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

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










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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






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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 ? 


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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.
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Hipnotic, What brands of epoxy or wood glue (or whatever)  do you use , if I may ask
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Don't mean to be selfish but that is kind of a trade secret Smile
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One of my favorite builds so far!

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






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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






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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. 


Edited by Static - 03/26/2020 at 10:01am
SDC Custom Blade, FH: Xiom Vega X, BH: Gewo NanoFlex FT40
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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. 
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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






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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








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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









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