How to Sharpen Steel Tip Darts

Learn how how to correctly sharpen your steel tip darts for maximum performance

Those who play darts regularly, will know how important it is to take care of their darts. One of the most important among all parts of a dart, is the tip. For optimal performance, it’s important to keep the point of your steel tip darts sharp, when it comes time play.

In which case, you’ll need to know how to sharpen your darts correctly. As when sharpened properly, you’ll notice a considerable improvement in performance; reducing the chances of bounce outs being one.

Maintaining the tip of your darts should help to keep them free from burrs. However, keep in mind that the tip of your darts shouldn’t be too pointy or too blunt.

So, how can you sharpen darts yourself? More specifically, how sharp is too sharp?

In order to answer this, among other questions, we have compiled a comprehensive guide. So without any further delay, let’s dive into it.

How to Avoid Over Sharpening your Darts

First of all, you need to know how to sharpen your darts. In order to check whether the tip of your dart is too pointy, just softly run your finger over the tip. If it feels needle sharp, the tip is simply too sharp.

Now you know how to check the sharpness of your dart’s tip, the next step is to learn how to sharpen it correctly. Much like throwing darts, learning how to sharpen your dart tip is a skill, which can be perfected with practice.

Below we’ve listed a couple of drawbacks of the too sharp dart tips.

  • Over sharpened dart tips can damage the board
  • Increased bounce outs
  • An overly sharpened tip can damage the spider when hit

As mentioned, not only can overly sharpening your darts cause damage to the board, it may cause damage to the dartboard itself. Either through the bristles or metal framework; otherwise known as ‘The Spider’.

On the other hand, you should inspect your darts on a regular basis to ensure that your darts are sharp enough to penetrate and stay lodged into the board while throwing. In order to do so, you’ll need to ensure your darts aren’t blunt.

What Happens when your Darts are Blunt?

Using blunt darts will reduce the chances of them sticking into the board effectively and increasing the potential of a dreaded bounce out. Blunt tips may also cause damage to your dartboard.

A blunt tip will push the fibres on the dartboard, rather than penetrating through them. This will result in your dartboard becoming damaged, leaving noticeable holes. Ususally, when throwing a perfectly sharpened dart into a dartboard, it will glide between the sisal fibres. Once the dart is removed, the fibres will return to their previous position. This is known as the self-healing ability of the sisal.

How to Prevent your Darts from getting Burrs?

In most cases when the dart hits a hard surface like a wall or floor, its tip can become bent. This deformity of the tip is known as a burr. Burrs prove to be extremely damaging to not only your dart, but also your dartboard.

As, when pulling out your dart with a burred tip, it’ll act as a hook, pulling out the sisal or fibres when removing the dart. Therefore, its vital to inspect your dart’s tip, should it bounce out and hit the floor or hit the wall, should you not have an appropriate dartboard backboard.

In order to avoid causing such damage to your darts, make sure to place some kind of cushioning material below the dartboard, such as a dart mat. It will prevent the dart tip from getting into contact with hard surface of the floor.

By doing so, you might be able to secure your dartboard from receiving unnecessary wear and tear.

You may also like: Our guide on the best dart mats you can buy

Things to Consider when Buying a Dart Sharpener

When it comes to buying a dart sharpener, you need to consider some essential aspects. In fact, dart sharpeners are available at a really affordable price. Here’s one we found on Amazon.

However, be aware that failure to use a dart sharpener in the correct manner can result in further damage. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most common things that you should consider when buying a dart sharpener.

  • Bowl-shaped or cylinder-shaped sharpener
  • Sharpeners made of stone
  • Small and comfortable to hold

How to use a Dart Sharpener

After purchasing a quality dart sharpener, you can start sharpening and maintaining your darts within a couple of minutes. To begin with, you need to insert the blunted tip of the dart into a sharpener. Now start to grind the tip slowly, with light pressure.

We’d recommend that you sharpen your dart for 10-20 seconds. After which, check the tip by slowly moving your finger over it. If you feel that the tip is still too blunt, continue to sharpen it being sure to check back regularly.


To conclude, sharpening darts isn’t too difficult. However, when doing so, you need to be careful. Overly sharpened or blunt darts are equally useless and dangerous for the condition of your dartboard.

Hence, make sure to sharpen your darts correctly using the techniques discussed, above.

Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.