We have a series of Dart Articles that we've added over time. You'll find games similar to American darts, and dart throwing advice.
We also have a section on Vintage Darts with pictures of darts and boards from days long gone by.
Well, I'm a little late to the party here, but the shakeout of "What will happen with Apex darts?!?" has finally happened. Or at least the second chapter is out, and it reads like this . . .
We are laying the Apex #1 style dart to rest
When Apex stopped operating at the end of 2018, Widdy stepped in and bought them out. At that point, they put out statements that they would be making a "square cut" feathered dart.
That wasn't exactly the same as announcing that they'd be offering an "Apex Style Dart" as well as the standard Widdy. It just mentioned that if you like the Apex feathers, they would be showing up on darts.
But, that is the only part of the dart that transferred over to the, now, Widdy Square Cut dart.
The barrels are the same as the standard "blue" Widdy dart. The stamping is the same. There is no mention of "Apex" or "Apex Style" anywhere, which is ok. It did confuse my friend who asked Widdy for a box of "The New Apex", and when the box and dart barrels said WIDDY on them plainly, he was caught off guard.
The red band went away, which doesn't have any influence on how a dart will fly. It's just a piece of the old style that didn't make its way into the new style.
The biggest change as far as flight might be the use of the standard Widdy shape/weight of the tip. I'll try to post up a picture of the Apex and the new Widdy square cut side by side.
In short, the world has a new dart - the Widdy Square Cut. The old Apex #1 has faded away from manufacturing. So the answer to the question Where can I buy a box of Apex dats?" is "You can't".
This is the original review of the Apex #1:
A second company that makes darts for use on an American style board is Apex. They make several different types of darts, and have even made several different types of wooden boards that are a complete departure from the "normal" numbers-based American and pub boards.
The tip and lead weight are the same as a stndard Widdy as well. That, might be the biggest factor that affects the feel and flight of the new dart.
You can find Apex darts in either the No. 1 style or their No. 2 style.
The number ones are the darts that you would use on the traditional American boards in tournament play. They are 5 3/4" long, so that puts them at the same length as the Widdy and Darto offerings.
The barrel of an Apex No.1 is slightly smaller than the Darto and Widdy darts, coming in at roughly 1 1/2" around the thickest part. This gives them a different feel than the other darts.
The barrels are often hotstamped. Mine are hotstamped with Official No.1 - "APEX" Norristown - Penna.
The flights on an Apex are cut into the sharp-edged form, unlike the rounded edges of a Widdy. And, Apex is open to the idea of using as many colors as they can to decorate their flights. You can find Apex darts with . . . Yellow, Purple, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, Pink, Black, White, and combinations. Mine are "Pittsburgh Steeler" darts, with a white/yellow/black feather combination.
The feathers flights are also smaller than those found on a Darto or Widdy dart, giving the dart a more streamlined profile.
The band between the barrel and the flight sections of the dart is red. That band is actually a piece of thread these days, glued into place, rather than a plastic band.
The barrels themselves are made of white birch.
The lead insert that binds the steel tip to the wooden barrel is different on an Apex than on any other dart. It is "taller" than the others, so instead of being flat and fat it is thinner and reaches more towards the sharp tip.
Besides their No 1 series, they offer a bigger dart for use in playing dartball, their No. 2 dart. Those darts are 7 1/4" long. The No. 2 series comes in three or four feather flight configurations.
If you're looking for a set of darts for the traditional American board play, choose the No 1 series.
Apex darts are more expensive than the other American style darts. Because of that, you are more likely to find Dartos and Widdys at a place like your local tavern. Still, there is a loyal crowd of dart shooters that swear Apex darts are more accurate than either the Widdys or the Dartos.
About The Company
Apex was founded in 1912 by Charles High. Originally, they made ladders. That didn't last long, and within a decade of being formed, the company turned it's efforts towards the manufacture of dartboards and darts.
In 1946 the company was sold to Robert Glass, who ran operations until he passed away in the mid 80's. Now (2008), Robert Glass Jr. is at the helm, and they're still turning out hand-made darts and boards.