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Title: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Mfarank on February 06, 2020, 12:25:55 PM
Anyone had any experience with Robert James bats? Who is he and does he make for any brands? Is he on the forum? He is based in Norfolk.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on February 06, 2020, 12:31:01 PM
I believe it's @buddyb
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 06, 2020, 08:47:26 PM
That's me.

What would you like to know?

Correct I am based outside Norwich
Yes, I make for several brands
Hopefully everyone has had good experience with me so far.

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Canners on February 06, 2020, 10:10:23 PM
That's me.

What would you like to know?

Correct I am based outside Norwich
Yes, I make for several brands
Hopefully everyone has had good experience with me so far.

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊

the bats look great mate

i remember when you first came on here and was asking all the questions about bat making :)

i might have to pay you a visit, seen some nice looking sticks on the gram
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 06, 2020, 10:50:03 PM
the bats look great mate

i remember when you first came on here and was asking all the questions about bat making :)

i might have to pay you a visit, seen some nice looking sticks on the gram

Ah cheers. 👍

Crikey that would have been a few years ago. Been lucky enough to learn a from some master batmakers over the years so hopefully I've picked something up from them haha.

No worries, let. Me know if you are this way and I'll make sure I am about. Always a lot of bat's around to be picked up and wofted around 😂
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Mfarank on February 06, 2020, 11:51:32 PM
That's me.

What would you like to know?

Correct I am based outside Norwich
Yes, I make for several brands
Hopefully everyone has had good experience with me so far.

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊
cheers mate! It wasn't actually for me. A shopkeeper from Pakistan that im currently dealing with asked me about you so i thought if anyone is gonna know i will find them on this forum. Little did i know i would actually find the actual batmaker here :D
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 06, 2020, 11:59:47 PM
cheers mate! It wasn't actually for me. A shopkeeper from Pakistan that im currently dealing with asked me about you so i thought if anyone is gonna know i will find them on this forum. Little did i know i would actually find the actual batmaker here :D

Ah I see. Has my reputation spread to Pakistan. Where next? 🤔🙈

Who's the shop keeper you are referring to? Let me know if they have any questions 👍
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Mfarank on February 07, 2020, 12:08:53 AM
Ah I see. Has my reputation spread to Pakistan. Where next? 🤔🙈

Who's the shop keeper you are referring to? Let me know if they have any questions 👍
Will do mate. His name is Farooq Nawaz and he runs a shop called Zealand Passion sports in Islamabad. Will pass on your info to him
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: joeljonno on February 07, 2020, 08:56:07 AM
That's me.

What would you like to know?

Correct I am based outside Norwich
Yes, I make for several brands
Hopefully everyone has had good experience with me so far.

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊

Is it? I never knew. Great work!

I have been using one of yours for the past 2-3 years. Been an absolute rocket.

I've had a very positive experience and would definitely recommend 👍🏻
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 09:21:19 AM
Is it? I never knew. Great work!

I have been using one of yours for the past 2-3 years. Been an absolute rocket.

I've had a very positive experience and would definitely recommend 👍🏻

Ah nice. Good to hear its going well. Is it with the new or old branding? Would have been around the time I changed the branding that. If its old branding, let me. Know and I can sort a refurb out for you. 👍
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: joeljonno on February 07, 2020, 12:25:27 PM
Ah nice. Good to hear its going well. Is it with the new or old branding? Would have been around the time I changed the branding that. If its old branding, let me. Know and I can sort a refurb out for you. 👍

Definitely the old branding. I think it was the Verso? Or something like that. Think I got it off someone on here. It's currently got some ugly fake Adidas ones on after it has had a couple of refurbs done myself.

PM me about a refurb, as would be good to get it done properly maybe.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Alvaro on February 07, 2020, 12:38:34 PM
Robert's bats are simply great.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 01:25:32 PM
I wonder which other brands he makes for? How many brands are there now?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 01:34:00 PM
He says he has a mentor is Huntingdon. I guess that connection could lead to him to work for brands commonly associated with outsourcing to that part of the world?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Alvaro on February 07, 2020, 01:36:02 PM
Well he's on the thread, I'm sure if you asked nicely he might answer. He did say any questions...
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 01:43:12 PM
Well he's on the thread, I'm sure if you asked nicely he might answer. He did say any questions...

He's not supposed to say, is he?

Mind you, if he answers questions well, I could quite easily see him becoming a 'forum trend'.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Alvaro on February 07, 2020, 01:48:17 PM
Then why ask the question?

If it puts food on his table, would that be a bad thing?

I have no idea why I bothered logging back into this place.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Jimbo on February 07, 2020, 01:53:38 PM
He's not supposed to say, is he?

Mind you, if he answers questions well, I could quite easily see him becoming a 'forum trend'.

I think the convention is more "don't speculate on who makes bats for who" and don't pester batmakers about their commercial relationships. If a batmaker wants to say who they make for then I assume that would be fine.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 02:10:56 PM
He says he has a mentor is Huntingdon. I guess that connection could lead to him to work for brands commonly associated with outsourcing to that part of the world?

That is correct, I was lucky enough to earn a lot from Tony before he retired. I've also been lucky enough to learn from other master bat makers at another company. (did my time earning my stripes).

I make for currently about 15 other brands UK and further afield and do a lot of pros bats. Unfortunately I don't name them publically sorry (gentleman's agreement) as its their stuff so wouldnt be right. What's theirs is theirs as they say. But I'm sure if you look hard enough you soon see which are. I just love making bat's so doesn't bother me who they are for.

I am currently working on a pro bat this afternoon but can't remember how to attach images. Would show everyone if they are interested.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: tushar sehgal on February 07, 2020, 03:43:59 PM
That is correct, I was lucky enough to earn a lot from Tony before he retired. I've also been lucky enough to learn from other master bat makers at another company. (did my time earning my stripes).

I make for currently about 15 other brands UK and further afield and do a lot of pros bats. Unfortunately I don't name them publically sorry (gentleman's agreement) as its their stuff so wouldnt be right. What's theirs is theirs as they say. But I'm sure if you look hard enough you soon see which are. I just love making bat's so doesn't bother me who they are for.

I am currently working on a pro bat this afternoon but can't remember how to attach images. Would show everyone if they are interested.

Pics of bats you say!! yes pls..

you'll have to upload them to a photosharing site and then post the link here between the image tags..
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 03:50:35 PM
Pics of bats you say!! yes pls..

you'll have to upload them to a photosharing site and then post the link here between the image tags..

Thanks, I tried imgur but it didn't work.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Mfarank on February 07, 2020, 03:55:32 PM
Thanks, I tried imgur but it didn't work.
I normally use postimages.org and use the directlink in between image hyperlink button
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 03:55:45 PM
* Forum trend. Soon come. Defo.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 04:01:38 PM
Then why ask the question?

If it puts food on his table, would that be a bad thing?

I have no idea why I bothered logging back into this place.

i) I didn't really. Only in a loose, 'don't expect any answers' way.

ii) Depends who  for? I have nothing against Mr James being rewarded for his skills.

iii) Nor have I.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 04:55:45 PM
Hopefully this works.

A bat I have made for a female Pro. 31mm edges, full profile with high spine and a toe guard (probably the only pro to have one) coming in at 2.7

(https://i.postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR/IMG-20200207-135635.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0/IMG-20200207-164730.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sBc77X0x/IMG-20200207-164749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sBc77X0x)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q/IMG-20200207-164825.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8/IMG-20200207-165141.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8)

Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on February 07, 2020, 05:04:43 PM
Nice work! Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: alba caerulea on February 07, 2020, 06:35:36 PM
Hopefully this works.

A bat I have made for a female Pro. 31mm edges, full profile with high spine and a toe guard (probably the only pro to have one) coming in at 2.7

(https://i.postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR/IMG-20200207-135635.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0/IMG-20200207-164730.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sBc77X0x/IMG-20200207-164749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sBc77X0x)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q/IMG-20200207-164825.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8/IMG-20200207-165141.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8)

Looks gorgeous, can I have one?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: tommo256 on February 07, 2020, 07:27:34 PM
Can you get a hold of butterfly willow?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: csnew on February 07, 2020, 07:48:08 PM
Prices?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 08:24:50 PM
Prices?

Without getting into trouble from the powers that be my prices are

125 butterfly
150 grade 3
180 grade 2
220 grade 1
260 players
300 LE
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 08:25:32 PM
Can you get a hold of butterfly willow?

I can yes. I have a few in stock currently.
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: jayralh on February 07, 2020, 08:32:46 PM
Hopefully this works.

A bat I have made for a female Pro. 31mm edges, full profile with high spine and a toe guard (probably the only pro to have one) coming in at 2.7

(https://i.postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR/IMG-20200207-135635.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vDPxGkpR)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0/IMG-20200207-164730.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PLh1CZy0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sBc77X0x/IMG-20200207-164749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sBc77X0x)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q/IMG-20200207-164825.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jCCPnR6q)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8/IMG-20200207-165141.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XGYF8bT8)
Here goes the myth of pro bats having best straight grains etc etc.
Thanks for pics and prices. Way cheaper than some out there
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: Wozaboxa on February 07, 2020, 08:37:54 PM
Does your price include delivery?
Title: Re: Robert James Cricket bats?
Post by: buddyb on February 07, 2020, 09:06:54 PM
Does your price include delivery?

UK delivery yes. Overseas I would need to look into shipping costs.