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Firstly check to see if your bat needs another coat of oil. To do this, using a reasonable amount of pressure, run your thumbnail up the blade of the bat, from the toe to just below where the front sticker is. If there is a tiny speck of oil where your thumbnail is, there is enough oil. However, if there is no oil the blade will need to be oiled again.
We recommend you use either a ball or wooden cricket bat mallet, as this enables you to have greater control during the knocking in process. The knocking in process could take approx. 6 hours depending on how soft the willow is. However, if applying extratec then the knocking in process shouldn't take longer than 4 hours. Start the knocking in process initially by hitting the mallet against the blade firmly, but not hard, with the pressure being increased after an hour. After 2 hours the mallet can be hit reasonably hard against the blade.
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