At £49.97 (or £55, once you include the postage), this is quite an expensive table tennis bat. It is great that this racket also comes with a free bat case and rubber protectors – to keep the tacky rubbers in perfect condition.
BLUTENKIRSCHE BLACK MAMBA
Here’s everything you need to know about the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba table tennis bat…
The rubbers used on the bat are the ITTF approved Kokutaku Blutenkirsche 868 (these are exactly the same rubbers that are used on the cheaper Force, Elite, and Pro Blutenkirsche bats). They are very tacky, especially when compared to cheap premade rackets, which gives the bat plenty of spin.
The Blutenkirsche 5-ply offensive blade is of a fairly high quality for these types of rackets and comes with a flared handle. It is a good choice for the offensive-minded player who would prefer more power.
Blutenkirsche has a vast range of blades and rubbers to suit every playing style from high-grade wood blades right up to hi-tech carbon blades and rubbers for competition and professional players. All their products are excellent quality and fantastic value for money.
You could certainly do worse than the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba.
Compared to some of the other cheap premade table tennis rackets, the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba is a very good bat. The rubbers are tacky and give you the ability to “brush” the ball. That is the most important factor in premade rackets.
The problem is, the majority of premade bats have rubbers on them that are completely dead and don’t allow you to spin the ball at all. It isn’t until you’ve played with a “proper” table tennis bat that you’ll understand the difference – the huge amount of spin you can generate with good rubbers.
To learn more about what to look for in a table tennis racket please read my popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on my Expert Table Tennis blog.
The Kokutaku rubbers do give you some spin. The sponge is a little hard, though – which is often the case with Chinese rubbers. That can make it a little more difficult to develop “feeling” for the ball, as the ball doesn’t really sink into the sponge very much. Instead, it just pings straight out.
I personally feel that if you are paying £55 for a table tennis bat you should get higher quality rubbers than you do on the Black Mamba. Remember, even the Blutenkirsche Force racket (which only costs £14.99) comes with two sheets of Kokutaku Blutenkirsche 868. For me, that is the big let down of this racket. The blade is certainly a lot nicer, and the racket is put together by hand by the staff at Custom Table Tennis. It just needs some better rubbers.
If you are thinking about buying a Blutenkirsche Black Mamba table tennis bat I would personally recommend going for the Palio Legend 2 instead. The Palio Legend 2 is actually £15 cheaper and I believe is the superior racket. The Palio Hadou rubbers used on the Legend 2 are of a much higher quality than the Kokutaku Blutenkirsche 868. Palio Hadou rubbers are closer to professional rubbers such as DHS Hurricane 3.
The wooden Palio Legend 2 blade is also much better quality and more similar to the professional blades you can buy individually. If you were to compare the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba to the Palio Legend 2 side-by-side you would immediately be able to notice the difference between the two rackets. The Palio Legend 2 simply feels a lot better to play with.
BUY THE RACKET
You can buy the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba table tennis bat from Amazon in the UK. It is not currently available in any other countries.
- Amazon.co.uk: The bat costs £49.97 (with £4.99 delivery) and includes a free case.
- Palio Expert 2: The best bat for beginners. Only £29.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $39.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Master 2: The best allrounder. Only £34.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $49.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Legend 2: The most powerful bat. Only £39.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $59.99 (Amazon.com)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Racket Reviews as well.
Have you used the Blutenkirsche Black Mamba racket yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.