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Uniting Opposites

• The Balsa core offers light weight & great touch while the Carbon layers ensure there's enough power.
• The soft feel makes over the table play, especially blocking, effortless & effective.
• Designed for close to the table attacks, but enough power to execute from mid-distance as well.

Class: OFF
Style: Attack
Plies: 3W+2C
Thickness: 6.7mm
Made in: Germany

Head Size: 159x150mm
Anatomic Handle Size:100x25mm
Flared Handle Size: 100x25mm
Straight Handle Size: 100x25mm

Weight: 80g
Reaction: 87
Vibration: 90

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FAQ: Does Megaspin sell Japan-made Butterfly blades?

Some Butterfly blades like Korbel and Grubba are produced in factories both in Europe and in Japan, so they exist in 2 variants. When a Japanese blade has a Europe-made version, we always carry the Japanese variant. Other blades like Butterfly Timo Boll Offensive are only made in China so we cannot carry a Japanese variant of these blades.

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Reviews of Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 (42)

9.6/10 for OFF style. FH: Yasaka Rising Dragon, 2.2mm, 53g (0.26g/cm^2), 52 degrees (ESN), 39.5 degrees (Shore A). BH: Donic Coppa X1 Turbo Platin, 2mm, 43g (0.208g/cm^2), 47.5 degrees (ESN), 37.5 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5, 80g, 158mm x 150mm x 6.8mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite): Basswood - Carbon - Balsa - Carbon - Basswood.
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Pretty good and really bad at the same time.
Feedback is horrible, like non-excistent. Also found it to light. Tried it with softer rubbers like Bryce FX... never again. Tried it with pips, not so great. Tried with harder rubbers.., finally got it to work. The rest of the review will be based on harder rubbers to keep things fair. The problem with this blade is that it feels inconsistent. It reacts differently to different types of speed. When you hit hard it acts fast, but when you hit it softly it feels slow. So far great... in theory. But then your opponent gives you a fast ball and you want to return with something soft. Suddenly it's weird because you're used to a slower feeling on those shots but the fast ball makes the blade feel fasters. Or vice versa you push a slow ball to the end of the table and notice it's damn hard to calculate how much power you need to put into the ball because it reacts so differently on every pace. Getting used to this is a nightmare that won't end. In general: Close to table it's hard to keep a tight play when either you or the opponent really loves to switch up the tempo. Away from the table I find it hard to chop but easy to attack with. It really gives an extra kick when you hit hard. Feels lacking when spinning and the sweetspot is small. Blocking can be done passively. Drives and spin can also be somewhat deceptively with this blade. When you play a diagonal shot but don't do through the complete motion it goes straight ahead.
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Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite)
- 2 * Basswood 1.3mm
- 2 * Carbon 0.1mm
- Balsa 4mm
Width: 158mm
Height: 150mm
Thickness: 6.8mm
Weight: 80g
Speed: 8.4
Dwell/Spin: 8.7
Control: 8.9
Stiffness: 5.9
Hardness: 3.6
Value: 7.1
Overall: 8.5
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I used it blade or 4 month. But very. Soft and not satisfy for this blade.
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I am not a pro, playing just for fun and i've read a lot of comments stating *don't buy fast blade/rubber unless you are a pro*.
That's why i decided "ok, let's buy a slow blade and rubber".
The only thing i'd like to suggest now - do not listen to all this kind of suggestions.
So my review is for someone who is not a pro and who(for some reason) thinking about this blade with some defensive rubbers.

I'v started from using this blade with roundell 1.9 hard on fh and medium on bh.
It was literally useless.
With the setup mentioned above - i must do insane efforts to do a just a top spin. Trying to play effortless - and get ball in the net all the time, thin rubber simply couldn't catch the ball on this blade. The only way to let thin or tough rubber works on this blade is catch incoming spin, and it is very, very sensitive to incoming spin. So you have to play around your opponent.
If he play fast and spinny - you HAVE TO catch his spin and you CAN(if you have enough skill) return this spin to him making his life harder.
If he play defense/blocking - you will HAVE TO play blocking/chopping and just throw the ball on that side. Slooooow, booooring.
But the main point is that you HAVE TO play the way your opponent dictate, so i highly recommend not to build such setup unless you are freaking pro and you know what and why you are doing.

Accidentally, when i put tenergy 64 fx 2.1mm on fh everything became amazingly different.
Now i do have a possibility to put some pressure on my opponent with the speed of tenergy, and this rubber(afaik - the fastest from tenergy) actually gives me a possibility to catch the ball on rocket and keep it on the surface giving some spin and speed. I could speed up the game so once the game is fast enough i even can use my bh with roundell 1.9 to occasionally do a short strike annoying opponent.
I can change the vector of the game with tenergy and i still can chop to any place on the table and i have a very good control with it. Once again, once the game become fast enough - i receive not bad control even on bh with roundell 1.9 and still could block pretty easy with it.

Overall, i would put tenergy on bh as well if you asked but i have not enough time to actually buy/place it and not enough courage to spend another 80$ for it(amateur play, after all).
Just keep in mind - this blade is very slow, not even OFF-/ALL+, rather ALL, ALL-.
From the terms of durability - two weeks, so far it's alive.

Don't repeat my mistakes - don't use it with the slow/taugh/thin rubbers unless you really know what to do(but i think if you are - you don't read this review:)).
If you build it with fast/think/soft rubbers - it might be interested and pretty unusual combo - either for you and your opponents, so i'd suggest it for one who love experiments.

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This is good blade, but i don't have much of experience - will have to try different.
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I have bought this blade hoping for a light looping blade with control. And i got that at 68 grams. It has very good dwell which helps you a lot on loops. The facts that is flexy helps too. Blocks are good, but you have to do active blocks to get them unconfortable for the oponent.
It has several speeds and pushing is nice and stays low. Little vibration, but decent feedback.

Unfortunatelly the consistency is crap when pushing, blocking, flipping. Sometimes i get a weird vibration and the ball simply dies on the paddle. This usually happens when you make contact closer to the tip, which is a big minus on flips and pushes. I'm still using the blade only because i haven't found any better. Because of poor consistency i recomend trying other products from butterfly, maybe those are better built.
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Good blade. I would recommend this blade for a pips out blocker who has a good loop.
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Very thick (7mm), stiff and soft blade. For a such thick and stiff blade it has good dwell. It's a light blade (mine is 80g). The structure of plies is basswood-carbon-balsa-carbon-basswood. It's faster than Friendship/729 V-6 with less control and less dwell. I have played 2 seasons of SOKAZ league with it, but then I found that there is better blades for loopers with more dwell time (e.g. Friendship/729 V-6). I think it's better for pips-out (short pips) attackers on BH side than for 2 side loopers.
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disappointment for me
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This blade has to be the Holy Grail for pips players! I put a sheet of Tenergy 80 1.7mm on the FH and Dr Neubaur Allround Premium pips with 0.5mm sponge on the BH. Both were just spare rubbers I had lying around. What a combination! How is it that this OFF blade can be so fast on the FH but deader than my Stiga Tube Def blade on the BH? Perfect! Just what I was looking for. And because it's a reasonably fast blade the effect off the pips is great! You can defend or attack with them. And a lovely low price for a Butterfly blade as well! About the same price as a sheet of Tenergy! Give it a go pips players you won't be disappointed!
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Very nice blade if you still looking for your faveroite blade its worth to give it a try. I would recomend it to players with fast hand wrist action as with its light weight it should add even more spin to your game. I had it with Bryce speed 2.1 on both sides ( don't know how that happened ) it was great for block even a blind man or a child could block the heaviest top spin and the bat was never ''cathing'' incoming spin. If someone chop to long to my backhand every topspin BH was a killer fast, low over the net and if anything came back I was ussualy there with my smash forehand to finish the job. however with this combination of rubbers I found dificult to apply good spin on my serve also short serve was a matter of practice. Forehand was very flat good for smashes but this combination had very low throw angle hence margin for!
error was next to nothing on topspin to topspin play. Moving on with my rubbers I could not match this blade with any tenergy ( the only one that was looking promising was T80 1.9 ) It could be due to playing with Bryce for so long and adapting to this rubbers on Balsa. I have move on since than to Innerforce ALC but still got this blade as it never really disapointed me and got my game better at the time I was using it. But it just a step on the leader rather than final destination.
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The design of the handle is ugly and the surface of the racket gets easily damaged.

Whenever you change rubbers, you will peel off some wood.

I even had to reglue the surface layer, because it was loose.

Dont know what is wrong with butterfly these days, but the quality of this blade was really bad!
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Reviewed with Friendship Cream Transcend 2.0 rubbers.
At first you can find this blade a bit strange because of dull fell and a bit smaller sweet spot than expected.
You'll need a couple of weeks to adjust and then it gets really good.
- pretty high throw angle
- soft feel with enough speed
- nice for looping, even better for flat hitting and smash
- enough power for mid distance play and even a bit further from the table
- good for push and underspin
- block is not so great, no room for error
- handle a bit thick and not so comfortable
Nice off- blade for versatile play. Not worth 80 $ - not even close :-)
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. I have played with this since it is on the market. Great vibration, but after 2 years effective playing this effect not so effective. I have played with fast and medium soft rubbers on it. For forehand i use a fast rubber, for back hand i use a very soft rubber. Close to the table soft rubber more than advantage on this need 10-20 hours practice with this blade for the best performance. (vibration, balance, speed). This blade very sensitive, so try with medium - soft rubbers first. You are able to put on hard and fast rubbers later on. Nowadays this is my secondary blade, and i will use it forever.
touch play game - excellent
Spin game - medium
Close to the table- excellent
Smashes -excellent
Pushes - excellent
Looping game - medium
Far from the table- medium
control - 7/10
overall:8,6/10 because it is a very light and sensitive blade.

Works with soft butterfly rubbers very well, can be a weapon, but carefully with hard and fast rubbers on it because Hard to find the balance and you will hit the net or out of the table.
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I am more of a close to the table/blocker/hitter. I can generate a good opening loop with my BCX5 but after that I am usually hitting, blocking and pushing. For my style of play it is perfect.

I have better looping paddles. I wouldn't buy this paddle if you only loop or loop a lot back from the table. It works but there are better blades out there for this kind of play.

My BCX5 is as light as advertised. I can get away with putting heavy cheap Chinese rubbers on the FH and BH and still have a paddle that weighs less than 180 gm because the blade is light. My BCX5 has held up well over 3 years with only a few edge nicks. I have replaced the rubber many times but the blade surface has held up well due to a light sealing.

Another thing I like is that the blade side is about the same as my TBS so I can swap rubbers between the blades and they fit well.
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Excellent versatile blade!
Outstanding drive and control!
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Simply try it and you will love it forever.Balsa core with two layers of carbon gives you full security in all variations of play in the range of passive to active/aggresive strokes.Try it with Xiom Sigma Euro on FH and Friendship 563-1 (2,0 mm) on BH.The blade with those rubbers weights ideal 170 g for controlled game. This combination is ideal for allrounder as well for attacker.
The blade is perfectly manufactured, suggest anatomic handle.
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After reading all the positive reviews about this blade, i gave it a try. At first, i like it because it meets all my expectation: light, comfortable, good controlling.
However, after 2 weeks using it, i can say that it's a very fragile blade. I hit it once on the table and its edge got chipped/teared.
I think the light weight of it doesn't make this blade a high quality last long equipment.
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