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The Rare Blue Bat
Our exclusive Rare Blue Bat represents some of the rarest and finest (top 1%) of the finest air dried Grade 1 English willow available. We use only air dried willow for our Rare Blue bats.
The Rare Blue is absolutely limited and only made personally by Master Bat Maker. Each bat carries a serial number and details are logged. If you are looking for something truly exclusive and want to put your stamp on the bat talk to us, as even though it may take time we will make every effort to help.
A Rare blue blade will have 10 or more good, straight, and even grains with no blemishes in the playing area and sometimes contain colour (heartwood) on one side. These bats simply look beautiful and in each year due to the limited availability of such clefts, we are unable to make more than 5 bats. Each Rare Blue bat is made and tested personally by our head bat maker. We have a unique pressing system that is spread over days to achieve such a high degree of perfection. There is usually a long waiting period for these bats and you will need to book well in advance.
The butterfly willow bat
Of late a number of professionals have started getting their bats made from "butterfly watermark willow." This is a return to the days of yore when the butterfly willow bat was much coveted and was called 'The Professional's choice.'
These bats are made from the best cuts of timber called special Butterfly willow. This is "Butterfly Stain", so called as it resembles the body and wings of a butterfly. Such an Cricket Bat Willow is very strong and plays extremely well. It is just a matter if you like to have a bat that looks a bit special. A carefully chosen cleft and well made butterfly stain bat will make a bat which provides a better balance and ping. We have made many bats with the butterfly willow in them and most of them became belters and are very good indeed and clients come looking for the same type of timber again.
The process of staining occurs as a result of the following reasons: the tree and its root structure generally growing outwards, with the main roots throwing out bunches of 'loofah' like suckers which, as they search for water and nourishment under the surface of the ground, are confronted occasionally by areas of stone. This slows down temporarily the rate and direction of growth, consequently checking the flow of sap, which then, interacting with the resultant acidity, creates and causes stainy colouring. In the event of the interaction being slight, the resultant stain gives a delicate marking akin to the subtle colours of a King George butterfly.
Hence the vaunted term "butterfly Stain" was coined. The timber Salix Alba Caerulia is often distinguished by a bright orange stain which is known in the trade as "butterfly" stain. When these stains appear on the blades of the bats, players often reject such bats thinking that the stains are faults or knots, whereas they are in fact the hallmark of the finest quality cricket bat willow.
It takes a trained eye to pick such clefts and turn them into the absolute belter bats. I use butterfly willow bats myself and swear by them and would recommend these to those looking for a special bat which will also last longer. We now introduce these bats to all cricketers who wish to buy something really special and are really interested in the hardware and not purely cosmetics. These can be Custom made e.g. Long blade, short handle, low sweet spot, oval handle and weight to suit. As such our Butterfly willow bats may look different aesthetically but tend to perform above expectations. Sometimes this can take time and often it can safely be used in the nets too.