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.

Knocking in.

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.

For James’ recommendations on oiling bats please purchase Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Volume I from Amazon.

More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.

1. Salix alba var. Caerulea

2. Watermark Disease

3. Why English Willow

4. Grading Willow

5. Butterfly Willow

6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour

7. Testing a Cleft

8. Laver & Wood’s Guide to Cricket Bat Handles

9. Laver & Wood’s Handles

10. Handle Breakage

11. Revised Handle Laws

12. Handle Manufacture

13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?

14. The Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow

15. Traditional Bat Making

16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I

17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II

18. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III

19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV

20. The Weather & Bat Making

21. Preseason Bat Check

22. Bat Repair and Maintenance

23.  Knocking In

24. Oiling Bats

25. Moisture Damage

26. Batting in Wet Conditions

27. Making Bats Last Longer

28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them