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    Posted: 12/21/2017 at 4:57am

Speed: OFF to OFF+

Hardness: Medium Hard</span>

Thickness:
5.72mm



The Red+Black Pride blade is another unique blade that I have tried. It is unique
because it does not share the usual construction compared to any other blades
in the market. Red+Black is not yet a famous brand around the world but the
players who have tried and tested the blades they produce swear the high level
performance their blades have. I was expecting the Pride blade to be a limba 7
ply blade but I was really surprised when the outer ply is Cedar and not Spruce.
It is very thin at 5.72mm but it weighs 92 grams. Their average weight is 90 grams
according to their site and box. It is probably the reason why the blade is
very thin in order to save weight. The blade is beautifully crafted and itself
a work of art. It doesn’t have any modern flashy design like other blades but
the blade is beautiful to look at. It has some sort of a thin seal on the blade
surface. The bare blade has a very crispy feel. It feels medium hard with some
flex when I was knocking it on my skull. It produced a semi-high pitch when I
was bouncing the ball in the bare blade.<o:p></o:p></span>


The Pride blade plays and feels different compared to a typical 7-ply all wood
blade. Whether it is against limba blades or koto all-wood blades, the Pride
feels different. It has a semi-hard or stiff feel when you are driving or
looping against backspin. Blade feels like the weight is from the lower end of
the blade head to the middle so it has the tendency to be head heavy with
Chinese rubbers but not an issue for me. The blade is fast. It seems to be
faster than just OFF but at times it is not as fast as some off+ blades that
are in the same class like Yinhe PD437 or a Sanwei Fextra. Nevertheless, the
Pride blade is fast enough even with a Chinese rubber in the forehand like a
Globe 999 National. I could say it is slightly faster than a regular Clipper
wood but not the CC version. Even if the Pride blade is thinner it can produce
shots that are as solid as thicker 7 ply all wood blades.

When I was looping with the Pride, I noticed that it has lesser flex compared to
blades that are 5 ply all wood blades and are thicker than it. Most 5 ply all
wood blades that are made for looping are at 5.9-6.2mm but they seem to offer
more flex than the Pride. The spruce plies seem to add rigidity or stiffness to
the blade feeling but this is not a huge problem even if you are a pure spinner
or looper since the blade can loop good but it is more suited to loop drives
and more direct impact strikes against the ball instead of pure brushing and
doing slow spinny loops. The Pride favors a more powerful approach like
smashing or loop drives. It is powerful enough until mid-distance from the
table. I gave this to a skilled developing player and he can do as far as
mid-distance counter looping even with a slower Chinese rubber so it shows its
power despite the rubber.

It is highly recommended for intermediate level players with slower rubbers up to
advanced level players with fast rubbers. As I always say, there are lots of
blades and rubbers in the market. A lot of them have been getting better in
quality and performance due to stiff competition among other brands that
companies need to bring out blades that can compete with each other. Red+Black
Pride is another quality product which people can try and enjoy despite of it
not being as famous as Butterfly or any other major brands but it is really
worth it.



The Glory blade is a composite blade that resembles the characteristics of an offensive blade that
is neither too fast but not too slow. The Glory is another high-quality blade
from Red+Black. The outer plies are made of walnut with a thin layer of basalt
carbon on the 2nd plies. I cannot exactly figure out the rest of the
plies. Anyway, this is another beautifully crafted blade. The Red+Black blades
have this classic blade designs that are very beautiful to look at but at the
same time they play as good as other high end blades.

The glory is about 87 grams but it feels lighter while holding it. When I was bouncing the ball onto
the bare blade, the sound was not a high pitch sound but rather a medium high
pitch. The ball height observed while the ball was bouncing seems to be that of
a blade that is not too fast. The handle is also very comfortable and in fact I
like the handle of the Glory better than the Pride because it is a bit thicker.

The blade looks like it is identical to an Adidas Avenger Carbon blade which has a top ply of walnut but
the R+B Glory feels less stiff and does not feel as hard. Even with the
lacquered or sealed top ply, the top plies seem to feel a bit softer compared
to the Adidas Avenger Carbon. The feel of the Glory is medium stiff. A balanced
feeling of hardness and flex when you are hitting the ball is observed.The Glory’s speed is
slightly slower than the Kazak, the previous blade I have reviewed which is
also very good. If I compare the speed of the Glory compared to other blades,
it is faster than the Ma Lin Soft Carbon and probably same speed level of the
Timo Boll ALC blade. The Glory does not lack the speed but it has enough punch
to give power to your shots. If you are looking for a very fast blade then this
is not for you. However, if paired with fast rubbers like Tibhar MX-P, Stiga
Mantra H or Xiom Omega VII Pro, then this will be one very fast set up. R+B has
designed this for the polyball and you will not lack the power or speed that
you require for your strong shots. This is good even far from the table with
faster rubbers. The Glory is also a
dynamic blade because it can do slow spinny loops, do loop drives above the
table and block well. The blade can be considered to some extent as an all
around playing style blade but it is more of an attacking blade. It is just
that people who have played with it just tell me that the blade can just do
about everything and this is with good control and good ball feedback to the
hand.



























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The Pride is impressive the more you are using it. Seems well suited enough with ESN rubbers. The Pride I was using was with an Acuda S2. The Glory is also very impressive. The feel is so pleasant and no unwanted vibrations.
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