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Equipment => Bats => Topic started by: Calzehbhoy on June 13, 2018, 11:17:36 AM

Title: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 13, 2018, 11:17:36 AM
Hi guys,

Some bats seem to have almost a bleach stain/something similar across/around the blade (See pic below). Anybody know what causes it and how it would effect a bat? Is it effectively the opposite of heartwood?

(https://s26.postimg.cc/dgbmsodax/ZX_Bat.jpg)
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Mfarank on June 13, 2018, 12:17:57 PM
if you're referring to that horizontal stain under the splice it is only natural imperfection of the willow. purely cosmetic and pretty shallow. have had many bats with similar marks. not going to affect the performance of the bat at all
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Kulli on June 13, 2018, 12:21:32 PM
if you're referring to that horizontal stain under the splice it is only natural imperfection of the willow. purely cosmetic and pretty shallow. have had many bats with similar marks. not going to affect the performance of the bat at all

I presume he means the LH edge - as we see it - where a grain or two is lighter.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 13, 2018, 12:28:31 PM
Don't think it's bleach  just natural wood colour or could it be a water mark  looks a nice bat though
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 13, 2018, 12:48:18 PM
I presume he means the LH edge - as we see it - where a grain or two is lighter.

Yeah that's the one.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: edge on June 13, 2018, 12:53:42 PM
Could that bat have started out as a much darker piece of wood and has then been heavily bleached, with the lighter part having started white and now gone even whiter with bleaching? Never seen one like it before tbh.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Kulli on June 13, 2018, 01:03:19 PM
Fire a photo to Wrights on FB, they're good at answering stuff like that.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Jaffa on June 13, 2018, 08:27:58 PM
Fire a photo to Wrights on FB, they're good at answering stuff like that.

Or even Hunts as it looks like they made it.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Biggie Smalls on June 14, 2018, 01:52:23 PM
A lot of ca bats have this 'reverse heartwood' thing going on .
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 14, 2018, 04:17:20 PM
It’s not a Hunts. Shame the stickers weren’t sanded a bit better before I took the photo so could do a guess the maker...

Had a response from Wright’s. Apparently this can sometimes appear from the wood taken from the very centre of a tree.
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: KettonJake on June 14, 2018, 04:47:19 PM
If it had been heavily bleached as suggested in this topic you’d know about it, because it would be white, and the grains would have been lost/blurred somehat.

Looks a nice bat and the lighter area is nothing to worry about. What is it? Certainly looks Hunts or Choice made to me
Title: Re: Bleach Stain / Opposite of Heartwood
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 14, 2018, 06:13:46 PM
It’s a ZX Bronze

Not sure if @Chad still logs in but the one I just sent to him was an absolute stunner!