This one is a bit of a classic. Probably my favourite of the Vintage Bats in my current not very extensive set.
The Slazenger V500 Select
in short handle. A bit of an Eric Loxton masterpiece from the mid-nineties. The bat itself has a lovely shape and pick-up and although the Select is supposedly Grade 2, this one is a bit of a looker. This particular copy is a 2lb 11oz edition, but picks up slightly better than the Ultimate, so around 2lb 9oz to 2lb 10 oz.
What struck me about the shape is that it has a very similar "power bulge" to the current Kookaburra CCX shape, if not quite as pronounced. Off the mallet, it has a good middle, and reasonable ping for a bat of its age. It still feels perfectly usable in a game, and I reckon most of us would score runs with it.
I believe these were used by Alec Stewart back in the day, and this is a wonderful edition of it!
The pictures below, as per usual, for you to enjoy.
And a close up of the grains...