Characteristics of a good blade

To select the right quality of wood, which type of veneer and to know the exact thickness of the different veneers is half of the secret behind the blade quality. To have knowledge about the gluing process, (the different kind of glues available, their properties, the amount of pressure required, not to mention temperature and timing), the drying process and finishing work is the other half.

Producing a good blade requires an experienced staff

In the Yasaka factory in Tranås, Sweden, we have that depth of knowledge and experience needed to bring all these factors together to produce an outstanding result.

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What determines the characteristics of a table tennis blade?

The International Table Tennis Federations regulations for blades say that the blade must contain at least 85% wood, and up to 15% can be other  fibres (for example carbon fibres, glass fibres, special papers etc.).

Incorporating carbon fibres in the plywood improves the torsional strength and the blade can be faster without increasing the weight too much. A harder outer veneer gives a faster blade, with lower arc, but a softer outer veneer improves the control characteristics (feeling).  In some of the Yasaka blades, balsa wood, a very light wood is used. The “balsa blades” have special characteristics, much appreciated by certain players. (feeling).


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