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Ams4287

Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« on: November 24, 2017, 09:38:53 PM »

As I posted in the Black Friday thread I work a couple of miles from Kippax so thought Id swing by for a look see at the latest profiles and share some photos with you guys who arent so local.

Ive been a few times over the years to Kippax and its always nice to see a setup being able to do the whole process from tree to a finished bat - you can see more photos of the work the 3 guys do on their website or social media.

Ok the bats - both the colossus and problade are SH but a 1 shorter blade which I appreciate isnt for everyone but designed as such after feedback from there professional customers / sponsored pros. Id class the Colussus as a more even spread of willow so whilst the middle may not be as high as the problade theres a more even covering for the club cricketers who use more of the blade  :D the colussus I used from a couple of seasons ago was a little bottom heaven but picked up ok as its a mid middle the new shape with a duckbillesque toe does solve that in my opinion.

The problade is what it says its the profile the fair majority of the pros use (albeit the may use even shorter blades) and is a very full profile with no concaving, again with a good pickup. If I were to choose its the one Id pick. For the weights both are big bats based on the drying process as explained in another thread. There were a few very light Santa grails in which had the duckbill and a slightly high spine (looks like the profile a certain English wicket keeper uses).

Ok enough waffle a few pics that should show the profile differences































The softs for 2018 that Stoneman is using are due is the next 1-2 weeks.

Thanks to James and Chris for there hospitality (sorry I missed Mark @TCB who was picking bats earlier in the day).




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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 09:45:32 PM »

You didn't miss much. I'm not that interesting. ;)
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 09:47:42 PM »

You didn't miss much. I'm not that interesting. ;)

Lol now now Mark - hopefully catch you in a couple of weeks at stumps
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 08:23:09 PM »

@Ams4287 - Could you post high resolution pictures?
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 08:53:32 PM »







Hows that?
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2017, 08:54:08 PM »

How much were the butterflies?
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2017, 08:54:31 PM »

Good photos. A few butterfly's in there too.
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2017, 08:57:09 PM »

They sell their bats based on performance not grade of willow so I assume they are all 350.

See pg 2 http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=43350.15
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2017, 09:01:06 PM »

They sell their bats based on performance not grade of willow so I assume they are all 350.

See pg 2 http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=43350.15


Yep (or -100 with a bag). Talking to James about this he mentioned they find that visitors to the factory tend to pick up the less aesthetically pleasing bats as theyre picking on performance / rebound - not wanting to start a mass debate some will agree some wont.

There was a fair old mix but then its willow.
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2017, 10:50:06 PM »

"graded on performance" (let's not open that can of worms) or not, if you pay 350 for a butterfly you need your head seen to!

Technically speaking, butterfly stained wood is the "lowest" grade...
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2017, 11:15:51 PM »

Rather steep if you ask me, for 350 you want something that's very pleasing on the eye and performs extremely well
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Re: Visit to Kippax 24/11/17
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 02:05:17 AM »

I would have been keen on a colossus but seeing all those two tone /half heartwood bats is a real put off , let alone the butterfly stained ones .
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