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Darker J-Speed 90 (8.5mm) Kaku Jp.Pen

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Number of Layers : 1
Blade Type : OFF+
thickness (mm) : 8.5
Single-ply Hinoki 8.5 mm square blade. Exclusively made in Japan. (Kaku = square) Any lines on the blade are characteristic of Hinoki wood. They are neither cracks nor signs of glueing/bonding. These are single-ply blades, made of pure HINOKI and each surface is very unique. Darker never glues pieces of Hinoki together but uses glue only to attach the grip pieces to the blade. Hinoki is a very fragile material. Very weak under the strong impact. Even with the rubbers, if you place the blade too roughly on the table it could possibly crack. That is why many Japanese users always carry spare blades, just in case. Handle with care.

Customer Reviews

All reviews listed are from verified customers who have purchased this product.

28/01/2022 Great bat Review by Russell Johnson
After using it now for 2 months the Darker was definitely worth the extra cost compared to my old Yinhe 988 Carbon. It provides far better touch and feel on spinny service returns and short delicate shots, but plenty of speed when required with drives and blocks. It is also an object of beautiful Japanese craftsmanship. Tabletennis11 delivered right on time and was easy to deal with. I will use them again assuming Brexit (not supported in Scotland) permits them to continue providing great service to those of us unlucky enough to reside in BoJo's Britain.
07/10/2019 What a lovely piece of wood Review by Al
This is my first time playing with Hinoki, and it's everything I hoped it would be. Amazingly controlled in the short game with a ton of speed when you really hit with it. I don't twiddle with it, but I do use a backhand rubber for RPB and the handle shape is great for that stroke. Flicks over the table were easy after a brief adjustment and that was my greatest worry coming from CPEN.

The Blade (once sanded to fit) is incredibly comfortable to hold and the overall finish gives you the feeling of quality. I can't see myself using anything else in the near future.
Darker J-Speed 90 (8.5mm) Kaku Jp.Pen