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    My favorite shafts are:
    Aluminum
    15%
     15%  [ 11 ]
    Nylon
    69%
     69%  [ 49 ]
    Spinners
    8%
     8%  [ 6 ]
    Plastic (Slick Sticks)
    1%
     1%  [ 1 ]
    Other
    5%
     5%  [ 4 ]
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    Taechon
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    PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    That's why they invented dart tools. Not only are they used for opening shafts but for straightening them and closing them as well. A knife blade works much better at opening them. My experience using a dart tool is that as soon as you slip the wedge in there to spread the tines, they are too far apart and then you have to work at closing them again. But the knife is a fairly useless tool for straightening or tightening the tines. I also carried a small knife in my dart case when I used aluminum. (LOL.. 20 years ago.)
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    PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    When I first started I used aluminum, then went to titanium, now i've been using nylon and won't ever go back. Same problems that were mentioned before...

    1)bend to easy (always trying to make them straight again)
    2)more expensive
    3)when new they are very difficult to get new flights into
    4)robin hooding often bends the rings out too far to fix without a tool
    5)flights don't come off as freely with tight groupings

    For number 3, if you use aluminum and are having broblems getting new flights in (I've ruined several new flights trying to force them in) try putting the flight into an old shaft first to crease the flight, then put it into the new shaft. With the crease it is easier to get into the new shaft.
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    PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I use Unicorn Maestro II Short stems, so Aluminium in short. I like the visual appeal of them, and I like the Unicorn products. I used to use the Aluminium XL shafts, but they felt a little lighter than the Maestros. When I threw my Purists with XL Shafts, the darts entered the board at a flat angle. When throwing with the Maestro II's, they dipped down a little in the same manner as Phil Taylors do. (I also use Black Pear flights)

    I have used nylons in the past, but I dont feel as comfortable with them as I do the Maestro's. They are my stem of choice, so much so that I have 20 sets (much cheaper when bought in bulk)

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    PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Getting some titanium and tapered aluminium tomorrow to give them a go - the way I throw they can't make things much worse!

    Very Happy
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    PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I use and Vouch for Magnetic flights I do have the Hooding problems and all the problems that aluminum shafts bring to the table, but I don't have to deal with the breaking of the shaft when they hit the floor and it just look real flimsy to me
    The Magnetic stafts are good because the tines are removable and don't need to replace the whole shaft when you hood! It can still be fixed and everything
    When the flight pops out you can just reset the tine back into the shaft easily
    All I buy to replace my damaged shafts are the tines and I buy the whole shaft one about evry 6 monts or longer
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