Print Page | Close Window

SDC Handmade Blades

Printed From: Alex Table Tennis - MyTableTennis.NET
Category: Equipment
Forum Name: Equipment
Forum Description: Share your experience and discussions about table tennis equipments.
Moderator: haggisv
Assistant Moderators: position available

URL: http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=86864
Printed Date: 08/12/2020 at 2:59am
Software Version: Web Wiz Forums 12.01 - http://www.webwizforums.com


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




Replies:
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.

-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


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



-------------
Acoustic
V-Pro / AK-47

Korbel
Mark V / Mark V


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.


-------------
>65yo, presently overweight rather than obese.
Darker Speed90 with T05H/Dignics05 and Darker Imperial with D80/D05.

Delusion is an asset


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? 


-------------
Rhyzer /Yasaka Goiabao 5 / Rhyzer


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?


-------------
Stiga Celero, FH: Hurricane 3 Pro H38, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60, H37
Viscaria, FH: Hurricane 3 Commercial H39, BH: Hurricane Neo 3 Commercial 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.

-------------
Stiga Celero, FH: Hurricane 3 Pro H38, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60, H37
Viscaria, FH: Hurricane 3 Commercial H39, BH: Hurricane Neo 3 Commercial 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 :)

-------------
Stiga Celero, FH: Hurricane 3 Pro H38, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60, H37
Viscaria, FH: Hurricane 3 Commercial H39, BH: Hurricane Neo 3 Commercial 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?


-------------
Stiga Celero, FH: Hurricane 3 Pro H38, BH: DHS Skyline 3-60, H37
Viscaria, FH: Hurricane 3 Commercial H39, BH: Hurricane Neo 3 Commercial 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


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/07/2019 at 5:24pm
Another combi blade for a defensive player, with a faster attacking side.

Limba/Carbon/Limba/Ayous/Ako/Limba - 85.3g - 5.4mm










Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/08/2019 at 7:55am
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

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
Last week I had the chance to test this beauty for the first time.



At first I glued 2 sheets of the new Rasanter R53 on it (ultramax on forehand and 2,0 on backhand), but the over-all-feeling was a bit too hard (because the WRC core has a harder feeling compared to an ayous or kiri core and the R53 itself is also a hard rubber) and a bit too heavy (191g). Therefore I removed both rubbers and choosed a softer combination with Fastarc G-1 2,0 on forehand and Fastarc C-1 1,8 on backhand. This combination was a better option for me. 

Although the feeling is still a bit harder (compared to IF ALC or HL5), I like the blade, because I had no problems from the beginning on. The direct feeling (although it is an Innerforce composition, the feeling is harder and more direct than a Viscaria for example) results in a good ball-placement, blocking is really easy and there is enough spin in the ball, especially on harder spin-shots.

Next week I will reduce the hardness of the rubbers once more, because I think soft(er) rubbers will fit really good to the blade. I don't plan to use extremely soft rubbers but medium-soft rubbers like Donic Bluestorm Bigslam could be a good option.


-------------
http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=51774&title=feedback-magic-m" rel="nofollow - My Feedback


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/09/2019 at 6:58pm
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

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
Last week I had the chance to test this beauty for the first time.



At first I glued 2 sheets of the new Rasanter R53 on it (ultramax on forehand and 2,0 on backhand), but the over-all-feeling was a bit too hard (because the WRC core has a harder feeling compared to an ayous or kiri core and the R53 itself is also a hard rubber) and a bit too heavy (191g). Therefore I removed both rubbers and choosed a softer combination with Fastarc G-1 2,0 on forehand and Fastarc C-1 1,8 on backhand. This combination was a better option for me. 

Although the feeling is still a bit harder (compared to IF ALC or HL5), I like the blade, because I had no problems from the beginning on. The direct feeling (although it is an Innerforce composition, the feeling is harder and more direct than a Viscaria for example) results in a good ball-placement, blocking is really easy and there is enough spin in the ball, especially on harder spin-shots.

Next week I will reduce the hardness of the rubbers once more, because I think soft(er) rubbers will fit really good to the blade. I don't plan to use extremely soft rubbers but medium-soft rubbers like Donic Bluestorm Bigslam could be a good option.

Thank you for your feedback Magic_M. 

It's funny because that composition is the same as my personal blade and I find that mine has a soft feeling. Maybe the mistake is describing it as a soft feeling. The WRC core is very direct as you've stated, but it also gives a wonderful feedback in my opinion. But now I'm remembering that there is in fact one difference. The ALC fiber is different and I'm finding in my latest builds that it gives a slightly harder feeling to the blade than the previous one I was using. Maybe it explains the differences you've found.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/11/2019 at 10:05am
A custom request for a "N301" type composition and specs. Larger head size (160x150mm), 102mm handle and a customized logo.

Koto/Limba/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Limba/Koto - 93.5g - 6.0mm - 1460Hz












Posted By: wappak
Date Posted: 12/11/2019 at 11:05pm
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

A custom request for a "N301" type composition and specs. Larger head size (160x150mm), 102mm handle and a customized logo.

Koto/Limba/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Limba/Koto - 93.5g - 6.0mm - 1460Hz










beautiful blade hipnotc, is that a custom lens logo on the handle?


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/12/2019 at 5:18am
Originally posted by wappak wappak wrote:

beautiful blade hipnotc, is that a custom lens logo on the handle?

Thank you wappak. Yes, just as the owner requested.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 12/15/2019 at 1:54pm
There are not a lot of blades on the market with the core at 90 degrees. The only one I know is the Tibhar Lebesson, there could be others. So I wanted to try that. There are also not a lot of blades with Kevlar fiber, I wanted to try that too. For me this blade plays like a child of a Viscaria and a Long 5. Vislong? Locaria? I don't know, all I know is I like it very much.

Composition: Limba 0º/Kevlar/Limba 0º/Kiri 90º/Limba 0º/Kevlar/Limba 0º - 89.3g - 5.8mm - 1200 Hz
Headsize: 160x150mm
Handle: 102mm










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 01/02/2020 at 7:11am
This was supposed to be a custom request but the customer changed his mind. I liked the ideia so I decided to build it anyway. 

It's a popular composition koto/spruce/ayous, but made with hide glue. The result is a relatively fast but very solid 5 ply, no hollow feeling.

Composition: Koto/Spruce/Ayous/Spruce/Koto - 93g - 5.75mm - 1335 Hz
Headsize: 157x150mm
Handle: Flared, 100mm
Speed: Off-/Off












Posted By: Simon_plays
Date Posted: 01/02/2020 at 8:02am
Just sent you a PM.

I would also be interested in the above blade if it was possible to insert a custom lense in the handle?


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 01/02/2020 at 8:48am
Originally posted by Simon_plays Simon_plays wrote:

Just sent you a PM.

I would also be interested in the above blade if it was possible to insert a custom lense in the handle?

Just replied to your PM.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 01/13/2020 at 2:03pm
This is my latest build, an All+ blade with the stripes of the Armenian flag in the handle, made for a forum member.

Limba/Black Limba/Ayous/Black Limba/Limba - 86.3g - 5.5mm - 1200 Hz












Posted By: Aman1234
Date Posted: 01/17/2020 at 8:52am
Looks great.  Can't wait until I receive it.  

-------------
BTY TBS
FH Tibhar Evolution FX-P
BH Donic Bluefire M3





Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 01/20/2020 at 10:23am
Another inner fiber blade with Limba outer. Wenge and ayous handle.

Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan, but the ability to fix our mistakes is very important. Had a few setbacks with this build but I was able to save the blade and it plays very well.

Limba/Limba/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Limba/Limba - 86.7g - 5.6mm - 1250Hz








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 01/30/2020 at 4:06am
Another custom request from a forum member.

Koto/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Koto - 86.3g - 5.65mm






Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/03/2020 at 4:34am
This custom blade has a similar composition to a DHS N301, but using Ako as a medial ply. Ako sits right between Limba and Ayous in terms of hardness and weight, so it's a perfect compromise.

Koto/Ako/ALC/Ayous/ALC/Ako/Koto - 92g - 5.75mm - 1270 Hz






Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/07/2020 at 3:54am
Custom 7 ply blade with a personalized logo.

Anigre/Ako/Kiri/Kiri/Kiri/Ako/Anigre - 80g - 6.1mm










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/11/2020 at 3:50am
This was perhaps my biggest challenge yet. An "inner fiber Lebesson" with a chunky anatomic handle.

Limba/Mahogany/Carbon/Ayous/Carbon/Mahogany/Limba - 93g - 5.5mm








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/17/2020 at 6:30am
Finally a penhold blade!

Black Walnut / Black Walnut / Ayous / Ayous / Ayous / Black Walnut / Black Walnut - 84g - 6.45mm - 1485 Hz








Posted By: Simas
Date Posted: 02/18/2020 at 4:15am
beautiful photos Smile  (and blades without saying..)

-------------
Stiga Offensive Classic Legend
DHS Hurricane Neo3
Donic Bluefire JP01 Turbo


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/21/2020 at 6:48am
This one has a similar composition to "Infinity" but the owner requested a thicker core. It feels like a rocket launcher!

Limba / Spruce / Ayous / Spruce / Limba - 89g - 6.5mm - 1400 Hz






Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 02/25/2020 at 5:08am
This blade served as an test subject for some experiments with the composite fiber and gluing method. The result is an improved feeling and more control.

Koto/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Koto - 85.2g - 5.65mm - 1440 Hz








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/04/2020 at 4:16am
What looks like Koto but isn't?

I also have been playing around with some ideas and materials for the handle. Very satisfied with the result.

Black Walnut / Spruce / Ayous / Spruce / Ako - 88.3g - 5.75mm - 1250 Hz










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/09/2020 at 7:27am
My most requested blade, the Boll ALC and Viscaria composition.

Koto/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Koto - 86g - 5.70mm - 1460 Hz










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/16/2020 at 6:14pm
Custom request from a forum member

First 3+2 blade for me. I was asked for a hard and fast blade and I think I delivered.

Composition: WRC / ALC / Kiri / ALC/ WRC
Head size: 157x150 mm
Weight: 94.6 g
Thickness: 7.5 mm
Frequency: 2000 Hz








Posted By: Cedrick
Date Posted: 03/17/2020 at 2:08pm
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

My most requested blade, the Boll ALC and Viscaria composition.

Koto/ALC/Limba/Kiri/Limba/ALC/Koto - 86g - 5.70mm - 1460 Hz

What does Hz mean ?  Is this a scientific term like wood hardness or strength or something ? 

How does it apply to my playing style ? Maybe high Hz is preferred for Offensive and low Hz for defensive ?  Or low Hz for blocking and high Hz for looping ? etc ?  

Can I measure wood properties of my existing racket at home using some handheld widget or is it a leave it to professionals and expensive measurement equipment are needed ?  What I mean is , how would I know what Hz I need ? 


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/17/2020 at 2:55pm
Hz is the measured frequency of the blade and it's related to the stiffness. Generally a stiffer blade will be faster, but that assumption can only be made with two similar compositions because other variables also play their part.

There is a thread here somewhere that explains this pretty well. I also made some research using software modelling, that thread is over at TTD.

Yes, you can measure it easily with your smartphone. I use an app called advanced spectrum analyzer.


Posted By: VIP_Life_Member
Date Posted: 03/18/2020 at 5:08pm
Hipnotic, What brands of epoxy or wood glue (or whatever)  do you use , if I may ask


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/19/2020 at 5:53am
Don't mean to be selfish but that is kind of a trade secret Smile


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/23/2020 at 4:54am
One of my favorite builds so far!

Composition: Black Limba / Ako / Carbon / Ayous / Carbon / Ako / Black Limba
Weight: 91g
Thickness: 5.5mm
Headsize: 159x150mm








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/26/2020 at 4:54am
This was a very special request. The composition is similar to the M. Maze but with a thinner core and larger head size. But the handle was the biggest I've ever made, in fact it was the biggest handle I've ever seen on a TT blade!

Composition: Black Limba / Aramid-Carbon / Limba / Kiri / Limba / Aramid-Carbon / Black Limba
Thickness: 5.55 mm
Weight: 87.3g
Head size: 158x152mm
Handle: 112x31x27mm
Freq.: 1290 Hz








Posted By: Static
Date Posted: 03/26/2020 at 9:59am
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

One of my favorite builds so far!

Composition: Black Limba / Ako / Carbon / Ayous / Carbon / Ako / Black Limba
Weight: 91g
Thickness: 5.5mm
Headsize: 159x150mm


Since I probably won't be playing at my club for quite some time I might as well post my initial thoughts of the amazing blade Hipnotic made. First of all big thanks to Hipnotic, the entire process of ordering the blade was very pleasant and I would definitely recommend anyone on the forum looking for a custom blade to hit up Hipnotic. The quality, craftsmanship and looks of the blade he made me are absolutely stunning. 

I have been using Xiom Vega X on the FH and Gewo Nanoflex FT40 on the BH. Unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic I haven't been able to try the blade at my club yet. I have been using it on my outdoor table with my robot quite a bit in the last two weeks, also played my father a few times but only for a very short hit each time. Now the testing environment is not great due to the wind and not so great table but I have gotten quite an idea of how the blade plays especially comparing it to some of my other blades. 

Lets start with the handle, the wenge/purpleheart combo looks gorgeous and it is the most comfortable one I've ever used. I had asked for it to be lowered 2mm which gives the blade it's bigger head while having a slightly smaller neck. I absolutely love that the chamfer near the rubber is so large, much larger than on any commercial blade and much more comfortable for my thumb but also my index finger on the backhand benefits from it. It just feels so much more natural than a handle with a shorter chamfer,  Not sure why no other manufacturer does this. There's also a second custom lens as shown in the picture, I still wanted the blade makers logo visible on my blade so I asked for both. 
Now the speed, the frequency measures in at 1250 Hz. The blade feels only slightly faster than my Violin and about the same speed as my Violin carbon-inner. It has plenty of power away from the table though, on top of the carbon this has probably also to do with the slightly heavier weight compared to the rest of my blades (full setup is between 7-10g heavier than most of my other ones). 
Control is very high, the blade has quite a bit of dwell time for a carbon blade and for me it's great in the short game. Both blocking and driving are incredibly stable, the sweetspot on this blade is absolutely massive. It obviously doesn't quite give the same feedback of an all wood blade but it's still very nice because it's pretty thin as well. It feels nice and soft on slower balls but when you start to put some power in the blade really starts to kick while still feeling very safe to hit harder with.
Spin is also very good on this blade, it seems pretty flexible because the spin I'm getting is quite high. This in combination with the dwell makes for a very pleasant experience when playing topspins. 
The only thing that's a little strange for me is the arc of the ball when looping but only sometimes and it only really happens on the FH. It's quite unlike any setup I have played with, in general the quality of my shots is pretty good (for my standard at least) but sometimes it's completely random even if I think I hit the ball well. My shots always have a the spin I want to put in but occasionally the arc is either very high short or very low and it goes over the table. Can be very unpredictable at times. This is probably due to me not being completely used to the blade yet but I feel the Vega X is not the best combination with this blade so I might give another rubber a shot and see if that helps. It could also be because the sweetspot feels so large that when my shot is unpredictable I just didn't hit it in the right spot without me noticing. Not being able to play in a club setting has me only guessing though since the wind and table can affect the ball in some funny ways at times. 

So once again thank you very much Hipnotic, really can't wait to test out the blade at my club but I'm afraid that might be a while. 


-------------
SDC Custom Blade, FH: Xiom Vega X, BH: Gewo NanoFlex FT40


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/26/2020 at 4:29pm
Thank you Static!

Wow I love your signature!

Originally posted by Static Static wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

One of my favorite builds so far!

Composition: Black Limba / Ako / Carbon / Ayous / Carbon / Ako / Black Limba
Weight: 91g
Thickness: 5.5mm
Headsize: 159x150mm


Since I probably won't be playing at my club for quite some time I might as well post my initial thoughts of the amazing blade Hipnotic made. First of all big thanks to Hipnotic, the entire process of ordering the blade was very pleasant and I would definitely recommend anyone on the forum looking for a custom blade to hit up Hipnotic. The quality, craftsmanship and looks of the blade he made me are absolutely stunning. 

I have been using Xiom Vega X on the FH and Gewo Nanoflex FT40 on the BH. Unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic I haven't been able to try the blade at my club yet. I have been using it on my outdoor table with my robot quite a bit in the last two weeks, also played my father a few times but only for a very short hit each time. Now the testing environment is not great due to the wind and not so great table but I have gotten quite an idea of how the blade plays especially comparing it to some of my other blades. 

Lets start with the handle, the wenge/purpleheart combo looks gorgeous and it is the most comfortable one I've ever used. I had asked for it to be lowered 2mm which gives the blade it's bigger head while having a slightly smaller neck. I absolutely love that the chamfer near the rubber is so large, much larger than on any commercial blade and much more comfortable for my thumb but also my index finger on the backhand benefits from it. It just feels so much more natural than a handle with a shorter chamfer,  Not sure why no other manufacturer does this. There's also a second custom lens as shown in the picture, I still wanted the blade makers logo visible on my blade so I asked for both. 
Now the speed, the frequency measures in at 1250 Hz. The blade feels only slightly faster than my Violin and about the same speed as my Violin carbon-inner. It has plenty of power away from the table though, on top of the carbon this has probably also to do with the slightly heavier weight compared to the rest of my blades (full setup is between 7-10g heavier than most of my other ones). 
Control is very high, the blade has quite a bit of dwell time for a carbon blade and for me it's great in the short game. Both blocking and driving are incredibly stable, the sweetspot on this blade is absolutely massive. It obviously doesn't quite give the same feedback of an all wood blade but it's still very nice because it's pretty thin as well. It feels nice and soft on slower balls but when you start to put some power in the blade really starts to kick while still feeling very safe to hit harder with.
Spin is also very good on this blade, it seems pretty flexible because the spin I'm getting is quite high. This in combination with the dwell makes for a very pleasant experience when playing topspins. 
The only thing that's a little strange for me is the arc of the ball when looping but only sometimes and it only really happens on the FH. It's quite unlike any setup I have played with, in general the quality of my shots is pretty good (for my standard at least) but sometimes it's completely random even if I think I hit the ball well. My shots always have a the spin I want to put in but occasionally the arc is either very high short or very low and it goes over the table. Can be very unpredictable at times. This is probably due to me not being completely used to the blade yet but I feel the Vega X is not the best combination with this blade so I might give another rubber a shot and see if that helps. It could also be because the sweetspot feels so large that when my shot is unpredictable I just didn't hit it in the right spot without me noticing. Not being able to play in a club setting has me only guessing though since the wind and table can affect the ball in some funny ways at times. 

So once again thank you very much Hipnotic, really can't wait to test out the blade at my club but I'm afraid that might be a while. 


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 03/28/2020 at 4:59am
A blade I made to test Western Red Cedar as a medial ply. The result is an All+ blade, very spiny and with a great feeling.

Limba / WRC / Glassfiber / WRC / Glassfiber / WRC / Limba - 89g - 5.65mm - 1130 Hz








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/02/2020 at 2:45pm
I've been making some experiments with Innegra S fiber. They call it the strongest man made fiber so I was curious about it's performance on TT blades. It feels very different to ALC, I can't wait to try it!

Structure: Limba / Innegra S - Carbon / Limba / Kiri / Limba / Innegra S - Carbon / Limba
Weight: 86.2g
Thickness: 5.8mm
Freq.: 1290 Hz










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/08/2020 at 6:15am
This is a blade I've made for a team mate with some interesting characteristics. It's inner fiber on one side and outer fiber on the other, with a larger head size. The fiber used was diolen-carbon. It's sold as blue Kevlar in many places but it's not. Diolen is a polyester fabric with higher impact and tear strength than fiberglass. It actually produces good results, feels similar to Aramid-Carbon but a little softer.

Structure: Limba / Diolen-carbon / Limba / Kiri / Diolen-carbon / Limba / Koto
Weight: 80g
Thickness: 5.6mm
Headsize : 158x152mm
Freq.: 1330 Hz











Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/20/2020 at 5:06am
We are always calling our rackets "blade" so I was asked to create a handle that resembles a real blade.

Structure: Ako / Aramid-Carbon /Ako / Kiri / Ako / Aramid-Carbon Ako
Thickness: 5.75mm
Weight: 86.7g
Freq.: 1440 Hz








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 5:28am
This was one of the first blades I've built because I wanted to try a one ply blade. However, it was bullied and neglected for being overweight (112g!). But this blade wouldn't give up, so after a diet, a lot of exercise (and some cosmetic surgery) it managed to loose some weight. It's still a heavy blade, but with a slightly smaller head size the 100g don't seem much. I never played with a Hinoki 1 ply, but this blade is very fast yet soft and controllable, if they even better than this then I get what all the fuss is about.








Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 11:06am
what are the head dimensions of that nice one ply after the cosmetic surgery?

-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 11:17am
Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

what are the head dimensions of that nice one ply after the cosmetic surgery?

155x149mm, just trimmed some loose fat Smile


Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 12:24pm
That's still within conventional limits and shrunk used rubbers that other people can't play will fit Big smile. I just noticed your pictures are fantastic, we can copy them and paste them in an editor to zoom  from the starting 3352x3361 pixels high definition image, way to go!
What wood did you use for that one ply?








-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 12:46pm
Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

That's still within conventional limits and shrunk used rubbers that other people can't play will fit Big smile. I just noticed your pictures are fantastic, we can copy them and paste them in an editor to zoom  from the starting 3352x3361 pixels high definition image, way to go!
What wood did you use for that one ply?







That was one of the reasons I decided to do it. I had a bunch of old rubbers that wouldn't fit on a standard head size but are perfect on this one. Also, it keeps the total weight close to 190g which is what I usually use anyways.

I use my old Nokia 950 for the photos. The phone is outdated but the camera is still pretty good even by today's standards.

The wood is Tola, I've bought a few years ago to make a guitar but never used it. Too bad the grain isn't perfectly vertical, it would make the blade feel even better.


Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 12:49pm
I noticed the grain isn't vertical but in terms of playability I believe it's consistency that we need and in your blade, we have it so we're good. As a joke you could even say that you DID choose an oriented grain to have a forehand oriented blade and more control on the backhand Tongue

-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 04/26/2020 at 1:04pm
To tell the truth it doesn't matter much in this kind of wood. As you can see the growth rings are very perceivable, the wood is very homogeneous. If this were a Hinoki or Spruce blade it would be curling like a boosted rubber right now. Very nice idea, I should hire you has my marketing manager LOL


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/02/2020 at 4:07pm
I've taken the opportunity to make a few experiments during this quarantine, this is one of them. A 3 ply blade with a concrete handle! Even my cat got curious 

Did I fool ya? I guess not... Of course it's not concrete but it has a really nice texture, it would be great for those who are concerned about their slippery hands. Ah, this blade also has another dirty secret 

Structure: Ayous / Douglas Fir / Ayous
Weight: 101.4g
Thickness: 7.0mm
Headsize: 155x150mm








Posted By: patelaaaa
Date Posted: 05/02/2020 at 7:02pm
Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

I've taken the opportunity to make a few experiments during this quarantine, this is one of them. A 3 ply blade with a concrete handle! Even my cat got curious 

Did I fool ya? I guess not... Of course it's not concrete but it has a really nice texture, it would be great for those who are concerned about their slippery hands. Ah, this blade also has another dirty secret 

Structure: Ayous / Douglas Fir / Ayous
Weight: 101.4g
Thickness: 7.0mm
Headsize: 155x150mm







Ship that to Trump, will ya. He would then have something concrete to say about current situation. 

Jokes a side, nice looking blade 👍


Posted By: murrayblhrc
Date Posted: 05/02/2020 at 8:33pm

What is the secret.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 9:44am
Originally posted by patelaaaa patelaaaa wrote:


Ship that to Trump, will ya. He would then have something concrete to say about current situation. 

Jokes a side, nice looking blade 👍

Should I ship it with a bottle of Lysol? 


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 9:45am
Originally posted by murrayblhrc murrayblhrc wrote:


What is the secret.

I will reveal that after I test the blade and I have some feedback.


Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 12:44pm
Is this various glitters added to paint? that would be a very smart way to design a handle so we can use all kind of woods, maybe super light woods - balsa or cork - so we do not need to carve the handles and - maybe -get a better, truer feel?



Anyways, congratulations on your explorations and fine work, thanks for sharing.

https://www.painttrade.be/fr/blog/31_paillettes-pour-peinture.html" rel="nofollow - https://www.painttrade.be/fr/blog/31_paillettes-pour-peinture.html



Nah...it's not, that view and light shows it's a a special material, the mystery thickens:





-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 12:52pm
Is it a special hard foam? am I getting closer??? Big smile

https://mycasebuilder.com/how-to-choose-your-foam/" rel="nofollow - https://mycasebuilder.com/how-to-choose-your-foam/
http://mycasebuilder.com/images/companies/1/pages/img/page_img/foam_lineup_ESTER_PE_PRO.jpg" rel="nofollow - https://mycasebuilder.com/images/companies/1/pages/img/page_img/foam_lineup_ESTER_PE_PRO.jpg





There is this too! 

expanding water blown polyurethane foams

This is my final candidate and the likeliest to be the answer.

Do we use one mold for for both sides of the handle or do we carve from a block with via cnc?

https://www.smooth-on.com/product-line/foam-it/" rel="nofollow - https://www.smooth-on.com/product-line/foam-it/





-------------
forum_posts.asp?TID=87220" rel="nofollow - sales - forum_posts.asp?TID=19315" rel="nofollow - feedback


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 3:43pm
This is looking like CSI: MyTT 

It's none of those! But those are some nice ideas


Posted By: Static
Date Posted: 05/03/2020 at 3:51pm
I think it's some sort of liquid rubberised coating on a regular wooden handle.


-------------
SDC Custom Blade, FH: Xiom Vega X, BH: Gewo NanoFlex FT40


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/04/2020 at 6:04am
Something like that. It's a paint that gives that effect. 


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/07/2020 at 4:02am
Another Innegra S - Carbon blade (IC), this time it's an inner fiber type.

Structure: Black Limba / Limba / IC / Ayous / IC / Limba / Black Limba
Weight: 81.3g
Thickness: 5.7mm
Freq.: 1205 Hz








Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 05/07/2020 at 8:29am
I really like the natural look of the black limba.
And I am waiting for the first impressions about the innegra fibre.


-------------
http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=51774&title=feedback-magic-m" rel="nofollow - My Feedback


Posted By: piligrim
Date Posted: 05/07/2020 at 9:03am
beautiful blade!


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/07/2020 at 3:31pm
Thanks!

I haven't had the chance to try neither of the blades I made with Innegra S yet, however  I feel this is more of a supporting fiber. What I mean is that it doesn't take over the feeling of the whole blade like ALC or Carbon, it's a little more tamed. The sound is also very different.


Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/13/2020 at 4:38am
This was the second blade in the katana family, made for the same costumer.

Composition : Black Walnut / Yellow Pine / Ayous / Yellow Pine / Ako
Weight: 87.6g
Thickness: 5.7mm
Freq. : 1205 Hz










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/18/2020 at 4:35am
This one of two blades I made for a forum member. It's inspired in the Timo Boll Spark, hence the very cool orange and grey handle.

Composition : Black Lima / Innegra-Carbon / Ako / Ayous / Ako / Innegra-Carbon / Black Limba
Weight: 83.0g
Thickness: 5.3mm
Freq. : 1140 Hz








Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/20/2020 at 3:20am
And this is the sister of that last blade. Very interesting composition with a classic looking handle.

Composition : Black Walnut / Aramid-Carbon / Ako / Ayous / Innegra-Carbon / Ako / Limba
Weight: 82.5g
Thickness: 5.45mm
Freq. : 1230 Hz










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/25/2020 at 3:39am
More quarantine experiments. 

I have to admit there was an inspiration in a certain recent Butterfly blade  I love the look of the Revoldia, so I wanted to make something similar without looking like a flat out copy. Composition wise it's also similar, except for the CNF layer, however I experimented with something I hope will give similar results.

Composition : Koto / Magic fairy dust / Ayous / Kiri / Ayous / Magic fairy dust / Koto
Weight: 88.2g
Thickness: 5.8mm
Freq. : 1270 Hz
Balance: 2.9cm (Low)










Posted By: Hipnotic
Date Posted: 05/28/2020 at 2:51am
This was one of the blades I had the most fun building lately. Mostly because the client was very clinical during the whole process, which is a good thing, this is what "custom" means. So after a few back and forth emails we set on a composition similar to the W968, based on his playing style. But he also had a clear idea of what he wanted for the final weight, balance and frequency of the blade so it was an extra challenge to achieve that objective. The handle was inspired in the Harimoto blade and was projected to help with lowering the centre of gravity.

Composition : Black Limba / Ayous / Aramid-Carbon / Ayous / Aramid-Carbon / Ayous / Black Limba
Weight: 88.5g
Thickness: 5.95mm
Freq. : 1360 Hz
Balance: 2.2cm (Very Low)











Print Page | Close Window

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 12.01 - http://www.webwizforums.com
Copyright ©2001-2018 Web Wiz Ltd. - https://www.webwiz.net