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Brand
Butterfly
Price
65
Type
Wood
Materials
 Limba x 4 ply, Ayous center ply
Class
 OFF
Speed
   8.5
Control
   8.0
Ply
   5.0
Weight
   85.0g
Manufacturer stats
Speed
   6.6
Control
   7.3
Hardness
   5.9
Durability
   6.7
User stats
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The Korbel is a fast attacking blade within the Butterfly series of blades and inspired by table tennis professional Petr Korbel. The blade has a soft combination of woods to produce powerful shots and touch play over the table.
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    Posted 03-26-2018
    5.00 Can't go wrong
    • Price
    • Control
    • Versatility
    • Thin handles
    This is my first ever review. As a background, I started playing TT over a year ago to see if I can be a proficient in a new sport in my early-30s. I play a bunch of other sports since I was a kid.

    I bought a Korbel Japan when I was starting out based on reviews that say it's a do-it-all offensive blade. I found this to be true and it helped me a lot in learning the basics quickly. The slightly larger head size helps with the feel and control - it's also great for trying out new rubbers as it these would certainly fit most other blades after the Korbel.

    It's hard but has more flex compared to, say, a Viscaria. Limba outers offer a bit more dwell too. I started out using this with Hurricane 3 Neo on FH and Acuda P2 on BH. I later changed to Hurricane 8 mid and Tenergy 05. I still have this setup and use it when I want a great workout with the longer FH strokes. Sometimes, I would use the T05 side for FH loop drills and I really enjoy it - less direct than harder 5+2 blades but more controlled and with a nice arc. I find that with Korbel and T05, I can take the ball much later.

    The comments about the handle being too thin are quite true though, honestly, I only noticed this when I bought a Viscaria. Some grip tape on the thinnest part took care of it. I'm 6'1" and have fairly large hands.

    All in all, a great blade for someone to learn the sport with and progress. I would advise people to try it and stick to it until you find that you absolutely need more power and are willing to sacrifice some control. I've seen a lot of guys at the club I play in use this at a very high level.

    User stats

    • Speed
         7
    • Control
         9
    • Hardness
         7
    • Durability
         9
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    Posted 08-23-2017
    Jaffar Lone's Avatar Jaffar Lone Reviews(7)
    5.00 An offensive classic
    • Good dwell time
    • Good control
    • Excellent handle
    The korbel has long been touted as an offensive classic and it does not disappoint. Tested the setup with Andro's hexer duro on the forehand and the Hexer plus on the backhand. The blade has a decent feel and solid touch on all the shots. I would rate it as medium-fast blade, if you have decent technique for looping this blade is a must-have.
    The blade has decent power away from the table too. When i held the blade for the first time it seemed eerily similar to the Butterfly power-7 blade. Perhaps it is the handle.. regardless of the similarity, i find it very easy to play with the korbel almost any shot that i like the blade seems to support that. Short game is quite ok too, blocking is fine.
    you cant go wrong with this blade, it is a safe option for any developing offensive minded player. Amazing that even after more than 20 years of the first batch of this blade, it is still going on strong. Well done, butterfly.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8
    • Control
         7
    • Hardness
         6.6
    • Durability
         7.8
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    Posted 01-10-2017
    5.00 Great Feel and Ample Finishing Power
    • Great Feel
    • Nice Dwell
    • Good Control
    • Head Heavy
    Hi, this is my review for the Butterfly Korbel FL Handle (Black/Old Tag) in comparison to the Silver Tag model. P.S. I haven't tried the new version with the green gem on the backside of the handle so I can't comment on how different that is.

    The Korbel Black has great great feel and feedback. It responds well to the variations in contact points, varying degrees of power and the angles that hit your shots with. Speed is just enough and is just enough to finish points with. You can easily pair this with Fast modern rubbers in Max Thickness and it'll be pretty controllable compared to using other OFF blades.

    The basic difference of the Black Tag and the Silver Tag is that the Black Tag feels springy and elastic and has more flex and dwell. Whereas the Silver Tag is stiffer and slightly harder which in turn makes it feel about a notch faster. In terms of feel they are quite different. So I have yet to find a blade that feels just like the Korbel Black Tag that I own.

    Only thing I don't like about my Korbel is that it's quite head heavy, so I use a Grip to counteract that. It is one of my favorite blades only 2nd to my Tibhar Samsonov Stratus Carbon.

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.5
    • Control
         8.5
    • Hardness
         6
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    Posted 10-13-2015
    4.00 Fine blade
    • speed
    • control
    This blade has great speed and control and i would recommend it to any modern attacking player.It is cheaper in comparison to toher blades but the quality is very good for its price

    User stats

    • Speed
         8
    • Control
         8.4
    • Hardness
         6.1
    • Durability
         7.2
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    Posted 07-24-2015
    5.00 Korbel
    • Control
    • Price
    • Feel
    • Head size
    The Petr Korbel is a great blade. I bought it as a replacement for the Timo Boll Spirit as I was looking for a slightly slower and more controllable blade, the korbel seems to deliver on all counts, I use tenergy with this blade and found this to be a great combination. My serving and receive seems to have improved as a result of the use of the korbel, it allows good feeling and is good for touch play. However the blade can also be used for aggressive topspin shots off both wings including drives. The price of the blade is excellent at around 40 pounds , much cheaper than many carbon blades but in my opinion it's better than many fast blades on the market . I would recommend this blade to any offensive players that strive for control/consistency in their game .

    User stats

    • Speed
         7
    • Control
         9
    • Hardness
         6
    • Durability
         9
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    Posted 04-07-2015
    4.00 Korbel best non composite
    • Consistent
    • Quality
    • Grip
    • Cost
    • Not pretty
    Although I stopped using this blade a year or so ago now (sorry dan, should have updated my profile) it is still up there for me, it it extremely well balanced with a wonderful positive comfy grip(flared) , it seems to do all things well for an attacking game and even the guy I sold it to who uses pips both sides has had an amazing season with it! There is a lot of feel to the blade which is bordering on vibration, which is the only reason I moved on to innerforce AL, overall though, this isnt a great long term favourite of many for nothing, and it's still my no 1 non composite blade!

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.9
    • Control
         7.9
    • Hardness
         7.8
    • Durability
         9.5
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    Posted 03-28-2015
    5.00 Good blade, Good control
    • Good control
    • Do it all blade
    • good feeling
    Good blade! Do it all blade is a good description. Not very fast, good blade as a first off blade. Good control and good feeling. Nice grip. Played with this one as FL handle. Not expensive at all.

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.6
    • Control
         8.5
    • Hardness
         7
    • Durability
         10
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    Posted 02-20-2015
    4.00 good control
    • control
    I played one year with this blade. The good thing is that you can do every strike with it. But you don't lose power to hit a powerfull topspin away from the table.

    User stats

    • Speed
         6.3
    • Control
         7.2
    • Hardness
         6.5
    • Durability
         8
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    Posted 02-03-2015
    4.00 Petr Korbel Blade
    • Control
    • Good feeling
    • Speed
    I played with this blade for a couple of years. Offers quite a nice feel with good control, reasonable speed but not the fastest as there is no carbon it in.

    I actually went from a faster vectron fibre carbon blade back to the Petr Korbel blade and the added control that the korbel offered me meant that I was more consistent in rallies and was able to direct the ball with more accuracy which as a result led to more consistent results. Can be used for various levels of players as is a good all rounder.

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