Darker 5P-2A Table Tennis Blade
- 5 plies (3 x Kiso Hinoki, 2 Japanese linden)
- Weight approx 79 ~ 85g
- Dimensions: 157 x 148mm
- Thickness: 6.5mm
- Ideal weapon of close to mid-distance
- Speed: Fast
- Control: High
Darker and Kiso Hinoki Wood
Darker is a Japanese table tennis blade
manufacturer that was established in 1955 by Mr. Shutarou Okada. They
specialises in premium quality Kiso Hinoki blades. The kraftmanship of their
blades is second to none, and they are well known to use only the highest
quality of Kiso Hinoki for their blades.
Kiso hinoki gives a soft feel to a blade, and
gives you the feeling that the ball hangs on the blade while while to doing your
stroke, gives you a lot of feel and control of the ball. The higher dwell time
also allows you to add a lot more spin to the ball with less effort. The wood is
also very dynamic, feeling slow on soft touch shots, and fast and powerful and
fast strokes, which is an almost ideal quality for modern offensive players.
The Kiso Hinoki trees that are suitable for
making blades, are often 100 to many hundreds of years old. The distinct lines
on the blades face represent a years, due the different growth rates between
summer and winter. Because these trees are unique to the Kiso region in Japan,
and the trees take so long to grow, and only some parts of the tree are suitable
for making blades, the material is expensive and only used in the highest
quality range of blades. There are other types of Hinoki, but these do not offer
the same unique feeling and performance. Darker is well known and highly
regarded for having the highest quality of Kiso Hinoki wood, which is why their
blades are so special.
Note: OOAK is the authorised distributor for Australia only.