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 Post subject: Review: Sanwei V9 blade
PostPosted: 09 May 2010, 23:05 
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This is a new blade from Sanwei. Sanwei have been around for many years, but recently seem to have become a bit more serious about rubbers and blades. Fellow member and friend Pimple Lover, who runs a shop and Thai website (http://www.pimplelover.pantown.com) kindly let me try this blade as he felt is was quite unique, so that I could review them here.

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Plies: 9-ply
Thickness: 7.7mm
Weight: 97g
Speed: OFF++

The blade came shrinkwrapped, which I think is always a good idea to protect it from moisture. The finish on the blade is excellent, very smooth and among the best I've seen, especially from Chinese manufacturers.

The blade has a very solid feel, partially due to the weigh and thickness I think. Pictures are shown below. The only confusing bit was the speed marking... not sure if I get their system, but it's not really important.

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The blade feels quite fast, around the lower end of OFF+. It feels quite stiff, perhaps a little flex at high impact, but it does not feel hard. I'd rate the hardness as medium, and it does not have any sort of ping that you get from carbon blades.

I've had a few hits with it, and it's got quite a nice feel. It seems to work better with firmer sponges rubbers, where it's a good power looping bat. It reminds me a little of the Avalox P700, which also has this solid feel, although the P700 has a softer feel.

With the right rubber, it would suit a power looper, but also those that like to hit the ball, as it hits beautifully.

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Thank you!
Do you know the blade's ply composition?


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9-ply and 97gr!!!
I would love to play with it and compare with the Sanwei HC-1. HC-1 is also very hard and has no metal feel even though it's an Arylate Carbon blade. I love that blade with hard sponged Chinese rubbers too, and it's only 85gr, not 97gr, but a heavy blade would be so powerful.

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Nice review haggisv.

Actually , this blade is one of the Sanwei blade that I feel impress consider characteristic , quality of work and pricing. Several players give me the input that this blade feel like BTY SADIUS even no carbon inside. It's one of the best selling in my shop recently.

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Pimple Lover, have you tried the HC-1 and can you compare the V9 with the HC-1? Which one is faster and by how much? Which one feel more solid (but not hard) and goes better with hard sponge rubbers? TIA

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tt2u wrote:
Pimple Lover, have you tried the HC-1 and can you compare the V9 with the HC-1? Which one is faster and by how much? Which one feel more solid (but not hard) and goes better with hard sponge rubbers? TIA


I had tried HC-1 in several month back but I can't remember how it feel.

For the speed , I think V-9 some how is faster because I had compare several sample blade that I got in first lot and realize that V-9 is the fastest. Unfortunately , I could not recall in % faster.

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speedplay wrote:
I just had a look at their ratings and it does look a bit weird that Off++ comes before Off and Off+. One would suspect that the Off++ should really be a Off-, but you seem to think it is faster then that? Confusing to say the least, but as you say, it really doesn't matter that much.

Exactly right ;)

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