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Darker Speed 90 9mm one ply Kiso Hinoki (made in Japan)


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Darker Speed 90 single-ply Kiso Hinoki Blade


  • Single ply of premium Kiso Hinoki Wood
  • Weight approx 82g ~ 95g
  • Dimensions: ~ 158 x 150mm
  • Thickness: 9mm
  • Suitable for strong offensive topspin attack
  • Speed: Extreme
  • Control: Medium High

Staff Note: This blade is highly dynamic, offering great touch and slow speed at low impact, and huge power with high spin at high impact. The optimised thickness and shape provides a highly stable blade with a large sweet-spot and low vibrations, unique to this a single ply Kiso Hinoki blade.

NOTE: This blade was discontinued by Darker in 2014, due to the severe shortage of premium quality Kiso Hinoki, and therefore the very high cost the materials. As one of the few Darker distributors worldwide, OOAK Shop managed to secure a shipment of this blade.

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 craftmanship 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 a fully authorised Darker distributor for Australia.


Josh b.
5 of 5 Stars
I ordered this blade a week or so ago and it finally arrived yesterday, loaded with Tenergy 05 2.1 on both sides. I was amazed by how easy the blade handled the ball. Short drop shot returns, slow spin, fast spin, control when I needed this. I thought that the ball would fly off the bat but I was in complete control. I played in the league yesterday with this new bat and had no problems with my opponent, I did not drop a single game, It was a most enjoyable experience. I must admit that when I was much younger I player the Jonyer H 1 - 9 blade so I had an idea of what the blade was capable of. A few years ago I ordered a H 1 - 9 one ply hinoki wood blade from Ireland but the blade I just purchased is by far superior. If you can afford the extra money and lets not forget a blade is for life then it is well worth purchasing it. I will probably purchase a reserve blade shortly.
5 of 5 Stars
I have finally found the Holy Grail of all table tennis blades. From now on I will not be using anything else other than this. It is now my ONLY weapon of choice. This will also be my last purchase for as long as I have it. After buying and selling a whole gamut of Butterfly blades (ZJK ALC & SZLC, GARAYDIA ZLC & Vizcaria), Andro Treiber Z, Nittaku Septear & Noveliar, I have now arrived at the final frontier. Kiso Hinoki is legendary which is why you may notice that all of the blades I've used in the past have some sort of this wood being used in their construction. When I found out that this blade was discontinued by Darker in 2014, due to the severe shortage of premium quality Kiso Hinoki, I immediately purchased three (3x) from the OOAK Shop as they managed to secure one final shipment. Everything that's been said about this blade is 100% TRUE. No amount of R&D that Butterfly will ever spend on the latest greatest cutting edge carbon can ever replace the FEELING that
Charbel Abou-Jawde
4 of 5 Stars
i have to try..I am looking for the fastest blade in this game..


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