ayoushinoki on 5/16/2013
This is interesting. It is a 7 ply composite but it feels like an all wood. The ball impact sensation is quite pleasant and accurate. It is less than 6mm thick, so there's flex, adding to the speed and spin on hard shots and loops. I put Donic Barracuda on FH and Hexer Duro on BH and the construction and setup is an invitation to topspin and more topspin!!! Even with my limited skills, I get the feeling like there's so much more this blade wants to give,,,,unfortunately, I am not Wang LiQin!
chop 4 months ago
729 F-1 blade has nice wooden feel despite it is carbon blade. It has medium flex and good touch while looping. F-1 is pretty good at any strokes: loop, smash, push, chop, lob, block, etc. the limit is only your skills. My blade is 76g. and 5.5mm thick. Be aware of occasional variations, contact your seller before buying to make sure you're getting the right weight (g.) of the blade, otherwise, you will end up with something you might not like or use at all. Overall, F-1 is a nice blade for short/mid distance oriented player who's main focus spin and control. REMEMBER: there is no magical blade out there, it simply doesn't exist... It is better to look for information which will help you to become better player. Submerge yourself into table tennis science! Learn about proper technique through reading table tennis books, watching instructional videos, talking to advanced players. Learn as much as possible about tt. strategy and mental game, play stronger players on regular basis, record yourself on video while playing to find your mistakes and fix them. Remember about physical conditioning, which many beginner and intermediate players ignore. It is very important! You can move on your own, or work with an experienced tt. coach if you want to speed up your learning process significantly. And lastly, table tennis is a life long journey, so enjoy it! Peace.
Silverneedle on 9/11/2015
Speed and controll ratings ive given are arbitrary. The only other blade i tried is a clipper wrb wood so cant really compare much. I bought the f1 (from eacheng) because of the straight handle and good price for a carbon blade. Its easier than the clipper for short game due to it being thinner. Also with the same rubbers on each blade the F1 is less head heavy and so i find it easier to put alot of wrist flick in to shots and faster arm speed on flips and over table smashes. Getting a second one soon as spare so will edit to say if they are same or any differences between them. No problems so far with splintering when changeing rubbers and pretty tough if hit table accidentaly. Clipper gets damaged much more easily. No problems with it absorbing glue as other review states. And cant see how it will change charachteristics over time. Slow/fast loops, blocking, serving all good.
flea03 on 7/28/2012
Speed is probably higher than I rated because I paired it with slow tacky rubbers. Due to the thickness of the outer wood layers it feels and sounds more like an wood blade rather than a carbon. Excels at starting the initial loop in a rally.
seguso on 4/1/2011
I found a review here: http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=39284&PN=1