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I despise balsa blades. I honestly think you are better off getting an YE for $15 extra.


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dalamchops wrote:
I honestly think you are better off getting an YE for $15 extra.


Hmm, for some strange reason, most of the OFF c-penholders I've seen locally used either Ma Lin Carbon, or Extra Offensive. :)

Speedplay, if I were to advise you, I'd probably say to choose something safe (like that first bat recommendations thread) as you could probably resell the blade if needed to.

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I honestly think you are better off getting an YE for $15 extra.


Hmm, for some strange reason, most of the OFF c-penholders I've seen locally used either Ma Lin Carbon, or Extra Offensive. :)



well, that's the next step up once you gain some knowledge in playing cpen.


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Will it be worth the endless taunting from Reb and Der_Echte, if I get it?


I doubt it! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I agree with dalamchops. Try the Yin He M6 or the W6.

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I just built a bat for a student. Got a YinHe M-6. That is a nice blade for $25. Pretty fast blade. :D

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If I were you (which I'm not, and won't be even 10 years later) and wanted an RPB blade that could fit shakehand rubbers on it, I would ignore everyone's advice that was above my post, except for Ranger-man and hookshot. All 4 of my galaxy cpen blades had smaller heads[1]. Everything else has larger heads[2].

I'd also look towards Andro - those would fit your current rubbers too.

Now if you were the bored sort and happened to have a hacksaw (or panel saw, but those don't tend to be as neat; bigger teeth, you see...), you could grab one of your shakehand blades[3] and attack it[4].

Now you could obviously also do the same thing, but buy a blade on purpose and do it. I've done it and I think I've made a lot of people cry when they saw my results[5].

But if you're not that way inclined and want a good cpen on a budget, I'd get a Galaxy 961. They're cheap, soft feel and excellent (for the price)[6]. The speed is reasonable (it's an allround blade, so don't get excited). Just add faster rubbers and you'll be fine.

Personally I'm not a fan of the highly flexible blades like the OC and the YE. But that's just me.

Finally, when you look for a rpb handle you're wanting something that's reasonably thin and flat. Stiga cpens are ok. Perhaps a bit wide, unless you have huge hands, which I bet you have. Donic is in a similar boat, as is DHS yet these are usually a bit thinner compared to stiga. Yasaka handles are ideal, but I don't really like the oversized heads. Galaxy stuff is more conical shaped and usually flatter/thinner at the top. I haven't tried any friendship blades.


[1] They're sort of pointy shaped too...
[2] Almost everything.
[3] Like your wavestone :twisted:
[4] Meaning cut about 15 to 20mm off the end. Not hit it with hacksaw...
[5] There's a picture of my mizutani somewhere...
[6] According to JC, you can get these for something like 5 USD a pop. I haven't looked, but even Haggisv is quite cheap.

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I started off with galaxy blades with rpb coz they have resonably good speed and control...

Go for yasaka (yeo/mlc) or other big brands once you've gotten much better with your rpb! :lol:

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speedplay wrote:
The idea is that playing C-pen with RPB would probably force me to improve my footwork (Yes, probably even more with out the RPB, but I'm over 30, so I need to be realistic about this :wink: ) while also forcing me to stay close to the table. If I can achieve this, then perhaps I would be able to transform some of it to my shake hand game, thus being more lethal.


Or you could take that same amount of money and spend it on an hour of coaching and work on improving your existing shake hand footwork. :shock: :roll: :D

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BTW

K-2 is very good for beginner penholders who need some speed but also a good amount of control.

It's good for a variety of rubbers... :D

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The bomb c-pen plays nothing like a balsa blade, it has hard outer layers and the further you go the centre ply (cork) the softer the woods gets... it's around OFF-.

I don't know if any of you have actually tried it, but I've had very good feedback from some c-pen players on this blade... I tried it in FL, and loved the feel, but it's a little too fast for me (OFF) as i prefer OFF-, and the handle is too thin for my liking in FL. Since speedplay is used to blades much faster than this, i didn't think it was a bad choice at all...

Sure we sell this and don't sell the others mentioned, but I would say the same if we didn't...honest truth 8)... would not make the slightest bit of difference if he bought it from us or elsewhere to me. I just think it's a good blade and good value... some of the others mentioned probably are too, but i would not dismiss the bomb unless you'd tried it...

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The idea is that playing C-pen with RPB would probably force me to improve my footwork (Yes, probably even more with out the RPB, but I'm over 30, so I need to be realistic about this :wink: ) while also forcing me to stay close to the table. If I can achieve this, then perhaps I would be able to transform some of it to my shake hand game, thus being more lethal.


Or you could take that same amount of money and spend it on an hour of coaching and work on improving your existing shake hand footwork. :shock: :roll: :D


LOL, get real, like coaching could do any good to my game, you know as well as I that it's all about equipment, I pity the fools who believes in coaching :lol:


roflmfao it's all about equipment hehehe :)

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Speedplay if you don't mind to answer but why would you like to change your grip?
Wat is your main reason?

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Speedplay if you don't mind to answer but why would you like to change your grip?
Wat is your main reason?


For fun, I suppose...

Actually, there isn't a reason for me to change my grip, I like my shakehand grip a lot and I doubt that I will ever change to penhold, BUT I think it would be kind of fun to try it out.

If it turns out that I can play up to a level were I don't bore the life out of my practice partners, I might get some benefits from it, such as improving footwork and a "mentality" to not give up the table as soon as I do.


I can se your point.

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speedplay wrote:
Wow, thanks guys, loads of suggestions that all sounds pretty tempting, but... I can't find any of them in the OOAK shop...

Sure, there are some galaxy blades, but they are either way much more expensive or Jap/Korean grip, I want it to be C-pen. K-2 looks very nice but a bit to expensive as a first C-pen buy. Also the DHS - Wind Series CW-D, Carbon looks nice, but its a Carbon blade, which I usually don't like, Wavestone is the exception that confirms the rule.

Avalox Blue Thunder also looks great but once again the price tag is kind of hefty to start with.

Main intention is to have a C-pen blade to fool around with, if it turns out I actually can play with it, I hope to learn stuff to improve my shakehand game. If it turns out my pen-grip game is better then my shakehand grip game is, then I'll look into the more expensive blades.



is there any 729 blade that feels like cw-d?


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