Butterfly Petr Korbel
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Synonym for All-Wood 5-Ply Blade
If you want to develop a consistent offensive game, but are unsure which blade to use, you can't go wrong with the Limba outer plied Petr Korbel blade that can do it all.
Head Size: 158x152mm
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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 Petr Korbel (55)
9.2/10 for OFF style. FH/BH: Donic Coppa X1 Turbo Platin, 2.2mm, 44g (0.212g/cm^2), 47.5 degrees (ESN), 37.5 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Butterfly Petr Korbel, 88g, 158mm x 152mm x 5.9mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (Wood): Limba - Limba - Ayous - Limba - Limba.
Guys, this blade (made in Japan version) is pure magic. I'm a low intermediate, both wings looper (fh and bh). I have been using Viscaria for 2 years with a lot of satisfaction. Viscaria is also an exceptional blade, fast with great feeling and control. After an injury, my legs are slower and if you're out of position Viscaria doesn't forgive that much. Thus, I was looking for something more forgiving. I've always been told about the magical of this blade, speed with great control and feeling: recently a good tt coach suggested me to try it, and given the injury, finally I went for it. I was looking for something only a tad slower than Viscaria but with more control and feeling: Korbel delivers!!!
Looping is a pure joy, I feel very solid and safe, but still I can make very powerful shot; yes it's slightly slower than Viscaria but you have enough power to finish the point. Both fh and bh loops are great but Viscaria has an edge about fast bh plain shots (slightly faster) and bh opens against backspin (slightly more powerful and precise). Nevertheless, you exchange the great precision and power of Viscaria with something only slightly less precise and powerful but with a bigger amount of control, feeling and consistency. The spin is on par with Viscaria. On serves, you have great control, still a lot of spin: I always struggled to make fast serves down the line with Viscaria, but now I feel it's very easy and effective to do.
I use Andro Hexer Powergrip SFX on fh and Hexer Grip on bh (yes I prefer slower rubber on fh), same as I used on Viscaria. Great rubbers and great combination with Korbel.
The euro version is nothing like the japan version, please stay way from it.
I think the average ratings on revspin don't give justice to this exceptional blade. I would rate it as 8.8 for speed and 9.1 for control.
Only playing 6 months but attempting reasonable technique.tried very fast blades which are great away from table but i felt difficult short.tried slower blades,good short but weak away.the korbel is nice middle ground,power and touch.felt good staight away.use tynergy 05 and best set up so far.
Ordered several new and different type/brands of blades for family to try. We are a household of up to intermediate players. Everyone wants to use the Korbel, and I never get to play with it. So I ordered a 2nd one and use it a bunch. There's a reason the Korbel is a classic.
I would rate this wood as off-, I used it in jttaa 88gm FL version, very nice, a lot of control, but the quality is the same in other brands thibar, yasaka, nittaku for lower price, if you need a 5 layer wood fast, good feeling You can see YEO and the stiga infinity vps, they are faster, the handle is more comfortable than the small korbel, the speed of this wood felt very similar to yasaka sweden extra all + but more rigid and less sensation, it is only my personal opinion , the korbel has a low angle, it would work well with high angle rubbers like T05 or nittaku G1.
My blade is marked "made in Japan" and is 5.9 mm thick. It is paired with Xiom Omega lV Pro 2 mm both sides. I am a 2 wing all round controlled attacker. The bat sits comfortably in my hand from the moment I handled it. I can feel the position of ball contact during play. This feedback helps me to do any necessary correction. The Limba outer ply gives a certain feeling and dwell time which aids spin production. Shots are accurate in strength, length and placement. I get what I put in; no sudden, weird power surge. With consistency comes confidence!
The "throw angle" suits my game and fewer shots are dumped into the net, even on flat hits.
It is good on pushes, stable on blocks , good at flicks, excellent for loops, drives and smashes. At my amateur club level, the power is more than sufficient, even away from the table.
I am pleased with the blade performance and my skills have improved!
I love this blade, first i tried cheaper blade from andro,yasaka etc... But i tried this blade from my friend and he is using korbel blade, i fall in love to this.So i bought it. Its very controlable, actually realy fast, consistency is awesome. Im using with rasanter r37 and r42(2mm. both). My blade weight is 83gr, so dont realy heavy. My combo is 173gr. I prefer control against speed, i can made speed with my hand.
I 1st used this blade when it came out in 1996, amazing blade! I stopped using after the plastic ball came out, and have been looking for a good replacement carbon blade for over 10 years, timo boll alc, innerforce layer alc, viscaria, Jang jike zlc, tiago apolonia zlc, and a few more, after more than 10 years of testing carbon blades, I have came back to this blade, all it needed was harder faster rubbers, amazing, I have a 2000 rating, if only I had stuck with this blade my level would have increased way higher and faster, I noticed complaints about it's "small handle" which is amusing because that's a style characteristic! I'm 6' tall and wear large gloves, I love this handle because it allows a loose grip, a loose grip which is essential for that relaxed moment before you tighten the grip and explode through the ball, it allows that "whip affect" as apposed to a snug grip that doesnt allow that looser grip, snug puts more stress on the wrist!!! You can not go wrong with this blade if you like looping and good placement, it was used by the man who made the chiquita popular, the "chiquita", it is used by all the top players today!!
I have a viscaria with T05/T64 and I got this blade with the same setup because I wanted more control and to see the difference again in feeling. After playing for 3 hours on this setup, here are a few big features I could see. The blade is slower and has more dwell as expected, but I did not have to make much adjustment on my racket angle for loops. Since it's wood, it's a lot easier to get more spin on loops, and it's MUCH more forgiving on close range loops and flips, which I really enjoyed since I tend to player closer to the table. The improvement in control for any stroke was very apparent even during warm up. What I wasn't expecting was the difference in serve - the ball does not bounce as much from the blade, so at first all of my short serves were landing in the net and long serves were landing mid distance. That being said, I could put more energy into my serves and I was generating a lot more spin while still keeping the ball short. Pushes were also easy to keep short. Clocking in at 193g, this setup was 10g heavier than my viscaria. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, the handle is a bit thinner, but some grip tape did compensate for that nicely. I am hoping to build more confidence and consistency in my attack since I can play looser and put more energy into the ball without fear of it flying out. Overall, I like this setup and would recommend it for any offensive player looking to get more control and quality on their shots.
Plies: 5 (Wood)
- 2 * Limba 0.75mm
- 2 * Limba 0.75mm
- Ayous 2.9mm
Great blade classic blade. Excels on topspins and looping. Sweetspot is not huge but still good. The speed is good my one is 92g good quality product for the money.
Great blade for beginner - intermediate players. Started using it when I picked up table tennis after 10 years. Paired it with H8 and Tin arc 5. Good all round, nothing stands out. I do find the handle being too small, maybe because it's the euro version.
very balanced chassis, great for both the attack and for the block, classic features, good elasticity and good speed, not to mention control. I am using it with a XIOM Omega asia V max forehand and a backhand Donic Acuda p2 max and I think I trovatoun excellent balance. In total racket that manages to be complete without shadows.
This is a soft and nice feel blade.
Ive used Bty Viscaria, Stiga clipper wood, Avalox BT777, all fast blade.
Eventually wanted to try a softer and better control blade. Then decided to go for Petr korbel. At fist point holding the blade, the handle kinda feel differrent from Viscaria/ Clipper wood which is more full. Korbel handle feel more like avalox BT777 or even P700 feel. Thinner and i like it better. (im using Flared handle). The first glance on the blade, what i could say is the classic. 5 ply consist of Limba-Limba-Ayous-Limba-Limba. Initial thought of this blade is its soft, comfortable with feeling the ball. DHS TG 3 neo on forehand and Xiom Sigma Europe I as backhand. Tested the blade for few session. What ive got is as shown. Serving : The serve of this blade is real spinny and good. No matter downspin or sidespin or topspin, it is very easy to get use to it and even "feel" the ball much more compared to harder and faster blade. With proper technique and contact point of the ball, the dwell time is significantly longer than some other blade. The combination of the wood structure make serving feels good. Topspin and counter topspin : The trajectory throw angle of the blade is higher than i expected. The forehand and backhand looping is very consistence. With proper skills and posture, the looping is great. However, some more power is needed in order to loop far from table. The power of the blade is kind of medium. While in term of short/ touch play, the blade if combined with the proper rubber, gives a very comfortable feel despite its soft and flex characteristic. The return will be consistence, not too high nor low. Giving the good consistency for a player to master and brush the skills.
Overall,in current 40+ plastic ball modern gameplay, i still do feel this blade is good for amateur player. If you're kind of lost on which blade to get, hesitating what you really want, you could try this blade for the good feeling and looping.
After a two and a half year search for a new blade, this all-wood one outperformed all the others for me. Suitable for the spin-focussed attacker who needs dwell time on the blade to maximise loop spin and placement. Beautiful feel on short game.
It was recommended to me by a hungarian coach who plays in the german bundesliga, which is itself an impressive reason to take notice. I have witnessed that, with his technique, there is no limit to the power and spin that can be generated from this blade.
My perfect rubber for this is Tibhar Evolution (MX-S & EL-P); crucially the excellent sponge design means the ball does not 'jump' off your bat on touch shots, and power & spin is great.
I suggest no-one worries about the comments about the small handle for this blade; it is easy enough to wrap non-slip tape to your preferred thickness of grip.
NB - Last year I placed a good review for the Xiom Zetro Quad blade. I stand by that. The recommendation to use this Korbel blade came later.
This is simply the best OFFENSIVE blade. I have been playing for over 10 years trying simply everything (Tamca 5000, ALC, ZLC, ZLF, hinoki etc) This blade will make you better player. Has power, great control, touch and feel. Plays well with fast low throw rubbers.
It is also affordable. If you want the best quality Korbel, find an old one with metal tag. They simply play better than all the modern ones and they have bigger more comfortable FL handle then current.
With the advent of the new plastic ball I think the Korbel is the new Primorac blade. A great blade for allround play with speed. FL handle is small but comfortable. Head size is a bit larger than most and can be head heavy with thick rubbers. The look of this blade is classic. Not to fast and not slow this blade would be a good choice for a wide range of players. Price is lower than Primorac. For Tenergy users 1.9mm thickness is a good choice to reduce weight on the Korbel. A very good pick for allround offensive style. Update: With Butterfly Rozena this is the smoothest combination I have ever tested. All the gears are there with no surprises regardless of stroke used. It can be gentle with a lot of feeling for the short game or very powerful and fast on offense. One of the best all wood blades a player can choose.
Mine Butterfly Korbel is 85g (today you can find it in a range from 80 to 90g and it's produced in Hungary). It's a great blade, classic! I haven't known that so many today's professional players still playing with it (Gionis, Shibaev, Kallberg,..). Its composition is like old classic Stigas, 5-plys, limba-limba-ayous-limba-limba, around 6mm thickness. Beautiful feeling, comparable with DHS PG-7, but as it is 5-ply, dwell is even better and better control, a bit more stable with slightly less speed. High throw blade, great for looping and good for short game incl. serves. But the feeling is important for me, together with PG7 , the best feeling I have ever tried! If you search for loopers blade with euro/jap tensor rubbers on it, you can stop your search! If you are an amateur offensive spin player, you do not need a better blade.
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