Tungsten self-ion irradiation was performed at 800 °C up to 0.01-1 dpa on two different W grades with essentially different dislocation density. Nanoindentation was applied to characterize the radiation hardening in two W grades with different microstructure. Different methods to analyze the indentation curves were applied to extract the bulk equivalent radiation hardening. It was shown that depending on the applied method, different outcomes may occur. The most satisfactory procedure was established and a consistent set of parameters was found. The bulk equivalent radiation hardening was found to saturate above 0.1 dpa. The characteristic distance between irradiation induced defects acting as dislocation pinning points was found to decrease up to 0.1 dpa, and then saturate/increase with irradiation dose. No essential difference in radiation hardening was observed between the studied W grades with essentially different initial dislocation density.