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Darker Carbon 'Speed Grip' ESTEEM (made in Japan)


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Darker Carbon Speed Grip Esteem Blade


  • 5 ply + 2 carbon (Kiso Hinoki (outer), Kiri, Yanagi)
  • Weight approx 75g~80g
  • Dimensions: 156mm (H) x 150mm (W)
  • Thickness: 6.5mm
  • Suitable for an attacking game with sharp drive
  • Speed: Extreme
  • Control: High
  • Made in Japan

"Offensive blade & SPEED GRIP. This blade is well balanced and most suitable for attacking with sharp drive. Carbon blade suitable for players who are looking for a good relation of speed, spin, control and weight – everything you need, the ESTEEM has it!!! Lighter wood has been used in the combination with the Carbon and the result is an offensive blade with the weight of approximately 80g. Made in Japan."

Staff comment:
Esteem is a high quality blade, with outer Kiso Hinoki layers, and 2 layers or carbon weave. Because the carbon layers are not that close to the surface, the blade maintains a fairly soft feel like that of Hinoki. The blade is fairly fast, probably near the high end of OFF or the bottom end of OFF+, and has even more power near the top-end. Large Sweetspot. Vibration is not high, but good ball feedback. Blade feels a fairly stiff, with some powerful flex at the top-end.

About Darker

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 and other woods 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.

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