I have used a few defensive blades, but I’m not a defender or pips player.
The 3 mainstream defensive blades I have used are
Stiga Def Pro - 5 wood + 2 carbon (5+2)
Drinkhall Defensive classic - 5 ply all wood
Nittaku Resist 2 - 5 ply all wood
I also have 2 bespoke (almost identical) 7+2 ply blades made by Sergio (SDC), there is about 5-19Hz frequency difference.
I’ve used a variety of Rubbers on them, from the likes of MXP/MXS, R48, Donic Barracuda, Rakza Z, H8-80, Friendship battle 2 provincial Etc.
Personally I prefer some carbon in there somewhere!!! More for trying to get a larger sweet spot!!! Rather than speed. A slightly more crisp feel.
The Def Pro is a great blade for a modern defender, good speed when you need it, and of course it’s user friendly regarding control, as are defensive blades in general!! Quite thin. Liked this blade.
At the moment it’s set up as a practice blade for coaching, with Nittaku Sieger PK50 on FH & RITC 563 MP on BH
Drinkhall Defensive Classic was ok but nothing special slightly softer feel. Used it for maybe 6 months with MXP/MSX, haven’t used it since.
The resist 2, I used with the Battle 2, has a nice feel with this rubber. From memory the outer plies are white willow. Perhaps a little slow with the tacky battle 2
The SDC blades have white willow outer plies as well. These are what I currently use. One is set up with Rakza Z & Rakza Z EH the other with R48 and Donic Barracuda.
Regarding the use of pips (of any description) I’m not really able to comment as I don’t use them, regarding using attacking fast rubbers on slow blades, then I feel some of the ‘top end’ rubbers become easier for you to control, yeah, you lose some speed, but hey ho, for close to the table attacks,(when opponent is close to table as well) they are easily quick enough, and for mid distance, depending on your ability, still quick enough. Away from the table, great for chopping/lobbing/fishing, not so hot for loop to loop!!!