***Official K Blade Tour Club Thread***

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  1. thejuice

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    ***Official K Blade Club Thread***

    Ok, I don't know how to make this the official page officially but I figured why not go ahead and start a thread where those that have seen the light and those in search of the light can come and share their experiences of the K Blade Tour, which quickly became one of my favorite new toys (along with my PING golf clubs).

    Here are just a few helpful links for those that are interested in some comparisons...

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=180725&highlight=Blade dr325i

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=179834&highlight=Blade
    K Blade Tour comparison to MG Prestige by Amiroquai

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=165203&highlight=Blade Chauvalito

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=179251&highlight=Blade CAM178

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=174143&highlight=Blade ROK vs. K Blade Tour

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=178224&highlight=Blade TheJuice

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=102323&highlight=Blade&page=105 KBT vs. Redondo Mid by TheJuice

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=178269&highlight=Blade KBT vs. KB98 by Vin2

    http://www.tenniswarehouse.com/reviews/kbld98/kbld98review.html TW Review (80 KBT, 79 KB98)

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=180943&page=5 post #85----Bertrevert's Review of the K Blade 98

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=194693 Comparison to DNX 10 Mid by Wally

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=194693 Comparison to K90 by DonBot

    K Blade users [open to Tour and 98]:
    TheJuice--KBT
    Exigency--KBT
    Chowdhurynaveen--KBT
    Vin2--KBT
    BrN10is--KBT
    Tarkowski--KBT
    Ogruskie--KBT
    Mad IX--KBT
    JJordache--KBT
    TheTyrant--KBT
    Skipppppy--KBT
    Phoenicks--KBT
    Spencer (TW)--KBT
    KBlade Pro--KBT
    Carlos Pinky--KBT
    Teyko--KBT
    Mavsman149--KBT
    Wally--KBT
    String Guru--KBT
    Kirko--KBT
    ufg8r--KBT
    Paulf--KBT
    DonBot--KBT
    Kerxny--KBT
    Allrightguy--KBT (Defected)
    joeellis--KBT
    InSpire--KBT (Defected)
    johnqadams--KBT
    BullDog Tennis--KBT
    Hot Sauce--KBT
    Zidane339--KBT
    bngnhal--KBT
    HarryZ--KBT
    Joke-a-vich--KBT
    Skyonex--KBT
    RyanQ--KBT
    Necroblood--KBT
    SafintheDjoker-KBT
    pNoyr3D--KBT

    RedRocket--K98
    Bertrevert--K98
    Frekclea--K98
    Feyya--K98
    Lobber--K98
    Sup2Dresq--K98


    Enjoy!!!
    ~Juice
     
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  2. dr325i

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    Just palyed for 3 hours tonight and love it even more...
    Great stick, very impressed by it...
     
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    i have seen the light. now, i am basking in it.
     
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    That's right...I know there are more of you!!! Come join us!!!!

    :evil::evil::evil:
     
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  5. chowdhurynaveen

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    Count me in! Loved the pc600 and have been looking for something similar ever since, now ive found it!! :):)
     
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  6. Vin2

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    hmmm still tweaking with mine... should have a final version next sunday :D
     
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    ^^^ I look forward to hearing your review of your tweak machine!!! :)
     
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  8. thejuice

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    I thought this would be good info to have in this thread.
     
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  9. thejuice

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    Hey Tarkowski, I hope you don't mind that I pirated your thread. I wanted to put most of the reviews I see for the KBT here so that when someone searches for them, they should be able to find them with no problem. Great review!!!
     
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    Let me bump this thing before some bootlegged Club gets started. :)
     
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    but isn't this about the Tour only, whereas the other one wants to be about both versions um...
     
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  12. iamtennisking

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    hey guys..
    come to my club..
    unlike this club my club is open to all k blades!
    mine is the offical club
    check it out!
     
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  13. iamtennisking

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    THIS is the bootleged club
     
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  14. Vin2

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    brothers in arms... must we create factions?
     
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  15. thejuice

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    That whole "Tour" thing should have been edited. This club is for everyone and was started WAY before the bootleg club that IAMTENNISBOOTLEG started. With all do respect, and I mean with all do respect, that other club is worth as much as a velvet painting of a dolphin and a whale getting it on.
     
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  16. iamtennisking

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    wow that was rude..people why would you want to join a club owned by someone who trashes comepetitors..i would never do that to anyone..even the juice..i am simply making a club open to anyone with k blades or people that just like the frame..it is the official club
     
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  17. thejuice

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    ^^^
    I was joking. That last part was a quote from Talladega Nights. I figured someone would get that and laugh. I honestly don't care which thread is the main thread. I don't have time to keep up with member numbers and all that stuff.

    Oh, and you're welcome for the links to all of the other threads about the K Blade and K blade Tour (I know all you did was copy that post from my thread).
     
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  18. iamtennisking

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    ok guys come to the official thread now the k blade club!:)
    i DO have time to manage the club.
     
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  19. thejuice

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    I see you didn't mention the "you're welcome" part to my last post. You have the time to manage but will you be effective and sincere?
     
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  20. iamtennisking

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    certainly!
     
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  21. Vin2

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    what happened to the other club thread??
     
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  22. thejuice

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    I don't know but I wouldn't see why someone couldn't post questions about the K Blade in this one.
     
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  23. BrN10is

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    Love this racquet...i went through so many and finally settled, could not be happier. Strung at 54 lbs with pro hurricane tour, after about a 3 hour break in it is wonderful!
     
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    ^^
    Mine are strung at 57 with NXT Tour but I'm thinking of stringing around 54 as well. I don't have a problem with 57 but something is telling me to go low.
     
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    Play testing it in about 5 hrs.. wish me luck! :)
     
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  26. ogruskie

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    A question to the Tour owners:

    Is the stringbed really as dead as people say it is? And would a 3.0 rated player be successful with this racquet?

    I can't decide between the Tour or the 98.
     
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  27. Vin2

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    I'd say you can resurrect the stringbed by using softer strings... thejuice uses NXT, I think that'll be good (I'm gonna try it with NXT now cos ran out of k-gut) or you can even use natural gut!

    Just play with them and see how you go... I don't think 1 hour of play-test on each racquet will be enough though... I'd say give it 2 hours each before you decide...
     
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  28. tarkowski

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    After an extended demo, I got a KBlade Tour of my own, strung with VS Team (17) at 58 and am loving it!

    Before I post more of my observations, I just want to state that I really do appreciate all of the feedback from people demoing this stick. Some think it sucks - others love it - and there seems to be a few in-between. Unfortunately for those looking for a solid conclusion, you're not going to get it if you've been following along. This is why I try to post my biases (the one's I'm aware of ) :) - so that hopefully, if you have the same biases (desires, history of sticks, etc.) - it will be more useful to you. I happen to like both the K90 and this KBlade Tour - some only like the K90 and hate the KBlade Tour. A dichotomy for sure, but understandable given how different we all are.

    What I like about this stick is how whippy it can be for creating sharp topspin angles - and yet how solid it can be for 'driving' the ball deep into the court, i.e., that plow-through factor. It feels like a Wilson, and it doesn't feel like a Wilson. The frame is stiffer and has a more solid, less springy feel (than MG Prestige Mid) - pretty much how I experience the K90. Yet the stringbed is a little more dead and there is more feedback - not like a Prestige, really not like anything I've tried. Maybe like a muted Fischer. But very, very nice - at least with the strings I'm using.

    It can be compared to the Prestiges from a paper standpoint, but it is quite a bit different experience when hitting - at least from the MG Prestiges. Compared to the MP, it has a similar whippy feel (a tad less whippy), but a ton more plow-through. I really enjoyed the Prestige MP as well -liked the feel, liked the balance. But no plow-through - and a bit less stable at net. I would need to add weight - most likely to the head. Compared to the MG Mid, the KBlade Tour has less inherent power. It is less lively - but on the other side of lively, at least for me, is precision. This is one precise stick. The ball goes where you want it to go. There is enough plow-through to get it deep. There is a reasonable swingweight to generate spin. And there is great feel to keep it all going for an extended rally.

    I play singles, doubles, low altitude, high altitude - and find this stick is great in all of these environments. The KBlade tour is especially great at high altitude. It's a faster game up here and I find with my K90, if I'm even just a little off or tired, I can be a little late. Really need to be alert. The lower power and lower swingweight (and larger head, though less of a factor) allow me a little more margin.

    Some more Biases (in addition to my previous post)
    - I seem to prefer a swingweight between 325 and 335. The Prestige MP and Pro were just too light-swinging for me (mid was great). I couldn't swing them any faster than I do my K90, so I was losing stability and power. Many may be able to compensate by swinging faster and enjoy this aspect of the Prestige MP and Pro.

    - I don't like extremely stiff sticks, nor really flexible ones. The Wilson's ranked 62-67 seem to be just my cup of tea. I enjoy this range for power and control. (I have not tried the 95-K61's so do not know if these are too stiff as I have read)

    - To draw an analogy to music - I like a racquet that has soft softs, and loud louds. K90 and KBlade Tour are both great in this regard. Both Prestiges seemed to play louder at slower swing speeds than I wanted. Prestige Mid was better at getting louder than the MP though. Unlike other posters, I have not had any trouble generating pace with the KBlade tour - though I can generate the most pace with my K90. Gotta be the weight thing!

    - Wilson grip shape - love it.

    I really do think this is an excellent stick and look forward to spending more time on the courts with my own, strung to my liking.

    Demo it!

    Take care
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Tarkowski!!!
     
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    Bumped for those that are asking about the K Blade Tour but probably don't know how to search.
     
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  31. ogruskie

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    I am proud to announce that as of today, I am a KBlade Tour owner. Simply amazing racquet.
     
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  32. thejuice

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    Welcome to the club!!!!
     
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    Thanks Mad iX!!!!!!!
     
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  34. jjordache

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    Not at all... I just ordered the KBT after playing 2 days (4-5hrs total) with it after demoing 10 other sticks before. Nothing else impressed me much but the KBT is simply amazing.
    All my strokes are cleaner now and with a lot more precision than ever before.
    You do need to take full swings at the ball if you want to get the "bang" out of it but for me that turned out to be a good thing because it improves my timing.

    That being said I believe the strings make the whole difference in the world with this stick. The TW demo I got was strung with Wilson Sensation 16, which I didn't like at first but it's actually OK after playing a bit more with it.

    Definitely worth a try!

    PS: I'm not even ranked (probably I'm around 3.0-3.5 lvl) but I still found this racquet improved my game.

    PS1: The KB98 is a good racquet too but it didn't bring me much more compared to my previous stick (Head LM Instinct)
     
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    Ah, sorry, didn't see your second post !!
    I see that we came to the same conclusion :)
    cheers brother !
     
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  36. theTyrant

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    I would like to add myself to the club.

    I am now a proud and happy user of the K Blade tour.
    K Blade forever!!!
     
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  37. thejuice

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    I've updated the first post with the club members. Welcome jjordache and TheTyrant!!!
     
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  38. thejuice

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    Has anyone noticed that there aren't many K Blade Tours on the For Sale forum? I've seen quite a few MG Prestiges though. :shock:
     
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  39. aimr75

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    juice, 2 k-blade tours are in the for sale forum at the moment.. i know you were looking to get another
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    Grow medical marijuana
     
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    ^^^
    I wish they were there last week. I just bought a third one last Thursday (although I am contemplating buying those two in the FS forum). I've never owned five of any frame and I'm not a racquet abuser but I wouldn't mind having a few backup sticks to mess around with.
     
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  41. phoenicks

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    I want to join this club, Just got mine 2 days ago and played with it yesterday, This racquet is simply solid and the topspin is simply amazing. Kinda regret 2 weeks ago, because could not wait long enough for it to arrive and bought my K Six One 95 on impulse !!!
    I could have bought another KBT with that money!!!!
     
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  42. thejuice

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    Phoenicks, welcome to the club.
     
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  43. thejuice

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    Adding Spencer of TW to the club. Also, the link to the TW review will be in the first post.
     
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  44. KBlade Pro

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    Just wanted to join the fray here. I got myself two of these about 3 weeks ago and I love hitting with them. I was using the LM Prestige Mid+, and the KBlade Tour felt like scalpel. I could swing away and hit my target. I have no problem generating spin and power (though it is player's stick). The bottom line is that it felt like an extension of my arm.... can't say that about any other racquet I have tried.

    So am I in?
     
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  45. iksmols

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    I think that it is pretty capable racquet (according to TW reviewers 80 pts)I am courious and going to test it this comming weekend.I don`t expect to switch from my K90 (just a reminder : it has received 85 pts from TW testers).
     
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  46. thejuice

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    You're absolutely in (your name gets you in by itself)!!!
     
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  47. thejuice

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    I can't argue with that. The K90 is a great racquet (especialy when you hit the sweetspot).
     
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  48. lawrence

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    damnnn, the tennis store i go to doesnt have any available yet
    and the big stores which do (general sports stores like Rebel Sport etc) dont let you demo, because theyre not really tennis outlets

    i just wanna demo it already
     
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  49. thejuice

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    ^^^

    Are you in the states? Did you try to order a demo through TW?
     
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  50. Carlos Pinky

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    Sign me up too! This is the best racquet I have ever used! I have had my KBT for a couple of weeks and have not regretted it since. It has such pinpoint control, I'm so happy with it! Can I join?!:)
     
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