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    Posted: 06/28/2020 at 11:57am
Sanwei 2020 Blades
The 2020 blades released by Sanwei this year are astounding. The quality has been improved a lot and I am quite thankful that one of my suggestions which to pre-sand the neck or wing part of the blade was added as a feature in the new blades. There are a lot of blades that will be released this end of June or early July and this is the first 6 blades that were sent to me.
Sanwei Paramid
Weight: 82 grams
Plies: 5 wood + 2 Carbon Aramid layers
Thickness: 5.66mm
Speed: Off+

The Sanwei Paramid will be replacing the Sanwei F3 Pro blade. The Paramid is a 7 ply composite blade. It has Ayous outer plies with 2nd layer Pine or Spruce and a 3rd layer Carbon-Aramid with Ayous core. This is a thin blade at about 5.7mm or in my case 5.66mm. The overall construction of the blade is fine and smooth to touch. At first glance, you can see that the quality of the Paramid blade is on par with Butterfly blades or Euro blades that are also made in China. For me this is the best blade of the 6 blades that I have received as I will be explaining further. The F3 Pro is a good blade but the Paramid blade offers a softer and better feel. The feedback is one of the most pleasant among Chinese made blades in the market right now. I have not felt this blade feedback feel since Adidas table tennis stopped producing blades. Blade head size for this is 159x150mm. It is advertised as having a length of 259mm but this is because the 100mm blade length is included in the measurement.
This is an off+ blade. I have used the Tibhar MX-S and also the Gears Hyper (37, 38 & 39 degrees sponge hardness) for the test. The Paramid has a fast speed and comparable to other famous blades like Butterfly Viscaria or the new Xiom Stradivarius. The speed is fast but it is not on the level of Tamca blades. It is fast enough for offensive shots but there is a high amount of control. Imagine that the Gear Hyper rubbers are already in the level of Donic Acuda S1, S2 and S3 speeds but the Paramid remains controllable. With the Tibhar MX-S rubber, it was even faster with a lot of sponge compression at far distance from the table. I would say this is a bit slower than the Sanwei LD Light or at the level of speed with Yinhe T-11+. More or less the Paramid is also in the level of Butterfly Innerforce ALC for its speed.
Looping is the best feature that this blade performs. With the Gear Hyper rubbers and MXS, it produces a medium to medium low arc when looping underspin. The blade has a good balance of flex and rigidity but favors more on the softer side compared to pure carbon blades in the market. The partial flex that the Paramid has gives some sort of a good amount of “dwell” when brushing the ball against backspin/underspin. This was a great looping machine especially when I used the Tibhar MX-S rubber. You could feel only a minimal amount of vibration on impact and the great feel upon impact enhances your loop which gives you a good amount of control that you can sense. Overall, it feels like a 7-ply all wood blade that is rigid but offers great looping capability.
Smashing and other flat hitting strokes
The Paramid is above average for smashers and flat hitters. It could be even excellent if paired with hard rubbers which have a range of hardness of 50 degrees ESN scale and above. Punch blocks have a bit of higher arc compared to other rigid blades like the Sanwei Hynover which is better at flat drives and smashes. It is fair to say that the Paramid can perform these strokes with above higher expectations despite these strokes not being its forte. I can attribute the lesser capacity if flat drives probably due to the blade thickness and also the carbon aramid component which gives only a medium still feel.
Blocking, etc.
The Paramid is excellent in blocks and because of the great feel the blade offers, blocking is not hard on this blade. It is fairly stable when blocking fast and powerful shots. There is some vibration that you can feel when blocking very strong shots but it is minimal and does not affect play. On softer shots like drop shorts or flicks, the Paramid performs very high in my list.
So far this is one of the best budget blades in the market that can go toe to toe with Viscaria or Innerforce type of blade. At a lower price, it can definitely do everything those high end blades can offer even at higher levels of play. This is the blade to watch out for this year. I would recommend it especially for technical players and loopers who rely mostly on heavy spin coupled with fast and powerful speed while not sacrificing control in every shots they make.
Sanwei Hynover
Weight: 94 grams
Plies: 3 wood + 2 Carbon Kevlar layers
Thickness: 6.34mm
Speed: Off+

The Sanwei Hynover is an all out attacking blade designed by Sanwei for players who will not compromise power over anything. This blade is on the heavier side as it is advertised to have an average of 95 grams while mine is at 94 grams. This is a Hinoki outer blade with 2nd layer Carbon-Kevlar weaving. The core looks like Ayous wood which is very thick. Its thick core is about 3.7 to 3.8mm. The blade has a crisp and medium stiff feel compared to pure carbon composite blades. I tested the Hynover with the Gear Hyper 38 degrees and Joola Dynaryz AGR just to test what it could do when paired with either Chinese or European rubber.
Speed & Control
This is the speed blade of the 2020 blades from Sanwei. This was built mainly for speed with some amount of good control but overall this is a very fast blade. Although not as stiff as pure carbon blades like Butterfly Schlager Carbon or any other Tamca blades, the Hynover is very fast in its own right. In fact, I could compare it to be nearing the speed of Butterfly Amultart. When I was using both the 38 degree Gear Hyper and the Joola Dynaryz AGR rubbers, I had to adjust my swings. Uusually I am the type of player who swings more due to being used to using rubbers that are tacky and not too fast in the forehand. Despite the Gear Hyper being a Chinese rubber, the speed of that rubber is actually equivalent to some ESN rubbers. On forehand drive drills, you have to lessen your swing wherein you only need a little movement from your arms due to the power of the blade that can be produced. When you are at middle distance, you will begin to notice the comfort of using the Hynover as I believe due to its power you would need to be at least middle distance to fully utilize its power and speed. I had to adjust my level of control on this blade near the table but starting at middle distance, you can control the blade even with full swings. Far distance from the table is where you would not need much effort using the 2 mentioned rubbers. Although being medium stiff, hard rubbers seem not an issue at middle distance so counter topspins middle to far distance from the table. In all honesty, I think it pairs well with ultra-fast rubbers if you have the skills.
Spin Drives, Smashing and Blocking
These 3 strokes are what the Hynover is best used at. If you are the type of player who likes to hit through the sponge of the rubber to get extra juice for extra power, then the Hynover is perfect for such type of play. When doing spin drives or blocking against someone using it, you can feel your blade shaken a little bit. When you know somebody who spin drives a lot or smashes a lot, you would not want to be on the receiving end when they use this blade against you. I also enjoyed smashing medium high topspin balls with the Hynover. It produces a sharp arc but easily clears the net. My smashes seem to be better with this blade compared to the Paramid blade by a huge margin. It could effectively still smash at middle distance with some reduction of threat due to the distance but still at that distance a lot of blades seem to lose power and speed already by a huge amount. Blocking on this is excellent sicne it is very stable to block with. Aside from the fact that this is a heavy blade, the combin

Edited by yogi_bear - 06/28/2020 at 12:03pm
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