Yinhe 30th Anniversary Version pro V14

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So I found this blade on Aliexpress:

And then I found a review of it on revspin:
"This blade isn't like a BTY TB ALC, it basically IS one. It has the exact same composition and plies (koto, ALC, limba, Kiri, limba, ALC, koto). It plays identical because it basically is identical for a quarter of the price. It is also extremely well made. Probably the best sanding job I've seen. It's also sealed nicely, so you don't need to seal it yourself. Basically, if you're thinking about getting the Timo Bill ALC, do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and get this instead. You won't be disappointed."

So as you can see this guy is saying its identical to BTY TB ALC.
Price is 21$ incl shipping on aliexpress.
Its basically 8x cheaper than the BTY.
Am I missing something here? Am I hallucinating? haha
 
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So I found this blade on Aliexpress:

And then I found a review of it on revspin:
"This blade isn't like a BTY TB ALC, it basically IS one. It has the exact same composition and plies (koto, ALC, limba, Kiri, limba, ALC, koto). It plays identical because it basically is identical for a quarter of the price. It is also extremely well made. Probably the best sanding job I've seen. It's also sealed nicely, so you don't need to seal it yourself. Basically, if you're thinking about getting the Timo Bill ALC, do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and get this instead. You won't be disappointed."

So as you can see this guy is saying its identical to BTY TB ALC.
Price is 21$ incl shipping on aliexpress.
Its basically 8x cheaper than the BTY.
Am I missing something here? Am I hallucinating? haha
I had this before. It's pretty good, but quite a bit stiffer than viscaria. It's closer to TB ALC, but also still stiffer than TB ALC.

I think the Yinhe Pro 01 is thinner and closer to viscaria.

Sanwei 75 is pretty good, but a bit thicker than viscaria. But decent feeling and catapult.
 
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I had this before. It's pretty good, but quite a bit stiffer than viscaria. It's closer to TB ALC, but also still stiffer than TB ALC.

I think the Yinhe Pro 01 is thinner and closer to viscaria.

Sanwei 75 is pretty good, but a bit thicker than viscaria. But decent feeling and catapult.
interesting find. thanks.
 
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Different people would have different opinion about same blade. You shouldn't judge blade base on one opinion. You won't know until you try by yourself
Agree. I don't like Yinhe blades. And every blade depending on the tree it sources from is different. Don't get seduced by one person's opinion.
 
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Beast mod anyone? V14Pro needs some woodworking not as hollow as a 729 Blue Arylate...

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TB ALC/TB Spirit and V14 Pro can be quite close. I found mine (87g) to be a bit slower, less reactive/explosive/sharp.
https://ttgearlab.com/2024/03/15/performance-indices-db-outer-fiber-blades/ measured something similar.
For $21 I would definitely buy one or two ;)
I have a V14 pro @ 94gramms, it is great, I would take it over any BTY Viscaria-like blade I ever had. The only better blades I have are Yinhe D715, Stiga Inspira Plus. But the Yinhe V14 Pro has some advantage since the top koto ply is very thin, paper thin so it feels very sharp and lively compared to even the blades I mentioned before.
Even the V14 pro has a single piece kiri core which is not found in 150USD Butterfly blades. Is it a big deal? I guess no. Is it a fact? Yes.
 
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I have a V14 pro @ 94gramms, it is great, I would take it over any BTY Viscaria-like blade I ever had. The only better blades I have are Yinhe D715, Stiga Inspira Plus. But the Yinhe V14 Pro has some advantage since the top koto ply is very thin, paper thin so it feels very sharp and lively compared to even the blades I mentioned before.
Even the V14 pro has a single piece kiri core which is not found in 150USD Butterfly blades. Is it a big deal? I guess no. Is it a fact? Yes.
is it prone to splintering? Which one is better in terms of price/performance and quality ratio between Stiga Ins Plus and this?
 
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is it prone to splintering? Which one is better in terms of price/performance and quality ratio between Stiga Ins Plus and this?
My V14 pro has splintered at the very edge. Otherwise it's solid. The koto is very razor thin, never seen koto or any wood ply this thin. I think Yinhe does a great glue job.
For price pref the Yinhe is much better, but you know at high end stuff to get a little bit better you need to pay a lot more.
The Inspira Plus has better handle and better ALC??? It performs better. I doubt it's the wood that is making it perform better so I would say either the ALC fibers or the gluejob.
 
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