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Posted By: Magic_M
Subject: I am proud to present ...
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 1:10pm
... my little collection of old and rare blades. 

This collection is not as big as some others, which are posted here on MyTT. It is more specialized, with a focus on old Stiga blades of the end of the 60`s up to the beginning of the 90`s, supplemented by some other brands (Donic, Nittaku, Butterfly). I will add one blade each day within the next two months and I hope, you enjoy it.

I will start with the main part of my collection: STIGA.  

In the 60`s up to the beginning of the 70`s Stiga was the leading company and produced much more tabletennis-blades than any other company, although they had only one single blade-composition (limba-limba-ayous-limba-limba), today still a classical Allround Wood composition. But the thickness varied a lot (from 4,8 mm up to 6,0 mm). Therefore you can find All-, but also Off blades from this time. 

In the beginning Stiga produced three different kinds of handles (FL, ST and CO, with some variations) and every kind of handle got the name of a famous player with Stiga-contract. 

All blades were manufactured very carefully with special material and special producing-methods. For example Stiga used old veneers, which had a long time to dry very slowly. They used a natural glue (hide-glue, bone-glue), the handle-parts were glued with very low pressure and nailed with two (some blades with three) nails.

This was the best time for Stiga and nearly all champions were playing with Stiga blades. Since 1974 the blades were still good, but they had not the same quality like the older peaces. I don`t know why, but most Stiga-experts will agree to this view. 

The 60`s Stiga blades had a funny shape, more square than today and with really big head sizes, not really playable today. So I decided to start my collection with the first "modern" blades, beginning at the end of the 60`s.


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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 1:22pm
no pictures yet..


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 1:30pm
The "letter-collection"

These blades from the end of the 60`s up to the middle of the 70`s had a sticker with the picture of a player on the handle. Below this picture there was a big black letter, mostly the first letter of the first or second name of the player.

Ladies first: Let`s start with the only female-player in my collection

Marita Neidert







This blade is one of the rarest blades in my collection and is produced between 1969 and 1971.

Marita Neidert was a very successful female-player in Sweden. Between 1966 and 1970 he won 5x consecutively the national single championship (!) and 4x the double championship (1967 - 1971). He played and still lives in Falkenberg (Sweden).



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Posted By: kevo
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 1:48pm
Beautiful!



Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 1:57pm
WOW! I didnt know stiga produced blades for women in those days with their name on it


Posted By: tiehwen
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 3:07pm
just smashing..Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Antuan
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 3:10pm
👀

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Posted By: Fehrplay
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 3:15pm
Thats beautiful! 


Posted By: frogger
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 4:10pm

That blade belongs in the Smithsonian. Very rare! :)


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Posted By: kakapo
Date Posted: 11/19/2014 at 5:12pm
Marita is of course prettier than Mellis :)))

Very nice bladeClap


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Posted By: Timo1978
Date Posted: 11/20/2014 at 9:18am
I think this will become a wonderful collection post.
I am sure Magic-M has many hidden gems to admire

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Posted By: JohnnyChop
Date Posted: 11/20/2014 at 9:26am
drool drool drool over the blade not marita!:D

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/20/2014 at 1:43pm
Let`s continue with the oldest blade in my collection. This blade got the name of a famous swedish player, who won the European Championship in the single competition (1962 and 1970) and the world championship in the double competition (1967 and 1969). He was an international top-player for a very long time (1959 - 1971). 

After his career as player he started a new career as trainer and as first job he trained the german national-team (from 1971 - 1974), before he went back to sweden as trainer of the swedisch national-team. Much too early (in the age of 35) he died in an airplane-crash (1977).

Hans Alsér







For a very long time (60`s up to the beginning of the 90`s) all flared Stiga blades had the name of Hans Alsér. Therfore more Alser blades are sold than any other blade worldwide.

From time to time Stiga changed the picture on the sticker. So you will find several different stickers of Alsér, where you can see him, getting a bit older - with less hair on the younger blades Wink

This blade is from one of the first (or maybe the first) versions of the "modern" blades with the new roundish head shape. As I wrote, Alsér won the double world championship in 1967. After this success Stiga printed a new sticker with the "World Champion" imprint. So I can say, that my Alsér blade is from 1967 - 1968 (for a short time both versions were sold parallel) and this version is the only one, where Alsér is wearing a T-Shirt instead of a team-jersey. Therefore this rare version is called "T-Shirt-Alsér".


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/21/2014 at 12:38pm
When Alsér won the world championship in the double-competition (1967) his partner was another swedish player, who was as successful as he. This player won the european Championship 1964 (two years later than Alsér) and 1966 and three times the world championship in the double competition, two of them together with Alsér. Six times he won the national championship. We are talking about

Kjell Johansson







As you can see, this blade is from an early series, because it yet has the "European Champion" printing. And it is the thinnest Stiga blade in my collection with only 4,8 mm. Nevertheless it has a weight of 85g. It is not a real attacking blade, but a very nice topspin-blade.

By the way: his brother (Christer Johansson) was also a well known table tennis player, who had a contract with Banda. 1967 (during the world championship) they played together for the swedish team.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/22/2014 at 11:23am
During the world championship in 1967, where Alsér and Johansson won the double competition, the swedisch national team won the bronze medal. Three of the four swedisch player had a Stiga contract, and this third Stiga player was

Carl-Johan Bernhardt







This Stiga Bernahrdt has a wonderful limba outer veneer and is one of prettiest blades in my collection.


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Posted By: jrscatman
Date Posted: 11/22/2014 at 3:53pm
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Ladies first: Let`s start with the only female-player in my collection
Marita Neidert
...
Is this a defensive blade? The shape of the head is very different.



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/22/2014 at 4:47pm
Oh no, that`s a clear Allround blade with 5,5 mm thickness and a weight of 95g. Like I wrote in my first post, the Stiga blades of the early 60`s had a more squarish head. This head shape changed in the second part of the 60`s. The Neidert is something like a mixture between old and new shape.

In the next days you will see one more blade with a "different" head shape. Wink


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Posted By: jrscatman
Date Posted: 11/22/2014 at 6:50pm
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Oh no, that`s a clear Allround blade with 5,5 mm thickness and a weight of 95g. Like I wrote in my first post, the Stiga blades of the early 60`s had a more squarish head. This head shape changed in the second part of the 60`s. The Neidert is something like a mixture between old and new shape.

In the next days you will see one more blade with a "different" head shape. Wink
Thank you. That's very interesting. I would love to see some examples of the square shaped heads, if you have any in your collection.

Thanks you very much for posting pictures of your collection. 


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/23/2014 at 2:49am
In a german tt-forum (TT-News) "martinspin" from switzerland posted some pictures from an old catalog from 1963/1964:  http://forum.tt-news.de/showpost.php?p=2021960&postcount=844" rel="nofollow - http://forum.tt-news.de/showpost.php?p=2021960&postcount=844





And here you can see original pictures of an old Stiga Hans Alsér from such an early series,
which I sold a few months ago. Actually I don`t have any more blades of this series.


 

The heads of these blades were more square and some of them had very flat handles.



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/23/2014 at 10:01am
It`s time to coninue with an other interesting blade of a very interesting player.

Aloizy ("Alex") Ehrlich

"Alex" Ehrlich was born in Poland (1914), but grown up in France. Nevertheless he played for Poland between 1934 and 1949 and in this time he was participated in 8 world championships. In these tournaments he won 3 times the silver medal in the single competition. 1934 and 1935 he won the national championship in Poland.

Ehrlich was a Jew and during the second world war he was deported to Auschwitz (KZ Dachau), but he survived and decided, to leave Poland and to start a new live in France again.

This decision was the reason, that he became a "persona non grata" in Poland. So Ehrlich played from this time on for France and played 6 more world championships for France (1952 - 1963). His last international success was the victory on the dutch international championship in 1957.

Ehrlich played a legendary match against Farkas Paneth (a romanion defender) during the world team championship 1936. Paneth expected, that Ehrlich would try to attack, but that was not his plan. Instead of this Ehrlich played again and again very controlled and always on Paneth`s backhand side.

After 2 hours and 12 minutes (!) and round about 1.000 ball-touches Ehrlich inadvertently played on Paneth`s forehand-side (because the ball touched his finger) and Paneth made a mistake. During this rally the referee changed, Ehrlich ate some sausages with bread and mustard without interrupting the game.

The end of this legendary match is not totally clear, because there are two different stories. One of these stories say, that the rest of the first set and also the second set ended very fast and Ehrlich won 21:6 and 21:8. The other version is, that the second point lasted again more than 20 minutes and again Ehrlich made the point. After this point Paneth threw his paddle in the direction of Ehrlich and left the hall, so that the match was canceled and Ehrlich was declared as winner.

After his career Ehrlich trained several teams in different countries (also in Germany although he had such terrible experiences during the second world war). He died in 1992. 

Do you agree to me, when I say, that he was a very interesting person and player?







From these Ehrlich blades you can find several head sizes, because they were sold over a longer period. Some of these blades had a really big head size, other blades (like mine) were relatively small. More famous are the Ehrlich blades with the bigger (rounder) head. Characteristic was the chamfered straight handle with the hole-rows, not only on his Stiga blades, but also on his other blades, when he had a contract with Butterfly and Hanno. All of these blades have a handle, which is similar to this one.


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Posted By: tiehwen
Date Posted: 11/23/2014 at 11:51am
dang...

Magic_M is the "Mother" of ALL Collectors of OLD classic Stiga blades.

I just love the quality of those limba top plies.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/24/2014 at 2:33pm
Today I will present another blade with unusual head size

Tage "Flisan" Flisberg







Tage Flisberg called "Flisan" was another swedish player, who was active between 1936 and 1958. In this time he won 13x the national swedish championship in the single competition, 14x in the double competition and 14 times with different teams. His greatest international success was the silver medal in the world championship 1954. In this year he was the number 3 in the world-ranking. 

The head of this blade looks like a drop with a length of 16,8 cm and a width of 15,5 cm. With a thickness of only 4,8 mm it is anything else but stiff ;-) Although his career ended in the 50`s, Stiga released this blade in 1970/1971. Unfortunately the blade has a (repaired) haircut, which is visible on the pictures.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 at 1:34pm
Last year a famous swedish player of the 50`s and 60`s celebrated his 80th birthday together with two special guests: Jan Ove Waldner and Mikael Appelgren.

Björne "Mellis" Mellström

Overall Mellis played in seven world championships and three european championships. Five times he won the national championship.







This blade from 1968/1969 is as rare as the Stiga Neidert and in absolutely perfect condition. 
I like it very much. Big smile


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Posted By: Tinykin
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 at 1:48pm
The photography is also very good.Thumbs Up


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Posted By: tiehwen
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 at 3:12pm
That "Mellis" is reallyx2 nice.

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/26/2014 at 12:39pm
Today I give you some informations about my favorite player of the 70`s and 80`s. He was born 1952 in Falkenberg (Sweden). In the age of six years he played his first table tennis match in the basement of his parents house. In his childhood he tried different kinds of sports activities, before he watched the swedish table tennis team final 1963 (as one of 1.200 visitors) with the success of the local club BTK Falkenberg. From this moment on he concentrated his sports-activities 100% on table-tennis.

In the age of 16 he had the chance to go to Japan for three months. There he had some personal training with Ichiro Ogimura, who won twelve world champion titles in the 50`s and 60`s (later he became ITTF-president). This was a very important experience for him, because he learnt a lot from Ogimura ("I often think of him - he has changed my life").

In 1971 (in the age of only 19 years) he won the world championship in the single competition as first european since 1953, although it was the first time, that China participated in the championship again. During his long career (- 1987) he won 67 (!) international championships. Between 1980 and 1985 he played for several german clubs. Later he became a professional trainer and started his second career in Germany (ATSV Saarbrücken). 

Today he lives together with his wife Angelita in the USA and together they run a trainings camp in Sorrento Valley ( http://www.stellangie.com" rel="nofollow - http://www.stellangie.com ).

Stellan Bengtsson







This blade is the first version of Bengtsson blades (1971), because it still has the "European Champion" imprint. After his success in Nagoya Stiga changed the sticker and sold it with a new "World Champion" imprint.

As Bengtsson was my favorite player in my youth and as I like these thick straight handles of the Bengtsson blades, I decided, to collect Bengtsson blades as the second part of my collection. But before we continue with this part of my collection, I will present (tomorrow) the last blade of my "letter-collection" and I am sure, you will like it. 

Wink


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Posted By: Johnny Erasure
Date Posted: 11/26/2014 at 3:39pm
Extraordinary collection! I can not wait to see tomorrow's blade!

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Posted By: kakapo
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 7:15am
The Tova is probably comingWink
 
Ladies and gentlemen, this is probably the rarest blade in the world !


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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 2:47pm
your collection is amazing!


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 2:48pm
All these blades shown before are in my collection since a longer time, but one blade was missing all this time. I contacted several friends and collectors over the world, but no one could help me, because this blade is extremely rare. The reason is simple: The player, who gave his name to that blade, left Stiga after a very short time (from the end of 1969 up to the beginning of 1970), because he got a new exclusive contract form Butterfly. Since he played such a short time for Stiga and was not yet famous in this time, Stiga sold only a few of these blades, and it was not really "collectable", because everyone wanted to own a blade of the other (more famous) Stiga players.

If you try to find pictures of this blade in the world wide web, you will only find the pictures of one single blade (the actual owner is a well known swedish collector, who is also member of this forum).  This will change from now on. Big smile

Of course kakapo was wright: I am talking about

Antun "Tova" Stipancic

He was born 1949 in the former Jugoslavia (today Kratia) and died in the age of 52 in Zagreb. During his career (1961 - 1981) he won several tournaments. His biggest international success was the win of the world championship in the double competition (together with Dragotin Surbek) in 1979. Four years before, during the world championship in Kalkutta, Stipancic won the silver medal in the single-, double and team competition.

Although Antun is his right name, Butterfly called him Anton, while Stiga named him Tova. Therfore people thought, that it would be two different persons, but that is a mistake. Stipancic had a Stiga contract first (but only for a short time) and than went to Butterfly.







Before you spam my Inbox with offers: this blade is not really genuin. Wink

As I wrote, I searched this blade for a long time, without success. The only original blade, that I know, was in the hand of a german guy, but before I noticed that, he sold it to the swedish collector - unbelievable bad luck. 

Fortunately this collector sent me some pictures and all measures of this original Tova Stipancic. 

 
http://rarepaddles.com/public/images/galleryShow/Stiga%20Tova%20Stipancic%201967.......jpg" rel="nofollow - http://rarepaddles.com/public/images/galleryShow/Stiga%20Tova%20Stipancic%201967.......jpg

With the help of two friends I managed to build my own "Tova-Anniversary", which is produced with the same glue like Stiga used in this time, with the original head size and with stickers like original.

I am NOT planning to sell it and I am NOT willing to help anyone, to build his own Tova blade, because I don`t want to risk any scamming-activities here. This blade is exclusively for my collection. So please don`t ask me for any details, because I will not answer to such questions.


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Posted By: kakapo
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 3:02pm
Congratulations ManfredClap

Perfect pics of Perfect blades with perfect stickers.
The Mellis is really a beauty I have to say.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 3:09pm
And here you can see the complete 

"Stiga letter collection".

  
  
  


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Posted By: Timo1978
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 3:42pm
A M A Z I N G ! ! !

Congrats Manfred. I love to see that you finally managed to catch all these awesome beauties and gems (especially the Tova)
I can imagine how much efforts regarding time, blood, sweat and tears you had to invest to complete your outstanding letter collection.
Let ´s better Forget and not speak about the needed amount of $$$ in case your wife is sometimes 2 close 2 your PC

Magic-M definitly is a true

S T I G A M A N I A K



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Posted By: Liquid Sky
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 4:43pm
Very nice blades Manfred!

I especially like the Stipancic

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Posted By: TKMP
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 8:24pm
That a very very nice collection.


Posted By: emihet
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 8:32pm
where did you find the Stipancic...i looked for over 5 years for it and could only find one...and that is the one Oesthen got from Italy

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Posted By: E.ZegnaFan
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 9:22pm
Originally posted by Liquid Sky Liquid Sky wrote:

Very nice blades Manfred!

I especially like the Stipancic

+1 Tongue and Congrats to Manfred, you're the Man Clap. I have been waiting to see your Tova Stipancic project for months !


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78 Stiga Super Carbon/Calibra Tour M.


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Posted By: doraemon
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 9:43pm
I have one question:   What is the meaning of "back side top spin" ???

The side with that sticker is supposed to be the Forehand side (thus front side).  So why is it "back side" ??


The one with unique handle (Erlich), I used to own one with that handle, but made by Butterfly.  I can't remember if it's Butterfly Erlich or just ordinary butterfly.   If I remember correctly, it has black (or brown??) leather grip with that shape.   The handle has holes on it, I can't figure out the function of those holes though.


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Posted By: E.ZegnaFan
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 at 10:02pm
Originally posted by doraemon doraemon wrote:

I have one question:   What is the meaning of "back side top spin" ???

The side with that sticker is supposed to be the Forehand side (thus front side).  So why is it "back side" ??


The one with unique handle (Erlich), I used to own one with that handle, but made by Butterfly.  I can't remember if it's Butterfly Erlich or just ordinary butterfly.   If I remember correctly, it has black (or brown??) leather grip with that shape.   The handle has holes on it, I can't figure out the function of those holes though.

Back side because it's inverted and was referred to Yasaka Stiga Cobra 3 stars rubber from mid 60's to early 70's to play top spin.
I guess yours is Butterfly Swedish Style from the 70's- early 80's. Cheers Smile


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/28/2014 at 1:05am
Originally posted by emihet emihet wrote:

where did you find the Stipancic...i looked for over 5 years for it and could only find one...and that is the one Oesthen got from Italy
Did you read my post about the Tova? Wink

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/28/2014 at 2:14am
Originally posted by doraemon doraemon wrote:

The one with unique handle (Erlich), I used to own one with that handle, but made by Butterfly.  I can't remember if it's Butterfly Erlich or just ordinary butterfly.   If I remember correctly, it has black (or brown??) leather grip with that shape. The handle has holes on it, I can't figure out the function of those holes though.
Like I wrote in my Ehrlich-post, Ehrlich played for Stiga first, later for Butterfly and Hanno, and all his blades had this special handle. 

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/28/2014 at 12:58pm
It`s time to continue with the next part of my collection: 

Bengtsson sticker series

As shown in the letter-collection, the first Bengtsson European Champion had a big S below the sticker.


1971, just before Bengtsson won the world championship, Stiga released another version of this blade. Instead of the big S there was a Mark V sign under the sticker. The reason is, that Stiga sold this blade also as complete paddle with Mark V rubbers. 

Stiga Stellan European Champion (Mark V)










The next version of Bengtsson blades already had the new "World Champion" sticker, but still the dark handle from the European Champion blade. That`s normal, because it was the same blade. Stiga only changed the sticker.

Bengtsson World Champion (1. series)









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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/29/2014 at 10:20am
Bengtsson World Champion Mark V (2. series)

Next step was a Mark V version of this "World Champion" blade. The handle was already dark, but not as dark as on the first series. This blade was released or sold in 1973/1974.









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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 11/30/2014 at 12:46pm
Bengtsson World Champion (3. series)

Between 1974 and 1975 Stiga changed several details. For example the color of the handle-material changed (it looked lighter) and they used a deferent sticker at the top of the handle. Up to 1974 "MADE IN SWEDEN" was written in black color on a white background. From 1974 on it changed to "TRANAS SWEDEN" in black color on transparent background.









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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/01/2014 at 5:39pm
Stiga Bengtsson World Champion - Junior

At the same time Stiga released a junior-version of their Bengtsson Allround Wood. Most of these junior-blades were simple 3-ply blades with a basswood-outer and 1-star rubbers. 





But Stiga sometimes also sold their normal limba-ayous AR Wood blades with a "Junior-Sticker". 
Here you can see such a blade.







The measures of the blade (thickness = 5,2 mm / weight = 93g) show the excellent veneer-quality.
If you compare the blades with a look from the side, the difference is clearly visible.






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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/02/2014 at 1:59pm
In the middle of 1975 Stiga changed several things in their production:
  • the handles got lenses instead of sticker, 
  • all blades got a serial-number
  • Stiga released several kinds of blades instead of one single composition
  • all blades got an imprint, which showed the kind of blade
From tomorrow on I will give you some more detailed informations about these changes.
But before Stiga started with these changes, they released a special edition:

Stiga Bengtsson World Champion 
Mark V Gold Edition







The only difference to the former version was the golden sticker on the handle. I think, Stiga planned to sell the rests of the blades in stock, before the new blades were released.

If you look exactly, you will see another difference to my former blades: the missing nails in the handle. I don`t know the exact time, but sometime in 1974 Stiga already changed the kind of glueing the handle cups. From this moment on the cups were normally glued, but no longer nailed.


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Posted By: t64t64t64
Date Posted: 12/02/2014 at 5:38pm
So awesomeeeeeeee

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Posted By: kolevtt
Date Posted: 12/02/2014 at 6:44pm
I don't like this collection - some low quality cheap wooden blades with some stickers. Big smile






Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/03/2014 at 4:24pm
Yesterday I wrote, that from the middle of 1975 Stiga sold their blades with black lenses instead of the previous sticker. That`s absolutely right, but for a longer time (3-4 years) Stiga sold the previous sticker-blades parallel until the last sticker-blades were sold.

But these blades were signed in the same way as the new lens-series
  • with Allround Wood imprint on the head 
  • with a serial-number at the side of the handle
Here you can see such a blade from this transition time:

Stiga Bengtsson World Champion 
Allround Wood









If you look at the third picture, you can see the serial-number, consisting of 1 letter and 2 numbers.
  • the letter shows the year of production (A = 1975, B = 1976 .... J = 1983)
  • the numbers show the week of production (01 = beginning of january ... 52 = end of december)
With this information you are able to define the exact production week of these old Stiga blades. For example the serial-number D36 shows, that this Bengtsson World Champion Allround Wood is produced in the second week of september 1978.

Stiga started to add these serial-numbers in the middle of 1975 (so you will not find a blade with A01, A15 or other low numbers) and stopped the serial-numbers in the beginning of 1983 (you will not find any high numbers with J like J40 or J50).


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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 12/04/2014 at 8:33am
Thanks for clarifying the serial numbers.I always wondered what B10 on my Stiga 2000 championship model meant


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/04/2014 at 2:23pm
Before we continue with the Bengtsson "lens-collection", have a look at the complete

Bengtsson "sticker collection"

             







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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/04/2014 at 2:32pm
Stiga Bengtsson "lens series"

From the middle of 75 Stiga started to produce their blades with a black lens on both side of the handle. These blades had already a smaller head than the previous blades, especially compared with the old blades of the 60`s up to the beginning of the 70`s (look at my "letter-collection").

1975 was also the beginning of several other kinds of blades. OF course Stiga produced also their famous Allround Wood blades with the most sold composition ever: limba - limba - bayous - limba - limba
Therefore I will start with this 

Stiga Bengtsson Allround Wood











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Posted By: E.ZegnaFan
Date Posted: 12/04/2014 at 3:48pm
But your Stellan Bengtsson Allround wood is the model from mid- late 80's model ! I mean there's almost 10 years gap between the posts which is missing the one without thumb cut.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/04/2014 at 4:23pm
Yes, you are right. Some months ago I posted some informations about these lenses in an other thread:
http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=65606&KW=golden&PID=787963&title=interesting-observation-realization#787963" rel="nofollow - http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=65606&KW=golden&PID=787963&title=interesting-observation-realization#787963

Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

The first "double-lenses" were produced in 1975. These blades had the imprint "MADE BY STIGA" and STIGA in white letters. The other lens had the imprint "MODEL DESIGNED BY ..." and the whole imprint also in white. Additional these blades had a serial-number on the side of the handle. This serial-number shows the age of the blade, because there is a letter (A = 1975, B = 1976 ... J = 1983) and two numbers (01 = first week of the year ... 52 = last week). This kind of lens-combination was produced up to the beginning of 1983. 

After this time Stiga changed one of the lenses. "MODEL DESIGNED BY" changed into golden letters. Additional these blades did not get any serial-number. I can`t say exactly, how long this lens-combination was produced, but it may be a few years. So tiehwen`s straight Allround Wood is from this time.

The last version of the black "double-lenses" was produced from the end of the 80`s up to the 90`s. Now the other lens changed to "MADE IN" and STIGA in golden letters. That`s the version of tiehwen`s anatomic ALLROUND WOOD. This lens-combination was used for the last "Allround Wood" and the follower "Allround Classic"



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/05/2014 at 1:13pm
Stiga sold this Allround Wood for round about 15 years. The only difference in all these years was the logo/script in both lenses. But in the beginning of the 90`s Stiga changed the name of their bestseller into "Allround Classic".

Stiga Bengtsson Allround Classic







In the 90`s Stiga decided to produce their blades with only one lens on the forehand-site.

Stiga Bengtsson Allround Classic  (2nd series)










Did I already tell you, that these Bengtsson handles with thumb-cut were the best handles ever?

Wink


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/06/2014 at 8:32am
The next step was a similar blade, which was a little bit faster, thicker and stiffer than the Allround Classic. With a thickness of 6,25 mm (Allround Classic = 5,4 mm) and a weight of 95g it is a powerful Allround blade, more All+ or Off- in my eyes than All. 

Composition: limba - ayous - ayous - ayous - limba

As you can see, there is only one limba veneer. So we can say, that this blade was something between a normal Allround Wood and a Clipper Wood. Let`s call it a "Clipper Wood Light".

Stiga Bengtsson Allround Evolution







This special handle design was sold only for a very short time. Later Stiga changed the handle. Instead of the red double-lens with "Stellan Bengtsson" imprint the new handle got only one red lens with "Stellan" imprint, also for a short time only, before the Bengtsson imprints disappeared and all straight handles got the "Peter Karlsson" or "Peter" imprints. For a short time Bengtsson and Karlsson blades were sold parallel.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/07/2014 at 1:04pm
1975 was an important year for Stiga, because from this moment on Stiga started to sell different kind of blades with different compositions, beginning with a Defensive Wood and an Offensive Wood. 

Stiga Bengtsson Offensive Wood (1. series)
- with black double lens -









composition: nut - red dyed limba - ayous - red dyed limba - nut

As you can see on the third picture, this blade is from the end of november 1975 (A48). The head size was smaller than the early sticker-series (15,9 x 15,2 cm) and the thickness of this A-series was round about 5 mm. This blade has a thickness of 5,1 mm.

I am sure, that most of you know these famous Stiga Offensive Wood blades, but tomorrow you will see another Offensiv Wood and I am sure, that 95% of you have never seen this version and that most of you did not know about the existence of this version. 

So don`t forget to come back tomorrow. Wink


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/08/2014 at 3:59pm
Nearly everyone knows these famous Stiga Offensiv Wood with the black double lens, but nearly no one knows, that the really first Offensiv Wood had no lenses. Instead of these lenses Stiga used black stickers, which looked like the later lenses.

Here you can see such a beauty:

Stiga Bengtsson Offensiv Wood (1. series)
- with black sticker -









composition: nut - dyed limba - ayous - dyed limba - nut

On the third picture you can see the serial-number A37, which shows us, that this blade was produced in the second week of September 1975. I don`t know exactly, how long this version was produced, but it`s fact, that it was only a very short period of time, no longer than a few weeks !

By the way: did you notice the nailed handle (visible in the last picture)? That`s anther deviation from the "normal" Offensiv Wood, because none of the later double lens blades had such nailed handles.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/09/2014 at 1:31pm
The first version of Stiga Offensiv Wood was produced between 1975 and 1979. In 1980 Stiga changed the second veneer from red dyed limba to paduk. The blades became harder and stiffer.

Stiga Bengtsson Offensiv Wood (2. series)









composition: nut - paduk - ayous - paduk - nut

This paduk-series was produced for round about two years (1981 - 1982).
My blade has the serial number F10 (picture 3) and is produced in the second week of March 1980. 


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/10/2014 at 3:58pm
1983 Stiga changed the second veneer again, this time from paduk to scandinavian pine. Maybe the paduk was to hard for the most players and therefore not as successful like the previous version.

Instead of "offensiv wood" that blades got a "stiga offensive" imprint.

Stiga Bengtsson Offensive (3. series)









composition: nut - scandinavian pine - ayous - scandinavian pine - nut

Like you can see on the third picture, the serial numbers were gone (since 1983). This blade was produced between 1983 and 1984 and is a very good playing blade in my eyes. In opposite to the later versions Stiga used scandinavian pine instead of spruce. This pine had a harder feeling than the (today) usual spruce.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/11/2014 at 2:15pm
In 1985 Stiga modified their Offensiv Wood again, but this time the second veneer remained unchanged. This time they changed the outer veneer from nut to dyed koto. Also they changed the name from "Stiga Offensive" to "Offensiv Classic".

Stiga Bengtsson Offensiv Classic (4. series)









composition: dyed koto - pine - ayous - pine - dyed koto

Unfortunately the "Offensiv Classic" imprint is missing on my blade (I removed it during the cleaning-process). Nevertheless it is a real beauty and 100% original.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/12/2014 at 9:57am
The last Stiga Offensiv blade with Stellan Bengtsson lens was the Offensive Evolution. The first version of this blade had a red lens on both sides of the handle with the well known "Stellan Bengtsson" imprint. 

Later (at the beginning of the 90`s) Stiga decided to use only one lens on their handles. This second version of the Offensiv Evolution also got an other lens imprint: "Stellan" instead of "Stellan Bengtsson". These blades with the single lens and "Stellan" imprint were the really last blades, which were designed by or for STellan Bengtsson.

Stiga Stellan Offensiv Evolution (5. series)









composition: nut - limba - ayous - limba - nut



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/13/2014 at 3:37pm
Let`s go back to the middle of 1975. Besides the Offensiv Wood Stiga released another new blade:

Stiga Bengtsson Defensiv Wood
- with black sticker -

Of course the first Defensiv Wood blades had also (like the Offensiv Wood) the black sticker instead of the later lenses and I am happy to own one of these really rare blades, which were produced and sold only for a few weeks.









Composition: meranti - meranti - dyed ayous - meranti - meranti

My Defensiv Wood has the serial number A34 and is produced in the middle of august 1975.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/14/2014 at 10:15am
Some weeks later the Defensive Wood got the famous black double lens instead these black stickers. Here you can see such a Defensiv Wood from December 1977 (C50) with the original signature of Stellan Bengtsson.

Stiga Bengtsson Defensiv Wood
- with black double lens -









Composition: meranti - meranti - dyed ayous - meranti - meranti



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 at 5:53pm
Today and tomorrow I will continue with two almost unknown Stiga blades.

Stiga Bengtsson Cornet Wood









The Cornet Wood is another 5-ply, very light (79g), thin (5,3 mm) and with good control. 
This blade is from the beginning of august 1982 (serial number H31).


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Posted By: Tinykin
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 at 10:02pm
What is the idea behind the variance in colour? Does it affect the way the blade plays?



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/16/2014 at 12:57am
No, there is no effect of the different colors. This look is special for these old Cornet Wood, but it is a typical specification of the used outer veneer. If you are registrated on "rare paddles.com", you can see another identical Cornet Wood.

http://rarepaddles.com/public/images/galleryShow/Stiga%20Cornet%20Wood%20G03%201981.jpg" rel="nofollow - http://rarepaddles.com/public/images/galleryShow/Stiga%20Cornet%20Wood%20G03%201981.jpg




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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/16/2014 at 12:53pm
The next blade is at least as rare as the Cornet Wood.

Stiga Bengtsson Ultra Wood









It`s another 5-ply. Outer veneer is a thin veneer of noble wood. The other 3 (thicker) veneers seem to be from the same wood, but I don`t know the exact composition. 

The Ultra Wood is from a small special-series and therefore extremely rare. With a weight of 96g and a thickness of 5,6 mm this is a powerful blade, almost as fast as most of the Offensiv Wood blades.

My blade is from september 1982 (serial-number H38)


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/17/2014 at 12:46pm
After so much quality blade - I think, you need a little break. Wink Therefore I will post a very simple blade today - nothing special for players, but of course it is also a part of my collection. In the moment I don`t know the name of this blade, but it`s fact, that this is a cheap basswood blade, sold with cheap 1 or 2-star rubbers. It`s a thin (4,8 mm) blade for beginners. 

Stiga Bengtsson Basswood









When you look at the color of the printing in the lens, you know, that this blade is not from the 70`s or early 80`s, because it already had the golden color.




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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/18/2014 at 1:45pm
The next blade is from the middle of the 80`s. It already had the new kind of handle, with the beautiful thump-cut. Although the blade is not extremely old, it is also a rare blade and therefore hard to find.

Stig Bengtsson Control









Composition: koto - meranti - ayous - meranti - koto

The Stiga Control is not only a collection blade, it is also a very good blade to play with. Speed is similar to the old Allround Wood, but with better control. The harder koto (compared to the limba veneer of the Allround Wood) makes it easier to block and to place the ball. The second veneer is softer. It seems, that this combination of a hard and a softer veneer (hard outer + soft second veneer or soft outer + harder second veneer) is exactly, what I prefer for my playing-blades.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/19/2014 at 1:36pm
A few days ago "liulin04" thought, that he had found the "holy grail":
http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=69393&KW=holy+clipper&title=holy-grail-original-clipper" rel="nofollow - http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=69393&KW=holy+clipper&title=holy-grail-original-clipper

But of course he did not find this "holy grail", because it is in my collection Wink

Stiga Bengtsson Clipper Wood (1. series)









Composition: limba - ayous - ayous - ayous - ayous - ayous - limba

This is one of the first Clipper Wood, produced in march 1982 (serial number H31), with a wonderful limba veneer. In opposite to the actual Clipper Wood these old blades were thinner (6,2 mm) and had a better felling than the modern version.

Unfortunately the imprint has been removed (together with the old glue and dirt) during the cleaning-process, because the blade was in bad condition, when I got it. But now this beauty is "shining" again. 

Some years later Stiga changed the handle of these Bengtsson blades. They got a thumbs-cut at the top of the handle. These type of handle is one of the best handles ever in my eyes. I really like it.

At the beginning of 2016 I heard about a special version of the Clipper Wood which got a Yasaka tag under the handle instead of the tre-kronor-sticker. Of course this was a "must have" for me Wink












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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/20/2014 at 8:18am
In the beginning of the 90`s a famous german rubber producer wanted to test their new rubber generation. For this test they needed some blades with absolutely identical features (thickness, head size, weight, ...). The only company, who was able to produce such small series with equal quality, was STIGA with their new factory in Tranas, Sweden.

So the german rubber-producer ordered all in all 60 blades (20 Allround, 20 Clipper and 20 Carbon), which got a number from 1 to 60, signed on the base of the handle.

In this time the owner of the rubber-company was also owner of a german blade-company, and of course he did not want to make advertising for a swedish competitor. Therefore all these 60 blades got some handle cups of his own company (instead of the Stiga handles), without any lens or anything else, which could give some informations about the kind of blade.

Here you can see some pictures of an original Clipper Wood of this special series (I had two of them). 
On the third picture you can see the engraved number (11).

  

Normally a Clipper Wood ST of this time had a Bengtsson handle, and therefore I decided to replace the handle cups against some original Bengtsson cups.

Stiga Bengtsson Clipper Wood Special Edition









Of course you must not believe this "story", but if you look at the original handle cups, you may know, who ordered this small and special series. Wink

By the way: 
this is a very good Clipper Wood series with exactly 6,2 mm thickness and top veneer-quality.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/21/2014 at 8:57am
Stiga Bengtsson Clipper Wood (2. series)

The second version of the Clipper Wood (from the end of the 80`S) was very thick (6,7 mm), because this version was a 9-ply (!) instead of usual 7-ply. The head of this blade became more "modern" with a head size of 15,5 x 14,8 cm.

Instead of the black double lens of the former version, this second version had a red double lens.










 
 
Stiga Bengtsson Clipper Wood (3. series)

The third version of the Clipper Wood (from the beginning of the 90`s) was much thinner (5,8 mm), 7.ply again, with extremely thin outer and second veneer, while the three inner veneers were thicker. 

Instead of the double lens of the former versions, this third version had only one lens is red color.






Normally the result of such a thinner construction should have been a lighter blade, but this presumption is worn, because the blade on these pictures has an incredible weight of 112,5g ! 
It`s more a weapon than a normal tt-paddle. LOL

Can you imagine, which fantastic veneer quality must have been used for this blade? And (to make it perfect) both "red-lens-Clipper" have the original signature of Stellan Bengtsson.

Big smile


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/22/2014 at 9:33am
At the end of the 80`s Stiga released another powerful blade. In opposite to the (7-ply) Clipper Wood this blade had 9 plies, but nevertheless it was a bit slower than the Clipper Wood.

Stiga Bengtsson DynaPower Wood









Composition: limba - 7x ayous - limba

For a very long time this was the last fantastic Stiga blade. None of their later blades (from the 90`s up to 2012) had this quality in my eyes. And on the top the DynaPower Wood is looking very nice. Embarrassed


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/23/2014 at 8:18am
In 1990 Stiga released two blades with a new kind of sealing. These blades got a thin layer of "metal dust" on the outer veneer, which makes the feeling a bit harder and more direct. One of these blades was a 5-ply all-wood-blade in the range AR+ / Off- 

Stiga Bengtsson Metal Wood








The second blades was faster (Off) and had a thicker/darker sealing. 


Stiga Bengtsson Graphite Wood







It tool more than 2 years, before the Metal Wood got his "brother" Graphite Wood.




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Posted By: TKMP
Date Posted: 12/23/2014 at 10:47pm
Amazing collection!!! Shocked


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 4:21am
Thanks TKMP. Your collection is also beautiful. Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 4:54am
Today I will add the last Stiga blade of my collection. I was searching for this blade for a very long time. Some months ago I had luck, because someone offered it here in the forum. Unfortunately the condition was not as good as my other blades. 
  • some smaller dents had to be repaired carefully
  • one handle cup was shortened up to the beginning of the lens and had to be replaced
  • the head was sanded at the bottom (on one side) and had to be modified
So it needed several weeks to restore this treasure with the help of two other german guys. But now I am able to present the result:

Stiga Bengtsson Super Carbon (1. series)









Composition: nut - carbon - ayous - carbon - nut

The Super Carbon is a very special blade: thin (4,25 mm), hard and direct. This blade is from the first series (early 80`s), with nut as outer veneer and a golden "super carbon" imprint on the head. The last series had a black dyed koto outer veneer with white imprint. But this series had no longer the special feeling of the first series. Nevertheless it would be nice to add this later series to my collection.


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Posted By: Tinykin
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 7:06am
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

...........For a very long time this was the last fantastic Stiga blade. None of their later blades (from the 90`s up to 2012) had this quality in my eyes...............


Why 2012? Are you saying that there was some change in quality control from 2012?



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 8:04am
Of course everyone is allowed to have his own opinion. My opinion is, that the quality of the modern Stiga blades (from the 90`s up to ≈ 2010-2012) had less quality than the older blades. Nearly every player would choose an old Stiga blade instead of the later version (> 1990). 

Of course some blades like Allround Classic or Offensiv Classic were high asked over all the years, but in my eyes the old Offensiv Classic (like shown in my thread here) was much better than the later version.

Actually Stiga seem to have learned from their errors/mistakes of the past. The hardwood series was something like a turn around for Stiga and the VPS series finalized their come back. The Rosewood XO, Inifinity VPS and especially the Emerald VPS are really good blades with nice playing-skills and top craftsmanship. 2012 is only a clue. I think, this was the time, that Stiga started their VPS series with the Infinity VPS. But maybe it`s better to say, that from 2010 on (Hardwood series) the blades became better again.

I don`t know the reason, but I think, it`s "normal", that the quality of a brand changes from time to time. Look at the automobile industry. For a very long time Toyota produced high quality cars. They grew and grew and suddenly the quality got bad. Other companies (for example Opel) had the same problem.

Have a look at the new Emerald with the nice metal lens and tag. Another evidence, that Stiga pays more attention on quality again now.

Once again: that`s simply my opinion (but not only mine). I love the old Stiga blades and I really like my Emerald (Rosewood XO was also a nice blade), but I don`t own ANY Stiga blades from the middle of the 90`s up to 2010, because I did not like them. 

But that does not matter at all, because Stiga is back again now. 
I am pleasedy about this development and I am looking forward to test the new Carbonado blades. 
Smile


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Posted By: Tinykin
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 8:36am
Very interesting Thumbs Up


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Posted By: TKMP
Date Posted: 12/24/2014 at 8:19pm
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Of course everyone is allowed to have his own opinion. My opinion is, that the quality of the modern Stiga blades (from the 90`s up to ≈ 2010-2012) had less quality than the older blades. Nearly every player would choose an old Stiga blade instead of the later version (> 1990). 

Of course some blades like Allround Classic or Offensiv Classic were high asked over all the years, but in my eyes the old Offensiv Classic (like shown in my thread here) was much better than the later version.

Actually Stiga seem to have learned from their errors/mistakes of the past. The hardwood series was something like a turn around for Stiga and the VPS series finalized their come back. The Rosewood XO, Inifinity VPS and especially the Emerald VPS are really good blades with nice playing-skills and top craftsmanship. 2012 is only a clue. I think, this was the time, that Stiga started their VPS series with the Infinity VPS. But maybe it`s better to say, that from 2010 on (Hardwood series) the blades became better again.

I don`t know the reason, but I think, it`s "normal", that the quality of a brand changes from time to time. Look at the automobile industry. For a very long time Toyota produced high quality cars. They grew and grew and suddenly the quality got bad. Other companies (for example Opel) had the same problem.

Have a look at the new Emerald with the nice metal lens and tag. Another evidence, that Stiga pays more attention on quality again now.

Once again: that`s simply my opinion (but not only mine). I love the old Stiga blades and I really like my Emerald (Rosewood XO was also a nice blade), but I don`t own ANY Stiga blades from the middle of the 90`s up to 2010, because I did not like them. 

But that does not matter at all now, because Stiga is back again now. 
I am pleasedy about this development and I am looking forward to test the new Carbonado blades. 
Smile

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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/25/2014 at 8:34am
My Bengtsson "lens-collection":

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/25/2014 at 11:11am
Some blades are still missing in this part of my collection:
  • Bengtsson Super Carbon 2nd series (white imprint)
  • Bengtsson Offensiv Evolution (red double lens)
  • Stellan Allround Evolution (red single lens)
If you have one of these blades or if you own any other blades, which are not listed here, but also belong to this series, please contact me with pm. 

I can buy these blades, but I have also several interesting blades for trade.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/26/2014 at 7:57am
One part is still not mentioned in this thread: 

Stiga Anniversary Series

Stiga started to produce their own table tennis blades in 1944. As you have heard in this thread, they started with big head sizes and face-stickers on the handles. From 1975 on they stopped to produce the sticker-series and startet with black double lenses (later also with other colors).

40 years after their start (1984) Stiga decided to sell some anniversary blades with high quality veneers and (nearly) the same production-methods like usual in their best time (60`s up to the beginning of the 70`s). These first anniversary series (A-, B- and C-series) were extremely limited - only 100 blades of each handle-type (ST = Stellan Bengtsson, FL = Hans Alsér, CO = Kjell Johansson) !!! The "serial-number" was written on the head of the blade, a letter (A or B) on the left side of the handle and a number (1-100) on the right side.

Most of these blades were given as a present to functionaries and famous players during the world championship 1985 in Göteborg, only a very short part of these blades was sold in the normal "market". 

The first blade (number 1/100) of each handle was given to the player who gives his name for this blade. So Stellan Bengtsson got the ST blade with number 1/100, Kjell Johansson got the first conic blade and the widow of Hans Alsér got the FL blade 1/100. Can you imagine the value of these 3 blades? 

I am very happy to catch one of these special blades. It`s the last Bengtsson blade of the C-series.






Many people liked these blades. So Stiga decided to sell 2 more Anniversary series (C- and D-series).
These blades were sold between 1988 and 1990 and were limited to 500 blades of each handle.

1994, when Stiga became 50, another Anniversary series (E-series) as offered, this time with 1.000 blades of each handle-type. This was the last series with ongoing letter (A, B, C, D, E, ...), but the quality of this (and all later) anniversary series had nothing to do with the old Stiga blades and also not with the first (A-C) anniversary series.

Next anniversary series was called "Club Series" and the last anniversary blades got the letters LE and were sold in 2004, when Stiga became 60. This time Stiga decided to sell 3.000 blades of each handle-type. Of course these blades have nearly no collectors-value because of this big amount of blades. 







If someone owns a Bengtsson blade from A- or B-series, please contact me with PM.


Before we start with the next part of my collection, let`s have a last look at my complete 

Stiga collection:








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Posted By: Ciprian
Date Posted: 12/26/2014 at 8:03am
Magic collection . Very good looking blades.Clap


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/26/2014 at 2:26pm
While Stiga`s best years were over, other companies got better from year to year. One of these companies was Donic. In the early 80`s Donic released some really good blades like the Allplay. Within the next years they released some more of these bestsellers.

The most successful time of Donic were the late 80`s and early 90`s, the time of the famous white lens series. All in all I have 10 of these blades in my collection. The first 4 blades are not as famous as the last 6 blades, because they were produced for beginners and sold for small money. Nevertheless these blades were well done 5-ply blades.

Donic "white lens series"

Let`s start with these beginner blades:

Donic Esprit









The Donic Esprit is a very light (76g) and slow (All-) blade.



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Posted By: Dreamer21
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 at 1:48am
Hi magic
I would like to ask youa question, Is that old Donic made by stiga sport AB or Wood house? Thanks


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 at 2:20pm
I am not sure, because Donic had and has several producers for their blades. For example actually some blades are still produced in Sweden, some others in China and the WC89 series in Germany.

All the early Stiga blades were produced by Wood House in TranÃ¥s, Sweden at first. These blades had the best quality of all Stiga blades. Later Stiga founded their own factory in Eskiltuna, Sweden (Stiga Sport AB), which was purchased by Banda in 1984. The chief and founder of Banda was Bengt Bandstigen. 

I think, you can imagine, that some of the technicians remained at Wood House, some others went to Stiga Sport AB. Maybe that`s the reason, why the later products did not have the same quality: 
half experience + half ability = half quality Wink

But back to your question: so far as I know Wood House produced these old Donic blades.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 at 2:24pm
The next Donic blade with the white lens was also a very controlled blade for beginners:

Donic Easyplay








The Easyplay has a medium thickness (5,6 mm) and weight (87g).


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Posted By: Dreamer21
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 at 12:09am
Thanks for the imformation,btw one more thing wanna know. Is that the old 'housewood' the same company as the 'wood house' own by Thomas right now?


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 at 2:26am
I don`t know any company called "housewood". I only know "Wood House"

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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 at 9:40am
Magic M,

I noticed that all your Stiga blades have straight handles.Any particular reason?


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 at 2:15pm
It seems, that you did not watch the whole thread Wink

The first part of my collection was the "letter-collection". There you will find at least 9 blades, 1x FL (Alser), 4x CO (Neidert, Johansson, Stipancic and Flisan) and 4x ST (Bengtsson, Mellis, Ehrlich and Bernhardt).

As I wrote, STellan Bengtsson was my favorite player in my youth. Therefore the second collection-part is my "Bengtsson letter-collection" and the third part is the "Bengtsson lens-collection".
All Stellan Bengtsson blades had a straight handle. That`s the simple reason.

The Donic "white lens collection"contains different kinds of handles. If you have one of my Donic blades with ST handle, while I am presenting any other handle, you can offer me your ST blades for trade, because I also prefer ST handles as player.


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/28/2014 at 2:26pm
The next blade got the name of a well known swedish player, who was one of the best table tennis players in the 80`s and 90`s. Three times he won the european single championship and together with the swedish national team he won three times the world championship. I am talking about Mikael Appelgren

Donic Appelgren Master










Although Appelgren was a top player, this AG Master is also a beginner-blade, 
thin (5,0 mm), light (72g) and slow (not more than All-).



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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/29/2014 at 1:59pm
With a weight of 98g the next blade is much more powerful than the first three blades.

Donic Appelgren World Champion









The heavy weight is really astonishing, because the head size is only 15,5 x 15,1 cm 
and the blade-thickness is only 4,95 mm. So the used wood material must be extremely heavy.


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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 12/30/2014 at 2:04pm
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

It seems, that you did not watch the whole thread Wink

The first part of my collection was the "letter-collection". There you will find at least 9 blades, 1x FL (Alser), 4x CO (Neidert, Johansson, Stipancic and Flisan) and 4x ST (Bengtsson, Mellis, Ehrlich and Bernhardt).

As I wrote, STellan Bengtsson was my favorite player in my youth. Therefore the second collection-part is my "Bengtsson letter-collection" and the third part is the "Bengtsson lens-collection".
All Stellan Bengtsson blades had a straight handle. That`s the simple reason.

The Donic "white lens collection"contains different kinds of handles. If you have one of my Donic blades with ST handle, while I am presenting any other handle, you can offer me your ST blades for trade, because I also prefer ST handles as player.

I am following it quite closelySmile

I was reffering to the Bengssson collection.

I have someone at my club who has a few Bengtssons,which also had str handles,which made me wonder.

Thanks for clearing it up for me.


Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/30/2014 at 3:37pm
Originally posted by mahomedy13 mahomedy13 wrote:

I have someone at my club who has a few Bengtssons,which also had str handles,which made me wonder.
Please ask him, if he has one of these blades.
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Some blades are still missing in this part of my collection:
  • Bengtsson Graphite Wood
  • Bengtsson Super Carbon 2nd series (white imprint)
  • Bengtsson Offensiv Evolution (red double lens)
  • Stellan Allround Evolution (red single lens)
If you have one of these blades or if you own any other blades, which are not listed here, but also belong to this series, please contact me with pm. 

I can buy these blades, but I have also several interesting blades for trade.
Thanks


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Posted By: Magic_M
Date Posted: 12/30/2014 at 3:41pm
The next blade is a very famous, but also a very good blade.

Donic Appelgren Allplay









Composition: limba - limba - ayous - limba - limba

That`s one of the most classic blades ever and much better than the actual version. Wink


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Posted By: mahomedy13
Date Posted: 12/30/2014 at 4:14pm
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Originally posted by mahomedy13 mahomedy13 wrote:

I have someone at my club who has a few Bengtssons,which also had str handles,which made me wonder.
Please ask him, if he has one of these blades.
Originally posted by Magic_M Magic_M wrote:

Some blades are still missing in this part of my collection:
  • Bengtsson Graphite Wood
  • Bengtsson Super Carbon 2nd series (white imprint)
  • Bengtsson Offensiv Evolution (red double lens)
  • Stellan Allround Evolution (red single lens)
If you have one of these blades or if you own any other blades, which are not listed here, but also belong to this series, please contact me with pm. 

I can buy these blades, but I have also several interesting blades for trade.
Thanks

I will.I myself was planning on buying 1,so i will ask  him for a list of what he got,which i will forward to you(if he is willing to sell)



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