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    Posted: 09/30/2012 at 11:30pm
Ok, i came up with the name "Nemesis" series...but it is one of a kind... it just seems to suit this paddle because it will be the nemesis for all who play against it...  its bad a$*

Ross picked up this rare wood called:  Canxan Negra Burl.  Its gorgeous...  and expensive..  

Here is my small review (from a self assigned ping pong addict).




The blade showed up in a custom bag with a signature and a certificate of authenticity.. supercool.

The workmanship is better than any paddle i have ever owned..

I believe that Ross should charge $1,000 for this paddle but i am sure you can talk him into one for less than that :)..  

His price was much lower than the paddle is worth...i felt guilty because of the care and quality to be frank.



I played with the paddle for about 7 hours saturday and Sunday this week.  it hits so well its hard to explain... 

i turned my newgy robot on 10 speed and pounded the racket ..and then compared it to about 6 other paddles that i own... all nice paddles (Stiga Rosewood XO - expensive paddle), as well as my andro temper tech, my butterfly Innerforce ULC, my donic black devil, and my Xiom solo....  

by far, the Ross leidy was the most consistent...  I would say that it is an off - or off..  my donic is an off+.

it is the most consistent and the handle is the most comfortable by far.

the racket also is the most balanced paddle i believe...





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thanks for writing your take on the blade... looking forward to read more after you use it to play with other people in a sparring mode and also in games...
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Ohh yes I wasnt very clear.

I played against others. I trained 6 hours against top ranked players.

I stood about 10 feet back from the table and looped hard with it... The blde ia really consistent...

I thought..."maybe i am just having a good day" so i traded my coach hia timo boll ZLC to let him hit with it.   

He kept looking at the handle in disbelief.

After 5 minutes, he handed it back to me and said: "Fast"
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Just to make sure I understand it correctly, the Canxan Negra Burl is on the handle, correct? Not the blade head itself.
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correct, the Nega is in the handle...There is no negra in the blade head.   Actually the blade itself is made up of Mahaongy, kiri and mason birch i believe with Kiri (the hardest) wood as the inner core.
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Originally posted by watchski watchski wrote:

correct, the Nega is in the handle...There is no negra in the blade head.   Actually the blade itself is made up of Mahaongy, kiri and mason birch i believe with Kiri (the hardest) wood as the inner core.
I'm glad to hear that you like the blade's performance.  Making that handle was a real treat.
 
The hardest ply is the outer masur birch (also called karelian birch), the medial mahogany is a bit softer, and the kiri core softer still.
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The handles on your blades look amazing Ross but are they comfortable? I'm NOT  talking about the shape or anything but about the sealant. Aren't those handles incredibly slippery? The handle of my Juic Nebula comes factory sealed and I sanded it off because otherwise the blade would slip out of my hand with every stroke I make.
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Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

The handles on your blades look amazing Ross but are they comfortable? I'm NOT  talking about the shape or anything but about the sealant. Aren't those handles incredibly slippery? The handle of my Juic Nebula comes factory sealed and I sanded it off because otherwise the blade would slip out of my hand with every stroke I make.
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Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

The handles on your blades look amazing Ross but are they comfortable? I'm NOT  talking about the shape or anything but about the sealant. Aren't those handles incredibly slippery? The handle of my Juic Nebula comes factory sealed and I sanded it off because otherwise the blade would slip out of my hand with every stroke I make.
 
On other blades where I used a gloss finish on the handle, the feedback that I received was that it made the blade more "grippy" than "slippy".  Perhaps watchski will post his own findings on that topic. 
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Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

The handles on your blades look amazing Ross but are they comfortable? I'm NOT  talking about the shape or anything but about the sealant. Aren't those handles incredibly slippery? The handle of my Juic Nebula comes factory sealed and I sanded it off because otherwise the blade would slip out of my hand with every stroke I make.

Skyline,

The shape of Ross' handles are very comfortable. The broad end-cap is like an anchor. They are perfect for my hands, allowing me to keep a strong yet relaxed grip on the paddle. Compared to a long list of other handles I have tested, only one other handle is close to his (BBC's pistol). 

As Ross just mentioned, the sealing reaction depends on the wood you choose (one of the advantages of handcrafted blades is that your word weights a lot). 

However, your point-question about the lacquer is a relevant one. Some people, like myself, have found sealed handles to be slippery. When I received Ross’ handle, it was still a bit slippery--he had just sealed the blade a few days before. But soon, with use, the lacquer and the slippery sensation went away. Like you, what I learned was that if I weekly sanded the handle, it would restore its beauty and will make it grippier (Ross' advice).  

If it happens that your handle comes a bit slippery like mine, as soon as the slippyness disappears because of usage, you don’t have to worry about anything. But I try to keep it as beautiful as I can. I consider this blade, not a product I would have bought at the store which I would just simply toss or use whenever I need it, but a living creation produced by an artist to which I gladly will continue to maintain.  

Hurray for outstanding independent blade-makers:

Leidy's Rapscallion
Charlie's 1Ply & 9-10-9
American Hinoki's WRC Quantum 3-ply
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 Its actually quite timely of a question.  I just got back from an hour of training hard with it...   covered in sweat from hard looping...   my handle never even comes close to slipping.  I agree..the gloss creates a resin type grippy ness.   Its not slippery at all and because it is covered in gloss there are no indentions that are in the way or bothersome.. Its incredibly smooth.   In no way, am i asked to say positive things about this blade.  In fact, I was asked for negative feedback as well by ross because he wants to improve them...I am having trouble finding a negative...   Perhaps that its too nice?  or too "pretty"...  people automatically assume that it can't be that good... until they play with it...   my chinese coach was playing with a timo boll W7 and after he played with mine...  he walked over to the other side of the training center and came back with a brand new timo boll penhold ALC with Tenergy 05 on one side and hurricaine DHS on the other...  and he couldn't seem to create the same speed or same control... he was soooo incredibly bothered by it...   so he walked over to me and said:  "How much" ... :)    

THANK YOU Ross!!  i have currently the best paddle in the world...  unless you make another...  i wouldn't sell it for $750.   Not a chance... my game went up 100 points easily...

I have never hit like i did today...   


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"my chinese coach was playing with a timo boll W7 and after he played with mine...  he walked over to the other side of the training center and came back with a brand new timo boll penhold ALC with Tenergy 05 on one side and hurricaine DHS on the other...  and he couldn't seem to create the same speed or same control... he was soooo incredibly bothered by it...   so he walked over to me and said:  "How much" ... :)    

THANK YOU Ross!!  i have currently the best paddle in the world...  unless you make another...  i wouldn't sell it for $750.   Not a chance... my game went up 100 points easily...

I have never hit like i did today...   "

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That is the most beautiful handle I have ever seen !
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Originally posted by watchski watchski wrote:

THANK YOU Ross!!  i have currently the best paddle in the world...  unless you make another...  i wouldn't sell it for $750.   Not a chance... my game went up 100 points easily...

I have never hit like i did today...   

Thank you for your very gracious comments.  I'm glad to know that the blade hit the mark with you.  
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Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

That is the most beautiful handle I have ever seen !

 
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Originally posted by rabanitorosario rabanitorosario wrote:

Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

That is the most beautiful handle I have ever seen !

 
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Oh, Man! I want one too! Yet, I have to wait...

+2, work of art! 
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Haha watchski still high from new toy syndrome. Wait a year and we'll see his blade in the for sale section.
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