Bat Care and Maintenance

Red Ink Cricket bats are a handmade product manufactured from natural raw materials. To get the best out of your bat it needs to be prepared and looked after. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the guidance below to get the best from your bat and prolong its life.

Preparation & Maintenance

You take delivery of the bat and can’t wait to get into the middle and test it out. Unfortunately as with all bats your lovely new Red Ink Cricket bat needs some care and attention before it should be let loose on your local pitch. Whilst this can be time consuming, it is a must to ensure your bat is ready to face the harsh impacts it will receive. The bat will need oiling, careful knocking in and once knocked in, we suggest a protective antiscuff sheet fitted to the face.

If you haven’t decided to have your bats prepared by Red Ink then please follow the below steps.

Oiling – We recommend 2-3 light coats of Raw Linseed oil prior to knocking in. A small coat (approx a cap full or teaspoon full) of oil should be applied to any exposed areas of wood except the splice area. We recommend applying this with your finger tips to ensure full coverage and no loss of oil through absorption into cloths. This coat should be left for 1-2 hours for the oil to start to soak in. Any residue should then be lightly buffed off using a dry cloth. The bat should be left overnight to dry completely before repeating. Repeat this step a further 2 times.

Knocking in – This should be done using a Hardwood mallet. This can be tedious and noisy but correct preparation is key. Start by hitting the face of the bat with reasonable force so you start to see small dents. Don’t worry this is normal. Work your way over the entire face of the blade ironing out these dents forming a flat surface. Only hit the face of the bat- do not hit the flat of the edges 90 degrees to the face as this will cause damage to the blade. Each bat is different so exact times to knock in vary. We suggest 3-4 hours with a mallet. Attention must be paid to the edges and toe in this time as these are the areas most susceptible to damage

Throw downs – Prior to use in a game we suggest facing some throw downs or hitting gentle catches with an old good quality ball. Seam marks will more than likely appear. If more than light marks appear we suggest returning to the knocking in stage for further work.

Once you are happy the bat has been prepared correctly we advise fitting an anti scuff sheet to protect the blade.  These can be fitted in the workshop prior to delivery. The knocking in process is slightly affected by this and will take a little longer preparation time

Due to the nature of the game, your bat is subject to a lot of punishment during its life and due to the natural raw materials used, will show signs of wear & tear and damage from impacts. You should regularly check your bat for any damage and look to resolve these as soon as possible. Minor damages are easily repaired and can stop further damage occurring. Failure to carry out the repairs can cause irreparable damage.


Most damage sustained will be repairable. The key here is to stop using the bat once the damage has been noted and seek to get it repaired. Please use the contact us page on the website or email We will then discuss what is required and arrange for the repairs to be carried out.

Your new Red Ink Cricket bat comes with a 12 month warranty from date of purchase. Repairs to damages that are due to a manufacturing defect are covered under this warranty. We are unable to accept liability for damage sustained due to mistreatment, misuse or poor preparation. The warranty does not cover damage to your bat caused by use of poor quality ‘hard’ balls, driving of yorkers, excessive tapping at the wicket, damage caused by water exposure and general wear and tear.

Once your bat has been received, we will assess the damage and confirm what needs to be done.  If we believe the damage caused is not covered under the warranty we will contact you to discuss and quote for the repairs. No chargeable work will be carried out prior to your authority.

Your must provide proof of purchase before any work is carried out under warranty. We cannot repair bats under warranty without this.

Most repairs should be carried out and returned to you within 10-14 days of assessment.  At peak times this may change. We will keep you updated during the process and inform you if any delays are expected. Your bat will be returned to you via a courier which will require a signature upon receipt. Please ensure someone is there to sign for the package. We cannot be held responsible for delays caused after the bat has left our workshop.

General Maintenance

We recommend a very light coat of oil midway through the season or whenever the bat is looking overly dry. Once the season has finished we recommend an inspection of the bat is carried out to confirm if any repair work is required.

When purchasing your Red Ink Cricket bat you will receive a discount voucher for a 1 year end of season service (normally £27.50). This will ensure your bat is put to bed for the winter in the best possible condition to ensure its at its peak for the new season. This will include sanding, a new grip, rebuffing, oiling and a new antiscuff fitting. This does not include any repairs to damaged areas. These can be carried out at the same time but will be chargeable. Any damage found will be quoted prior to repairs commencing.  This voucher is only valid for 1 year from date of purchase and will cover only one service during that time. Proof of purchase is required along with the voucher code. Please ensure these are quoted at the time of the order. Return postage is included but it is the owner’s responsibility to cover the costs of posting the bat to the workshop.

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