I'm quite intrigued with the choice of name for the Tuvalu and the story behind it. Very eye opening!
When developing the new Tuvalu, were you directed towards long pips with a sponge, OX, or both?
With the Labyrinthos geared towards OX, would the Tuvalu be for sponged LPs?
Thank you for the nice comment, Anthony.
I designed this blade more oriented toward OX.
But as you might know, long pimple rubbers, whether they are with sponge or not, have a certain character.
And I think Tuvalu works on that on both kinds.
One purchaser in Korea left a very good feedback, who plays traditional defensive way.
He used grass d tecs 1.6mm, and quite satisfied with it.
He told that Tuvalu allow fantastic back hand chopping, as well as outstanding attack.
He was surprised to know that he can become attacker, with his back hand, if he wants.
As for me, I agree with him as a designer, because I can picture how it would work.
But I'm not long pimple player, so my sureness has some limit.
Why don't you try for it?
haggisv is searching for free reveiwer.
You can apply for it.
Thanks for the reply Nexy,
The Tuvalu does seem like a blade within my playing field, seeing that I was taught and only ever played with long pip rubbers on my backhand (not to say I'm a pro in the field; I'm quite far from that level of play
). Though I've always played with faster, light blades.
Did the purchaser in Korea mention any opinion when playing near the table? I, myself, play a classic defending game near the table using pushes, blocks, chop blocks, an such. It may be a bit different because I use OX myself, I would love to know how he felt within that area.
I did see haggisv's thread on the blade testing and did apply for myself. I do hope I get lucky enough to be chosen, this blade does seem like a blade I would be fond of and enjoy using and testing out to review. But whether I do or not, I look forward to hearing developments with this blade and others in the future!
This blade makes good wobling effect plus very stable control for the defender.
Long pimple rubber is not easy to control, but with Tuvalu, you will feel in the different way.
It's specailly good when you are close, or on the table.
I mentioned it's good away from the table, and that meant that this blade is also good away from the table.
So, basically, this blade is desgined for the close or on the table, I can say.