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 Butterfly blades and rubbers overview

Here is my summary of the most notable / special rubbers and blades from the Butterfly brand. This is not meant to promote or criticize the Butterfly brand or products in any way, itís simply a summary of opinions on the more famous and highly regarded products of the brand.

Butterfly is one of the most famous and largest table tennis equipment manufacturers in the world. Established in 1950 in Japan, Butterfly has developed into one of the market leaders, with high quality products, although with higher price-tags to match. Butterfly have many factories producing their products, including several rubber factories Japan, Germany and China, and blade factories in Japan, Hungary and China.

One of the reasons the Butterfly is so well known is marketing and informationÖthere are few others who put in the same effort and have the same budget. All the information is of great benefit to users, and is a credit to Butterfly. Although a lot of the Butterfly products are very good, some or no better than those made by some other manufacturer, often made in the same factory, but itís the marketing and promotion that turns people to Butterfly. Most people can find a suitable blade and rubbers from several of the major manufacturers, but itís often personal preference or brand loyalty that drives them to Butterfly. Of course this is the same for several of the other major brands.

After talking to many people, and getting lots of great feedback from people on the table tennis forums, Iíve summarised the most popular Butterfly rubbers and blades below. Although the popularity can be biassed by marketing and availability, there are some that many agree on to be great products, so there must be something to itÖ

Butterfly Rubbers:
Ė probably the most famous of all rubbers, that has stood the test of time and is still commonly used in modern days, even after several decades since it was released. This rubber is suitable for all levels, where thinner sponges are usually used for more control at the lower levels and they rubbers are speed glued at higher level for extra performance.

Other Sriver variants (Sriver EL, Sriver FX, G2, G2-FX) Building on the great reputation of sriver, several other variants have been developed over the years. The FX and particularly the EL have also enjoyed great success, the G2 and G2-FX are more recent and have not been quite as popular, partially due to the wide range of similar rubbers now on the market.

Bryce series Ė Bryce and Bryce FX are without a doubt two of the most popular choices for offensive players at higher levels, especially where speed glue is used. Many (but not all) agree that this rubber needs to be speed glue to really make it come alive, so with the upcoming ban, it may lose some of itís popularity. The Bryce Speed, Bryce Speed FX are an attempt to modify the rubber to make it more usable without speed glue, but opinions on this are mixed.

The new Tenergy 05 has been creating a bit of stir lately as the latest glue-free offensive rubber, but itís a little too early to tell how successful it will be. Other offensive rubbers worth noting are the Tackifire C, Cermet and Catapult which have been successful for some people, but donít stand out as much as the ones above. The Raystorm is one of the more popular short pimple rubber.

For the more all-round or defensive styles, there are the Tackiness C and D, which were very popular for many years and still used by some people today. The Feint Long II and III are their more popular long pimples, but have not had a huge following. The Super Anti appears to be one of the more highly regarded anti-spin rubbers out there, but with only a small percentage of players playing with these types of rubbers these days, we tend not to hear much about it. With the frictionless long pimple ban now in place, this rubber may well make a comeback.

Butterfly Blades:
The Butterfly blades are generally regarded as high quality blades. Butterfly has factories in several different countries, but those made in Japan clearly stand out as top quality blades.

The Butterfly Primorac, Primorac carbon, Petr Korbel, Gergely, Sardius, Andrejz Grubba and Mazunov have been around for many years and have been the most successful Butterfly blades.

In recent years, more research and technology has produced high-tech blades wich appear to have overtaken some of the earlier carbon blades in popularity. The Michael Maze and Timo Boll Spirit are high quality blades and have become very popular, and are used by some of the current top players in the world. The Schlager carbon seems to have a following, but itís likely to be too fast to control for most people, although the sheer speed is often an attraction. The Kong Linghui Special is also highly regarded with a good following.

The Cypress-S seems to be the most popular J-pen blades, partially due to poor availabilty (in western countries) to the other J-pen blades.

The Matsushita Pro and the Joo Se Hyuk appear to be the most popular more defensive blades, and appear to be growing in popularity.

Final words:
It is likely that a player of any level and style can find something appropriate from the Butterfly brand, although this is the case for many of the other major brands too. Hopefully this summary will be useful for Butterfly fans or those that only have this brand available to choose from. Butterfly do have a range of other table tennis related items, in fact they pretty much sell everything related to table tennis, but blades and rubbers are the extent of this write-up.

For reviews and further information, see our Butterfly rubbers and Butterfly blades reviews.

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