Our bat making process


Step 1: Selecting the willow

We at Cricket Armoury believe that the success of any bay is contingent on the selection of high-quality English willow. Therefore, the process of bat creation at Cricket Armoury begins with the selection of the finest English willow available, providing the customer with the ability to choose the clefts themselves, to ensure the customer is elated with the end product.

Step 2: Fitting the handle

The handle acts as the bridge between the batsman and the cleft itself, and therefore a lot of work has been done to ensure that the handles create a bespoke and comfortable experience. The clefts and handles are spliced and fitted with the use of flexible wood glue. The handle is composed of cane and 3 rubber inserts in order to reduce vibration and create a more comfortable experience. 

Step 3: Shaping the blade

Our bats are shaped firstly using a traditional draw knife then various wooden block planes and spoke shaves to ensure the shape is pleasing to the bat maker, thus ensuring the perfect weight, balance and pick up in every bat we produce.

The shaping of the blade itself is simply one of the most important stages in the creation of a bat. Our master craftsmen utilise tools to hand shape the bat into the perfect specification for each batsmen. The profile of the bat is responsible for the balance, weight and pick-up of the bat, and therefore extra time and energy is spent ensuring a great profile. The customer can customise the bat to their liking (refer to customisation guide) or use one of the premade profiles which are each designed to facilitate all different playing styles(refer to profiles for more detail).

Step 4: Shaping the shoulders and handle

Through the use of draw knife and a spokeshave, our master craftsmen hand shape the handle and shoulders of the bat to create a harmonious connection between the two. The handles are then shaped by hand in a thorough process, to ensure the shape fits perfectly in the batsmans hand. The handle shapes have been tried and tested, to ensure that each variant performs to the highest level. The customer has the choice of handle to shape to suit themselves.

Step 5: Sanding

Once the bat has been shaped, the bat needs to be sanded down to turn the bat into a finished product. An extensive process begins with multiple grades of sand paper being used to finish the bat, and create a smooth exterior.

Step 6: Binding

The binding acts as the necessary strength and stability of the cricket handle. To ensure that this binding ensures the security of the handle, glue is spread prior to binding, and the binding is made tight and firm, to ensure the longevity of the binding whilst further enhancing the security of the handle.

Step 7: Polishing

The final stage in the production of the bat is the polishing. The polish acts as another protective layer, whilst also enriching the aesthetic of the bat, providing a rich satin finish.

Step 8: Finishing

The finishing stage acts as the final check-over. The bats are gripped, stickered and knocked in. The bats are also inspected for any possible imperfections to ensure that each bat conforms with the high standards that are set out by Cricket Armoury.

Chris Radford
Chris Radford
Had my first net with cricket armoury’s pads, gloves and bat today and it all felt class, would recommended to anyone
Winningapple 579
Winningapple 579
I ordered 1 bat it is very durable and supports me in my cricket.
Heeya Mehta
Heeya Mehta
Batting gloves have great comfort and grip, paired with prompt customer service, cricket armoury is my go-to brand for equipment 🙂
jarod francis
jarod francis
great equipment, good communication, good people to do business with, really trustworthy
Danesh
Danesh
Good. Recommend highly.
Madhav Bhimjiyani
Madhav Bhimjiyani
From the moment I placed my order, the entire process was seamless and hassle-free. The team was extremely professional and prompt in addressing my queries, and I received my bat well within the promised delivery timeframe. The attention to detail was impeccable, and the bat felt perfectly balanced in my hands. As soon as I took it to the nets, I could feel the difference in the quality of the bat. The ball was coming off the bat with a sweet sound, and I was able to play my shots with much more ease and confidence. Overall, I would highly recommend this cricket company to anyone looking for high-quality cricket equipment. The level of customer service, combined with the superior quality of their products, is simply unmatched.
Ben Johnston
Ben Johnston
Was unsure about where to buy a bat because I was worried about quality and longevity, a friend recommended this and I've never been happier, had this for a couple months and feels as good as the first time I swung it! The customer service was fantastic in finding the right suit for me as I've had wrist issues in the past, and incredibly patient as well. Would recommend for all!
Ajan Asokan
Ajan Asokan
I needed help building a custom bat for my brother and the staff were very helpful.