uppuluri on 3/14/2013
A very fast defensive blade. Consistent in long range cut game. Too fast for close to the table blocking game. With the blade face hardness being around mid-soft range the spin reversal with the best of low friction rubbers is rather low and it is insufficient to support a close to the table blocking game. Low throw. Pairs well with thin sponge rubbers on the FH. Such as TSP Cutman. Pairs well with modern tensor long pimpled rubbers such a Andro Chaos on the BH. TSP Curl series / Butterfly Feint Long series are not particulay great on this blade. Not much resemblence with JSH blade even though it is widely believed that the Diode is the predecessor of the legendary JSH blade. There is a charge that the Diode easily warps. I had tried 3 blades, all with ST handle, over the last several years. All the 3 are intact even now after many rubber changes and intensive use. This model is off the product line now. It was phased out. However you can get it custome made at a higher price. The price :245 US $ per piece seems to be too high!!