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DorsetDan

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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2020, 02:32:44 PM »

I would guess not a million miles from Simmy's tongue in cheek comment. Very careful light steam then let it dry thoroughly??? It is the only way to actually make the wood softer I would have thought. Either that or knock seven bells out of it :D
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2020, 02:39:50 PM »

Personaly I think this stain will not soften up but other butterfly stain which doesn't have hard bar will soften up by oiling and knocking in with mallet many a time.
Anyways best of luck with it
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2020, 03:53:22 PM »

So phase one is to remove the scuff sheet and clean it up. Which I have done (and gave my other bats a clean up too as I had the kit out.)



Phase two will be to give the bat an oil, putting extra over the stain.

I have had to order some oil as I have only used Lord Sheriton for ages, then I will leave it for a day or so and clean off the excess and give it a smash with the mallet.
Then repeat the process of I need to.

The fact is I really like the bat and it is a top performer, so I think it will be worth the effort.

My suspicion is that these efforts will a waste of time and it will be impossible to soften it but I will let you know.

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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2020, 05:29:24 PM »

I don’t think an oil and bit of a knock will be enough to notice much difference either but it will be interesting to see.

Edit: May work if you have the time to do it several times over but given how you knock bats in Buzz it may be a battle of wills between you and the stain :D
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2020, 06:06:25 PM »

Worked for me for years takes time but it works won't happens over night ..but what do I know .. time time to not say anything !!!!
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2020, 06:20:02 PM »

One thing we do have here is time. 
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2020, 06:24:05 PM »

Some bat that for 60! Is the actuall stain itself softer than the area under?
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2020, 06:31:36 PM »

You've just said it's a top performer, so what's the issue? Why bother?
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2020, 06:46:18 PM »

You've just said it's a top performer, so what's the issue? Why bother?

My experience of these is that the rest of the bat can be fantastic but the stain is rock hard and doesn't perform as well as the rest of the bat.

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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2020, 06:54:12 PM »

You've just said it's a top performer, so what's the issue? Why bother?

Why not, if someone said I could do some trick to make a bat go better I'd try it.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2020, 07:38:46 PM »

My experience of these is that the rest of the bat can be fantastic but the stain is rock hard and doesn't perform as well as the rest of the bat.
When new yes, given time the stain goes just as well as the rest. That's my experience, anyway.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2020, 07:46:02 PM »

This isn't about performance, the stain is high up the bat, it is about stopping the vibrations when the ball hits higher up the bat.
I don't see why linseed oil won't help soften the fibres.

Some bat that for 60! Is the actuall stain itself softer than the area under?
The stain is hard, as is the willow upto about an inch below, after that it is perfect.
And yes for the price I paid i am very happy with the bat.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2020, 07:59:34 PM »

Have yet to see one of those Chase bats from the sale that haven't been at least decent. Regretted selling mine to my club enough that I picked up a Chase harrow to try which is a beaut for a 'junior' bat.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2020, 09:32:16 PM »

When new yes, given time the stain goes just as well as the rest. That's my experience, anyway.

I never quite understood how you properly press a bat with this sort of stain.  I get the fact that very cleft is different so you have to press it individually to get the best performance from it, but I didn't understand how that works when you have a bat with areas that are harder than others when you have to press the whole bat with the same amount of pressure.

Have you softened yours through using the mallet in the effected area or just through playing it in?
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2020, 10:35:26 PM »

Have you softened yours through using the mallet in the effected area or just through playing it in?
Just through playing them in, I'm not patient enough with a mallet! Suspect half of it is in the handle loosening up anyway so it just feels a bit better.
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