It’s February, which means snow on the ground up north, and ground balls here in Texas.
I know of no Texas-based baseball makers. We’ve got excellent gloves, made by Nokona, and which I’ve been proud to feature in the past.
Now, Texas can lay claim to excellent hand forged baseball bats, by Warstic Wood Bat Co.
Here’s the first rule: Warstic bats are for game play. I emphasize that because of their obvious beauty. If you’re like me, you’ll be inclined to eyeball your den or office, assessing where a hand-forged wooden bat would display the best.
Don’t do that. Don’t buy a Warstic for your home; buy it for home runs.
Warstic bats are exactly that: war sticks, designed to prepare you to compete in live action battles in the yard.
When you hold a Warstic bat, you’re holding the best American White Ash or Rock Hard Sugar Maple wood on the market. That’s the insistence of former pro player and Warstic founder Ben Jenkins. As a ball player, Ben knows how a bat should both perform and feel. And he’s candid about the secret to achieving great performance and feel: there’s no secret at all. Buy the best wood available, and you’ll make the best bat available.
And yes, Warstic bats look great. In addition to being the man behind Warstic, Jenkins is also behind the successful design firm One Fast Buffalo. Knowing that, the unusually high aesthetic quality of these bats is less surprising.
There’s a Warstic bat for every purpose, whether for game play, youth, softball, or practice. The Pro Standard Issue is Warstic’s go-to, everyday bat and, consequently, its best seller. Have a look at the awesome BlackHawk version, which is flame treated and then finished with a black “longcoat” for added distinction.
For even more distinctive styling, consider The Whiskeyville (my favorite) and The Old 1930, central to Warstic’s Pro Designer collection. Like all Warstic bats, these beauties come with free engraving of an individual player or team name.
Beyond bats for game play, Warstic offers a variety of training equipment and other accessories. If you coach Little League or otherwise, you’ll want to check out Warstic’s War Fungos, which can be ordered to match team colors. I’m particularly fond of the punchy little Warstic Glove Hammers, for breaking in your glove.
Finally, if you really insist on displaying your Warstic, consider a replica display model. These are essentially Pro Standard Issue bats with a fancier paint job, available in half- or full-dip. Awesome gift for any guy, of any age.
Prices: $89 for most Pro Standard Issue bats; $109 for the flame treated BlackHawk; $129 for the Whiskeyville and Old 1930; War Fungos are $59; the Glovehammer is $29, and display bats range $79-89
Visit Warstic Wood Bat Co.: Here.