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Darker Speed 90 Hinoki (9mm) Ch.Pen

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Number of Layers : 1
Blade Type : OFF+
thickness (mm) : 9
Single-ply Hinoki 9 mm blade with Chinese penhold grip. Exclusively made in Japan. 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. Resin is one of the characteristics of HINOKI wood. It may come out over time. It does not affect the function of the blade.

Customer Reviews

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

08/05/2022 Among the best performance/price Review by CSP
I switched from Nittaku Miyabi and found Darker Speed 900 Ch. Pen is far more superior in control and speed: good weight balance, large sweet spot, good feel for the soft game, and yet great spin. It takes time to get used to its power. But one can get easily addicted to its wonderful all-around performance. The thickness of 9mm however means more sanding down required, especially for those with small hands. RPB is also fine if one can create a good grip on the blade. There is no indication that it will break easily.
18/04/2021 Wood is soft light, but it hits the ball with high velocity. Review by Vintage CPEN
Wood is soft light, but it hits the ball with high velocity. Good for looping and hitting when mated with a soft rubber (like Tenergy FX). Ball feel is not as good as vintage (1970) wood Double Happiness Ch. Pen. Need to sand the handle to form a stable Ch. Pen grip.
05/09/2019 The paddle is too thick Review by JJ
Maybe I was expecting a lot more from a $200 blade. However, the single ply hinoki wood is not as good as I thought in terms of feel. In addition, 9mm is simply too thick for my penhold grip. It is a good blade with great construction but it is not for me.
29/04/2019 Good Blade. Review by Carlos Espinoza
Good blade. It's very soft material.
Darker Speed 90 Hinoki (9mm) Ch.Pen