Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 24. Oiling Bats
Oiling bats is important for protecting them and making them last longer. There is, however, an art to oiling a bat. The biggest risk with oiling bats is over oiling them, as too much oil can deaden the blade.
Laver & Wood recommend that once a bat has been knocked in, it is only ever very, very lightly oiled and only very rarely oiled. The lightest smear of oil is all that is required for maintenance and to protect the bat.
Bats should be oiled with raw linseed oil. Raw linseed oil stays moist longer than boiled linseed oil, and one teaspoon is more than enough for most bats. The raw linseed oil moistens the surface of the bat, and enables the fibres to become supple. This helps them knit together, forming an elastic surface that stretches on impact, rather than cracking.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage