GAMBLER VECTOR HINOKI
Vector Hinoki is a high power attacking blade combining the unique benefits of Hinoki with the power and stability of Zylon +Carbon. Made to the most exacting standards, Vector touch features HINOKI and SOFTWOOD layers combined with Zylon and 30ton (60K) graphite weave. All Vector blades come with a preservative lacquer finish (no need to seal the blade), 2 high polish metal lens inlay, and a manufacturer backed guaranteed weight range (the only kind in the industry). Gambler is able to achieve precision weight range by using a proprietary grain density testing method and exacting moisture content regulation.
*While the VCZ blades do not have an equal in the industry they do compare favorably to other Zylon Carbon blades that cost $200-$400USD.
Let's be clear - this is a relatively heavy, rigid blade suited to certain playing styles, but I think everyone would enjoy having one of these in the arsenal. This hinoki version has such a solid, vibration-free feel that immediately rewards the player as their technique improves. As I got in to forehand practice with this blade (Mech-Tek Predator on both sides) I could immediately feel it whenever I hit the ball with proper stroke - this blade rings out with a loud, satisfying, crunch sound that would make people everywhere in the club stop practice to ask me about it. Vector Hinoki is thick, smooth, and heavy for hard-hitting. If that's your style, there's no way you won't enjoy this.
I usually play with a Butterfly Viscaria with Tibhar MX-P or Xiom Omega V Asia. I was looking for a ZLC blade and decided to try this one given the afforadable price. I am using the Xiom Omega Asia BH and I tried the Tibhar Hybrid K1 Pro... I was amazed with the performance and control of this blade. Fast when I need it and good control when I need it. I had minimal adjustment with this setup and in some ways better for my style of play. Also the build quality seems just as good and all the other more expensive blades. I will continue to assess, but for now I highly recommend it.
I find this to be an excellent offensive blade. It is fast but not uncontrollable. The ball keeps landing on the table. Weight is actually very nice for a chinese blade-I have 3 and they are all 81-84 grams. The head is not oversized (it is smaller than FLC fire dragon). I tend to EJ a lot, but this blade is so good I am not tempted to try others. I have the straight handle and it fits well with my average to small hands. If you have huge hands and do not want to do handle wraps then you may want to look at it. Highly recommend this blade for offensive minded players. I am not a hitter-but prefer to spin and drive loop, often from off the table.