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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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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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Good blade. I would recommend this blade for a pips out blocker who has a good loop.
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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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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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cons: the handle breaks very easily.
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Have had it only for a couple of weeks, previously used a nittaku violin blade, there is a difference in the feel between the blades , the X5 you can feel the ball more on the blade which for me being more a defensive player is great, that means more control and it does have the power for whn I need to attack.It did take a little while to get used to it but now it is everthing you could want in a blade
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Its a good blade if you are a starter but the price is up for a 3+2 blade. Kinda disappointed that the carbon in there doesnt speed it up. Not as fast a stiga all wood blades and its a big price for a blade with not enough speed but a positive sign is the great control.
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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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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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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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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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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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let me tell you guys i love this racket I've tried lots of the more expensive blades from butterfly and the carbo x5 with donic f2 rubbers on both sides is a very nice weapon great feel lots of power and very light. i love it best feeling racket around.or maybe i just found a nice combination of blade and the wright rubber
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so many reviews about this blade, 99% said good, and I am the 99%, I say, great! I dont need to repeat so much about how good this blade is,I agree with you guys, carbo x5 really do a good job on close to table play and also mid range. but i want to tell you something you dont know: I tried a few carbo x5 from the people in my club, they are all good with different combonation of rubbers. later on , I bought a used one from ebay, the feeling is similar,but not as good. why? I find out the reason is, the guy put some crazy glue to fill the side of the blade in order to protect the blade. that should be a good idea if it doesnt detroy the feeling of the blade. why i need to tell you guys (carbo x5 lover) about this , cause i think the original carbo x5 without treatment feels the best! I am gonna order a new one.
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Excellent blade with Tenergy 05 on FH and Tenergy 64 on the BH
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I have this blade Flared handle paired with Tenergy 05(FH) and Tenergy 64(BH) and it is perfect!
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Perfect blade I can not stop playing with it since I bought it.
I have been winning so many games that my oponents make a lot of comments after the games.
BK Anti spin special
Great combination but let me advise you that some of your contenders are going to be disapointed playing agains you due to the anti spin rubber counter attack and being able to smash the ball when is in the right position with CERMET.
This raquet allow you to do everything
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Blade has nice feel and touch, really light and fast. Great blade for offensive players that like to attack close to the table. With a good rubber blade combination this blade can be lethal. The vibration feedback when blocking is also good.

Highly recommend this blade to players who have an attacking game.
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Balsa Carbo X5 is the most controllable off carbon blade I've played with so far probably due to its softness.
If you're an offensive player which mainly attacks from close to the table, you can't go wrong with this one.
The anatomic handle feels really comfortable and like all butterfly products it has an outstanding building quality.

Highly recommended!

Btw the listed weight of 70g is wrong. According to butterfly it's a 83g blade.
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This is an excellent blade. I am a mid 1900âs player that loops, blocks, hits, pushes â basically everything but primarily aim to be an offensive, forehand looper. I have been using the Michael Maze for several years and, most recently, tried out the Timo Boll Spirit blade. With the Maze, everything is great until I run up against players north of 2100, at which point the Maze becomes a little unwieldy, too fast and difficult to control at times. I have also found the Maze difficult to slow loop and hit âcontrolâ shots â the âtouchâ is lacking. As a bonus, the X5 also has a very fat grip (I have the straight handle but have also seen the anatomic which is equally as beefy). Butter fly is way off in their mm ratings of this handle. They rate it at 22 mm thick - the same as the Maze and TBS but the X5 handle is visually much thicker, no question about it. I prefer thicker handles and find many of the Japanese/Chinese blades to be too skinny versus some of the German brands. In terms of specs, this blade is lighter than most by about 10%-15% which really helps if you are using heavy sponge such as Tenergy, etc. I have always felt that Tenergy, when used in combination with 89-95 gram blades, is simply too heavy a package. The X5 solvers this issue and feels very well balanced with these heavier sponges.

In comparison to the Maze and TBS, the X5 has better control, a much better short game, is far easier to loop and âslow loopâ and has enough gears to hit or loop from mid distance without issue â plenty of power. I have no idea what some of the negative reviewers experienced or why â maybe they thought they had an X5 but did not!

I have always wanted to try a softer blade and have heard good reports on Balsa woods. I now know why â the Balsa wood is very forgiving but this blade was no sponge. I am not sure what the outer wood layers are made from but they work very well in combination with the Balsa core and carbon layers. My game improved immediately â the first time out!
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A top seller, and for very good reasons! I only wish I had this blade 25 years ago.
Not the fastest blade out there, but reasonable enough for a junior player or an allround player. BTY's rated this blade way too fast, it's more like an ALL+ or OFF-. The feel is soft, there is lots and lots of dwell-time so with the right rubbers, you will get all the control you could ever wish for. After briefly switching from my old medium-hard blade to this one, I was amazed at just what I could do with the ball! Nothing seemed impossible to do, countering topspins with over-the-table topspins were easy, as were even bh-chop-blocks in amazing angles to devastate the opposition. It didn't matter what my opponent threw at me, I could place the ball anywhere I wanted on the table, with almost any kind of spin I wanted. I felt like a ping-pong wizard. The blade is also very lightweight, rated at 70g but my specimen is 80g, still very light. The flared handle is very good as expected from BTY. The blade is perfect for loopers as you can generate loads of spin with this blade. Smashers beware, you might be disappointed, but with the right (i.e. very fast/hard) rubbers, why not give it a try? It just might work.

-lightweight at 80g, rated 70g doesn't really apply
-excellent speed/control ratio
-excellent value at 50 EUR
-excellent dwell-time for looping
-very good handle (flared)
-factory sealed

-balsa is very fragile quality in this blade, needs edge tape
-speed is over-rated by BTY, ALL+ is pretty close
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The blade is not for all out attackers, it is made for control players who don't hit that hard. It has awesome control considering the speed.

I tried this blade after playing for a while with Ma Lin Soft Carbon. Wow, what a difference! I felt like I could do what I wanted with the ball, because the dwell time is really that long. You really get a fantastic feel for the ball. Blocking is super easy with pinpoint accuracy. I should think one could use almost any kind of rubbers with this blade.

I use a lot faster and 10x stiffer blade now, but I really like this blade and can heartily recommend this blade to developing players and to those who need all the control they can get. Maybe I'll make this my primary blade when I reach Mikael Appelgren's age in eleven years and start to play more defensive instead of my regular offensive play.

-light weight, around 80g, forget that 70g Butterfly tells you
-superb control/speed ratio
-will fit almost all styles of play
-lots of flex and feel for the ball

-can't think of any, best blade for the given purpose that I know of
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This blade is of excellent quality.
This blade has a great deal of control but plenty of speed.
For the short game it still has control.
I have paired this with 2.2mm LKT torrent rubber and loops amazingly with speed and spin.
I would recommend this product to anybody who likes speed, spin, and control balanced perfectly.
Make sure to use the blade sealing service. It keeps the blade solid.
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I love this blade
I have found it gives me as much speed as I want but with very high levels of control.
I have paired it with Tenergy 05.
Blocks very crisply
Loops very consistently
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- lots of feel and control and still enough power for attacking close tot the table.
- very comfortable handle.
- very big sweetspot cause of the carbon but does not play like a carbon blade.

- very fragile, the outer plies are very thin en splinter very easy. Seal it before attaching the rubbers.
- i think its to light, it lacks power off the table and you need some wheight for the right power while powerlooping.
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Ive used balsa blades for years and this was just one of many i tried, when i took it from the box i was really impressed with not only the quality of it but also how good the balance and grip felt , i was sure id found the perfect blade! i was wrong! it played like a chair leg! far too much vibration for me, and not nearly enough pace off the table . I then sold it to Andy Smith, who doesnt use it anymore! Hope you got more out of it than i did Andy !
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Used it for > 1 yr for close to table / mid range play. Great blade for all-round attacking style. Good for smashes when paired with fast rubber. Great for touch play with good feedback. The outerply (balsa) does splinter with minimal misuse (eg. table contact) and have had to glue back the splinters couple of times.
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Interesting combination of soft, springy balsa and still carbon. Plenty of direct power available for hitting, and awesome for blocks. Agree with the mwyatt - very light so distance play needs a bit of grunt.

I've seen a few of these around my club over the years, and they've all held up pretty well, but I have seen some ply separation so take care when removing rubbers!
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I bought the x5 to get more power, i tried it for some evenings but it did not fit my game at all, the x5 is very lively and springy, its is also a fast frame , maybe if you give it more time then its more controllable but to me it was to springy,almy FH flew over the table and the speed was way to fast in combination with controll for me.
If you have better teqnique and like fast blades this is probably a blade for you. when you are a player who likes to controll the rally then i think this will be a dificult blade to do that with
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A Blade(OFF)is a good control ,soft feeling and (no more) fast but easy fracgile.
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Great OFF blade with plenty of vibration. The touch is excellent with alot of consistency on service return.

I would reccomend a medium/soft rubber to get the most from this balsa blade. I'm able to get plenty of power from this but I feel it lacks long range power. Perhaps because its so light!
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I love this blade. I used to play with Primorac Carbon with Bryce on both sides. Now I play with BalsaCarbo with Bryce Speed on both sides. Speed is incredible and with this blade the control is very good too. It is soft so it holds the ball much longer. The combination with Bryce Speed it is a very interesting combination: Fast and controlable. Bryce Speed might be just a little too much though. I think I'll leave Bryce Speed on my backhand and Yasaka Mark V on my forehand for more spin and even more control.
This blade is also very light, compared to my Primorac Carbon.
The only negative side to this blade is that it sometimes vibrates when you hit really, really hard.
But I would still definitely by it again.... Buy it, try it, you'll love it.
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disappointment for me
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