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Butterfly Photino

Butterfly Photino ping pong blade
Approx. $ 184 USD
Price $

Ratings  (rated 22 times)

There are 6 users using the Butterfly Photino.
From community:
Speed   9.4
Control   8.3
Stiffness   5.4 - Average
Hardness   5.7 - Medium
Consistency   9.7 - Always identical
Overall   9.5 10
Materials   ZLF (Zylon Fiber), Hinoki/Cypress, Kiri
Head Thickness   7.0mm
Head Dimensions   157 x 150 mm
Handle Dimensions   100 x 24 mm
From manufacturer:
Speed 94.0
Control 80.0

Description of Butterfly Photino

The Photino is a blade designed for the highest standards of play.

It has been extensively tested by many of our contract professionals and features Butterfly's newest technical innovation, the use of ZL Fiber. ZL Fiber is lighter in weight and harder than even Carbon.

At the same time ZL Fiber is more flexible than Carbon and holds the ball a little longer, allowing for maximum spin to be created. The ITTF has banned all glues with VOC's as of September 1, 2008. Butterfly has created the Photino for the modern topspin player looking for more power in a future without fresh gluing.

Feel: Medium

Reviews of the Butterfly Photino

Review gekogark1212 said this on October 10, 2008:

The photino is about 7mm thick. It has a softish feeling, but when you punch it feels solid. Goes well with almost all rubbers.

It is faster than the TBS and the KLHS but slower than PC and SC. The feeling is closest to the PC except much more flexible.
Review DeathAngel said this on March 21, 2009:

The blade is pretty thick compared to most blades. Pretty decent dwell time for a harder blade. Better in every way except maybe control than the TBS. It goes well with most euro/jap rubbers. Works well with a soft to a medium-hard chinese rubber.
Review Butch said this on August 24, 2009:

A fast blade with good touch and dwell time for looping. With Tenergy 25 or Sriver G2 2.1 you have a very advanced blade with world class speed and spin. Expensive by any standard. A dream blade. Very comfortable flared handle. Has "gears" for all aspects of the game.
Review Daniel said this on September 1, 2009:

This blade may very well be the best blade for a significant amount of well advanced players out there. It has the strongest catapult effect of any blade on the market which has been in my hands (e.g. amultart, waldner black devil, persson dotec, yasaka carbon and many many more...). The touch for the short game is ok if you have some feeling in your hand and an advanced technique. However, despite the fact that it is actually hard and stiff, it feels very soft and some players might be confused by that. The consequences are a very high throw and a very springy feel. But simply enjoy!
Review Beat said this on September 2, 2009:

I absolutely love this blade! Nevertheless, i play with a mizutani, because it facilitates the initial states of a point, meaning serve and return, which is very crucial for my style. However, once a point really got started, this blade is a dream! It softens up when you loop hard, but this does not mean at all that it gets slow. Different to other soft/medium soft blades, you have a very springy feel, the blade does its part in replacing speed glue! It gets softer, but faster! A paradox? Not for this one!
Perfect in middle distance, a bit bouncy after initial attack close to the table. If you like to play somewhat far of the table, with a lot of pace and spin, give it a try!
Review Frogger said this on September 4, 2009:

A dream blade from Butterfly. Very expensive but oh so worth it. A blade with gears that can loop very well due to dwell time. This blade is fast to very fast depending on rubber. A thick blade but has good ball feedback. With 1.9 fast rubbers it becomes a hitters best friend. With 2.1-2.5mm rubbers it's a looping monster. Not as fast as other pure carbon blades from Butterfly but more control with great power due to the Z fiber construction.
Review Dhappiness said this on February 22, 2010:

Dream blade, with tenergy it really is like playing with speed glue catapult like. High High throw combo allows me to dominate under-spin. My play partner was amazed at the amount of speed and spin of my loops, combines both well. Has excellent control for being so fast. Better at looping than smashing. best flared handle ever. good short game after some adjustment. worth every penny. get this over the innerforce if you loop more than smash the feel is amazing.
Review AndySmith said this on July 6, 2010:

An amazing blade.

As others have said, bit of a bipolar blade in that it seems to "flatten out" when hitting hard, but has a fair bit of spring when looping. This really suits my game when moving between slow loops and hard punches, especially on the b/hand side. This dual character also makes blocking a lot easier than most fast blades I've tried.

I've had T05FX, Macro Era and Spinart on there in different combinations and it all seems to work for me.

Expensive, but worth it.
Review AspitDemon said this on July 14, 2010:

Cons - Not talking about money anymore if you want this blade!!

Pros - It does everything in any aspect or game you ever will play. Reason why I'm rating it so high? Looping was very well the easiest thing on the planet to do. Inside the table looping was a lot easier than most of the blades I used. Everything else was a breeze. Third ball attacks were very easy if you understand this blade. There's no stopping this blade. Money doesn't matter anymore. Using it with Tenergy and it's splendid. Definitely recommend it.

Update: What I found in the first two - three weeks that if you were used to wood or carbon blades, this one needs quite a bit of time to get used to. Wood and carbon blades have little or no vibration when contacting the ball, and the feel is lighter. The Photino, which consists of ZL fiber, have a lot of vibration. What was interesting was that when I added my Tenergy's on there (05 and 25), it had extreme vibration to it. Now, I tried a Bryce Speed FX on it, and it lost significantly a lot of vibration. This blade is fantastic, you just need to get used to the vibration and the crazy springy catapult.
Review dhas said this on November 9, 2010:

Excellent quintessential blade. Along with the HK, this is the light at the end of the EJ tunnel.

IMHO, Photino can fit nicely will all all-round and offensive players. However, it is very important to choose suitable rubber for your particular style of play to get the best fit.
Review rassius_luine said this on April 19, 2011:

I never use this blade, my friend does and he said that this blade needs very careful treatment as its fiber will somehow crack once fell even from low height
Review Anonymous said this on April 28, 2011:

a fast blade from butterfly using with ZL fiber layers which makes the blade very flexible. it makes your shots fast and spinny at the same time. goes well with a variety of rubbers. very comfortable ST or FL handle. a bit on the expensive but its very well made. highly recommended
Review MrLoveU2Baby said this on May 28, 2011:

This blade is AWESOME!! Looping is easy. I am using Butterfly Photino with Hurricane 3 Neo both side and it's really good. Control, loop, counter loop, Push, and Chop are very stable and controlable. Very high recomemended. Try using Tenergy 25 fx i think it would go great with this blade
Review blackhole said this on August 14, 2011:

I just played a photino and i was surprised with the consistency on blocks and drives. At first, i thought i'll have a hard time looping, but i was able to adjust in just a couple of hours! I'm playing with xiom vega pro on FH and Tenergy 64 on BH. I'm very pleased with this setup!
Review Anonymous said this on April 19, 2012:

Love it!!! Ultimate Speed, High throw, highest catapult effect of all blades I think, Not To Hard-> nice Feeling and aGood Touch because of vibrations. Suitable for a fast and spinny Game in all Distances with the best Balance in catapult, Ball Feeling and Control.
-> Ultimate Blade
Its Not Suitable for Players who want a Hard and Stiff blades and Powershots near the table because its just Medium Hard.
But for the Allround Off+ attacking style its One of the best blades ever...(Of Course the best ZLF
Blade available and much better than a Boll ZLF!)
Review mtg6792 said this on March 12, 2014:

First just let me say I'm not much of an EJ. After over a year of playing with the ALC I switched to this blade because I wanted more speed/power. I've used this blade for over a year now, and I'm switching. Here's why:

The Photino is thick. So thick that every hit feels reinforced, and unless you're 6-10 back, it's hard to use full strokes. I tried various rubbers on the blade, and didn't find it particularly suited to any: all of them work well for looping mid-distance, and blocking when they're on the Photino.

The problem I have with this blade is that it sucks close to the table unless you block or use really short strokes. It's not really an aggressive blade. The short game is okay with most rubbers, so I won't complain, but this blade takes away most of your power away close to and over the table.

In sum: If you're an older player looking for control, you'll like this blade. If you're someone who only likes mid-distance play, you'll like this blade. If you want power and control at the table... you probably won't like it that much unless you use slower rubbers.


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