This Tibhar ComBat 7-ply all wood blade is very solid and provides a great control and feeling. At this price, it's a steal. It is very similar to the twice-as-expensive Nittaku Ludeack, but has a slightly ticker handle, which I personally prefer, that provides more stable hand grip and better feeling during ball contact in my personal experience. I also own Nittaku Ludeack. As a final thought, Tibhar ComBat feels slightly faster than Nittaku Ludeack, but with very similar control!