SHIPPING // HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS ?
We ship using UPS. We will provide you with a tracking number once the order is shipped.
We charge a flat rate of $20.
INK DOT // WHY ?
A lot of people know the ink dot test exist. But a lot of them don’t actually understand what is the purpose of it. The ink dot is there to show the quality of the grain. There are two sides of the grain on a log: radial and tangential. The radial grain is the one that is obvious to the eye thanks to the lines going along the length of the bat. But the tangential grain is tougher to see. By dropping a drop of ink on that grain at the 12 inch mark (+/- 2 inch), the ink will bleed and reveal its straightness. Both sides of the grain need to present a variation of less than 3 degree versus the center-axis of the bat. A crooked grain (over 3 degree variation) will make for a weaker bat.
HARD MAPLE BILLETS // SPLIT VS SAWN
There are two types of logs used in billet (raw piece before its turned into a bat) manufacturing. Split logs and sawn logs. WE ONLY USE SPLIT LOGS. Sawing a log means you can saw through the natural grain of a log. Yielding a high number of billets that present deflected grain (see ‘’ ink dot section’’). Whereas using Split logs, all of your raw wood will remain structurally sound. You can’t split across the grain, the wedges will follow it naturally. In the end, that process is more expensive, but the durability of the bats that are made from split logs are unparalleled.
WOOD DENSITY // CHOOSING THE HARDEST BAT MODEL
Density is a simple concept. You take the weight of something and divide it by it's volume. Now, how does this relates to baseball bats? Here is an easy math problem (Don’t worry, I solved it…).
You want a 33’’ bat weighing 31 oz, and you want the hardest bat on the market. You hesitate between the ML-243 and the ML-271.
ML-243 – 33’’ / 30 oz. ML-271 – 33’’ / 30 oz.
Weight = 30 oz. Weight = 30 oz
Volume = 80 cu.in. Volume = 76 cu.in.
Density = 0.400 oz / cu. in. Density = 0.425 oz / cu.in
Answer: The ML-271 is a denser bat. Denser bats will be harder and more durable. In short, the smaller the barrel of your bat is, the denser the wood will be.