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    Posted: 09/18/2014 at 12:19pm
Originally posted by Carryboy Carryboy wrote:

So how does it play Ross??
 
I gave it a short try, but I wasn't happy with the rubber pairing.  I'm going to send it off to fatt, and he'll do a better job of putting it through its paces.
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So how does it play Ross??
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Originally posted by W0LovePP W0LovePP wrote:

 
Hi, Ross,
What are the thicknesses of each ply?
 

I corrected my earlier post where I indicated the thickness was 5.6mm.  It's actually 5.8mm.  The core is 2.05mm and the remaining plies are just a fraction over 0.6mm each.  

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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

This photo's for fatt who appreciates the edge photos.  It's a new experimental blade with a Peruvian Walnut core - something I've wanted to try for a while now.  Peruvian Walnut is not very heavy for being a hardwood, and I wanted to see if it would make a viable core material.  The remaining plies are Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share this initial photo.

 
Hi, Ross,
What are the thicknesses of each ply?
 
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Very interesting concept!!
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

How does it play? Any chance it will become a standard in the lineup?
I'll be giving it a whirl this week.  I'll keep you posted.
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Originally posted by Argothman Argothman wrote:

That's a beautiful handle color, very refined and elegant!
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How does it play? Any chance it will become a standard in the lineup?
we ping therefore we are feedback the fatt ( •_•)O¯`·.¸.·´¯`°Q(•_•) neottec hinomi-m - mj - lkt rapid speed
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That's a beautiful handle color, very refined and elegant!
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Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

And what is the weight of the blade ?
The blade is just over 86g.  Here are a few more photos.  The handle is Hawaiian Koa that was sent to me as a gift - it's got a nice warm color and shimmer.





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And what is the weight of the blade ?
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

I have only a coarse sense of how the blades will play when I'm putting them together.  I always look forward to the surprise of the first hit.
I bet you would stop building blades if the surprise effect was down to zero. That special moment must be always new a treat!!!
 
I think you are right, my friend.
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

I have only a coarse sense of how the blades will play when I'm putting them together.  I always look forward to the surprise of the first hit.
I bet you would stop building blades if the surprise effect was down to zero. That special moment must be always new a treat!!!


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I have only a coarse sense of how the blades will play when I'm putting them together.  I always look forward to the surprise of the first hit.
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Ross,
Apparently, high level chefs can imagine the ingredients and taste the dish without actually cooking it. 
Are you able to do something similar with blades and various wood compositions, when creating a new blade, how close is the result to what you expect?
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I've been playing my K7 almost exclusively recently (koto*3-kiri-koto*3), and I enjoy the refined feel of a 7-ply.  So, I used the same general structure for this new blade.   While the Peruvian Walnut is light for a hardwood, it's still heavier than the more traditional core woods, so to compensate I chose AYC for its light weight for the remaining plies.  I like the soft, buttery feel of thick cedar outers, and as you note, it should help generate spinny loops (along with the flex of the 5.8mm thick blade).  The Peruvian Walnut should provide good solidity and speed for off-table play.  It's a theory.  Smile

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what a beautiful edge picture; so we'd get a soft feel with a rigid enough core to stay in the popular 7-ply zone: stiff but 1) not too much so the looping is not penalized (even encouraged with the 3 softer outer plies) and 2) just enough to hit well. 
You may very well be onto something huge!!!
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This looks interesting! You're getting quite a catalogue of core timbers now, aren't you? So this blade is working on the hard core, soft outer principle rather than soft to harder. What are the general pros and cons of the different approaches?
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This photo's for fatt who appreciates the edge photos.  It's a new experimental blade with a Peruvian Walnut core - something I've wanted to try for a while now.  Peruvian Walnut is not very heavy for being a hardwood, and I wanted to see if it would make a viable core material.  The remaining plies are Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share this initial photo.



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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

I got a game; please decipher the riddle below:

i.......n is t.e s.......t f..m of f......y


I was thinking the same thing.
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I got a game; please decipher the riddle below:

i.......n is t.e s.......t f..m of f......y
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I have to say, this entire thread is incredible. This is the kind of blade you buy then use for the rest of your life...
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Originally posted by MAkira MAkira wrote:

Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Hello Ross & all,
So that would be news: somebody is cloning RL blades???
this is possible?
Proof is in the picture!
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Hello Ross & all,
So that would be news: somebody is cloning RL blades???
this is possible?
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Hello Ross & all,
So that would be news: somebody is cloning RL blades???
we ping therefore we are feedback the fatt ( •_•)O¯`·.¸.·´¯`°Q(•_•) neottec hinomi-m - mj - lkt rapid speed
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

I found this in another thread, and I was wondering about the top ply used on the blade.  I don't think I've seen anything like it before.
 
Wow, that's some interesting grain.  I've never run across anything like that.  Nice looking blade.
Yikes, that's not Ross L Blade? You mean there's another one you on the planet? I thought from the handle - it was your work. That's pretty cool.....hey does this prices are going to start coming down? or will they double?Big smile
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Originally posted by SolidEvolution SolidEvolution wrote:

Ross, I think you have reached a new height regarding "pictures don't do your work justice".
That masur birch veneer looks like it's marble.
It's odd seeing this effect in such a large surface, almost sad to see it covered up with rubber.
Throw people off completely and add a marble look handle Big smile
 
Thanks.  With such an active grain on the face of the blade, I usually go with a simpler grained wood for the handle to give the eyes a rest.  But you're probably right - an all masur birch blade might look pretty nice.
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

I found this in another thread, and I was wondering about the top ply used on the blade.  I don't think I've seen anything like it before.
 
Wow, that's some interesting grain.  I've never run across anything like that.  Nice looking blade.
LOL - the joke's on me!  I thought it must have been one of yours.

The blade is in the "Pictures of your blade" thread:  http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9722&PN=80#824943
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Ross, 
As usual amazing looking blade. I have a request can you start another thread and post some pictures of blades that didn't turn out right. Just want to see what it looks like when things don't go as planned.
 
The ones that are totally unsalvageable are usually due to a mishap at the CNC machine.  Fortunately, that doesn't happen very often.  The next time I have one of those disasters, I'll be sure to take a photo and post it.   A little carnage to cleanse the palette.  Smile
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Smokin' indeed!  I'm guessing this process is going to win you a few new customers. Please try not to gas yourself using heroic quantities of industrial strength ammonia!  Smile
 
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