All-wood blades                   

 

Blades with balsa  core.


A Rebel blade offers unparalled feeling, excels at counter-hitting, flat-hitting and looping, and with the right combination of veneers can suit a defensive, pips-out style of play, or an agressive, close or mid-distance to the table attacker. Its draw-back is the known 'balsa effect', the catapult effect it produces at very fast incoming balls.
Core with a thickness of 5,6mm or more, or a combination of two cores for varing speed. Overall thickness of the blade 7-9mm, weight 65-85gr.

 

 

Blades with a combination of wood core with balsa on each side.

 

For the player who wants the best of both worlds: the springiness and feeling of balsa with the stiffness and elasticity of a wood core. 

The thickness of the core and the balsa plies may vary according to speed and feeling you aim for and may not even be symmetrical for each side.

Overall thickness of the blade 7-9mm, weight 85-100gr.

Examples:  REBEL-21: (FH) padauk-cherry-balsa3-balsa3-cherry-pomele (BH)> FH:OFF, BH:OFF-

                    REBEL-29: (FH) walnut-elm-balsa5-balsa1-cherry (BH)> FH:OFF-, BH:DEF+

Examples:  PUNCH-61: (FH) padauk-pomele-balsa2-ayous-balsa2-pomele-padauk (BH)> FH:OFF-, BH:OFF-
                    PUNCH-68: (FH) limba-pearwood-balsa3-ayous-balsa2-cherry (BH)> FH:OFF-, BH:ALL+

Blades with kiri or ayous core

 

A great number of commercial blades use a single ply of wood in the core, mostly ayous or kiri  in thicknesses between 2.5 and 4mm. It results in a med-weight blade (not as light as a balsa core) and with the right combination of media and outer veneers, it gives elasticity and a nice bounce effect on the blade. Spruce is also a speedy wood with good feeling when used in the core.

The Incision blades are unmistakably flexible, fast, offensive blades ( ALL+ to OFF)  for the player who likes to loop at mid-distance (and basically hates the balsa blades). Paired with a hard, tacky rubber offer the perfect combination for a longer dwell-time with more spin, ideal for beginners who want to develop their looping stroke, also for advanced players who apply a strong, spinny shot with kick effect.

Overall thickness of the blade 5.5-7mm, weight 75-90gr, depending on the handle.

 

Examples:  INCISION-40: (FH) koto-spruce-ayous-spruce-limba(BH)> FH:OFF-, BH:ALL+
                    INCISION-90: (FH) bubinga-pomele-ayous-pomele-padauk(BH)> FH:OFF+, BH:OFF

                    INCISION-43: (FH) white ash-white ash-kiri-limba-limba(BH)>FH:OFF, BH:ALL+

Composite blades

 

The Anthrax series of blades integrate layers of carbon fabrics combined with a balsa or wood core and two or four veneer outer plies. The result, in any case, is a stiff blade with a huge sweetspot (literally the whole surface of the blade), great for smashing, powerfull away from the table and yet with a very sensitive touch near the net. The speed is definitely OFF to OFF++ depending on the structure chosen, the stiffness is medium to high, the surface is medium-soft to soft, depending on the outer ply.

The blade may be symmetrical or with a slight difference in speed between FH and BH  if you want to use it with pips-out rubber on BH or just want a more controlled BH. Whatever the case, the Anthrax blade is not for the beginner but for the advanced, agressive player, the modern attacker who wants unprecedented speed, excellent blocking, accuracy and control.

Number of plies: 5,6,7, overall thickness of the blade 5.5-6.5mm, weight 85-100gr, depending on the number of plies and the type of handle.

 

Available composite fabrics: Carbon, Arylate/Carbon ALC, Aramid/Carbon ARC, Zylon/Carbon ZLC (on request), Fiberglass, Carbon/Kevlar/Fiberglass hybrid fabric (see the Materials page).

ANTHRAX-29  anegre - carbon - balsa 2 - carb/kev - balsa 2 -carbon – anegre   

I found Anthrax  29 the best for my game (anigre-carbon-balsa2-carb/kev-balsa2-carbon-anigre), paired with a Tenergy 05 1.9mm on the backhand and a Xiom Omega IV elite on the forehand. The feeling is great, but the only thing that would need improvement is the speed in the forehand. (J.G,  BEL)

 

ANTHRAX-30  anegre-carb/kev/gf-walnut-balsa3mm-walnut-carc/kev/gf-anergre

During my rallies i can feel the ball due to the anegre, i cant feel the crisp of the walnut. but for a fast blade the control is superb. The blade offers a lot of dwell time in both sides and there is a bit of flex which is great for looping underspin. Flicking/Pushing is easy with this bladeand blocking as well

Chopping is superb as well, i was able to generate heavy underspin with this blade and my opponents agree as well even though its a speed blade. (R.R, AUS)

 

ANTHRAX-35  limba - carbon - balsa 3mm - carb/kev - balsa 2mm -carbon –anegre

I tried a Tibhar Nimbus sound, which is, as far as I know, the softest
tensor available today. And it was a revelation: very good feeling. I have the speed from the blade, and the soft touch
and a slight speed glue feeling from the rubber, so it almost plays like a speed glued racket, as I wanted. (J.G, BEL)

 

ANTHRAX-42  limba-anegre-carb/kev-ayous 2,4mm –carb/kev-anegre-black limba

Having played with the blade for several weeks, I am very impressed with how well the blade matches the description.  It is a nice weight and very well balanced.  The feel is just what I was looking for, giving excellent ball-on-bat sensitivity.  This is truly an all-round blade which is fine for chopping away from the table, fast close-to-the-table counter-hitting and both slow and not-so-slow looping.  The weight and balance of the bat is perfect for killing high returns, showing that the advertised large sweet spot was no exaggeration. (A.G.R, GB)

 

ANTHRAX-43  am.walnut-anegre-arylate carbon-spruce 2.3mm-arylate carbon-anegre-am.walnut

One small thing that I like is the smell! It smells like I'm in a forest. It's been very nice. You were right with the sweet spot, it is massive. It feels like I play with an over-sized paddle. I am having a lot of fun flat hitting. The sound it makes is great. I have to adjust blocking quite a bit, my balls tend to fly off, I think it might have to do with the higher arc than what I'm used to. I love looping with it (upside of the higher arc!). There is good dwell time and looping chopped balls is a breeze. The higher control has been nice for short returns and to serve. The weight is good, but I would have liked it even less head heavy (I am not blaming it on you - I requested a balanced and relatively light blade and this is what I got!). (V.D, SUI)

 

ANTHRAX-48  willow-balsa1mm-kiri-ARC-limba-limba

The size, shape and blade weight were all excellent. The handle is actually the best handle I have ever used for twiddling, it really is very comfortable.

The forehand side with the aramid and limba had good speed, touch, control and feel. It had an approximate speed of OFF.
The backhand side which we tried to design as a 2 speed blade had an approximate speed of ALL to ALL+.
Even though I was hoping for a slower backhand, it still played nicely and the additional speed gave lots of wobble and deceptive affect to my long pimples. (R.M, AUS)

 

ANTHRAX-49  koto-ALC-limba-kiri-carbon-limba-limba

 My blade was matched with DHS Hurricane 3 National Sponge on the forehand and TIBHAR EL-P on the backhand. I modelled the forehand after the BUTTERFLY Zhang Jike ALC, which is ideal for me. The forehand side was an extremely close copy, only thing missing was the power. The backhand was an experiment, and something I am very pleased with. The double limba wood used added a lot of softness and dwell against the power of the carbon, which was placed on the core. The result of this blade is almost perfect. The composition I asked for only lacked in power, the control was great, and both the forehand copy and backhand worked out as I had hope. As a two winged looping penholder, the blade gives me great confidence, even with reverse penhold backhand. Really enjoyed using the blade and the whole experience.Will make adjustments and purchase again. (C.K, UK)

 

ANTHRAX-52  koto-GF-ayous-cork3mm-ayous-GF-koto

The Blade is beautifully made the craftsmanship you put into this blade is amazing.

The straight handle and the thickness of the handle felt great in my hand.

I had equipped butterfly tenergy 64 on both sides. As I started to warm up with the blade, I can tell right away that this blade has a solid feeling to it and the sweet spot was huge.

Forehand Looping with this blade the ball was coming off with a lot speed and spin my hitting partner was having trouble blocking because the ball was very low to the table and fast. Backhand Looping was the same even I myself was amazed at how much spin and speed was coming off this blade.  Blocking was very easy with this blade to the point I was punching a lot on the backhand and as forehand blocking started tuning into countering .

I played games all night after an hour and a half of testing this blade. This blade shines the most near table to mid

distance as this blade is fast off- down there off+ speed. There were time I couldn't go close to the table because of the speed. Overall I would say this blade is fast with moderate control. (O.M, USA)

 

INCISION-40  koto-spruce-ayous-spruce-limba

I would classify this as the highest tier of All+ blades. I can attack or defend with this blade. Sadly that it wasnt able to tame T05, its still too fast for me. during topspin to topspin rallies, it feels good. All shots are going in with decent speed but massive spin. It produces a medium high throw angle. Chopping requires more of engaging the sponge. Handle fits quite well and the engraving looks great. (R.R, AUS)

 

REBEL-33  padauk-ayous-kiri-ayous-padauk

Excellent workmanship, well made, clean edges.Nice handle, slightly squarer then previous. But still very nice to hold. Easy to twiddle. Good weight, surprising lighter then expected considering the use of Padauk. Very very nice sweet spot, this was instantly apparent as soon as I began hitting the ball on the forehand. Another player at my local club also commented on this as well. It really has a very nice feel to it. Good speed, about OFF minus / OFF.  The stiffness of the Padauk gives good long pimple effect and spin reversal on the backhand. (R.M, AUS)

 

REBEL-44 limba-wenge-balsa4mm-balsa2mm-wenge-bamboo

This blade is great for my kind of play, soft outer ply on th FH with large dwell time good for spins while the bamboo on the BH side gives to my LP the spin reversal I want, with excellent control and feeling near the net. Overall an excellent combination blade for a veteran player like me, I intend to try also an anthrax with carbon in the near future.. (P.F, USA)

 

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ANTHRAX-29  anegre - carbon - balsa 2 - carb/kev - balsa 2 -carbon – anegre   

I found Anthrax  29 the best for my game (anigre-carbon-balsa2-carb/kev-balsa2-carbon-anigre), paired with a Tenergy 05 1.9mm on the backhand and a Xiom Omega IV elite on the forehand. The feeling is great, but the only thing that would need improvement is the speed in the forehand. (J.G,  BEL)

 

ANTHRAX-30  anegre-carb/kev/gf-walnut-balsa3mm-walnut-carc/kev/gf-anergre

During my rallies i can feel the ball due to the anegre, i cant feel the crisp of the walnut. but for a fast blade the control is superb. The blade offers a lot of dwell time in both sides and there is a bit of flex which is great for looping underspin. Flicking/Pushing is easy with this blade and blocking as well

Chopping is superb as well, i was able to generate heavy underspin with this blade and my opponents agree as well even though its a speed blade. (R.R, AUS)

 

ANTHRAX-35  limba - carbon - balsa 3mm - carb/kev - balsa 2mm -carbon –anegre

I tried a Tibhar Nimbus sound, which is, as far as I know, the softest
tensor available today. And it was a revelation: very good feeling. I have the speed from the blade, and the soft touch
and a slight speed glue feeling from the rubber, so it almost plays like a speed glued racket, as I wanted. (J.G, BEL)

 

ANTHRAX-42  limba-anegre-carb/kev-ayous 2,4mm –carb/kev-anegre-black limba

Having played with the blade for several weeks, I am very impressed with how well the blade matches the description.  It is a nice weight and very well balanced.  The feel is just what I was looking for, giving excellent ball-on-bat sensitivity.  This is truly an all-round blade which is fine for chopping away from the table, fast close-to-the-table counter-hitting and both slow and not-so-slow looping.  The weight and balance of the bat is perfect for killing high returns, showing that the advertised large sweet spot was no exaggeration. (A.G.R, GB)

 

ANTHRAX-43  am.walnut-anegre-arylate carbon-spruce 2.3mm-arylate carbon-anegre-am.walnut

One small thing that I like is the smell! It smells like I'm in a forest. It's been very nice. You were right with the sweet spot, it is massive. It feels like I play with an over-sized paddle. I am having a lot of fun flat hitting. The sound it makes is great. I have to adjust blocking quite a bit, my balls tend to fly off, I think it might have to do with the higher arc than what I'm used to. I love looping with it (upside of the higher arc!). There is good dwell time and looping chopped balls is a breeze. The higher control has been nice for short returns and to serve. The weight is good, but I would have liked it even less head heavy (I am not blaming it on you - I requested a balanced and relatively light blade and this is what I got!). (V.D, SUI)

 

ANTHRAX-48  willow-balsa1mm-kiri-ARC-limba-limba

The size, shape and blade weight were all excellent. The handle is actually the best handle I have ever used for twiddling, it really is very comfortable.

The forehand side with the aramid and limba had good speed, touch, control and feel. It had an approximate speed of OFF.
The backhand side which we tried to design as a 2 speed blade had an approximate speed of ALL to ALL+.
Even though I was hoping for a slower backhand, it still played nicely and the additional speed gave lots of wobble and deceptive affect to my long pimples. (R.M, AUS)

 

ANTHRAX-49  koto-ALC-limba-kiri-carbon-limba-limba

 My blade was matched with DHS Hurricane 3 National Sponge on the forehand and TIBHAR EL-P on the backhand. I modelled the forehand after the BUTTERFLY Zhang Jike ALC, which is ideal for me. The forehand side was an extremely close copy, only thing missing was the power. The backhand was an experiment, and something I am very pleased with. The double limba wood used added a lot of softness and dwell against the power of the carbon, which was placed on the core. The result of this blade is almost perfect. The composition I asked for only lacked in power, the control was great, and both the forehand copy and backhand worked out as I had hope. As a two winged looping penholder, the blade gives me great confidence, even with reverse penhold backhand. Really enjoyed using the blade and the whole experience.Will make adjustments and purchase again. (C.K, UK)

 

ANTHRAX-52  koto-GF-ayous-cork3mm-ayous-GF-koto

The Blade is beautifully made the craftsmanship you put into this blade is amazing.

The straight handle and the thickness of the handle felt great in my hand.

I had equipped butterfly tenergy 64 on both sides. As I started to warm up with the blade, I can tell right away that this blade has a solid feeling to it and the sweet spot was huge.

Forehand Looping with this blade the ball was coming off with a lot speed and spin my hitting partner was having trouble blocking because the ball was very low to the table and fast. Backhand Looping was the same even I myself was amazed at how much spin and speed was coming off this blade.  Blocking was very easy with this blade to the point I was punching a lot on the backhand and as forehand blocking started tuning into countering .

I played games all night after an hour and a half of testing this blade. This blade shines the most near table to mid

distance as this blade is fast off- down there off+ speed. There were time I couldn't go close to the table because of the speed. Overall I would say this blade is fast with moderate control. (O.M, USA)

 

ANTHRAX-55  rosewood-limba-aramid carbon-kiri-aramid carbon-limba-rosewood

This blade was matched with DHS Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge on the FH and DHS Gold Arc 8 on the BH. Fair to say I never had a blade with so much power. This is a loose copy of the very rarely seen Stiga Clipper Rosewood, which is only available in China, but with ARC added and Kiri instead of Ayous as the core. During counter hitting warmups, the blade’s speed was apparent. The power produced was effortless and what it most shocking is the level of control the blade provides. Despite the speed, the blade also provided a huge amount of gears. Pushing and blocking were done with ease due to the reactive quality of the blade. Overall, this blade is devastating if looping and shot redirecting is your game. It has the perfect ratio of speed:control. Anyone looking for an aggressive attacking machine need not look further. (C.K, UK)

ANTHRAX-86  koto-zlc-limba-kiri-limba-zlc-koto

Huge sweet-spot and good consistency - I compared with Stiga Carbonado 245, OSP custom blade,

         Dab > Carbonado 245 > OSP

Speed and control - This is fast blade but still has a good control. 

Rubber matching - tried 3 rubbers, Andro Rasanter R47 = Tibhar MX-P > Nittaku Fastac G1.

Response and feeling - blade feeling is quite different from other blades, not like wood ply only blades but still                  good.

3 players tried my blade in the club - all 3 like the performance. (B.H. USA)

 

ANTHRAX-58  koto-limba-arylate carbon-kiri-arylate carbon-limba-anigre

The handle was what drove me towards a custom-built blade, because I've been yearning for the conical handle on (probably) my first blade, a Stiga Kjell Johansson Offensive Wood. I think the new blade plays outstandingly well, recognizably familiar to my Treiber K but even better in some ways, and might write up a review. Props to Dimitri for his candid advice, his opinions shared freely when discussing things. He's not a pleaser that just goes with the flow to get the order in; he's opinionated, offers suggestions, and in the end comes up with solid craftsmanship. (J.S, NL)

ANTHRAX-76  koto-limba-arylate carbon-kiri-arylate carbon-limba-koto

I've played a few matches with both blades (58 & 76), with identical  rubbers (Butterfly Tenergy 05 on FH, Gewo Nanoflex FT48 on BH).   The new blade feels a touch stiffer, and just a bit crisper  (especially on the BH side).  I have the feeling of absolute control when grabbing the ball.  The touch game is good, openups  are a breath, both when hitting slow brush loops as well as when  putting a lot of pace on the ball.  The new blade blocks well,  but seems to prefer counterspinning.

So now I have two outstanding blades.  They are very close, and I can interchange them without any adaptation to my movement, blade angle and technique.So, very positive first impressions.(J.S, NL)

ANTHRAX-85  limba-limba-arylate carbon-kiri-limba-aramid carbon-walnut

When the blade arrived, I was really surprised. It looked really great. I glued my rubbers on it, (dignics05 on FH, omega vii pro on BH) and went to trainingnig. As I was previously playing with the boll ALC, I felt there was more catapult effect on my forehand due to the two limba layers. But once I adjusted my technique a little, it played just great. I felt more control than with the boll alc.Spinny balls as well as harder balls were no problem to play. Also flick and serve worked fine. The only problem I had was the balloon defence.(probably because of the catapult

On the backhand, the little bit harder walnut gave me the hard contact and a good feedback while playing. Topspins and flicks were no problem, short and long pushing was great as well. I can only recommend DAb. (N.C, SW)

ANTHRAX-87 ebony-ZLF-limba-kiri-limba-ALC-koto

The blade is great. I think this setup is incredible. I really wanted the backhand to have the viscaria feeling, but I guess there's a reason why butterfly makes so much money off the viscaria. It is close though. It's a little bit "dull"er than the viscaria, but it's still hard and has great dwell time.

    Forehand is incredible. I am comparing it to the timo boll zlf and zlc. The boll zlf is softer, and lacks some control at smaller power since the zlf layer is springy and soft. Adding the ebony layer really makes the blade harder and easier to control at minimum pressure. The medium and higher power play works great with the additional ebony layer since it adds extra speed. I love it also more than the zlc since the carbon layer with zlc really make the entire sheet super springy, not as hard as the ebony, less dwell time, and the power of zylon and carbon comes in all together at the same power level (L.L,USA)

 

 

INCISION-40  koto-spruce-ayous-spruce-limba

I would classify this as the highest tier of All+ blades. I can attack or defend with this blade. Sadly that it wasnt able to tame T05, its still too fast for me. during topspin to topspin rallies, it feels good. All shots are going in with decent speed but massive spin. It produces a medium high throw angle. Chopping requires more of engaging the sponge. Handle fits quite well and the engraving looks great. (R.R, AUS)

INCISION-96 anigre-limba-ayous-limba-walnut

I had this blade made on request having played with korbel which is limba-limba-ayous. Changing to a new med-pips rubber on BH with 0.6mm sponge (612) indicated that I needed  a  harder outer ply without sacrificing control, anigre seemed the obvious choice. I took the opportunity also to have walnut on the FH to give an extra kick to the hard rubber I'm using these days (Sigma II pro).

The blade DAb studio made for me is aesthetically a work of art, very beautiful and well made. Playing with it a few hours made me realise that the choice I made was excellent, I've got exactly what I was aiming for in terms of speed and control with a feeling that is the best I've had from a blade so far,  a  result of the hide-glue used exclusively on this blade. I would rate it as -OFF on the FH, perhaps ALL+ on the BH. I can assure you that it is true that anigre is a great control wood, better  than limba for example. For some reason it plays better with flicks near the net, as well pushes, even with chops from afar. Walnut is also excellent with spins and placement, I wasn't expecting it to be better then koto or limba in this respect but it is. Great stuff! (G.G, GR)

 

REBEL-33  padauk-ayous-kiri-ayous-padauk

Excellent workmanship, well made, clean edges.Nice handle, slightly squarer then previous. But still very nice to hold. Easy to twiddle. Good weight, surprising lighter then expected considering the use of Padauk. Very very nice sweet spot, this was instantly apparent as soon as I began hitting the ball on the forehand. Another player at my local club also commented on this as well. It really has a very nice feel to it. Good speed, about OFF minus / OFF.  The stiffness of the Padauk gives good long pimple effect and spin reversal on the backhand. (R.M, AUS)

 

REBEL-44 limba-wenge-balsa4mm-balsa2mm-wenge-bamboo

This blade is great for my kind of play, soft outer ply on th FH with large dwell time good for spins while the bamboo on the BH side gives to my LP the spin reversal I want, with excellent control and feeling near the net. Overall an excellent combination blade for a veteran player like me, I intend to try also an anthrax with carbon in the near future.. (P.F, USA)

 

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