Calvarez on 10/19/2011
Penhold Chinese Style: Blade is light, hard and fast. Excel at counter-blocking and counter-looping. Produce an enormous amount of speed while power-smash and flat drives.
It must be used with a fast offensive rubber [in my case a 1.9 SpinArt].
Will suit perfectly for an all offensive player that only plays close to the table and attacks all the balls. The blade is very forgiving when you don't hit the ball perfectly due to the enlarged "sweet-spot" produced by the carbon layers.
This blade give an outstanding "control" of the strokes you choose to play, but excel when blocking and counter-blocking. I upgraded from Butterfly Chinese AL due only to the speed of the blade, both have the same specs and characteristics, and almost the "same feel" but the Carbon is fastest than Arylate fibers.
Paired with SpinArt or Tenergy will convert this blade in a perfect weapon for an "all offensive" close-to-the-table player".
TSP is well know for the quality of their blades, [not their rubbers] and this Hino-Power blade is top notch craftsmanship, even the sanded down edges of the penhold style [AL made my finger bleed while trying it out].
I did use a Balsa blade for million years, and I try many others wood blades but I always came back to my old balsa, not this time, with this new blade [using it for 2 month now] I have the control a balsa blade produce and the speed of the cedar-carbon combination.
Anonymous on 4/8/2011
very good blade, good for hitting and also have good control for looping. I am a both side looper.
Anonymous on 11/23/2010
I love this blade, very nice. The handle is comfortable. Better for close to the table play. Good for offense. I can do various strokes and it plays better than Sardius or Schlager which I used before because it's more controllable. Good choice if you want to develop your skills.