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1989/90 “evolution” series

Speeding up of tabletennis called for developing faster and more dynamic rackets. There were different substances eg.: graphit, metal implemented into the wood, that made them stiffer and enlarged sweet-spot. Due to this ‘evolution’ Clipper Wood, Graphit Wood and Metal wood came out for carrying out the offensive minded playing strategies. Meanwhile Stiga tried to raise up the predecessors under the name ‘Classic’ – to average purpose. This term presented the end of ‘old Stiga feeling’. The company has moved out from Tranas respectively manufacturing has moved in to Eskilstuna. At the original place in Tranas started to make Yasaka blades.

[ilink url=”http://oldstiga.com/c/evolution_series.pdf” style=”download”]Stiga Evolution Catalogue (pdf 2.2MB)[/ilink]

Stiga serial numbers

Although Stiga woods were made by hand in Tranas quantity reached considerable amount. Perhaps for maintaining rackets’ individuality Stiga started to apply serial numbers from 1973-1975 – after the nailed handle period but before the bulbed era. On the bulbed rackets made from ~1987 you cannot find serial number. The serial was made up of a letter and a two digit number pressed into the side of the handle. At that time serial number was placed on even the weaker quality rackets like Stiga Europa.

Old Stiga Tabletennis Blade Serial

The first number was A01. As a matter of curiosity there in no higher number than 50 is known (If somebody has certain information on it, please, send a mail or photo) In case of reaching 50 the next letter of alphabet is used. There are letters used from ‘A’ to ‘I’ ‘and the serials never returned in a certain type. (eg.: Johansson offensive wood) Structure of serials on anniversary blades was different but you can read the details in Annyversay wood topic. Coming soon…

Bulbed Stiga rackets ~1979-1989 with download

In this era Stiga changed its production. Tabletennis requested demands that had Stiga make a distinction between racket’s speed and started to pay attention to type of using rackets. Simultanously rubbers’ significance also incrased. Besides Yasaka/Stiga Cobra came up Tornado, Black Power, Phantom rubbers with different sponge thicknesses. (1 – 1.5 – 2mm)

Stiga company tried to widen the scale of woods for the customers so they produced almost every kind of handle for every type of wood. The super carbon could be a big novelty at that time. (3 ply wood + 2 ply carbon, uniquely core grain runs across). This solution provided faster blade than offensive wood wich has padouk (red to brown over purple) 2nd ply so dispite the 4.8-5.0mm thickness offensive wood is preferably fast and full of dynamics. Besides the allround wood they made the defensive wood.

Elit series with Yasaka Mark V, Super Carbon with Contra (narrow Alser) handle, Mäster series with Cobra*** rubbers. Hobby series with Cobra** rubber, Beginner series with unmarked or Cobra* rubber (beginner rackets’ wood were diffenrent). Besides of the well known Alser, Johansson and Bengtsson handle Stiga branched out with Stiga 2000 i.e. anatomic (later switched to the thinner Ulf Tickan Carlsson), Contra i.e. narrow flared and chinese and japanese penholder handle.

[ilink url=”http://oldstiga.com/c/stiga_12sidor.pdf” style=”download”]Stiga Catalogue 1979 bulbed era (pdf 3.3 MB)[/ilink]

 

stiga super carbon bulbed table tennis blade

The Annyversary Woods

There are many stories circling on anniversary blades but the formula is simple: There are limited decennial series made since 1985 for recalling Stiga rackets & the famous players.
stiga annyversary wood
1985
300-300 pcs. of Alser, Bengtsson & Johansson were produced for commemoration of VM. In Goethenburg 1985. There was A-B-C marked series and 100 pcs. of each letters i.e. B3/100 means 103rd blade. The serial is written onto the blade’s face. The woods are made of original Stiga laminas by hand.
1995
Presumably 500-500 pcs. of Alser, Bengtsson & Johansson were made. There is oly ‘E’ series from 001 to 500. The letter is written onto the blades face’s left side the number is written onto the right side. The woods are made of original Stiga laminas by hand.
2005
500-500 pcs. of Alser & Bengtsson were made. The woods are told to be made of original Stiga laminas by hand that is controversial. This series has never sold by Stiga. The woods are so much alike that it is hard to believe that they are made by hand. But the most unbelievable is the matter of “original Stiga laminas” from the “hidden stock” story.

Stiga Rubber Scale in 1976 with download

Stiga Table Tennis Rubbers in 1976Well… table tennis developed to so high level that became modern enough to make demands on not only wide scales of wood but also variety of rubbers. Since Stiga had no factory for producing rubbers it was Yasaka who made it for Stiga. Besides the early Cobra soft and backside products in 1971 Mark V rubbers appeared for specifically professional/competition play that’s performance preceding ‘older’ Stiga rubbers. Although rackets were considered as one unit rubbers could be bought individually. The catalogue you can download shows step by step how to install a rubber properly onto a wood.

[ilink url=”http://oldstiga.com/c/stigarubbers.pdf” style=”download”]Stiga Rubbers Catalogue 1976 (pdf 4MB)[/ilink]

An OSP blade for youngsters – Origo

The point where things start. A 5ply lighter blade to begin learning table tennis for children with the regular OSP feeling and veneer combination made of hand selected raw material. Origo has slightly smaller head made of 5.35mm thick lamina and smaller handle. This way we kept the balance to allow the continuity when switching to adult blades.

table tennis handmade blade custommade pingpong racket osp origo

Hints to buy an old Stiga blade

There are lot of information going around about old Stigas that actually rather make things more difficult than ease your decision to buy. I try to summarize what to pay attention to.
The soul of the an old Stiga is its neck. If there are haircracks that blade will not lasts long. Is some opinion a haircrack in the neck is essential old Stiga feature. Tere are couple of players in our club have cracked racket and they keen on their rackets. I don’t really understand that and don’t agree. The neck of the racket is the part that gets the biggest effect, moreover between the handle parts the neck suffers from high torque and continuous bending force. This is the certain part collects and relays information and resonance to your palm. In addition the neck is the wooden spring of a blade.
old stiga pingpong racket johansson
In one word this is the part that should be perfect. Haircracked or porous neck results not only risk of flying head but also means lost feeling or decreasing effect of written above eg. the wood can bend more to forehand or backhand direction, dampening, kicks smaller than it did before or sounds blunt like a dead wood on knocking since its rezonance center goes wrong. I understand some public opinion says these problems can be solved. I have heard much about “special glues” and “it will be better than a new” style fixing but no need to be expert to think it over what the result will be. A broken racket can be really playable if an expert fixes t but I am convinced the original condition can never be approached.
I made 4 groups of fixing processes. 

Injection

This solution is about injecting some kind of glue into the haircrack. Some uses special wooden glue but I met also cyanoacrylate glue. Heating up the cracked part helps the glue to infiltrate into the wood fibres. My Alser European Champion 1969 is injected by instrument hide glue resulted almost the original feeling but last only few months.

Stick
If all 5 plies cracked over usually a 3-4 mm hole is drilled parallel into the crack and a round stick is glued in the hole applying injection process besides. There are woodworkers prefer hard sticks and others like softer pins but once I met steel stick glued in. All these rackets I tried stopped resonating and damping more than an arylate/carbon wood. The neck became a bit more solid and also the extra weight of the glue helps the racket going faster.

Round “coin” implant
It is our own invention for fixing the core only. With a precise micro cutter machine a slot is cut into the neck so deep that the crack disappear. It is like a coin slot. A wooden coin should be made that perfectly fits into the slot. Then this round impland should be glued into the slot in the right grain direction. Finally the remaining implant out of the core should be sand down carefully. This process needs the most precision and takes a lot of work but results the less difference compared to the original racket and lasts the longer among all the methods. I met and tried sqare implants that needs square slot chiseled but the risk of cracks appear again higher with this method.

Groove
This is when a faulty rackets head is sit onto another rackets bottom with using a special profiled cutter used in laminating companies. I think it is no use of checking the result from authentic viewpoint.
to be continued…

How a handmade table tennis blade made? part 2

Its also about finishing. Many of old Stiga owners aksed us to make a spare blade or replacement blade instead of a broken one so you can see some copies in our portfolio but the majority of the rackets are individual designed blades as the customers wanted. Anyway with the serial and the Palatinus logo our blades cannot be mixed up with an old Stiga.