At FATBATS we are totally passionate about making quality hand-made cricket bats that are suited to the conditions you play in and your individual strengths and preferences. We strongly believe in not generalising the needs of our customers and take tremendous pride in our work, from the selection of the willow and throughout the process. We like to keep our prices competitive as our drive lies in providing a professional, quality service and not in maximising profits.
We work very hard to condition the bats to get the most life out of each piece of willow; and return that same trust that you will show the bat the same care and to that end offer to you (the purchaser) a twelve month guarantee on the life of your cricket bat – as per our guide to bat care and maintenance below.
FATBATS will not repair or replace bats that have not been knocked in or cared for appropriately. After twenty four months we offer a discounted MOT for your cricket bat to prolong the life of the bat – we want to see our bats last as long as they can.
Our Guide to Bat Care & Maintenance
Bats from FATBATS come as natural polished willow which allows you to oil or to apply bat protecting materials to it. On receiving your bat oil it. Apply raw linseed oil to the face and edges and not the back or splice of the bat using a soft cloth. Spread a thin film of oil. Leave horizontally over night to allow the oil to soak in.
Knocking in should take only 6-8 hours and both prepares your bat for use against a hard cricket ball and extends the life span of the bat. Do not use your bat against a hard ball until you have fully knocked it in. The goal is to stretch and press the fibres of the willow.
We recommend using an old soft ball and wooden bat mallet, and popping a sock over the mallet to soften the early blows. For the first 2 hours, work down the edges of the bat with the ball and then up and down the middle of the bat (ensure the seam does not strike the wood). The next day go through the same routine, this time with the sock covered mallet. Now remove the sock and gradually increase the force with which you are striking the bat. By now you should have got in 5-6 hours on your bat. This is the time when you can go to the nets and have somebody throw soft cricket balls at you to hit. After 50 or so balls hit a few against a harder ball - if seam marks are visible then go back to the mallet until the face is fully pressed. Now your bat is ready for action.
Avoid over-oiling. Very lightly oil your bat during the season (if dry) and at the end of each season, following a light rub down with fine sandpaper. The face of the bat will naturally crack. If any splinters or loose wood appears contact our workshop and we will advise you on how best to proceed.