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Topic: SDC Handmade Blades
Posted By: Hipnotic
Subject: SDC Handmade Blades
Date Posted: 09/30/2019 at 6:34am
Hi!

I've been following this forum this forum for a while but never registered. Over the last few months i've made a few blades for myself and now i'm starting to build custom blades for others. I have a detailed post over at TTDaily but i will post some pictures latest blades here so you can check them out.

Limba/Basalt Fibre/Limba/Kiri x3/Limba/Basalt Fibre/Limba - 90.9g - 5.8mm - 1230Hz


Limba/Limba/Basalt Fibre/Kiri x3/Basalt Fibre/Limba/Limba - 93.0g - 5.8mm - 1160Hz


Limba/Limba/ALC/WRC/ALC/Limba/Limba - 93.4g - 5.85mm - 1290Hz


Limba/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Limba - 87.9g - 5.6mm - 1300Hz


Limba/Beech/3x Kiri/Beech/Limba - 81.7g - 5.85mm - 1205Hz


Limba/Limba/Basalt Fibre/3x Kiri/Basalt Fibre/Limba/Limba - 85.8g - 5.8mm - 1160Hz


Limba/Ako/Ayous/Ako/Limba - 84.3g - 5.8mm - 1162Hz


Limba/Anigre/Ayous/Anigre/Limba - 84.3g - 5.8mm - 1162Hz




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Posted By: takacslaci
Date Posted: 09/30/2019 at 9:06am
Nice!


Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 09/30/2019 at 9:16am
Those Limba outer plies are so gorgeous, do you finish them with a light varnish? thanks for sharing.

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Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 09/30/2019 at 9:37am
This is actually dark Limba, but i select the pieces without streaks for the outer layers and reserve the others for the medial plies. Yes, i lightly seal most of my blades with an acrylic lacquer.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 10/14/2019 at 7:29am
3 custom blades and 3 of my favorite compositions so far:

My most popular composition, this one goes to a club mate who wanted a second one. A solid All+ blade with great feeling and control.

Limba/Limba/Basalt Fibre/Kiri x3/Basalt Fibre/Limba/Limba - 80.7g - 5.75mm - 1140Hz



This is one has the same composition as my personal blade. The feeling i get with this blade is like nothing i ever tried before. Faster than the previous blade but the spin... so much spin!

Limba/Limba/ALC/WRC/ALC/Limba/Limba - 87.1g - 5.85mm - 1160Hz



This one is faster than the other two but not crazy fast, still very controllable. Great for over-the-table play.

Maple/Beech/GF/Balsa/GF/Beech/Maple - 72.1g - 6.4mm - 1335 Hz




Posted By: doraemon
Date Posted: 10/14/2019 at 9:51pm
Nice blades Thumbs Up

By the way, what is WRC?


Thank you



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Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 10/15/2019 at 4:24am
Thank you doraemon!

WRC is western red cedar. Probably my favorite core wood.


Posted By: Tinykin
Date Posted: 10/15/2019 at 1:05pm
What does the each frequency range indicate roughly? Is it to do with dwell, control, speed etc.

I know it has been discussed on this forum, but I can't be bothered to search plus I prefer to hear it from you.


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Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 10/15/2019 at 2:31pm
Originally posted by Tinykin Tinykin wrote:

What does the each frequency range indicate roughly? Is it to do with dwell, control, speed etc.

I know it has been discussed on this forum, but I can't be bothered to search plus I prefer to hear it from you.

The frequency range is related to stiffness and stiffness is related to speed. Between two similar blades, the one with the higher frequency will be faster, however that may not be the case with different blades. 

I prefer to use it as a measure of softness. I like blades in the 1150-1300 Hz, that's the Korbel, Acoustic, Virtuoso range. 


Posted By: Peraake
Date Posted: 10/18/2019 at 6:17pm
nice ones 👍

Is there a price for the WRC?


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/07/2019 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by Peraake Peraake wrote:

nice ones 👍

Is there a price for the WRC?

Sorry Peraake I missed your post. You can PM me for prices.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/07/2019 at 7:23pm
I've made another blade for member Magic_M. This one is my favorite composition so far, but with a straight handle. I'm really jealous of this one, i wish i could keep it Smile

Limba/Limba/ALC/WRC/ALC/Limba/Limba - 88.7g - 5.75mm - 1170Hz












Posted By: Laromin
Date Posted: 11/07/2019 at 7:59pm
Beautiful blades!

Is there a reliable source for the ALC fabric,
or could you maybe sell enough for a couple of blades?



Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/08/2019 at 4:49am
Originally posted by Laromin Laromin wrote:

Beautiful blades!

Is there a reliable source for the ALC fabric,
or could you maybe sell enough for a couple of blades?


Well, I'm from Portugal and I get my ALC from Spain. I'm sure there are a lot of better options for you locally.


Posted By: Laromin
Date Posted: 11/08/2019 at 7:48pm
I was only able to find one European weaver of Carbon-Vectran fabric ...G-Angeloni,
and one in Taiwan.

Do you happen to have a website for your Spanish supplier?

Just about any weaver can weave you any fabric given a certain large minimum quantity.

Problem is Carbon-Vectran Fabric is really only useful in a few  applications,so there is little incentive for retailers to carry it.



Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/11/2019 at 7:47am
Originally posted by Laromin Laromin wrote:

I was only able to find one European weaver of Carbon-Vectran fabric ...G-Angeloni,
and one in Taiwan.

Do you happen to have a website for your Spanish supplier?

Just about any weaver can weave you any fabric given a certain large minimum quantity.

Problem is Carbon-Vectran Fabric is really only useful in a few  applications,so there is little incentive for retailers to carry it.


Well, when i say ALC i mean Aramid, which i suppose it's what every builder means. As you say, Vectran is very hard to find but Aramid is much more common. I think that for table tennis applications the difference is negligible, you have other variables that are much more important such as weave type, density, etc...


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/11/2019 at 5:06pm
2 custom blades for a friend of mine

The first one is "Apolónia" inspired, but he wanted something a little faster and harder. He also wanted the Portuguese flag in the handle.

Limba/Anigre/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Anigre/Limba - 93.0g - 5.95mm - 1370Hz







The second blade is "Ovtcharov TC" inspired but he wanted something less reactive and fast. He also wanted the Azores flag in the handle.

Anigre/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Anigre - 86.0g - 5.60mm - 1370Hz








Posted By: Nuise
Date Posted: 11/11/2019 at 5:39pm
Sooo beautiful! Excellent job.


Posted By: assam
Date Posted: 11/11/2019 at 6:20pm
Parabéns!!! Continua que por aqui vais ter sucesso!!! Devem é começar a perguntar por ZLC e fibras esquisitas, mas principalmente por ALC


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/12/2019 at 4:23am
Originally posted by assam assam wrote:

Parabéns!!! Continua que por aqui vais ter sucesso!!! Devem é começar a perguntar por ZLC e fibras esquisitas, mas principalmente por ALC

Obrigado Assam! Por acaso ainda n£o trabalhei com ZLC mas só porque n£o consegui arranjar. De resto tenho ALC, Carbono, Fibra de Vidro, Fibra de Basalto e Kevlar. Ou seja, praticamente todas que andam por aí.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/20/2019 at 5:26am
An experiment with a Viscaria type composition but with 160 g/m2 carbon instead of ALC.

Ayous and purple heart handle.

Koto/Carbon/Limba/Kiri/Limba/Carbon/Koto - 83.0g - 5.75mm - 1320Hz












Posted By: takacslaci
Date Posted: 11/20/2019 at 9:25am
Nice! :)


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/22/2019 at 11:55am
Another experiment, this time with a more exotic handle made of purple heart and wenge.

Spruce/Ako/Kiri/Ako/Spruce - 89.2g - 5.60mm - 1230Hz










Posted By: AMonteiro
Date Posted: 11/22/2019 at 12:58pm
Nice blades! Do you work with rosewood outer layers?

Você trabalha com camada externa de rosewood? 


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Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/22/2019 at 1:18pm
Originally posted by AMonteiro AMonteiro wrote:

Nice blades! Do you work with rosewood outer layers?

Você trabalha com camada externa de rosewood? 

Thank you Smile

Yes, I can work with Indian Rosewood, Padauk, Wenge, Purple heart and several other more exotic woods.


Posted By: fmarek
Date Posted: 11/22/2019 at 9:29pm
How much do you think it would weight?

limba - spruce - ayous or kiri - spruce - limba
FL, 
5.6 - 5.8mm
157x150mm

What are handle options in terms of wood selection?


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ZJK ALC, FH: Sanwei Target National, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60 H37
Viscaria ALC, FH: DHS Hurricane3 H38 deg, BH: DHS Hurricane3 Neo H39


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 6:16am
Originally posted by fmarek fmarek wrote:

How much do you think it would weight?

limba - spruce - ayous or kiri - spruce - limba
FL, 
5.6 - 5.8mm
157x150mm

What are handle options in terms of wood selection?

Hi, fmarek

my estimation just for the blade without handles is:

Limba/Spruce/Kiri/Spruce/Limba ~ 54g
Limba/Spruce/Ayous/Spruce/Limba ~ 60g

A single handle cup can range from 8g to 17g depending on the king of wood used and if it's hollowed or not. Just for reference, the handle cups on the blade above weight 17g.

I have in stock several woods for handles, such as Ayous, Basswood, Spuce, WRC, Agba, Mahogany, Beech, Teak, Purple Heart, Wenge and a few others that I can't identify. Other woods are available on order.


Posted By: fmarek
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 7:54am
Hm ... 60 + 17 is pretty light blade I would say. I thought blades of that weight usually have balsa cores. Something does not add up here.

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ZJK ALC, FH: Sanwei Target National, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60 H37
Viscaria ALC, FH: DHS Hurricane3 H38 deg, BH: DHS Hurricane3 Neo H39


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 8:56am
Originally posted by fmarek fmarek wrote:

Hm ... 60 + 17 is pretty light blade I would say. I thought blades of that weight usually have balsa cores. Something does not add up here.

Yes, you didn't add the second handle cup Smile 


Posted By: fmarek
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 9:05am
LOL :)

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ZJK ALC, FH: Sanwei Target National, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60 H37
Viscaria ALC, FH: DHS Hurricane3 H38 deg, BH: DHS Hurricane3 Neo H39


Posted By: fmarek
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 9:11am
All blades in your pictures are very beautiful but most of them look like handle is shiny, making me think it is unnecessary polished or sealed. 

I like ZJK handle, but no idea about wood used there. I like it's texture and the way it absorbs sweat, never becomes slippery.

Btw, what price range we are looking at for finished product?


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ZJK ALC, FH: Sanwei Target National, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60 H37
Viscaria ALC, FH: DHS Hurricane3 H38 deg, BH: DHS Hurricane3 Neo H39


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 at 10:57am
Originally posted by fmarek fmarek wrote:

All blades in your pictures are very beautiful but most of them look like handle is shiny, making me think it is unnecessary polished or sealed. 

I like ZJK handle, but no idea about wood used there. I like it's texture and the way it absorbs sweat, never becomes slippery.

Btw, what price range we are looking at for finished product?

Actually only the last two are sealed. They were made for me so I used a varnish to bring out the colors and protect the wood. I know it can get slippery for some people if they sweat a lot but it's not a problem for me. Some handles don't have any finish, others have tung oil or tru oil. The colored handles need something to seal the color and keep it from degrading over time. In those cases I use tru oil which is a film finish. It leaves a very thin layer and it's very comfortable to the touch, not slippery at all. Tung oil is a penetrating finish and leaves that nice satin look. It's also not slippery.

Big manufactures use laminated wood for the handles. It's most likely ayous.

I will PM you with prices.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/01/2019 at 2:43pm
My first combi blade:

Limba/Basalt Fibre/Padauk/Balsa/Ako/Padauk - 77.2g - 6.30mm








Posted By: Nuise
Date Posted: 12/02/2019 at 12:26pm
Hipnotic, feel free to share pics of the blade you made me!


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/03/2019 at 4:19am
Originally posted by Nuise Nuise wrote:

Hipnotic, feel free to share pics of the blade you made me!

Thank you Nuise, I will share some pics of your blade.

Limba/Limba/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Limba/Limba - 93.0g - 5.85mm














Posted By: wappak
Date Posted: 12/03/2019 at 8:28pm
Hipnotic, nice blades sir, do you also make cpen blade? do you have walnut wood for outer ply?


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/04/2019 at 3:52am
Originally posted by wappak wappak wrote:

Hipnotic, nice blades sir, do you also make cpen blade? do you have walnut wood for outer ply?

Thank you Wappak. I was never asked for a cpen blade but I can make one. Yes, two kinds of Walnut are available, black Walnut and European Walnut.


Posted By: wappak
Date Posted: 12/04/2019 at 9:11am
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by wappak wappak wrote:

Hipnotic, nice blades sir, do you also make cpen blade? do you have walnut wood for outer ply?

Thank you Wappak. I was never asked for a cpen blade but I can make one. Yes, two kinds of Walnut are available, black Walnut and European Walnut.
thanks hipnotic, i will let you know



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