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    Impressive Korean Custom Blade Maker Vid

    Hi,

    I came across this vid today about a custom Korean blade maker. This vid looks too good for it to be hidden.

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    Lovely !
    I will put an order in but please wait a couple of weeks so I will have time to rob a bank. 😁










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    Loved that case, but I’m a little skeptical too the handle engraving, looks nice but a bit unpractical an uncomfortable…

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    Brilliant video!!!! Amazing to see the whole process!!! The way the handle was finished off was incredible!!! Wonder how well it plays!!!

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    I just want to buy the casing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gozo
    I just want to buy the casing.

    I don't think I could even afford that, it is an absolute gem.

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    I don't think I could even afford that, it is an absolute gem.

    I think the case would cost as much as the blade !!! It's a work of art!!!!

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    They made a similar vid 6 months ago, even showed customizing a player's name laser engraved into the side of the bat...
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    notice they put quite a solid layer of lacquer on the blade.

    I prefer the name lazered on the side of the handle rather than the gold sticker they put on in the first video.


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    Amazing some skill on show there. Thing of beauty. Would be intresting to see how Butterfly really make there blades in comparison.

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    Amazing some skill on show there. Thing of beauty. Would be intresting to see how Butterfly really make there blades in comparison.

    Yes such a talented craftsman!!!! Can't see butterfly matching that !!!!


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    Yes such a talented craftsman!!!! Can't see butterfly matching that !!!!

    The skill and touch with the belt sander takes some practice. It would be interesting to see how Butterfly produce something with far more automation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammmail

    The skill and touch with the belt sander takes some practice. It would be interesting to see how Butterfly produce something with far more automation.

    there is an old video that shows how Butterfly makes (made ???) blades and it is pretty much the same way as shown in the Korean videos BUT as I said, this was an old video and who knows how they make the blades now, maybe it is all done by robots. 😂

    Furthermore, these Korean blades seem to be made in small series which can of course not be compared with the single custom made to order as for example SDC. makes them for you.

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    Perhaps I'm going to sound very arrogant, but I'm looking at this from a different perspective, so I have to call it like I see it. I don't see any special skill or craftsmanship, in fact I find the whole process very clumsy. Of course this doesn't mean those blades can't play great, just commenting on the build process here.

    Maybe this was only done for the video, but he's using PVA glue to bond a vertical layer to another vertical layer. If there wasn't a carbon layer in there, that baby would curl like a burrito. He doesn't pre-sand the veneer, not a good practice, and he seals the entire thing before attaching the handles. I bet I can remove those handles just by looking sideways at them.

    They use a CNC to cut the shape of the blade, it's fine with just a carbon layer which cuts very easily, but I would love to see how it turns out with ALC or ZLC. Still, you can see in some points those edges look very rough.

    Shaping the handles on a belt sander?! True craftsmanship right there if he's able to keep the dimensions consistent. This one really confuses me, the caliper and scale are the most used tools in my workshop, I use them every step of the way.

    He's just using cheap wood, painting and engraving it to make it look good. The handles do look good from afar, and I must say the engraving process is well done, but those things will be filled with sweat and grime in no time.

    The cases do look good and robust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipnotic
    Perhaps I'm going to sound very arrogant, but I'm looking at this from a different perspective, so I have to call it like I see it. I don't see any special skill or craftsmanship, in fact I find the whole process very clumsy. Of course this doesn't mean those blades can't play great, just commenting on the build process here.

    Maybe this was only done for the video, but he's using PVA glue to bond a vertical layer to another vertical layer. If there wasn't a carbon layer in there, that baby would curl like a burrito. He doesn't pre-sand the veneer, not a good practice, and he seals the entire thing before attaching the handles. I bet I can remove those handles just by looking sideways at them.

    They use a CNC to cut the shape of the blade, it's fine with just a carbon layer which cuts very easily, but I would love to see how it turns out with ALC or ZLC. Still, you can see in some points those edges look very rough.

    Shaping the handles on a belt sander?! True craftsmanship right there if he's able to keep the dimensions consistent. This one really confuses me, the caliper and scale are the most used tools in my workshop, I use them every step of the way.

    He's just using cheap wood, painting and engraving it to make it look good. The handles do look good from afar, and I must say the engraving process is well done, but those things will be filled with sweat and grime in no time.

    The cases do look good and robust.

    Indeed.
    While they are making an undisputed gem of a blade AND the case, one can not stop thinking that these units
    are made more for the collector rather than the serious TT-player.
    Still, there is horses for courses and I gladly offer my services to receive and test one of those blades. 🤣

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipnotic
    Perhaps I'm going to sound very arrogant, but I'm looking at this from a different perspective, so I have to call it like I see it. I don't see any special skill or craftsmanship, in fact I find the whole process very clumsy. Of course this doesn't mean those blades can't play great, just commenting on the build process here.

    Maybe this was only done for the video, but he's using PVA glue to bond a vertical layer to another vertical layer. If there wasn't a carbon layer in there, that baby would curl like a burrito. He doesn't pre-sand the veneer, not a good practice, and he seals the entire thing before attaching the handles. I bet I can remove those handles just by looking sideways at them.

    They use a CNC to cut the shape of the blade, it's fine with just a carbon layer which cuts very easily, but I would love to see how it turns out with ALC or ZLC. Still, you can see in some points those edges look very rough.

    Shaping the handles on a belt sander?! True craftsmanship right there if he's able to keep the dimensions consistent. This one really confuses me, the caliper and scale are the most used tools in my workshop, I use them every step of the way.

    He's just using cheap wood, painting and engraving it to make it look good. The handles do look good from afar, and I must say the engraving process is well done, but those things will be filled with sweat and grime in no time.

    The cases do look good and robust.
    Exactly ... this is just copy cat process without any deep knowledge about what they are doing ... I will never buy any cheap Chinese copy after i saw this .

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    .. I will never buy any cheap Chinese copy after i saw this .

    You are not comparing apples with apples. Korea is not China.
    I am not making a qualification between these two countries but would just like to say
    that there are some great quality items to be had made in china at a very reasonable price.
    One has to be selective and do ones research but then this applies to any purchase of any kind of goods.

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    Ok my bad.

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    The Hipnotic SDC made Mandalorian is what, a year old? Super huge amount of sweat every session still going strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte
    The Hipnotic SDC made Mandalorian is what, a year old? Super huge amount of sweat every session still going strong.

    Oh c'mon Sergio paid you to say that 😂😂😂


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