After some reading, research and stringing a couple up for one of my clients I decided to order myself a K-Blade tour. I like the way the stick swung and felt and was curious to see how it would perform. My usual weapon of choice: Mojo’d DNX 10 mid with a leather grip and no lead. My style of play – All court with a health dose of S/V. Testing was indoors – winter here in the upper Mid - West just won’t go away The Blade was strung at 57lbs with Wilson Reaction 17g – Prior to being corrupted by the Mojo string setup this was my string of choice. Crisp, firm, nice feel ,controllable pop. Serve – As JollyRodger noted – you can flat bring the heat with this thing. I could really dial up the first serve and still hit my target. Second serves jumped, kicked and frustrated my hitting partners. Real nice POP sound on impact. The biggest plus here was no ill effects the next morning. Usually when I serve that hard for that long the old arm reminds me I’m over 40 the next day. Not this time. Nothing more than the usual stiffness. Now I’m not saying you can’t bomb serves with the DNX 10 mid or that its uncomfortable. Its just I find the Blade to be better here. Volleys – Again this stick really shines at the net. Very maneuverable, great feel and enough pop to finish the job. No free lunch but if a huge improvement over the ROK. I found no stability issues. It’s a tad more maneuverable than the DNX 10 mid, and when someone’s trying drill a hole in you with a return or passing shot quick reactions are a must. Ground Strokes – Here’s where I’m not completely sold and it may just be I need a bit more time; only the third outing. If you find the sweet spot there is ample power and control is excellent. The stick is also great on the attack. You can really punish a short ball and not worry about missing. Defense is a weakness. There is no free lunch here. I’m thinking maybe a bit of lead in the head might help, but I don’t want to loose that sweet service swing. Returns – So far so good.. You can either block or slice back the hard serve. Weak second serves can be punished. Again the better maneuverability makes a difference here but is somewhat countered by the DNX 10’s mass. This and the goundies is where I wanted that bit of lead in the head. Overall Serves - K-Blade Tour Volleys – K-Blade Tour Ground Strokes – DNX 10 Mid Returns – Even Caveats – Obviously the Blade fits my style of play. If you want to bang away at the baseline for hours this may not be the stick for you. On the other hand if you play more of an all court game, SV or SV Doubles I think its worth a look. Now, if I can figure out how much and where to put a bit of lead without getting the swing weight too high I just might have something.