chop on 10/24/2018
729 C-5 is very nice ALL+ blade. The handle is very comfortable and fits large hands nicely. This blade has excellent control and good touch. Pretty good in all strokes. You can both attack and defend with this blade effectively. It is not fast so you can put all your power into loops or smashes without being afraid that ball will go out. Blocks are stable and precise. It pares well with chinese tacky rubbers with medium to hard sponge (H40-50) Those players who planing to use this lade for defense should look for rubber with sponge (H36-40). If you are looking for more power behind your shoots use sponge (H42-50). Brand of rubber doesn't matter much. I used 729 Transcend 2.2mm (H45). Despite the rating for this blade to be ALL it played like OFF- blade when pared with two heavy tacky Chinese rubbers. Quality is nice considering affordable price. This blade has soft top layer that gives a very nice soft wooden feel, so seal it before gluing on your rubbers. Overall, C-5 is nice blade for control player or beginner who is looking for medium speed blade with good touch and control to master basics of table tennis.