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Indeed stunning job! Incredible craftsmanship ...
Most beautiful blade I ever seen.

You are not a 'blade Maker', you are an 'artist' Master Ross Leidy!
 
Just a question, is the handel not slippery when wet?


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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Originally posted by decoi decoi wrote:

im sure ross could make something up the back part of the top bit of cork . and leave the part that your finger wraps around /touches as cork :P
like veneering the sides, top and back of the cork? great idea!


That is a very good idea ! I do not like part cork and part wood for the handle. According to my opinion, it is ugly (no offense meant for owners of that kind of blade).
And no, I don't do RPB.

I have one Sotto Voce J-pen on the way, weighing 67,1 grams ! It will be the lightest blade in my collection. Maybe Ross would post the pictures, but I am not sure because it looks just like a normal J-pen without fancy handle. However for me it is a special one due to the weight. I hope I would like the the blade in play.
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Originally posted by thefred thefred wrote:

Indeed stunning job! Incredible craftsmanship ...
Most beautiful blade I ever seen.

You are not a 'blade Maker', you are an 'artist' Master Ross Leidy!
 
Just a question, is the handel not slippery when wet?

Thanks, thefred.  I don't normally use a gloss finish, but even though it is smooth and won't absorb any moisture, it feels more grippy than slippy when playing.    
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I have one Sotto Voce J-pen on the way, weighing 67,1 grams ! It will be the lightest blade in my collection. Maybe Ross would post the pictures, but I am not sure because it looks just like a normal J-pen without fancy handle. However for me it is a special one due to the weight. I hope I would like the the blade in play.

Here are a couple photos:



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sotto voce with what kind of outer plies?
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

I just completed a blade for member Yakult, and he really pushed the envelope on handle design on this one.  I was a little hesitant to attempt it, but it turned out beautifully in the end.  The main handle woods are amboyna burl and masur birch.  Yakult requested a gloss finish to showcase the grain.  Here are a few photos of the result.
 
 
 


WOW!!!  Great job Ross, this is truly a masterpiece.  Looks like I have to have my wife come up with an even more difficult handle design to top this one off for my next blade from you.
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

sotto voce with what kind of outer plies?
The outers are alaskan yellow cedar.  Sorry, no close edge photos.  Smile  
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:


WOW!!!  Great job Ross, this is truly a masterpiece.  Looks like I have to have my wife come up with an even more difficult handle design to top this one off for my next blade from you.
I think I'm in big trouble now.Big smile
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:


WOW!!!  Great job Ross, this is truly a masterpiece.  Looks like I have to have my wife come up with an even more difficult handle design to top this one off for my next blade from you.
I think I'm in big trouble now.Big smile


In big trouble you are Mr. but not for another few months LOL
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I built a pair of blades for Carryboy recently and promised to share a few photos with the group.  These are the same composition as I built for him before: anigre(x2)-WRC-anigre-european beech.  Handles are peruvian walnut and masur birch.  





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Dang, that masur birch is popping up ALL over the place! Wink
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Fantastic Blade(s) Ross!!!!!, Thanks for posting.
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Just a few pictures of the beast prepped and ready to go. It is a monster!!

I have been playing with this blade, well one of them for a week now and pretty much everything described in my review on this blade design remains the same. However a few changes were made which was increasing the size of the handle by 1.5mm (25.5mm x 105mm) which a big difference in the balance and feel of the blade. The second was using a WRC core which was a lot straighter in its grain pattern. The result was a blade around 2.5 to 3 grams lighter than the original samples I had gotten before (This blade is 85 grams). I am using Tibhar Aurus Soft max fh and Donic Desto F3 BS 2.0 bh. The blade is a true Off, very linear in its behavior with tons of control. The best part of it is the sound of this blade with the Aurus rubber, it cracks like a whip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

I just completed a blade for member Yakult, and he really pushed the envelope on handle design on this one.  I was a little hesitant to attempt it, but it turned out beautifully in the end.  The main handle woods are amboyna burl and masur birch.  Yakult requested a gloss finish to showcase the grain.  Here are a few photos of the result.
 
 
 


WOW!!!  Great job Ross, this is truly a masterpiece.  Looks like I have to have my wife come up with an even more difficult handle design to top this one off for my next blade from you.
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Tommy has two new toys and a third in development. Shhh, don't tell g/f. :-) Updated pics coming soon . . .


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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

Tommy has two new toys and a third in development. Shhh, don't tell g/f. :-)
is this an attempt to go toward a better Violin (white ash and???) ?
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Hey Yo Tommy - Is that top ply the same wood as the Violin?  If you don't mind, please share the material information.  Thanks,

Carryboy - What did you just do??? omg, what did you do to the handle?  Now it looks like my Primorac OFF- Smile.


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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

Tommy has two new toys and a third in development. Shhh, don't tell g/f. :-)


Wonder what is the wood composition on your blade Tommy???
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It's like a Violin/YEO hybrid.  White ash outers (Violin), white ash medial on one side (Violin), ayous core (YEO), spruce medial on one side (YEO).
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nice cpen and shakehand combo Tommy, and good job for the marvelous blades Ross.
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Here is my new RL blade:

Alaskan yellow cedar - Anigre - Balsa - Anigre - Alaskan yellow cedar

Slim Flare handle made out of Hawaiian Koa

83.4g (84 on my so-so scale)

It is a piece of Ross' early work that I got in a trade.

Will try with Donic BF max (50gr) and Illumina Alpha 1.8 (40gr) ; can't wait to know how it plays; the thickness of the plies is very interesting!

total weight with those 2 rubbers is 175 grams on that same so-so scale...

the blade is incredibly flexy; it should be a whooping looping tool!



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Originally posted by mhnh007 mhnh007 wrote:

Hey Yo Tommy - Is that top ply the same wood as the Violin?  If you don't mind, please share the material information.  Thanks,

Carryboy - What did you just do??? omg, what did you do to the handle?  Now it looks like my Primorac OFF- Smile.


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Yeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaw!!!
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Glued up the rubbers, bounced around the ball a bit...OMG I can't wait til Monday when I can play again.
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Yay i am getting my blade baaack. Congrats.
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YEOlin! It's the way to go!
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They are YEOlins . . . 
Weight is 8.34g
Thickness is about 5.6mm
white ash-white ash-ayous-spruce-white ash

Notice the medial plies are different.


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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

They are Violin/YEO/OC hybrids . . .
Weight is about 84g
Thickness is about 5.6mm
white ash-spruce-ayous-limba-white ash

Notice the medial plies are different. One side is a Violin/YEO hybrid and the other is a Violin/OC hybrid. :-).

Such a beautiful blade.  I wonder if it's noticeable different between the 2 sides, and also which side do you intend it to be the FH side? BTW - I will keep an eye on the FS section from here on out Smile.
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I played with my RL Avalanche #2 for the first time last night. It was (almost) no adjustment to get back into it. I went back to about 90% of where I left off and my enjoyment of TT just doubled. Everything seemed to just go better again and beat my training partner (lost to him in the last tourney) handily. Wednesday can't come soon enough Big smile
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Originally posted by mhnh007 mhnh007 wrote:

 BTW - I will keep an eye on the FS section from here on out Smile.

LOL.... we should start a pool to see how many days after tommy receives the blade he would put it in the FS section.

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