The History of Cricket Bats
Here at Fatbats, our custom cricket bats are designed for the Run-Hungry Cricketer. All of the FATBATS range is handmade from Grade One English Willow. They are FAT but sexy; full but sleek; fun but sophisticated.
We get asked about our bats quiet a bit, with some asking us about the history of bats themselves. We love sharing our story with our clients, so we decided to start sharing our story our website.
The blade of a cricket bat is a wooden block that is generally flat on the striking face and with a ridge on the reverse which concentrates wood in the middle where the ball is generally hit. The bat is traditionally made from willow wood, specifically from a variety of White Willow called Cricket Bat Willow, treated with linseed oil, which forms a protective barrier. The reason this variety of willow is used is that it is very tough and shock-resistant, not being significantly dented nor splintering on the impact of a fast cricket ball while also being light in weight.
The blade is connected to the handle by means of a splice. The design of a cane handle spliced into a willow blade through a tapered splice was the invented in the 1880s by Charles Richardson, a pupil of Brunel who's work can be seen not far from our Fatbats workshop.
The edges of the blade closest to the handle are known as the shoulders of the bat, and the bottom of the blade is known as the toe of the bat.
Bats themselves are very personal. It can be tricky finding the right bat, but that's where we come in. When you are getting yourself a new bat, it has to have the right balance, and the right lift to suit you and your playing style. We help to knock in the bat, so when you collect you're new pride and joy, you're ready to start playing right away.
We have a range of bats for you to choose from if you're looking for a new or finished BATS – The Furore, The Rumpus and The Mayhem. Fancy your own style? Select the Bespoke service to have a custom cricket bat designed especially for you...