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    Posted: 02/13/2009 at 5:14pm
Today I checked my Post Office Box and found a package from Borko. This blade is actually beyond what I dreamed of having. I never thought all the things I was looking for were possible in one blade:

1. 5-ply Hinoki (not single plate, which is thick and can easily break in half)
2. Oversized for my punch blocking game
3. Lightweight
4. Cork handle (straight) for feel, weight, and "talk."
5. One of a kind!

Well, thanks to Borko . . . My Dream Has Come True.

I am the proud owner of an oversized Hinoki 5-ply-ST at 74g made by the master . . . Borko!! Will I play with it or store it as a collector's Item? The wood is probably about 430 years old. Well . . . PLAY of course. This baby has magic in her. I feel it! I now have a lovely blade that Dr. Neubauer sent me and this gem from Borko. I believe my search has ended!


I just wanted to share this with my friends at MYTT!







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 . . .  unless I switch to JPEN. :-). OH NO, the search would start up again!!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Yakult Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/13/2009 at 5:34pm
Congratulation! Its a beautiful blade and the handle looks so  comfortable
 
 
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wow .. does ur search really end? i can believe it.. ;)

your blade inspires me to have a 2nd blade from borko, tq tommy.
Now i use DHS Hking 655 but i miss my the moments i use dr neubaeur firewall plus.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote nashron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/13/2009 at 5:41pm
tommy, can u write a review about this blade compare to others blade u have after play with it?
Now i use DHS Hking 655 but i miss my the moments i use dr neubaeur firewall plus.
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Sure!! I'll write a review as soon as I get a chance to glue up and hit with it. I can tell you this . . . after holding over a thousand blades in my hand it takes a lot to make me excited . . . this one really is everything I ever wanted in one blade based on appearances and feeling in my hand. Now, the real test . . . 
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Tommy,

What is handle made of? Is it cork?

Nevermind....should have red the description....oops...:)
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Stan,
No worries . . . yes . . . cork!
It feels so good in the ol' hand.
I should mention I requested a slightly top heavy blade.
I find this helps me generate speed with my wrist shots.
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how much it cost,dude?
you make me want to buy one from borko.
did borko ship internationally?
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Tommy, nice blade ! Congratulations !
Please write a review, and please do me a favour by telling me what is the details you have given to Borko when you order the blade (your playing style, your requests etc).
I am thinking of a new blade, and after having your review, I might be tempted to buy one in penhold version.
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Borko can ship anywhere, so you can go ahead to buy one (or more ?)
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Oh...Another thing I wanted to ask. Can you or somebody make a comparison in between Borko blade and American Hinoki blade? I am not sure such person even exists who tried both, but what the heck I will give it a shot.....
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I'll try my best to give a good review ASAP.
I just sealed it and will give it a day to harden before gluing up.
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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

I'll try my best to give a good review ASAP.
I just sealed it and will give it a day to harden before gluing up.

Would this be your secret weapon when you play Adham?
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waitt is adham the ittf president? 0_O
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Originally posted by acer800 acer800 wrote:

waitt is adham the ittf president? 0_O


YEP!!

Oh, my blade is priceless. I can't put a value on it, and if I told you how much I bought if for you'd report me to Obama for obscene spending during a recession.
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That's a nice looking blade. I'm not normally a fan of those kinds of cork handles, but I have to say that looks pretty cool.

And you can't beat a 5-ply Hinoki for all around table tennis fun.

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It is such a beautiful blade. Please describe what you feel when playing it.
I imagine a very soft and controlled short game with a lot of flex (in addition of softness) for looping.
It might be a looper's and hitter's dream.
Can't wait to read about it!!!
  
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tommy,what are the other 3 wood veneers?outer 2 are hinokies,i saw.do you have an idea?it the blades is in high 70-s,so may bbe there is balsa wood?
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Originally posted by holda holda wrote:

tommy,what are the other 3 wood veneers?outer 2 are hinokies,i saw.do you have an idea?it the blades is in high 70-s,so may bbe there is balsa wood?


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how much it cost,dude?
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I have never purchased a Borko blade but to my knowledge all Borko custom made blades are 150 dollars.
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Congratulations for your new blade Tommy! I hope it will serve you well.
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Originally posted by mizutani_jun mizutani_jun wrote:

how much it cost,dude?


I'll let you guys know when I get the bill. I'm sure it will be over $150, which is the price for Borko's standard custom blades. I'll brace myself and hope he goes easy on me.
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Congratulation.  You got your dreamed blade.
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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

I'll brace myself and hope he goes easy on me.


Maybe you could ask him about a sponsorship deal Wink

Bye the way, great looking blade.  I really the head shape as well.
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Sponsorship? Now you're talkin'!!!

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Tommy,

I'm really excited for your new acquisition.  Usually, when I test rubber sheets, I use a 5-ply Hinoki, Korbel and a carbon blade.  It would be interesting to see how the Borko 5-ply Hinoki compares to other commercial 5-ply Hinokis and even one-plys.  Happy playing.
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I played with it last night and have one word to say . . .
WOW!!
I'll post up a proper review later or b tomorrow.
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Originally posted by tommyzai tommyzai wrote:

I played with it last night and have one word to say . . .
WOW!!
I'll post up a proper review later or b tomorrow.

Please compare it to 7P-2A (I seem to remember you owned one before, right?).
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