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Originally posted by AndySmith AndySmith wrote:

Eeeep!  Mine is on the way...
 
 
 
 
 


Nice handle, what wood is that?
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

Nice handle, what wood is that?
 
It's spalted maple. 
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I've just play with Yeo clone, it's the same as Metalone's blade, but it's 89 gr, 5 gr lighter.
I try it together with my friend Sugengz. He plays with YEO all the time.
We both have the same opinion:
1. The custom blade is not as flexible as YEO.
2. It's not as springy as YEO
3. It's more powerful than YEO
4. It has better feel than YEO

For YEO user, this is an upgrade or a better version of YEO.
I found YEO top ply is thinner, while the spruce is thicker.
Ross's blade the top ply is thicker, while the spruce is thinner.
I think spruce makes the blade springy, I remember I use Kong Ling Hui wood, also spruce secondary layer with koto top ply, it's springy.

Overall I'm impressed by the feel and power of this YEO clone made by Ross Leidy, it's not only got a nice beautiful handle, but it's also nice and powerful to play.

I use H3 National+Roxon 500 pro The setup is 181 gr, which feel very balanced.
The handle is longer than my normal blade, it can suit small hand or large hand.








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Peter - thanks for the review of your new blade.  I'm glad to hear that you're happy with the result!

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Peter, that is your second blade from Ross ? What is the outer ply of the YEO clone ?
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Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

Peter, that is your second blade from Ross ? What is the outer ply of the YEO clone ?
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Apologies if off topic, but I'm wondering if Ironwood as the  #2 & 4 layers would act as a sort of carbon layer.
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Originally posted by swampthing swampthing wrote:

Apologies if off topic, but I'm wondering if Ironwood as the  #2 & 4 layers would act as a sort of carbon layer.


It probably will (even 0.5 mm of it) but it will be thicker and certainly heavier than regular layer of carbon...
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Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Originally posted by swampthing swampthing wrote:

Apologies if off topic, but I'm wondering if Ironwood as the  #2 & 4 layers would act as a sort of carbon layer.

It probably will (even 0.5 mm of it) but it will be thicker and certainly heavier than regular layer of carbon...

I bet it would.  I haven't seen much mention of the use of Ironwood in TT... On the web, I only found a brief mention of someone's possession of 1 ply.  Heh, it is probably like swinging a marble slab. Smile 
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Thanks Ross.
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Originally posted by swampthing swampthing wrote:

Apologies if off topic, but I'm wondering if Ironwood as the  #2 & 4 layers would act as a sort of carbon layer.

Embarrassed LOL, after more reading/learning it would appear that this is already Mr. Leidy's strategy as Ipe is the medial layers in the Sotto Voce.  It's just not that clear from separate 'ipe' and 'ironwood' searches on the interweb that Ipe is considered Ironwood.


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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.
 
 
 
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That handle is one of, if not the most, beautiful I have ever seen!   Amazing work Ross.
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yakult and ross have pushed blade beauty standard one notch above. this one is jaw dropping (again).
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Holy (insert long line of swear words)... Ross, your craftsmanship is mind-blowing.
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Censored!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Two thumbs up, brilliant work, and the end product is just absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by peter79 peter79 wrote:







What is the light colored wood of the Handle on this blade?
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Originally posted by iamwardicus iamwardicus wrote:

What is the light colored wood of the Handle on this blade?
 
That's masur birch (also called Karelian birch). 
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I thought it was similar to the decorative stripes in Yakult's blade - Just wanted to be sure.     Stunning work Ross - You're continuing to push the envelope on beauty - keep it up!

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I guess we have to beg for them huh? Big smile
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

I guess we have to beg for them huh? Big smile
I think it's only you that want the edge photos.  Big smile  I don't have any yet, but I'll take some before I pack the blade for shipment.  It's a YEO-like blade, so nothing you haven't seen already.
 
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what a wild guess! Clap don't bother if it's only for me.
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Just when I thought Ross gave us the crown jewel of a blade he one ups us again! Man my brain can't take it anymore! LOL
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

what a wild guess! Clap don't bother if it's only for me.
I don't wish to see you suffer, so here's an edge photo.  Smile
 
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Those fancy handles ! I am jealous but at the same time I am happy because I am a J-penner and I must stick to the cork. Otherwise I have to collect blades with two categories : performance and handle.
Sticking to J-pen restricts me from buying too many blades Big smile
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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
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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!
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Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

Those fancy handles ! I am jealous but at the same time I am happy because I am a J-penner and I must stick to the cork. Otherwise I have to collect blades with two categories : performance and handle.
Sticking to J-pen restricts me from buying too many blades Big smile
do you do RPB with JPEN?
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

Those fancy handles ! I am jealous but at the same time I am happy because I am a J-penner and I must stick to the cork. Otherwise I have to collect blades with two categories : performance and handle.
Sticking to J-pen restricts me from buying too many blades Big smile
do you do RPB with JPEN?


His signiture suggests NO, but he has left a large scrolled down blank to be filled out
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now that's what I call a good eye!
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