Every Chase bat is made using traditional craft methods
which means each bat is treated individually.
The manufacturing process
The willow has to be compressed to produce a hard surface to
withstand the impact of the cricket ball; over-pressing the blade can
be detrimental and produce a blade too hard which will not perform.
The blade is pressed to between 1500 lbs and 2000 lbs per square
inch with one to three passes.
After pressing, the splice is cut into the shoulder end of the blade to
accept the handle.
The cleft is then expertly shaped using drawknives, spokeshaves
and wooden block planes. A radial blockplane is used to shape the
flanks on the finback. The handle is shaped using a rasp taking care
to create that classic oval handle. The shoulders and blade are now
sanded on inflatable sanding drums. Hand sanding with three grades
of sandpaper achieves a very high finish. The edges of the bat are
boned to make them more resilient to damage.
The unique toe insert is fitted to stop splitting, a sealant is applied to
stop moisture damage in the toe area – adult bats only unless stated.
The bat is then held between centres whilst the handle is bound using
high quality twine; applying PVA adhesive seals the twine and
strengthens the handle. Burnishing the blade with Hampshire chalk
and bees wax gives a high gloss finish. The bats are then carefully
labelled. Bats are then fitted with a UK made latex grip which are far
superior to imported grips in colour and feel.
Finally, each bat is run through the knocking-in machine which covers
the whole surface of the blade.
The Chase guarantee
We give all our bats four hours worth of knocking-in to loosen and
soften the compressed wood fibres on the surface to form a supple
finish, increasing the performance of the bats recoil reaction.
Edges and corners are additionally strengthened by boning during the
manufacturing process to form a layer of protection against damage.