Afrobro's Handmade Blades

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@Giang: The first ALC blade was an Ayous core but with the same composition as the Balsa blade otherwise. I didn't get a good chance to test either as they were for other players but the Balsa blade actually came out heavier as I took a bit of weight out of the Ayous blade but the Sardius handles were solid. I prefer the feel of Ayous blades in general as I'm just not very used to the feel of Balsa.
If you had made the blades identical just with the core ply as balsa and the other ayous then the balsa would be lighter? Did the balsa blade feel more hollow? I am curious because I had the idea to make a similar composition with limba-ayous-alc-balsa-alc-ayous-limba.
 
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Yes, the Balsa blade would be lighter but has a very different feel to Ayous. It has a light, springy feel but with the ALC and Koto outer it's pretty fast. The Ayous version felt a lot more solid with a higher top end speed. There is a bit of a hollow feel to the Balsa - I think a thicker core would have been better and made it feel a bit more stable.
 
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Most of my experience playing and making blades has been with ayous so it's just what I'm used too. Finding a decent supplier of Kiri has also been really difficult - there are a couple of places I've found, but none that will ship to the UK without ordering a huge amount from China. If you know of any, I'd be very grateful!
 
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A couple of new blades with Walnut outer ply. A little bit more finishing needed on them but overall, I'm quite pleased. I kept the blades thin (around 5.6mm) to try and keep them within a reasonable ALL+ to OFF range.

1: Walnut - Limba - Textreme - Ayous - Kiri - Ayous - Textreme - Limba - Walnut

87g
5.6mm
Straight (rounded) handle
155 x 145 mm
1291 hz

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2: Walnut - Ayous - ZLC - Ayous - ALC - Ayous - Walnut

84g
5.6mm
Straight (square) handle
157 x 150 mm
1227hz

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Looking forward to trying this one out - it's a nice weight for me at 84g and the thick Ayous layer beneath the top ply should give it a fairly woody feeling, even with the ALC/ZLC combo.
 
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New material

More new material! Textreme/Zylon Hybrid material - super thin and very light for ZLC.

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I've only had the chance to make one blade with this so far but I do have 5 square metres if any other blade builders want to buy/trade - it was only available in a fairly large quantity direct from Textreme.

My first blade with it is my new/old Hans Alser "undercover" ZLC:

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This is probably one of the slowest, most controlled ZLC blades ever. I've been enjoying using slower and thinner blades with fast rubbers recently and I happened to buy some new flexible epoxy for testing at the same time as the ZLC. Once cured, it's still very flexible unlike the usual epoxy used for carbon fibre in blades so it has some interesting stats! The handle came from a Hans Alser that was broken beyond repair but it's really comfortable so I had to make use of it somehow.

Limba - ZLC - Ayous - Basswood - Ayous - ZLC - Limba

84g
157mm x 150mm
5.2mm Thickness
947hz frequency testing
 
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And a new blade using some of the Hinoki that I still have from the original posting here (only 0.6mm thickness left now).

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Hinoki - Spruce - Burned Ayous (3.5mm) - Spruce - Hinoki

79g
6.4mm thickness
157mm x 150mm
1421hz

I should have probably expected it at 6.4mm, but from the weight I thought this would be a little slower than it is. It feels very springy and the frequency test suggests that it is fairly stiff.
 
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A couple of new blades with Walnut outer ply. A little bit more finishing needed on them but overall, I'm quite pleased. I kept the blades thin (around 5.6mm) to try and keep them within a reasonable ALL+ to OFF range.

1: Walnut - Limba - Textreme - Ayous - Kiri - Ayous - Textreme - Limba - Walnut

87g
5.6mm
Straight (rounded) handle
155 x 145 mm
1291 hz

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2: Walnut - Ayous - ZLC - Ayous - ALC - Ayous - Walnut

84g
5.6mm
Straight (square) handle
157 x 150 mm
1227hz

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Looking forward to trying this one out - it's a nice weight for me at 84g and the thick Ayous layer beneath the top ply should give it a fairly woody feeling, even with the ALC/ZLC combo.

Some real beauties you´ve crafted there, mate. Excellent

World's second hybrid blade ;-) looking forward to hear how the balance is.

Hahaha. *wiseguymode-on* actually Double-Day were the first that came up with this idea first long time before others came up with this, but it wasn´t promoted so well.

https://www.ping-pong.tw/product/15476445603890436

And a new blade using some of the Hinoki that I still have from the original posting here (only 0.6mm thickness left now).

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Hinoki - Spruce - Burned Ayous (3.5mm) - Spruce - Hinoki

79g
6.4mm thickness
157mm x 150mm
1421hz

I should have probably expected it at 6.4mm, but from the weight I thought this would be a little slower than it is. It feels very springy and the frequency test suggests that it is fairly stiff.

Outstanding. looks amazing.
 
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Once again, it's been a while since I've updated this and have way too many to show them all but I am looking forward to testing my new 'Sweden Extra' ALC tomorrow.

Ok, so it's not really a Sweden Extra but I like the handle so I kept it and updated the blade.

This is: Koto - Ayous - ALC - Ayous - ALC - Ayous - Koto

Only 5.6mm and it gives a frequency reading around 1200hz so it should be very controllable but it has a nice feel to it. I've kitted it out with some Fastarc G1 - Super thick on the FH and Thick on the BH. I haven't tried G1 before but bounce tests are very promising and they seem very spinny.

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Well this blade was a very pleasant surprise! So controlled in the short game but a real crisp kick when i needed a bit more power. Serves were a dream - the only downside for me was the slight transition I needed to play with g1. Don't get me wrong, it is probably good for my game but I rely on the catapult effect that r47 provides when I'm feeling lazy and the g1 doesn't have that...it requires a bit more effort and the correct positioning. I think it would do wonders for my game if I stuck with it for a while...but I never usually do! From what I've read, this is the same composition as the dhs h301 and n301 but slightly thinner.
 
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