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The Newbery decals have always been minimal and classy, this allows plenty of the stunning willow to be shown of both front and back. The minimalistic approach is one that I greatly favour on cricket bats, in comparison to many indian brands with stickers all over the bats covering dodgy willow. As the saying goes, if you've got it...flaunt it. And that is exactly what newbery do.
My mjolnir was a 2lb 10 plus the weight of an extra grip, and although pick is very much an individual feel, I felt the pick up was superb. It felt about 2lb 9 in the hands, this helps with bat speed and cross batted shots, nobody wants to be wheeling a log out in the middle. As I said everyone will feel different about pick up, but I think you'd be hard pushed to find anyone that doesn't like the pick up on the mjolnir.
The mjolnir is a traditional shaped bat, small edges, large swell at the back and little or no bow (curve) to the blade. This is a throwback to cricket bats of latter years, and not a shape many people including the professionals favour these days. Do not be put off by the small edges, the swell on the back with no concaving adds plenty of meat to every shot you play. A workman should never blame his tools and this holds true here, there is still a huge volume behind the ball every time you play a shot so its no excuse for not clearing the boundary. The middle is a mid/mid low on the mjolnir, perfect for most uk pitches that stay slightly lower, especially at the beginning on the season. Ideally for the front foot player, but would definitely suit an all round game more than some modern shaped bats we see these days.
I had a mjolnir sps, top of the range, although I have used a 5 star before as well. Both were superb bats, the 5 star being slightly uglier but still went like a dream. The pressing on the newberys bats, which is done out of house now, is second to none. Not too soft and not too hard, the bats take a bit of playing in as most do, but once is starts going then it is simply unstoppable. Am yet to have any splits on my bat so far after being carefully prepared and a scuff sheet fitted.
These bats are upwards of £300 for a top of the range newbery these days. A steep price to pay. I would recommend swinging a few of the lower grade bats around in the shop and seeing which feels best in the hands, they'll all perform fairly similarly so pick the bat most comfortable and save yourself £100 on the top model.
Would I purchase another?
I'd like to think I would, the prices are sky high at the moment but I would definitely considered getting this profile copied elsewhere for a cheaper price. Which is nothing but a compliment to newbery and the bat they have created.
I know for one, that Newberry bats are of great quality, as me and my friends all posses one. I used to own various other bats which were heavy and didn't have very good middles, however this bat is different as it is made from high quality grade-A english willow and it's hand- crafted. In addition to this, thie middle is huge and the pick-up is brilliant because the bat is amazingly light. The stickers also add some extra spice to the bat and makes it look good.
Prices for this particular bat vary and for the adult ages the price can usually be very high, reaching about £265 accoridng to Amazon. com. These bats are handy for the young players as they are so light yeat the middle is huge. The grips are comfortable. The hand-crafted sign on a cricket bat is a brilliant sight, as you know that the bat has been well designed and crafted by hand, and every Newberry bat is hand-crafted. To add to this, you know you have found a good standard cricket shop, when they deal in high-quality newberry bats, such as the Mjolnir!
Here are some of the basic features of The Newberry Mjolnir:
- Hand-crafted from specially selected home grown Grade 1 willow
- Classical English bat shape with weight evenly distributed to ensure superb feel and pick-up
- Huge profile in the hitting area thus ensuring a 'serious' performance based product now with subtle bow for additional power
- Oval handle with yellow grip
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Well if you are going to name something Mjolnir, then it has a lot to live up to? So does the Newbery Cricket bat live up to the title of the hammer of the Norse God Thor. Well for starters the price is likely to take a 'hammer' to your wallet. It has a RRP of £150 but if you shop around on the internet you can get one new for around £30 less. A top end version is likely to set you pack nearly £300.
So why so expensive, and it is even for a bat. Well the first thing to take into account is that it has been crafted from home grown Grade 1 willow. It maintains the traditional English bat shape, so no grooves or curves. The profile is larger ensuring a greater hitting area, although it is evenly balanced to allow for easy handling and movement. It is completed with an oval handle covered in a yellow rubber grip. Weights are available in three options starting from 2.7lbs and there is a junior option.
It has been designed with the serious batsmen in mind and handles that way. Bowlers or tail end batsmen shouldn't probably bother spending this amount of money. Simply put if they are batting at 9 or below, then they just will not have the game to utilise the bat to its full potential. This is a bat that has been chosen by some of the game's best. And me!!
The weight distribution is perfect as is the sweet spot, fairly low down. This combination allows for perfect shot making allowing someone like me to occasionally look like Michael Vaughan, which is no mean feat. The grip does just what you need for it, and if needs be is easily replaced.
As with any equipment of this nature, it is always wise to test in a shop on a demonstration model before buying. Especially at the cost involved, but when you find the dimensions you are comfortable with, I am sure you will agree it is a magnificent cricketing hammer. One that does unleash Nordic Thunder!!
When i was looking for new cricket bats i wasnt sure what to go for but eventually i went for newbery im glad i did. I organised buying the bat with a friend who has connections with newbery. When i recieved the bat i was absolutely over the moon. It had a nice traditional profile and was massive for the weight of 2.9, it had a quarter edge of heartwood and 11 ruler straight grains.You can tell that great care had been taking in the creation of the bat. When i took it out into the garden for a few throwdowns i couldnt believe it the ping was fantastic, with most companies pre-prepared is just another way of making more money, but with Newbery they really did. When our clubs nets began a couple of weeks ago i had a knock and to be honest it was nothing short of brilliant every time it hit the middle it really went. I would reccomend a Newbery to anyone and i know £150-200 is expensive but you wont find a better bat for that price.
I bought my Mjolnir cricket bat about six months back from a local cricket retailer and I was very disappointed with the result. I had heard great things about this bat but it didn't live up to my expectation.
To be honest, my first impressions of the bat were very positive, just based on purely looking at the willow and feeling it. The bat had 9 ruler straight grains (exactly what I had been looking for), the bat had a strip of heartwood down the side, which I initially wasn't a fan of when it first came out, but gradually it grew on me, so by the time I bought the bat, this didn't worry me/
**Preparing the bat**
I knocked the bat in for approximately 7-8 hours and it was doing this process that I started to appreciate that that the bat may not be quite what I was looking for. the middle sounded as peach, just as Newbury usually does, but the middle was slightly too low for my liking and the sound of the toe and higher up on the bat was dreadful. Basically, anything other than the middle sounded poor.
I got my first throws with my new bat a few weeks after I purchased it, and I realized then, that this bat, simply wasn't the one for me! It felt far too bottom heavy, for me ( a genuine touch player) and as my first impressions were, the middle was sweet but everything else was pretty rubbish
**Experience in games**
i tried to continue with the bat for as long as I could, but I just knew it wasn't for me. As a player you have to have confidence in the bat you use, and I just didn't have that in this bat. My form dropped and I knew that I had to get a new bat - what is more, the bat revealed some surface cracks and some cracks to the edges, just a few months after I had fully prepared it - very disappointing!
**Where is it now?**
I have not totally got rid of this bat, I now use it as a fielding bat, having cut it down, which is ideal through its good middle.
I am not saying don't purchase this bat because I know that many people have had success with the bat and have like the quality of it. the bottom line is, that this bat did not suit me or my game!
Hope this helped you guys
I purchased this bat 4 months ago and its probably the best i have owned.
The willow is top notch - it has 10 ruler straight grains and a little bit of heatwood on the outside edge. The stickers look very classy and the yellow grip looks perfect.
THe bat weighs about 2lb 8 but it piks up much lighter.
The bat is ideal for an opening bats man like me as it has a light pickup which is perfect for facing the quick bowler.
The bat has a slight bow but is fairly straight meaning its perfect for driving the opening bowlers.
I would also reccomend this bat for lower order batsman as it has a large sweet spot allowing easy connection with the ball.
The only disadvantage is the handle being of an oval shape which inhibits my natural grip although some batsman find this benificial, but I dont!
After owning my cheap kit for long enoguh As with most cricketers, I wanted a bat that looked good, with nice stickers!
They had a huge choice of bats there, as they do today, but my then-untrained eye was just looking for something fairly cheap. Nick, being the top guy he is, picked me out what I can now recognise as a BEAUTY of a 'sub-standard bat'. Emphasis on the inverted commas... The reason for the sub-standard label, and therefore the discounted price, was a miniature, maybe 5mm 'dent' in the back of the bat, up near the shoulder.
As for looks, it is stunning. The eye catching stickers, look great with the timeless traditional Newbery crest and ribbon, and all in all, I love it!
I don't really remember much about how it went when I first got it etc., so I'm gonna go mainly on how it has gone this year, after a Newbery refurb over the winter. I sent it back because, after countless amateur re-stickering/oilings etc. it was in a fairly sorry state, looking more orange than your average heat magazine cast... Adam, a young lad I know who works there (as equally help as Nick, John and Michael) gave me the bat back at a Hove training session. My first thoughts - Shiny! Hold on! They've nicked half the wood! It didn't feel too much lighter either (this was confirmed when I took it home and read 2lb5oz on the scales) - I feared the beginning of the end... But then, I went in to bat, first ball I hit - bang! It was just as good as ever, maybe better. Hitting the ball felt so effortless, so soft. The middle was still alive and kicking, and for such a 'thin' bat, there is a fairly large margin for error! Toe-ing the ball won't get the ball far, but it doesn't 'hurt' the hands as much as some others, and it's the toe, after all! The performance has continued all through this season, I have been getting full value for my shots, which I need when I'm as slight as I am!
Service was, as always great - I highly recommend a trip to Hove to anyone wanting a new bat at a fair price, or just quality equipment. As I have said, I have really pleased with the performance, especially considering the price, and I will be purchasing another Newbery over the coming months, not a Fusion, Laver etc., because the 'custom' bats I have had my hands on have been nothing special in comparison.
Newbery cricket bats are without doubt the finest handmade English cricket bats you are ever likely to see. Whereas other companies like Slazenger, Gray Nicholls and Duncan Fearnley have tinkered with the shapes of bats to make their bats seem lighter, without apparently jeopardising the sweetspot of the bat, Newbery have remained faithful to the traditional shaped bats and still produce incredible bats from their workshop in Robertsbridge. The company remains a small business, but this doesn't detract from their skill, in fact if anything it actually enhances their reputation, since you know that with a Newbery, the bat will have been hand-made and finished, chosen from the finest English willow. The Mjolnir, which is named after the the Thunder Hammer carried by Thor, the Norse god of war is their top of the range bat. Whilst you might think that the RRP of £239.99 is extravagent, and yes to think of it compared with a Big Bertha Driver, which is around the £300 mark but which will last considerably longer (although I doesn't have to absorb the same level of impact), it might seem a tad pricey, although it will last for a couple of seasons, using it week in, week out, and for more occasional batsmen longer. Of course as with any bat, the Mjolnir requires a knocking-in period, which is the most frustrating thing (the only frustrating thing really...) about this bat, as you just want to get out and play with it. Naturally its life can be affected by the way it is stored, and of course it requires oiling initially to make sure that the moisture in the bat is retained. Storing it in a moist, almost damp environment, preferably unheated, will also help to stop the bat from drying out. The bat is available in two grades (whereas most Newbery's are available in three grades). The first grade, made from the finest quality willow, is the Players Natural (Mens RRP 239.99 - Junior sizes RRP 124.99) and is the choice of profess
ional players. The second grade Selected 5* (RRP 179.99) is still one hell of a bat, far too good a bat for most club players. The Mjolnir is available in weights from 2lb 8oz and upwards, and is one hell of a joy to play with. For drivers of the ball, the ridged profile helps to add maximum power when driving and being a thicker bat, it means the bat has an enlarged sweetspot. The handle is elliptical towards the splice, which helps with gripping the bat, and the handle is again of the highest quality.The graphics on the bat set it off. Gray Nicholls, Slazenger and Gunn and Moore all look suitably garish is comparison with the refined black and gold on the Mjolnir. If you want the Rolls Royce of cricket bats, this is the one to get. All in all a faultless bat, although of course you have to pay for the privilege. Millichamp and Hall's "Harlequin" bat (RRP £230) comes close but nothing surpasses the mighty Mjolnir.
Quite why Thor named his hammer Mjolnir I have no idea, but I can see why those legends at Newbery named this, the king of all things willow, the bat of bats after such a powerful weapon. This bat is just that, a weapon. I need hardly to lean into the ball and push away expecting a quick single to the fielder's wrong hand, only to realise that the ball has crashed to boundary and a sleepy round of applause ripples from the 'villagers' that are watching. This bat actually makes you feel like Thor. Eight feet tall and with a love for wenching. The bat itself looks like an almighty effort to wield, but nothing could be further from the truth. The boys at Newbery know their stuff and the pick up on my bat is like that of a bat half a pound lighter. What is more, once you let the boy rip, you will never want another bat again, flames shoot from the ball. On the downside, the bats do have a tendency to break quite quickly; I have go through three, and it is not as if they are cheap either, but usually, if they break very quickly, you can get a free replacement... (this has the advantage of going to Sussex to see your bat made to your specifications if you so desire). Batting with the Mjolnir is a joy to behold.