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Butterfly Photino

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The Photino is a blade designed for the highest standards of play.

It has been extensively tested by many of our contract professionals and features Butterfly’s newest technical innovation, the use of ZL Fiber. ZL Fiber is lighter in weight and harder than even Carbon.

At the same time ZL Fiber is more flexible than Carbon and holds the ball a little longer, allowing for maximum spin to be created. The ITTF has banded all glues with VOC’s as of September 1, 2008. Butterfly has created the Photino for the modern topspin player looking for more power in a future without fresh gluing.

Speed: 94
Control: 80
Weight: 88g
Feel: Medium


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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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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on January 2, 2017
The most distinctive feature of the Photino is the thick hinoki top ply (~1.4mm). This allows the blade to have a soft touch, even with the addition of composite material. This causes the Photino to have slow, medium-slow, medium, and fast gears.
Hinoki is reowned as an excellent soft wood for looping, and the Photino does not disappoint. With an appropriate rubber to match the gears on the Photino, usually Japanese or European for springyness, it allows for excellent looping feel, much like playing with an all-wood blade. Albeit with very muted vibrations because of the Zylon layer.
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on May 5, 2016
I have been playing Photino for 6-7 year and it is my favourite blade ever.
With Joola Maxxx 400 rubbers on both sides it is perfection.
Amazing blade :) Hinoki, Kiri and Zylon it,s ultimate combo for me.
I will never play another blade without Hinoki. Great control and fantastic topspin rallies.
I have tested few other new blade like Nittaku Barwell Fleet and not even close feeling to mine blade :)
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on February 4, 2016
I really enjoy fast rallies with this blade. Every power exchange feels like you are catching the ball in a mitt and then you're tossing it out with your hand like a major league pitcher. The extra dwell and softness gives more feel than any blade I've tried so far but it also feels slower for an off+ blade. I say feels slower but I know this is not a slow blade. The blade gives a nice medium high arc trajectory during looping and touch play is very easy. Very fun blade to play with. I play CP with this shakehand blade but it plays just fine close to the table doing full swings like for loop drives. Hitting RPB at mid distance really stands out. Expecially with MX-S on the bh.
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on March 5, 2013
First just let me say I'm not much of an EJ. After over a year of playing with the ALC I switched to this blade because I wanted more speed/power. I've used this blade for over a year now, and I'm switching. Here's why:

The Photino is thick. So thick that every hit feels reinforced, and unless you're 6-10 back, it's hard to use full strokes. I tried various rubbers on the blade, and didn't find it particularly suited to any: all of them work well for looping mid-distance, and blocking when they're on the Photino.

The problem I have with this blade is that it sucks close to the table unless you block or use really short strokes. It's not really an aggressive blade. The short game is okay with most rubbers, so I won't complain, but this blade takes away most of your power away close to and over the table.

In sum: If you're an older player looking for control, you'll like this blade. If you're someone who only likes mid-distance play, you'll like this blade. If you want power and control at the table... you probably won't like it that much unless you use slower rubbers.
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on April 19, 2012
Love it!!! Ultimate Speed, High throw, highest catapult effect of all blades I think, Not To Hard-> nice Feeling and aGood Touch because of vibrations. Suitable for a fast and spinny Game in all Distances with the best Balance in catapult, Ball Feeling and Control.
-> Ultimate Blade
Its Not Suitable for Players who want a Hard and Stiff blades and Powershots near the table because its just Medium Hard.
But for the Allround Off+ attacking style its One of the best blades ever...(Of Course the best ZLF
Blade available and much better than a Boll ZLF!)
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Review by rezidew (Verified Customer) for Butterfly Photino on March 13, 2012
This is my first real paddle. I got it with Catapult 2.1 on FH and Flextra 1.9 on BH. The BH is perfect and I can place my shots very well and with a lot of power. The FH is taking me a lot more time to learn. I'm not sure I made the right choice for FH rubber given my skill level. FH has a lot of speed and spin, but there's a big difference in how the ball travels with slam vs finesse shots. That being said, when I hit the ball the way it's supposed to be hit, it's a thing of beauty. The sound is really distinct as well when you hit the ball off the paddle's sweet spot. With my limited experience, I'd say this paddle is oriented towards players that like to smash the ball but still have lots of spin & control.
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on August 14, 2011
I just played a photino and i was surprised with the consistency on blocks and drives. At first, i thought i'll have a hard time looping, but i was able to adjust in just a couple of hours! I'm playing with xiom vega pro on FH and Tenergy 64 on BH. I'm very pleased with this setup!
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Review by marcus9966 for Butterfly Photino on June 16, 2011
I have used numerous blades for the past 13 years. More than 10 from the likes of Stiga, Joola and Butterfly. My worst experience was Michael Maze with arylate carbon. It was totally uncontrollable. I have used the Photino for 2 years now and it remains the best of all blades I used thus far. It has tremendously good wood feel with no vibrations whatsover. It is shod with Tenergy 64 on the forehand and Bryce on the backhand.

It is great in all aspects of play from pushes to topspins. Very powerful from mid-table for topspins and consistently hits its mark. I have tried the Innerforce but found that it has vibrations which I do not like. So far, this is the perfect blade and there is no need for me to look for another!
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on May 28, 2011
This blade is AWESOME!! Looping is easy. I am using Butterfly Photino with Hurricane 3 Neo both side and it's really good. Control, loop, counter loop, Push, and Chop are very stable and controlable. Very high recomemended. Try using Tenergy 25 fx i think it would go great with this blade
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 External Review for Butterfly Photino on April 28, 2011
a fast blade from butterfly using with ZL fiber layers which makes the blade very flexible. it makes your shots fast and spinny at the same time. goes well with a variety of rubbers. very comfortable ST or FL handle. a bit on the expensive but its very well made. highly recommended
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