Common Woods Used
There are several different species of cypress and they’re all usable for making blades. The Chamaecyparis obtusa, or Hinoki wood (as it is often called) is perhaps the most sought after wood for blades.
Tends to work best with woods similar to itself in playing quality such as Ayous, Ash and varieties of pine.The classic Asian attacking wood, it is favoured by attackers for several decades because of its unique combination of speed and softness.
Also known as Port Orford Cedar, Oregon, Oregon Cedar, Lawson Cypress.
A prized Japanese wood that is soft and bouncy; ‘Kiso’ denotes the top Hinoki woods, available only from a single location in Japan; considered the ‘golden’ wood of blades, Hinoki is a form of Cypress, and much of the Hinoki used just as outer plies is really Cypress.Hinoki has the property of being very soft with a nice soft touch in the short game, but very fast when hitting; the biggest drawbacks are probably weight and cost.It can be found in all types of veneers in table tennis blades.
Soft topspin wood, typically used in extremely thin outer plies to produce a faster and stiffer blade.
Great wood for players who rely on both looping and countering techniques.
Koto wood surface plies encourage crisp, fast blocks and hard hitting for sharper ball contact and faster rebound.
A West African wood, Limba is the classic European topspin wood (as compared to Hinoki, which is the classic Asian topspin wood); heavy and fast, but not springy.
Limba wood adds the soft feel and great control needed by today’s modern topspin players; it is lighter and softer than Hinoki or Koto;
Although Limba wood is soft, it can’t give a soft feeling to the blade by itself, and when used with other veneers, a Limba blade can give a hard feeling; Its vibrations or flex is liked by topspin players.The higher the thickness of the Limba ply, the greater the blade’s hitting ability.
Composite Materials Used
A layer of Carbon is often used in blades in order to increase the speed and the ‘sweet’ spot, i.e., to make more of the blade surface ideal for ball contact; Carbon also tends to stiffen the blade. While fast, the bigger sweet spot provides for a good level of control.
As used in the Yinhe T Series blades.
As used in the Yinhe V14 blade
A spun resin-based liquid crystal polymer used in high strength applications, such as body armour.
Typically harder and stiffer than Aramid and Kevlar. It is a reinforcing fibre used to expand the sweet spot of the blade and also to provide unsurpassed vibration control.
Fibres are usually blue or pale yellow.
- Arylate Carbon (ALC)
A woven combination of Arylate and Carbon (ALC). The speed and large sweet spot of Carbon combined with the great vibration control and soft feel of Arylate.
As used in the Yinhe Pro-feeling blade
- High Polyethelene (PLC)As used in the Yinhe M202 blade