Butterfly Amultart ZL Carbon
Review of Butterfly Amultart ZL Carbonweight 86g ; FH : T05Hard 1.9mm ; BH : T05Hard 1.9mm ; total weight 180g
I found 1 Amultart sold in Australia on march 2019. They have 1 more (87g) actually.
I was using Stiga Rosewood XO and Butterfly Innerforce ZLC. I wanted to try a blade more stiff and more hard. Amultart was 1 choice. It is very very fast, and excellent for smashing anything ! Counterspin is easy, block also, and what I like the most is playing agains choppers : you can really send missile with a few spin but super fast, and it is difficult for choppers to return the ball. Flicks are amazing. Short game : need advanced skills, but T05Hard is better than T05 in short game (more control). Also what is interesting with Amultart, is that it is super fast blade, but the control is still very good. Maybe because of Hinoki on top.
But Amultart is very difficult to find, there is maybe 1 or 2 somewhere in the world. As an alternative to Amultart, I recommend Cornilleau Hinotec OFF + carbon . This blade is very similar to Amultart in term of feeling. It is a little bit less stiff, but what I wrote above is same for both blade. Hinotec is less heavy (75g), so it is easy to pair with thicker sponge and get a total racket weight of 180g. If you smash a lot like me, the weight is a main concern to prevent injuries. Hinotec is really a good choice (note that the width of Cornilleau is a bit larger than Butterfly, so when cutting rubbers for Amultart, then mounting the rubber on Hinotec, it does not cover the entire surface of the blade).
Mar 16, 2019
Cornilleau Hinotec OFF+ Carbon
Review of Cornilleau Hinotec OFF+ Carbonweight 82g ;
"click" sound (like inner force ZLC) when using medium soft rubbers (hardness 42~45) like Rozena 1.9mm, or Rasanter R42 2.0mm, R47 2.0mm.
"pick" sound using Tibhar K1 hybrid (hardness 50) or R50, GFT48 (Mizuno), T05H 1.9mm.
Good closed to the table : chikita, flick, block, serve, counter spin : excellent due to carbon layer.
FH : With T05H 1.9mm, it is very good for smash. But with 2.1mm, the ball is flying away. Also good spin due to hinotec top layer. Mid-distance : good, almost like ZLC iinnerforce.
BH : still investigating because I want to open with heavy spin. I cannot brush well with T05H 1.9mm. So I tried T05FX 1.9mm but is too soft, and too low speed, but spiny. Rozena is maybe a better choice (hardness, price), or Andro R47 (but maybe too fast).
Overall : less speedy compared to Amultart. Good feeling because of Hinoki top layer, can produce spin with some effort when using hard rubbers, but mostly strait balls very fast (expecially against choppers), excellent close to table (block, chikita, flicks), and enough fast at mid-distance to control the game or counter attack.
Cons : size is larger compared to butterfly blade.
Apr 14, 2019