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This is a fully experimental blade, and one of the weirdest I ever built. It starts with the composition, it's a center composite blade which is very unusual, it doesn't get more "inner" than this. The idea was to make a very flexible blade, so I used a hard carbon layer in the center to avoid breaking. The core itself is very thin, and it's surrounded with two thick spruce layers laid horizontally. This ensures their contribution to the longitudinal stiffness is as minimal as possible. Furthermore, the handle system adds even more flexibility to the blade, you can literally bend it with your fingers.

The feeling is very unusual, it doesn't really feel hard, but it feels hard on the inside (hard to explain 😅), which makes sense given it has a hard center carbon layer. Despite this, you can feel the huge dwell time given by the flexibility of this composition and handle system.

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- Anigre / Spruce / Ayous / TC200 / Ayous / Spruce / Anigre
- 90.8g
- 5.7mm
- 157x150mm
- ST (102x29x23.5mm)
- 1250Hz
- Balance: 3.3cm (Med)






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Easily one of my favorite builds!

It's a Vis composition with a twist. For the top layer I used this very good looking "fish-scale" Ako, which is just slightly harder than Ayous but softer than Limba for example. For the medial layer I swapped the usual Ayous for Sycamore, which is a dense but not very lively wood. This results in a less stiff blade, but with a "firmer" touch. Feels less lively than a typical Vis, but more linear, meaning you can still extract some speed on those harder shots. Just pair it with LIDL shoes and you'll be invincible!

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- Ako / ALC / Sycamore / Kiri / Sycamore / ALC / Ako
- 90.1g
- 5.9mm
- 157x150mm
- ST (102x29x23.5mm)
- 1313Hz
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Originally posted by ashishsharmaait ashishsharmaait wrote:

@Hipnotic, I do not see it in the FS section of the website :(

Because it was already sold, sorry.
What was the price?
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Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by ashishsharmaait ashishsharmaait wrote:

@Hipnotic, I do not see it in the FS section of the website :(

Because it was already sold, sorry.
What was the price?

99€ (VAT included)
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Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by ashishsharmaait ashishsharmaait wrote:

@Hipnotic, I do not see it in the FS section of the website :(

Because it was already sold, sorry.
What was the price?

99€ (VAT included)
Any blade?
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Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by Hipnotic Hipnotic wrote:

Originally posted by ashishsharmaait ashishsharmaait wrote:

@Hipnotic, I do not see it in the FS section of the website :(

Because it was already sold, sorry.
What was the price?

99€ (VAT included)
Any blade?

That particular blade, the price varies, and blades on the website are usually cheaper than a custom order. There is a price section explaining my prices.
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This time a purely defensive blade, also with an unusual composition. The stiff and relatively hard Sycamore outer layers provide a crisp feeling, the thick Ayous medial layers offer good sweetspot and stability, and the soft and dead Cork core makes it very dampening. It's a slow blade, yet it doesn't feel hollow and has a pleasant feeling. It's a bit cheesy using leftover layers of the blade on the handle, but sometimes it just works.

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- Sycamore / Ayous / Cork / Ayous / Sycamore
- 90.4g
- 6.35mm
- 165x155mm
- ST (102x31x22mm)
- 1012Hz
- Balance: 3.1cm (High)






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Another slightly out of the box build, this time a 3+2 blade but with Ayous instead of the usual Hinoki or Cypress. Ayous doesn't have the same "trampoline" like feeling as these woods, and in this case I used very thick 1.8mm outer layers. So, this is meant for someone who enjoys a very stiff blade, with a low throw angle and zero vibration, but don't want it to be as fast as Primorac Carbon for example.

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- Ayous / Glass-Carbon / Kiri / Glass-Carbon / Ayous
- 90.8g
- 8.3mm
- 157x150mm
- FL (102x25mm)
- 1680Hz
- Balance: 3.3cm (Med)






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love the name on the handle!
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I wanted to pay tribute to the 2023 European Champions, and decided to do so with a blade that combines the weapons of choice of two Swedish players: former glory Waldner, and the new generation Truls. Waldner is best known for using the Waldner Senso Carbon in the last stages of his career, and Truls currently uses the Cybershape, so this blade combines certain properties of both. The WSC is a very popular blade, but a bit slow for the current game and I've had many requests to upgrade that composition to handle the polyball a bit better. However, it's not easy making a blade faster without changing its characteristic feel, which would certainly happen if we used anything other than soft-carbon (believe me, I've tried 😅). So I'm introducing a new fiber, the "Super - soft carbon", super not in the sense that's it's very soft, but a higher density version of soft-carbon, like what happens with other fibers. It's actually a bit harder, but not as much as a plain carbon, and it's obviously heavier making it harder to pair with an Ayous core, used in the original composition. So I decided to use Kiri for this one, which is lighter than Ayous and also used in the Cybershape. In the end this blade feels something between a toned down Cybershape and a faster WSC.

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- Limba / Meranti / Super - soft carbon / Kiri / Super - soft carbon / Meranti / Limba
- 84.8g
- 5.9mm
- ST (102x28.5x23.0mm)
- 1356Hz
- Balance: 3.5cm (Med)








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LOL "Cyberthingy" 💯
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Making the springy, springier! This is a HL5 structure, but with Fir instead of Ayous in the medial layer. Fir being slightly harder than Ayous, you get a crisper feel and a bit more speed, which makes it more suitable for Bh compared to the original composition. Of course that "directness" will also manifest on the Fh.

The handle flares out a bit, but it basically feels like a normal straight handle in the hand.

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- Limba / Fir / A-C / Ayous / A-C / Fir / Limba
- 91.0g
- 6.0mm
- 160x150mm
- ST/FL (103x23.0mm)
- 1335Hz
- Balance: 3.1cm (Med)






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Hi! How did you do to paint that handle?
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Hi! How did you do to paint that second handle?
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Hi! How did you do to paint that second handle?

The handles are not painted 🙂
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The so called "super" fibers are theoretically faster, but why don't we see them being more used on inner fiber compositions, for the blades that are on the market? The answer is simple, because it doesn't necessarily makes the blade faster. Here I'm not using a "super" fiber, it's just my regular AxC, but the principle is the same: the weave type is vertical carbon, which gives more stiffness, and horizontal aramid, which gives more softness. The rest of the composition is similar to a HL5, with a regular 3mm core, a thick medial and a thin outer layer. The thing is, the stiffness of the blade is dictated by the relative distance of its layers, and on inner fiber blades the composite layers are close together (roughly 3mm). This means that the extra stiffness provided by these layers isn't being truly utilized, only when you put them further away from each other, with to extra layers in between, you are able to magnify this characteristic. So here, what you end up having is a slightly stiffer blade, but softer than if you had used a fabric of the same density but with a 2:2 weave type (carbon and aramid in both directions). In terms of performance what does this mean? Usually you can feel an extra "kick" when you hit hard with those blades, here you you will get more of a "holding" sensation. Basically it behaves similarly to outer fiber blades, but at lower speeds.

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- Framiré / Ayous / AxC / Ayous / AxC / Ayous / Framiré
- 90.1g
- 6.0mm
- 158x152mm
- ST(102x28.0x23.0mm)
- 1335Hz
- Balance: 3.0cm (Med)






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This blade has a very similar composition to the one I've just posted, the biggest difference is the use of S-AxC instead of AxC. It's a bit faster, springier, but still very soft in the realm of composite blades.

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- Limba / Ayous / S-AxC / Ayous / S-AxC / Ayous / Limba
- 90.5g
- 5.9mm
- 158x152mm
- ST(102x28.0x23.0mm)
- 1380Hz
- Balance: 3.4cm (Med)








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Awesome handle, is it inspired by Eddie Van Halen?


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Originally posted by Reaper Reaper wrote:

Awesome handle, is it inspired by Eddie Van Halen?

I see the resemblance, but not really. I just cut here, glue there, and see where it leads me 🙂
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Keeping with the inner fiber concept for maximum feeling and touch, I tried to make this one even faster than the previous blade I posted. That can easily be done by thickening the core, the problem is that the composition was already on the heavy side, so I switched from Ayous to Kiri which is lighter. That allowed me to use a thicker core while having a lower weight. I must say that this blade is one of my recent favorites, it has an exceptional feel, with "outer fiber" type speed.

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- Limba / Ayous / S-AxC / Kiri / S-AxC / Ayous / Limba
- 89.0g
- 6.4mm
- 158x152mm
- ST(102x28.0x23.0mm)
- 1421Hz
- Balance: 3.2cm (Med)








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Nothing new here, just a really fast blade...

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- Hinoki / A-C / Kiri / A-C / Hinoki
- 89.6g
- 7.6mm
- 157x150mm
- STSQ (102x28.0x22.5mm)
- 1916Hz
- Balance: 3.3cm (Med)






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I often get asked about the fastest blade possible, but not so much about the slowest one. Well, I decided to build it anyway... This is the slowest (still playable) blade I've ever built. Honestly, I don't even know how this will perform, there is almost no bounce! But if you do get the ball to cross to the other side of the table, you will surely annoy the hell out of your opponent 😅.

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- Ayous / Balsa / Balsa / Balsa / Ayous
- 56.0g
- 5.2mm
- 161x155mm
- ST(102x28.0x23.0mm)
- 840Hz
- Balance: 2.4cm (Low)






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The Persson Power Play is another popular blade, but still considered a bit slow for the new ball. This is an interpretation of that composition, but with a small change in the orientation of the plies and swapping the "foil" layer for a very thin unidirectional carbon, in order to make it faster.

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- Koto / Uni-C / Ayous / Ayous / Ayous / Uni-C / Koto
- 91.0g
- 5.9mm
- 155x150mm
- FL (103x25.0mm)
- 1356Hz
- Balance: 3.5cm (Med)






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A very thick, stiff and light Balsa core blade with a compact head size and Hinoki outer layers. The main characteristic of this blade is that it doesn't feel as bouncy as expected from this type of construction. Instead, due to the 3 carbon layers, it gets progressively faster with harder shots, and despite not being a speed monster, it provides a better balance between passive/active shots, than some Balsa blades out there.

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- Hinoki / Soft-Carbon / Balsa / Soft-Carbon / Balsa / Soft-Carbon / Hinoki
- 76.4g
- 8.25mm
- 154x148mm
- FL (101x25mm)
- 1765Hz
- Balance: 1.8cm (Very Low)






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Someone suggested that I recreated the Waldner Senso Carbon but using Limba in the medial layer instead of Anigre, and I thought, Why not? The thing is, the WSC as a paper thin Limba outer layer, and a thin medial too, the thickness of the outer layers, plus carbon layer is only 1mm! So I decided to increase it, while keeping the core at the same thickness. It was a challenge keeping this at a reasonable weight, the composition is not as light as it sounds, and the WSC original handle is very light, but the result was good. The increase in speed is great, from a ALL+/OFF- blade to bottom OFF range, keeping most of the original feeling. JO shaped head of course...

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- Limba / Limba / Soft-Carbon / Ayous / Soft-Carbon / Limba / Limba
- 91.0g
- 6.4mm
- 159x149mm
- FL (100x25.0mm)
- 1380Hz
- Balance: 4.1cm (High)








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@Hipnotic:

I read the specs of your Waldner Senso Carbon and the thickness is 6.4 mm?

The real WSC is about 5.6 - 5.7 mm, so 6.4 mm is way too thick, I guess.

I think the ideal WSC will be around 5.8 to 6.0 mm at max. (if the goal is to retain similar feel and characteristics while making it suitable for 40+ plastic ball)



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Of course, increasing overall thickness will evolve the blade but changing the medial ply from anigre to limba may have limited how much the added thickness changes the feel of this blade from the original's. 


Even if the density of anigre is close to that of limba, I see the Janka hardness is the one factor that varies by a bunch and my question to Hipnotic is: does the fact the Anigre Janka hardness is almost 50% higher makes the added limba thickness on the medial and outer plies tame the additional kick (if any)?

Also the type of carbon used also may also tame that added thickness.

Just saying that if the goal is to stay as close to the original WSC as possible, as an honest ping pong DJ he has a lot of sliders to move left and right (alos up and down) to compensate the added thickness.


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Originally posted by doraemon doraemon wrote:

@Hipnotic:

I read the specs of your Waldner Senso Carbon and the thickness is 6.4 mm?

The real WSC is about 5.6 - 5.7 mm, so 6.4 mm is way too thick, I guess.

I think the ideal WSC will be around 5.8 to 6.0 mm at max. (if the goal is to retain similar feel and characteristics while making it suitable for 40+ plastic ball)


Maybe I didn't explain myself well, but the goal was not to retain the original feeling, it was just to see how Limba would do in this composition and push it as far as possible (while still having a playable blade). And how Stiltt already explained, since Limba is fairly softer than Anigre, it allowed me to push it a bit further.

But still, I'm not sure if I agree with you, I've had a few in my hands and they vary quite a bit, my first one was 5.9mm, the last one I measured was 5.5mm. The frequency range was from 1100 to about 1250Hz. The core is roughly 3.8mm, and I didn't mess with that, but if you want a real, palpable increase in speed, having a thickness of 5.8-6.0 would barely make a dent, especially with the softer Limba medial. I would say that 6.2mm would be the minimum to have a clear difference, there will always be compromises, you gain something you lose something, but if we're just looking to keep the same exact feeling and characteristics, then don't change anything...
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"Wow, that's a thick carbon layer!"

At first it looks like it, but it's just a black wooden layer. #885 is a relatively slow 7 ply blade, it has a thin transverse spruce core that gives some kick on harder strokes, and medium thick Spruce outer layers for that softness and spin ability. It has a mild springy feel and it should pair well with medium soft rubbers for a spin-control based game.

Available FS.

- Spruce / Ayous / Poplar / Spruce / Poplar / Ayous / Spruce
- 85.2g
- 6.2mm
- 158x152mm
- FL (102x25-23mm)
- 1120Hz
- Balance: 3.2cm (Med)






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