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Author:  Variatio [ 05 May 2012, 21:13 ]
Post subject:  Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

Hi there,

last training I had the chance to test two OSP blades (http://ospblades.com/). I seldom saw such nicely manufactired blades - really impressive handwork! :up:

Both are covered with MilkyWay Apollo I Medium 1,9mm, and Spinlord Dornenglanz OX pips on backhand.

OSP Immune Active Def:
Medium large defensive blade, quite thin and wooden all through. Nice finish with soft outer veneer.
But I didn't start to like it - it's very slow with a high bounce, and you feel its vibrations in each finger. Maybe an oldscool defence player will love it, but its nothing for near the tables pips players. Thus I dismissed after some minutes - the Immune and I will never be friends! ;)




OSP Expert All+:
Thicker and smaller than the Immune, the Expert has hard, dark Limba veneers.
It's definitely a blade for offensive players, offering a great feeling and appropriate speed. I'd say Off- instead of All+. As the Immune its bounce is quit high, but contrary to this the Expert is easy to control and I mastered it very early. Because I had to close the blade a bit, the topspins got more spin and my partner had many problems to block them. The block with pimples is very good, too - but its faster than my beloved NSD, thus some blocks got behind the table. But its very controlled and I love its feeling.

I'm really impressed - maybe I'll order the Expert with an larger blade to slower it a bit. :)

At first you see some counter, from 2min I'll do some topspins (and you get some impression of its trajectory), and from 3:45 I block some topspins.






Author:  haggisv [ 05 May 2012, 21:31 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

Very nice, thanks Variatio! :up: :up: :up:

Those are not combinations blades are they, ie. the same on both sides, right?

Author:  Variatio [ 05 May 2012, 21:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

You're right - the veneers are symmetrically glued. :)

As the abbreviation 'OSP' says, the blades are designed as old stiga (palatinus) blades. I don't know if Stiga did ever combination blades - if thats the case they are not really famous. ;)

Author:  haggisv [ 05 May 2012, 23:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

Yes I know the brand... I have one myself and they are quite impressive. Yes I don't know of any Stiga combination blades either, but I think OSP no longer bases their designs on Stiga blades, as they have the skills to designs their own blades, so they can probably come up with something quite unique.

Author:  cogito [ 06 May 2012, 06:04 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

Variatio wrote:
... but its nothing for near the tables pips players.


Never ever ! I am a close to the table pips player and I am very satisfied with this blade. I prefere it to the Expert All+ which is fine but for me too fast.

Author:  Variatio [ 07 May 2012, 23:56 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

Exceptions prove the rule. ;)

Author:  foam [ 02 Jun 2012, 13:20 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

How did you get an OSP Immune? since you don't like it, do feel like selling it ?

Author:  cogito [ 03 Jun 2012, 20:49 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

I gave my second OSP Immune right away to Variatio for testing without playing it myself before.

This was a fault, because this second blade was not allright. It sounds very different from the first one and it doesn't play as well as my first one. OSP will provide me with a replacement sample and I will return this peculiar sample.

So unfortunately the performance of the Immune in Variation's video is far from the real potential of the Immune. I am playing the Immune now for about 2 months; at the moment with Desperado/OX and Haifu Shark II Soft 1.9mm and it performs excellently !

p.s. I play close to the table with my LP-backhand.

Author:  RadivS [ 10 Sep 2017, 04:03 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

How much difference is there to play with a larger blade like 165x159 vs a 155x150 blade?

Author:  Ehimle [ 11 Sep 2017, 11:20 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

I believe there are three versions of the immune. One is: immune (plain), the next: immune active and the last: immune ox. The last one is supposed to be for at the table blocking. I always wanted to try it but, too expensive for me.

Author:  Dusty054 [ 11 Sep 2017, 11:53 ]
Post subject:  Re: Review OSP Immune Active Def vs. OSP Expert All+ (Video)

RadivS wrote:
How much difference is there to play with a larger blade like 165x159 vs a 155x150 blade?


Probably depends a lot on your style of play. I'm switching often between defence and attack and an oversized blade feels restrictive to me. But otherwise I do like the characteristics of defensive blades. I just have to cut them down a bit.

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