I first want to say that I recently ordered 3 blades from Paddle Palace, and all three were the precise weight I asked for. Their service is excellent and Id recommend their store to anyone.
Regarding Stiga and the Ebenholz NCT V: At first, I was totally disappointed with Stiga. The blade came out of the box very, very raw. The handle gave me a splinter and there was frayed wood along the edges of the blades head. It was as if no effort was put into finishing this blade at all. Normally it wouldnt matter with a less expensive blade, but for $130 I want near perfection.
However, once touched-up and glued-up with some Hurricane and Coppa Platin, my disappointment vanished. This blade is beautiful in every way. The short game is easy to control, blocking is nice, and there is plenty of power at any distance. The feel of this blade is incredible; Ive never experienced anything like it before.
I think Stiga should be chastised for selling such a high-dollar product in such a rough, unfinished condition. Nonetheless, they should also be commended for making a blade that plays absolutely beautifully.
Were it not for the shoddy finish of the blade, I wouldve given it 5 stars instead of 4.
- Anton Chigurh, OR