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    Posted: 07/23/2017 at 6:17pm
This review comes from a German Forum (tt-news.de).
It is part of a longer post. It's machine translated. I changed some parts to make it more readable, it has still rough edges, though.

This season I ended up trying my last two Saive Power. These are a little stiffer than the Stiga off classic Wrb... and are no longer produced (?).
So [...] I bought the two new Woods....
The Stiga Arctic Wood and the Stiga Celero wood.

[Coming] From the Offensive Classic WRB (OCW), or from the Saive Power, I was hoping that among the two woods I wound find a successor, which can be played a little faster and stiffer. The first test with old rubbers was not so meaningful. So I also quickly ordered the same current rubbers in new...
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The very short comparison/first impressions were thus created when playing an Energy Wood (EW), a Celero Wood and an Arctic Wood...
All with Aurus 1.9 black FH and Aurus soft 1.7 red BH.

Actually, I had looked at the Celero Wood as my new blade... possibly for the next few years...
The Arctic Wood was more of an impulse buy.

And now, so at the beginning the Celero seems to be more similar to OCW, is to say it plays "softer" and becomes fast when you play with spin... The EW seems to be a little faster... Because the EW is unfortunately often too fast. I like the Celero already... the purchase will probably not be a mistake.

But there's the Arctic Wood.... and that's kind of an outlier in a surprisingly positive sense.
-Not as fast as the Infinity
-Immediate feeling of good control
-Good feedback
-and it is stiffer and more direct... than EW, Celero, OCW etc.
-You can also attack... as with the previous Tube Light!
-and yet also the positive impressions at the topspin...
-it seemed to me at the beginning like the jack of all trades
-playable in the short game for a "coarse motor skilled" like I am... (EW is too fast for me for this)
-Still a really good feedback.... you notice immediately that you have Stiga in your hand.
-and like with the Tube Light, you can also shoot dully.
-Unlike the yes very stiff Tube Light, the Arctic wood gives more detailed feedback (how to describe it? Maybe like this it is already understandable...)

So during the short test I was surprised by the fact that I had repeatedly resorted to Arctic wood... The racket makes the best impression in the first quick comparison.
[...]
Briefly summed up: If you are looking for a a little bit harder EW and don't want to have as much speed as with the Infinity, you might have found it with the Arctic Wood. Definitely.

Those who play the Saive Power and are looking for a successor will probably not be able to avoid testing the Arctic Wood.

If [you want a blade that] is not so direct and not quite so fast.... there is still Celero wood... though the Celero may be put away in the closet with my other blades at the beginning of the season, because the Arctic Wood has left such a really good first impression. (Hopefully at that price the manufacturing fluctuations are rather small.)
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After a long wait, finally received mine today.  With Rasanter V50 and R47, the combo seemed quite (too?) fast on a simple bounce test.  The pale wood handle looked more interesting in the photos.
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Originally posted by jpenmaster jpenmaster wrote:

That is an interesting outer veneer. The tree in their picture looks like some type of conifer which would be soft wood. The top veneer reminds me of quarter sawn ash or birch. Arctic Birch is used in guitars and gun stocks but you dont see a lot of it quarter sawn.Second ply is obviously spruce and since it's stiga the core is ayous.
Quarter sawn birch looks like this

Do you have a larger image of that birch? I first thought it could be birch, too, but eventually I found some quarter sawn images of Sorbus aucuparia (see my previous posts) and I think it's more similar.
Note: though also called rowan or mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia is unrelated to the true ash trees (genus Fraxinus).Save

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Originally posted by berndt_mann berndt_mann wrote:

Hot mercy Martha!  You guys are quite the dendrologists.  Back when I was a sophomore in high school I compiled a leaf collection for a botany project and could tell a quercus rubra (red oak) leaf from an acer rubrum (red maple) one.  

Back in that day we didn't worry too much about the composition of our ping pong paddles though.  I do remember that they were pretty much made of some kind of wood though.  Probably not Arctic wood, and they certainly weren't Stigas.


That's the power of Internet. Without it, I would barely be able to tell a maple from an oak tree! :o)

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That is an interesting outer veneer. The tree in their picture looks like some type of conifer which would be soft wood. The top veneer reminds me of quarter sawn ash or birch. Arctic Birch is used in guitars and gun stocks but you dont see a lot of it quarter sawn.Second ply is obviously spruce and since it's stiga the core is ayous.
Quarter sawn birch looks like this


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Hot mercy Martha!  You guys are quite the dendrologists.  Back when I was a sophomore in high school I compiled a leaf collection for a botany project and could tell a quercus rubra (red oak) leaf from an acer rubrum (red maple) one.  

Back in that day we didn't worry too much about the composition of our ping pong paddles though.  I do remember that they were pretty much made of some kind of wood though.  Probably not Arctic wood, and they certainly weren't Stigas.


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Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

Someone on Yahoo posted the composition for the Artic Wood as Tamo, Kiri, Ayous, where Tamo(Tamo Ash) can refer to two trees - Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica(Manchurian Ash) and Fraxinus japonica. The former is native to northeastern Asia in northern China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shanxi), Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia (Sakhalin Island), whereas the latter originates from the Japanese archipelago.


How do they suppport this statement? I find this hard to believe: first, the intermediate ply really looks like spruce to me, not Kiri. Spruce has a distinct striped patter, kiri has not. Moreover, Arctic Wood (AW) is from the VPS series, which have thermally treated intermediate plies. To me they look the same as in Infinity VPS V, which is known to be spruce.

As to the outer plies, tamo ash is indeed a common name for several wood types, most famous for their swirly-grain that sometimes has "peanut" figures. This is not the case for AW. Yet, I found some pictures of some tamo-ish ash (Fraxinus sieboldiana) that do look a bit like the outer plies of AW, though the stripes are generally much darker. Stiga claims to have selected a rare tree that grows north of the Arctic Circle. Fraxinus sieboldiana has a USDA hardiness zone of 6, meaning that it is able to withstand a minimum temperature of about -23C (-10F). This means that it is able to grow at certain warm locations in the Arctic. Not many locations, though, which could be why it is "rare".

Well, it would be interesting to know whether the post you found does cite any source.
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Someone on Yahoo posted the composition for the Artic Wood as Tamo, Kiri, Ayous, where Tamo(Tamo Ash) can refer to two trees - Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica(Manchurian Ash) and Fraxinus japonica. The former is native to northeastern Asia in northern China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shanxi), Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia (Sakhalin Island), whereas the latter originates from the Japanese archipelago.
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Originally posted by t64t64t64 t64t64t64 wrote:

king of bullshit and no-sense ?!

Go to, thou base born, fen suckled, whey faced, heifer humping. sheep swiving, shake shagging, beetle breathed, spindle shanked, needle's eye of a clotpole!  May you use nought but Stiga Arctic wood blades until the end of your days.

Have a nice day.


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One review I found on tabletennis-reference.com. Bing's automated translation is better.

Reviewer: Persimmon pea (Experience: more than 20 years)
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Original review

スティガに勤めている友人のご厚意で早めに貰いましたwお金は払いましたが。
あ、なお、ネオ3は、国狂です。
硬いなーと思いましたが、のわりには回転が非常によく、バランスがいいです。スピードがコントロールをよくしてくれていて、万能なラケットに感じました。
ただ、力がないとこのラケットは本領発揮できないですね。
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I got it early on behalf of my friend working for Stiga. W I paid the money.
Well, Neo 3 is a national devotion.
I thought that it was hard, but in spite of the rotation it is very well, well-balanced. Speed ​​has improved the control, I felt like a versatile racquet.
However, we can not demonstrate this racket without strength.
If you are a self-confident muscle you certainly

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I got it early with the courtesy of a friend who works for Stiga W I paid the money.
Oh, and, neo-3 is a country maniac.
I thought it was hard, but the rotation is very good, and the balance is nice. The speed was good for the control, and I felt it to be a versatile racket.
However, if there is no power, this racket cannot be demonstrated.
People who have muscle confidence by all means

Overall 15/15
Speed     13/15
Spin     14/15
Control 13/15
Touch     14/15
Hardness     hard
Recommended rubber (Forehand) EARLY Kyo leopard 3
Recommended rubber (Backhand) Bryce High Speed

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Originally posted by t64t64t64 t64t64t64 wrote:

king of bullshit and no-sense ?!

That sounds offensive. Not talking about the blade, though.
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I'd rather be a forest than a blade.
Yes I would,
If I only could.
I'm Arctic Wood.
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king of bullshit and no-sense ?!
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I once had a blade,
Or should I say,
It once had me.

A friend showed me the blade;
Isn't it good?
Ar-Arctic Wood.

So I bought my friend's blade
And it was good;
Ar-Arctic Wood.


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Originally posted by arg0 arg0 wrote:

Originally posted by yogi_bear yogi_bear wrote:

The handle of the arctic wood is too slender for my hand even with legend flared.

Is it thinner than other Legend handles from Stiga?
The straight handle is comfortably thick and sized like the "Large Handles" from Nittaku (29 x 23.5 mm).
yes it is. i have my rosewood v legend it(arctic) is more slender. that is the only reason i cannot switch to the arctic because my hands are used to bigger legend flared handles of stiga blades. 
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It's been quiet here for some time.
I found this review on TT11:

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16/06/2017 A BLADE WITH GOOD FEELING Review by Jin Yangyang

It's a 5 plies wood blade with hard outer veneers and thick 2nd veneers. It has plenty control and has good speed when attack. the Best is that it gives fine and smooth reflect when hiting. A wonderful 5ply blade in 40+ era.

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Originally posted by p1ngp0ng3r p1ngp0ng3r wrote:

@arg0, nice quest to discover the woodtype. Thanks for sharing!

Sure, that was fun. I've written to Stiga and asked if they can confirm. I would be surprised if they would, but it's worth a try...
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@Yogi, is it much thinner compared to Legend handle on Infinity? 
I have both Infinity and Celero with Legend handle and the Celero is much thinner compared to Infinity handle.

@arg0, nice quest to discover the woodtype. Thanks for sharing!
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Originally posted by yogi_bear yogi_bear wrote:

The handle of the arctic wood is too slender for my hand even with legend flared.

Is it thinner than other Legend handles from Stiga?
The straight handle is comfortably thick and sized like the "Large Handles" from Nittaku (29 x 23.5 mm).

Edited by arg0 - 06/25/2017 at 2:29am
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

Deep down you have doubts - so it is not over - my guess.

True, I've doubts, but no means to clear them. Still waiting for kakapo's source, though pine seems really unlikely to me, now.
Maybe I'll ask Stiga whether my guess is right. I don't expect them to tell me, though...
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you guys can sell to me. i liked the thiner nittaku and butterfly handles Cool
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The handle of the arctic wood is too slender for my hand even with legend flared.
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Originally posted by arg0 arg0 wrote:

Stiga claims the arctic wood grows above the arctic circle, so I checked again the tree species in the arctic treeline [1] and found my new best guess (which replaces all others): sorbus aucuparia, aka Rowan [2]. It is also called mountain ash, but mountain ash is also a common name for other tree species [6]. Note that the rowan species is unrelated to the true ash trees (genus Fraxinus) [2].
Again, the tree is quite unimpressive and looks nothing like the tree in the Stiga advertising video, but the grain is strikingly similar. See [3] fore more pictures. Rowan has a Janka value of about 1690 lbf according to the wood database [4], so it's definitely a hard hardwood.
Wood databse reports a Janka value of 1210 lbf for mountain ash [5], but this is for another species (
Eucalyptus regnans), which does not grow above the Arctic Circle.

This is an image of a plank of sorbus aucuparia, doesn't it look familiar?


With this, my quest is over. Unless someone proves me wrong.

Source:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_line#Typical_vegetation
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbus_aucuparia
[3] http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/mountain%20ash.htm
[4] http://www.wood-database.com/rowan/
[5] http://www.wood-database.com/mountain-ash/
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_ash

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Stiga claims the arctic wood grows above the arctic circle, so I checked again the tree species in the arctic treeline [1] and found my new best guess (which replaces all others): sorbus aucuparia, aka Rowan [2]. It is also called mountain ash, but mountain ash is also a common name for other tree species [6]. Note that the rowan species is unrelated to the true ash trees (genus Fraxinus) [2].
Again, the tree is quite unimpressive and looks nothing like the tree in the Stiga advertising video, but the grain is strikingly similar. See [3] fore more pictures. Rowan has a Janka value of about 1690 lbf according to the wood database [4], so it's definitely a hard hardwood.
Wood databse reports a Janka value of 1210 lbf for mountain ash [5], but this is for another species (
Eucalyptus regnans), which does not grow above the Arctic Circle.

This is an image of a plank of sorbus aucuparia, doesn't it look familiar?


With this, my quest is over. Unless someone proves me wrong.

Source:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_line#Typical_vegetation
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbus_aucuparia
[3] http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/mountain%20ash.htm
[4] http://www.wood-database.com/rowan/
[5] http://www.wood-database.com/mountain-ash/
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_ash

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New guess: Arctic White Birch. It's a hardwood and grows in the arctic treeline. White birches (not specifically arctic) have Janka hardness of 900-1200 lbf. The grain is quite similar to my blade, at least in some pictures, eg this. And it has pores. It looks nowhere near as impressive as the tree chosen by Stiga for his ad, though...

Edit: superseded by my new guess, see the next post.


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Wondering why yogi did not just copy it over...

About the top ply, I'm not sure: to me, it does not seem to be white ash, nor any related species. Above, I was betting on larch, but also in pictures of larch wood online I cannot find the tiny grooves (pores?) that the arctic wood has.
If these grooves are pores, then it must be some sort of hardwood, because softwood has no pores, as I just found out. This would exclude larch and pine, I suppose.

I agree with yogi on the other plies, should be the same as infinity vps.

Edited by arg0 - 06/23/2017 at 6:57am
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

Originally posted by arg0 arg0 wrote:

Siberian Larch / Dahurian Larch has about 1100 lbf Janka hardness, and other larches and pines have about 1100-1200 lbf. These values are about the same as Teak, some Walnut types, Oak, and come close to White Ash (used e.g. for Violin).

The harder pines such as the Longleaf referred to in your previous posting has a Janka hardness of 870 but they grow in the warmer climates.  If Kakapo could get his well informed person to tell us what kind of pine it is then we could know if it is grown near the Arctic or if Stiga marketing is full of it.


I was not referring to the Longleaf, but rather to the Siberian Larch.
The Siberian larch or Russian larch is a frost-hardy tree native to western Russia, from close to the Finnish border east to the Yenisei valley in central Siberia, where it hybridises with the Dahurian larch [1]. Dahurian Larch is a tree of very cold climates, ranging northward inside the Arctic Circle to tree line [2].
Siberian Larch has a Janka value of 1100 lbf [3]. Another source cites a Janka value of 4500 N (1010 lbf) for Sibirian/Russian/Dahurian Larch [4].

Sources:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larix_sibirica
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larix_gmelinii
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test
[4] http://www.houtdatabase.nl/?q=hout/bouw/46/mechanisch


Update: larches are softwood and, as I learned after posting the above, softwood has no pores, while arctic wood has. Thus it's not Dahurian / Siberian Larch. My best guess now is sorbus aucuparia (Rowan), see my posts further down.


Edited by arg0 - 06/24/2017 at 7:53pm
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