KTL (LKT) Instinct

KTL (LKT) Instinct Blade
Approx. $ 16 USD
Price $

User Ratings (28)

Speed 6.6
Control 8.8
Stiffness 4.2   
Hardness 4.6   
Consistency 6.8   
Occasional variations
Overall 7.7 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 7.0 / 10
Control 10 / 10
Weight 74g
Plies 5
Thickness 6.5mm
There are 2 users using the KTL (LKT) Instinct.

Reviews (18)

Shirazir  on 11/21/2012

After using this blade for a short while with Friendship 729 General rubbers, I've been able to draw some firm conclusions. This is an EXCELLENT beginner blade! It has loads of control and is absolutely a dream when it comes to pushing and even flipping. Essentially, it's fantastic for the short game and adequate for looping from close to the table for a newer player. Naturally, because this isn't a particularly fast blade, it lacks a certain oomph away from the table. This shouldn't be considered a deterrent as it encourages players to use a full swing when looping which is certainly nothing short of a good habit. The only other pitfall I encountered was blocking, while it wasn't horrible, I do like a bit of ping so to be able to block without much effort; the Galaxy 896 was much better in this regard. In respect to design, this is a simple, traditional blade with a slightly thinner-than-usual flared handle (which some have complained about) though I had no issue using it with my average sized hands. In regards to weight, this is a particularly light blade and so affords you a shade of extra maneuverability, further adding to it's short game prowess. Overall, this blade has a good amount of feel, touch and control and I'd feel extremely comfortable recommending it to a beginner or someone looking to trade up from a premade racket. Bear in mind, even though I've stated this isn't a particularly fast blade, it's still faster than most cheaper premades from Butterfly, Donic etc. so don't go thinking it's too slow for your USATT 1100 rating
carlos  on 1/17/2018

Excellent blade, great dwell and spin Short game is ok and blocking is good Topspin is really nice becauce of the dwelltime Close to mid distance blade Indeed they changed the handle and overall thickness...10 years ago the handles were smaller and thickness around 6.3mm and now 6.8mm For the money you cant find a better blade I have 05fx on forehand and tsp ventus spin on backhand, i changed to this blade because of the plastic ball..now have dwell again
wmage  on 6/10/2012

Cheep, but good blade for soft rubbers, must be ok for beginners. Light weight, mine is 75gr. With LKT XT - very good for learning. With rubber LKT Rapid Power it's a dangerous fast weapon.
Jonan  on 4/19/2010

Super cheap beginners blade, would work great for small kids as a first blade with the small handle and control focus. Would pass for defensive blade if it were bigger. You can play good defense away from the table though, has enough spring for that, easy to pair rubbers with it, not overly soft or hard in my opinion, tons of control with just barely enough power to put away the easy kill shots.
bdee  on 5/31/2015

Typical ALL blade at a decent price. I noticed that some users complained about the thin handles; this was certainly not the case on mine. LKT must have updated their design because the handle on my blade was 1" thick and 1.4" wide at the widest point of the flare... much beefier than the typical handle. I found it quite comfortable to hold. My biggest complaint? The rough build quality. The wood around the badge came splintered and the edge of the thumbrest was visibly off-horizontal. Not a big deal if aesthetics are no matter to you. But I am a stickler for details. I prefer the Sanwei M8 and Dawei DW2. These blades play similarly and assembled with better workmanship.

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