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Weight: 88 grams
Thickness: 6 mm
Plies: 7 (Limba outer plies, Kevlar-Carbon 2nd and 6th layers, Ayous 3rd & 5th layers, kiri core)
Stiffness: Medium Stiff
Speed: off to off+

This is the only Limba outer plies blade in the Santoru series and also has the most flex. It has no direct equivalent with other blades from other brands but it has similarities in some aspects. I have sealed the limba outer plies a few times because of the 3 blades, the Santoru KL-C is the one I have played with the most number of hours and I have removed and glued rubbers with it about 6 times. I used the Rhyzer 48 and 50 rubbers with this blade and also used 3 more Euro rubbers and Chinese rubbers. I had to seal the outer plies due to changing rubbers many times just to protect the blade especially since it has Limba outer plies.

The KL-C is a controlled offensive carbon blade. Although Joola rates it with the same flex as the other Santoru blades, I felt it is softer and has much more flex. The speed of the KL-C is more like an off carbon blade instead of a true off+ blade. I felt the speed gap between the KL-C and the 3K-C blade. Both blades have 2nd layer composite layers but due to the 3K-C having a pure carbon layer, the 3K-C is marginally faster. Even with the Rhyzer 48 and 50 rubbers, the KL-C did not feel too fast for me. I would compare the speed to that of the Nittaku Acoustic Carbon at most. The medium speed level is actually a good thing if you rely more on your arm swing and if you always do full swings on your attacking shots. This is good especially if you use tacky Euro rubbers like Golden Tango PS or Chinese rubbers. These types of rubbers are best used when you do full swings near the table. It would be hard if you would use faster blades while having full swings near the table unless your level is very high. The KL-C feels very forgiving on offensive shots. When you are out of position for example and have to do a somewhat awkward offensive return like a wide sidespin counter near the table, the KL-C can still deliver good and accurate shots up to some degree. Due to its speed, I would rate it as a near the table blade but still effective up until middle distance especially counter loops. The KL-C is a versatile blade which can do both offensive and defensive shots effectively. The large sweetspot of the KL-C like the other Santoru blades ensures a uniformed hitting power with the blade. The sweetspots of the 3 blades are approximately up until 1 inch from the edge of the blade head.

Since the KL-C has a good amount of flex, it is expected to be excellent when doing all kinds of loops. I tested the blade on 3 kind of loop contact timing from the late contact (where the ball is already going down), peak of the bounce and early or on the rise timing. When you are looping the ball at late timing, the flex of the KL-C ensures you to brush the ball easily without fear of the ball bouncing too early. In short, the flex helps in “holding” or grabbing the ball on contact. The KL-C’s mixed stiffness also ensures you to have power on your strokes when looping the ball at peak or early contact. Even when you are trying to smash the ball, it does not feel to flexy or too soft.

Of the 3 Santoru blades, the KL-C is the most versatile and also has the most control. This being a Limba blade, made me keep it for use. It also has the best spinning capability if you wanted a blade that is more concerned on feel and control. I would recommend this blade to intermediate level players and above. This is a value for money carbon blade.
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