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    Posted: 11/25/2020 at 11:11am
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An older player that comes to my club occasionally was talking to me about his favority blade of all time, the Yasaka Leopard.  He asked me if I could locate one online that was for sale.  Does anyone have a picture of this blade they can post here?  Was it a single-ply blade or a 3-ply blade? What blade would be a good replacement for this?

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I don't have a picture of one myself, but there are a few on google images. The blade is a 3-ply Hinoki if I remember correctly. It's a pretty unique construction so in terms of replacements, I'd look for the same type of blades. Juic makes one called the Hinoki 3, available at paddlepalace for about $65 USD. Darker used to make one called Mai Gouban, but it is discontinued. 
The quality of the wood matters for these Hinoki blades, especially the 1 ply and 3 ply ones. If you know anyone with a good 1 ply Hinoki blade, or even a 5 ply, your friend could try them out and maybe expand their search criteria.
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I thought it was an 11-ply blade, I'll research.

edit: my mistake, the Yasaka Leo is 11-ply not the Leopard. If I stumble on a Leopard I'll post here.


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Charlie at bladesbycharlie.com used to make a 3 ply cypress based on the Leopard. If you contact him, he might be able to make one for you custom. Depending on the price, it could be a very good option.
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Originally posted by Chairman Meow Chairman Meow wrote:

Charlie at bladesbycharlie.com used to make a 3 ply cypress based on the Leopard. If you contact him, he might be able to make one for you custom. Depending on the price, it could be a very good option.
Following Chairman Meow's path, I would recommend trying the Tibhar H-3-9 that is a 3-ply 100% hinoki blade as well. I had one and it was deliciously soft and very fast. At $100 it's a very good deal, it used to be $150 everywhere, still is at PP.

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I owned one, before giving it to my friend years ago.

But as I remember, mine is Yasaka Leopard EX.

It is 3-ply Hinoki blade.

I remember it was advertised as one of the fastest blade (in that era, I believe in the 1980s).   But in the 2000s when I tried it, it was slow compared to today's standard.
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It'll be difficult to find one considering it hasn't been in production for maybe 15 years? There just so happens to be one available on Mercari:


The blade was heavily marketed in Japan because it was used by Kiyonobu Iwasaki, who won the All Japan Championships in 1996.
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thanks for all the help and suggestions. The one for sale on Mercari is 18,000 yen or $172. I’ll let my friend know
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18,000 Yen???

Now I regret giving it to my friend.  Cry Smile

Judging from the pictures there, mine was in much better condition.  No dings, etc.

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I know somebody that has a yasaka cougar I think it is. I believe it's a one ply hinoki
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I have Yasaka leopard in new condition for sale :)
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I bought this 3-ply Yasaka Leopard new in the late 1980s and played with it for many years. I acquired its 6-ply cousin, the Yasaka Panther, more recently. Charlie at BBC borrowed this very Leopard a few years ago to model his 3-ply "Leo" homage blade. He even emulated the oversized head shape, and can reproduce the oddly square handle with sharp wedges if you're so inclined. I still use a very similar handle albeit with a different blade that's more suited to SP and the plastic ball.





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Originally posted by nathanso nathanso wrote:

I bought this 3-ply Yasaka Leopard new in the late 1980s and played with it for many years. I acquired its 6-ply cousin, the Yasaka Panther, more recently. Charlie at BBC borrowed this very Leopard a few years ago to model his 3-ply "Leo" homage blade. He even emulated the oversized head shape, and can reproduce the oddly square handle with sharp wedges if you're so inclined. I still use a very similar handle albeit with a different blade that's more suited to SP and the plastic ball.






Which one is better for SP ,the 3 ply one?
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The 3-ply blade is indeed good for SP. In fact, my current SP blade is a BBC 3-ply with the same dimensions and wood except for a Poplar center ply. As for the Panther, I haven't tried using that one yet.. maybe after Covid.
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Originally posted by nathanso nathanso wrote:

The 3-ply blade is indeed good for SP. In fact, my current SP blade is a BBC 3-ply with the same dimensions and wood except for a Poplar center ply. As for the Panther, I haven't tried using that one yet.. maybe after Covid.


Ah, I remember now.   

When I first bought that Yasaka Leopard, I used standard inverted rubbers on both sides.    But I remember that owner of the store that I went to, strongly suggested that I tried SP on the BH side.

I refused, but now I know why he did that.   Probably he thought that Leopard was good for SP.

I used inverted both sides but I remember that I had no problems whatsoever, it was fine.


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Hi guys, 

Do you know something about the existence of a cpen 1ply blade from this era? A friend gave me this blade to be the spare pair of my Darker Speed 90 few months ago and the visual characteristcs are very similar to these Panther and Leo, but it's 1 ply, but I could'nt find any reliable information (not even the name) about it aside from being an very old Yasaka blade, this friend bought it on the 80ies but the blade was kinda forgotten on his basement for years and he didn't remember much about it, here are some pictures of it that may help identify it. 





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