Real Cobra Skin Leather Grip!?! - Pics

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  1. Yonex.

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    ***Real Cobra Skin Leather Grip***- Pics Included

    I played a match with a friend today. I couldn't believe it...
    He had real Cobra leather replacement grip. I was pretty shocked and thought it was fake. But he said it was real. I told him that you couldn't buy snake skin replacement grip, and he told me that he didn't buy it, he said he made it. He bought a Cobra leather belt from the popular internet auction site. After he bought the belt, he unstitched the skin or something. He then got his mother to stitch it to some thing else underneath to make it stick and trimmed it to make it look good. ( thats what he told me :confused: pretty smart.)

    It looked pretty good. But the texture was so weird when i held it. I know they are people who are against animal skin and animal cruelty , please don't be offended by this post.

    That grip was pretty amazing. Here is the closest image I could find of the grip.
    The grip is almost like this, but different textures and color.

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  2. nickb

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    Why the hell would someone do that?....if he wants a leather grip why not just go and buy a wilson or babolat etc....very strange.
     
  3. Yonex.

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    Dude, I totally agree with you. I'm shocked. This is very very unique.
     
  4. Zets147

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    ask him if you can take a pic next time
     
  5. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Its a cool novelty. If you've got the time and the inclination, why not?
     
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    Was it comfortable?
     
  8. Craig Sheppard

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    Here's a Cobra too....

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  9. Cruzer

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    I can't believe that a cobra skin grip would be very effective. Purely a novelty.
     
  10. Rafa freak

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    It would be worthless to spend 100 dollars on a grip and do you know how
    useless that is.
     
  11. Yonex.

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    I guarantee you, It was not that comfortable as you think it will be.
    The scales were pretty smooth and had not much tack. I'm sure the skin of a cobra is not much different from a python or any other snake.

    However! There is nothing a couple of packs of Tourna grip wont fix.


    ALSO: The belt was 20 dollars, plus 6 dollars shipping. I don't think thats bad.
    He did get it stitched and trimmed it as a replacement grip. Once again
    I don't want to offend any people that don't believe in using animal parts
    for luxury, or animal cruelty.



    I am not talking about this grip, though it IS probably better than real cobra: :-D

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  12. JW10S

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    A cobra skin grip--I love that. It reminds of an old guy who used to hang aroung the courts when I was a kid who used to make his own suede grips. He would cut them really thick, or maybe I should wide, so only 2 or 3 wraps of the grip would cover the handle. Didn't feel too bad either...
     
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  13. cobra skin? thats pretty odd, doesnt sound very practical either
     
  14. Hidious

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    Common. Our world is ruled by corporations. My dad build a table with some trees. "What?? Why not just go and buy one at IKEA?" I went in the woods and picked up some raspberries. "What? Why not just go to the grocery and buy some?"

    Let's not be companies' slaves. I applaude your friend for his creative mind.
     
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    For being creative or for killing a Cobra?? ;)
     
  16. goober

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    Well at least he didn't want to try out a human skin grip. :)

    reptiles have skin that is way too slippery and the durability probably is pretty low. I can't see how that grip actually is going to be of any real utility.
     
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    Hmmm... aren't they endangered species? For sure the King Cobra is listed in the C.I.T.E.S. II appendix of endangered species.... if this animal Was protected your friend broke the law! Buying anything made from such animals should be prohibited! I understand using leather from cows, pigs etc. and I even recommend it so nothing goes to waste... but snakes? Leave those poor animals in peace!


    BTW reptile skin isn't slippery you're refering to amphibia, some of them resemble reptiles e.g. the Salamander... the truth is reptiles and amphibia in the XVIII/XIX century were thought of as a single group of animals...
     
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    well that cobra was killed already when they were made into the belt, not when they were made into grip

    so i don't call that animal cruelty

    i mean, not making that belt into a grip isn't going to bring cobra back to life

    :D
     
  19. Hidious

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    I like your logic :-D ...but on the other end, buying the belt would lead to another cobra assination in order to make another one. I never really liked cobras anyway.
     
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    Your friend might be a little bit stupid....
     
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    What are you talking about?.....I found it strange that someone would buy a belt, get it made into a tennis grip and then play with it. Seems strange when you can buy a leather grip for less than he paid for the belt and it will work 50 times better. Waste of time.
     
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  22. Hidious

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    Thanks for clearing that up, i never really knew leather grips were 50 times better than cobra skin. When have you tried the cobra skin? Oh, let me guess, you just assumed that it sucked without ever trying one.
     
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    Why would I need to try one :confused:

    Its the skin of a COBRA for god sake....it wont make a good grip...the skin is slippery.
     
  24. Hidious

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    I just read my last post and noticed it was kind of cocky and arrogant. Sorry about that, all i want is good argumentation and here's my point: Most people use overgrips over leather so what if it's slippery? And i'm not sure it's actually that slippery, have you ever touched a snake? The look really slippery but it's weird when you get to take one.
     

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