This one is interesting...
I'm not much for defense and chopping but I like to play around now and then.
I am particularly bad at chopping and tend to chop too hard thus hitting over the other side of the table. To facilitate some chop training I thought I'd make the slowest possible blade. And I did.
It's willow-poplar-cork-poplar-willow, and I'm fairly confidant it's the slowest blade of all time. It has a nice handle with decorative veneers of bloodwood and poplar sandwiched between maple. I dressed it up with TSP Curl P-2 (ox) on one side and Globe 999 (1.8) on the other. I hit with it a little last night and it got to the point that I could return just about any mid-grade loop with a nice, floating, slow moving, backspin ball.