After many hints from the table tennis community about the Nittaku Factive, I was finally able to finish a successful review about it. It’s not that I missed out on the rubber, but I have to be wise with my limited resources such as time and money. Therefore, I have to prioritize with my testing.
In this country (Germany), the Japanese table tennis brand Nittaku still plays a rather minor role. There is a German distributor again, but that hasn’t improved much.
That Nittaku has great potential can be seen by the very successful, and in Japan enormously popular, Fastarc rubbers. The absolute bestseller there is the Nittaku Fastarc G-1, and that before the Butterfly Tenergy 05. For years this goes on, with few interruptions, only if a rubber novelty is sold more often for a short time.
In the same way, the Nittaku Fastarc C-1 appears within the rankings as a softer version for spin play. From time to time, the Nittaku Fastarc P-1 or S-1 can also be seen among the TOP rankings.
Just recently, in February 2021, the Nittaku Factive could also reach the fourth place in the sales ranking. Currently, it has dropped out of the TOP10 again. (Japan sales charts)
Of course, such rankings are not comparable to the situation in Germany, Europe or the USA. There other table tennis brands like andro, Tibhar, Donic or JOOLA that are pushed by the dealers, while in a Japanese TT-Store Butterfly, Nittaku or Yasaka cannot be missing. The only brand I can think of is the brand Xiom, which seems to be equally successful everywhere due to the low-priced Vega rubbers.
So the question is why the Factive is selling well in Japan. Is it the low price, the brand name or the outstanding playing characteristics? For whom is the rubber suitable? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Are there comparable rubbers? I will now clarify this.