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    Der_Echte's SDC Spartan XD

    Of course, no one is satisfied with a V 1.0 (unless it is called mass Annihilation Unit), so I was supportive of the idea to make a second version of the Spartan that would break all the rules... or at least any or all the ones Sergio wanted to break.

    If you all remember, Sergio made the original Spartan as close to the exact specs and constraints in my Custom Blade Maker Challenge about a year ago. Sergio has a better understanding of what I like and is also not feeling so constrained this time around.

    I basically asked him to improve the top end, the dynamics, and certain feel more towards the preferences he knows about me. I insisted that this would be an EXTRA DUTY version... which in many industries is represented by "XD"... so this is the Spartan XD.

    Sergio will post pics and commentary along with his thoughts.

    The blade is simply beautiful stunning, especially the handle. It is truly a "beefed up" version of the Spartan. Weight came in at a very LIGHT FEEELING 113 grams with very low balance (1.7 cm I think).

    My day impressions exceeded even the epic MAU. In short, I have never had such a favorable first day impression of a blade ever (since the MAU). Feel is where I want it, some vibration pass through, but some muted. Top end on well struck balls entering the beginning parts of OFF+... that is plenty of top end for me, I have no need for a Tamca 500 OFF++ class. Opening sping heavy and great feel. I little crisp, only a little on fast loops. Short area whip is rewarding.

    I slapped on a PRO version MX-K 47 and a FX-P... my old-school test standards of rubbers, since I know them well. Total weight of this setup a balanced 208 grams.

    Our friend Sergey, the TSOS himself tried it out and had the same first impressions, I think this thread might be the straw on the camel's back to get him to register and comment on TTD. Since I just ordered his FH and BH rubber (Tibhar K1 Plus) he shouuld be appreciative and register/comment.

    Sergio, tell us some stories and pics.

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    It is courage that vanquishes in war, and not good weapons.

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    For those who never saw it, this was the first version of the Spartan

    The composition was Koto / I-C / Ayous / Kiri, with 5.8mm and about 105g. The blade itself is not that heavy, about 68g without handles, which is high for a blade with a kiri core but not that uncommon for blades with Ayous for example.

    At first, Der wanted a faster and heavier version of this blade, so the initial thought was to make it thicker. But he also told me to brake the rules, for which I was glad because I broke them all. Personally, I feel my best blades happen when I'm not too constrained, and luckily this was the case.

    I really like I-C, but it's more of a control/spin fiber, it does not have much more to give speed to give in this composition. I knew I wanted something soft and dynamic so I chose Kevlar. Kevlar is a plain fiber, it has no carbon, so the feeling is not as muted as ALC or IC for example, this was something he would like. For the top ply I wanted something soft but not too soft, so I chose Kumamoto Hinoki which is slightly crispier than Kiso Hinoki. For the second layer I went with Spruce, mostly because I've used the kevlar/Spruce combination a few times in my personal blades and I really liked it.

    The plan was to use a really heavy kiri core, and I do have some really heavy ones, even heavier than Ayous. But after gluing the outer plies and fiber, I did the math and realized that even that wouldn't get us where we wanted to be in terms of weight. And it's a good thing that happen, because I got to use my heavy Cypress cores. This really made sense, Der wanted a blade with a linear power output and Kiri "catches" the ball at high impact. This Cypress has a totally different grain structure and will add to the power, not contain it. At least this was my thought process...

    For the handle I was thinking of a futuristic Spartan, and so Spartan XD was born, aka "The Mandalorian":

    Kumamoto Hinoki / Kevlar / Spruce / Cypress - 113.6g - 6mm - 1356Hz - Balance: 1.7cm (Very Low)







    And, for those who care, this is a nice example of how frequency doesn't tell the whole story. The frequency on this one was about 24hz lower than on the original Spartan, which I was totally expecting. Mass matters, especially the mass of the core, it brings the stiffness/weight ratio down and gives a lower reading, but I immediately told Der this one would be faster. I was not wrong.

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    That looks stunning.

    This is the way......

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    Awesome looking blade!!!

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    2 nights in a row hitting with the Spartan XD... blade is easiy a KEEPER. I could tell from the first hour operating this thing I could use it as my main weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDH

    That looks stunning.

    This is the way......

    Table tennis " Mandalorian "


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    I like how you are using similar types of wood across. I'm guessing this one feels pretty solid/uniform, I approve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasta
    I like how you are using similar types of wood across. I'm guessing this one feels pretty solid/uniform, I approve!

    I get what you are saying, but it's not all about the similarity of the woods, ply thickness and arrangement matters as well. There are plenty of "mono" wood blades out there that still feel hollow.

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