How does Purple Heart play compared to some better known hardwoods like Ebony, Rosewood and Wenge? Knowing your thoughts on that might help someone be willing to give it a go.This blade has been on the website for a while, which breaks my heart because I honestly think it's one of the best blades I have there. I think the holes on the handle were bothering some of you, so I decided to fill them. It takes away some of the natural beauty of the wood, but the handle is now perfectly smooth. Playing wise it's springy and reasonably fast, due to the crispy outer ply, but soft and stable with the help of the soft carbon. The very comfy handle is made with Burl Poplar and Bubinga, and now fitted with the SDC Golden tag.
Composition: Purple Heart / Spruce / Soft-Carbon / Kiri / Soft-Carbon / Spruce / Purple Heart
Balance: 3.2cm (Med)
How does Purple Heart play compared to some better known hardwoods like Ebony, Rosewood and Wenge? Knowing your thoughts on that might help someone be willing to give it a go.
I have a value which compares density with the janka hardness, it doesn't have any scientific meaning, but it gives some clues as to how a wood will play. Basically, if a wood is soft relative to it's own weight, it will feel bouncy, but if it's hard relative to it's own weight it will feel more linear. In the first example you have woods like Spruce, Hinoki, WRC, etc. In the extreme of the second category you have woods like purple heart and ebony, which are way harder than they are heavier (relatively speaking). The relation of those two is the same, but Ebony is just a little harder and heavier. It gets to a point where the differences are more aesthetic than in performance.