 90 % tungsten but they have a 95 % tungsten dart as well with the Devastator dart that is super slim and has spinning shafts as well. With a variety of grips to choose from with smooth coarse and edge grip.
The ultimate grip style for any dart has to be Bottelsen’s Gorilla Grip darts, with the most coarse knurling you have seen, matbe not everyone’s idea of a good grip perhaps, but just an indication of how Bottelsen tries to cater for all tastes of darters.
The darts with the ridiculous name, Ooh Aah darts were developed from the Bottelsen GT series, but the barrels are much straighter and yes they also have the hammerhead tip and of course the Bottelsen spinning shafts too. Whilst they are famous for their steel tip darts, Bottelsen also do a big range of soft tip darts as well, like their Skinny’s, which as you might expect are a thin barrelled dart that can also be bought as a convertible dart set. Bear in mind you can get screw in steel tips for practically any soft tip dart to covert it for the steel tip game. The Skinny’s convertibles have genuine Hammerhead action steel tips. They also do a soft tip version of most of their steel tip range as well like their GT, Devastators, Gorilla grip range and of course those ridiculously named Ooh Aah’s.
As you might expect from Bottelsen, they have crazily named darts range called Kick Ass, which are at the less expensive end of Bottelsen’s range with lots of different colored shafts and flights.
Another innovative idea from Bottelsen is their Precision Grip Range, that has special indents in the dart to place your fingers and thumbs, so you grip the dart the same each time, helping with that all important consistency.
So whether you are a steel tip or soft tip darter, Bottelsen Darts has a set for you, with 25 years of consistent quality, you won’t be disappointed.