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    Posted: 11/08/2018 at 3:25am
I read somewhere that a blade needs to be broken in (like running in period for a car in the old days). I tried the search engine but could not find what I want.
Is it true that when you buy a new blade, it will get better and better if you use it ? What is the background of this theory ? Perhaps the outer plies becomes more solid due to the impacts with the ball ?
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I guess the wooden plys become dryer and the glue between plys hardens. I clearly notice my balsa blades changing over time in a positive way becoming crispier and a bit harder which I like. Looks like a brake in period, but I have my doubts to call it "brake in"
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I think that Marcos Freitas said in some interview that new blade must be glued 20+ times before it stars to feel good. I remembered thinking ”why is that” but I haven’t find any answer yet. Maybe blade gets a little softer becouse of the glue or something.

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My didn't serve me right. Freitas talked about this in TTD review and said that blade needs to be clued several times not 20+ times.


Edited by Tommy16 - 11/09/2018 at 2:21pm
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I think it is more on the person familiarizing with the blade. Unlike the rubber that you need to really break in, i do not think much is needed with blades.
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there are changes in hardness and stiffness over time.

for example, water based glue and sweat will make a blade slower and softer over time.
Lately (WTTTC probably) I read that Dima said many Chinese used new blades, to have better speed.
Some time ago there was a tutorial about making avalox blades less stiff by briefly putting them into water. Might have been in German though.
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Glue residue, sweat, and humidity will also make a blade heavier over time. 
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Originally posted by yogi_bear yogi_bear wrote:

I think it is more on the person familiarizing with the blade. Unlike the rubber that you need to really break in, i do not think much is needed with blades.

Hi Yogi bear,
How long it is required to "break in " the rubber ? I suppose it should be related also on the degree of impact when we hit the ball, the harder we hit, the shorter the break in period ?
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