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Charlotte SurridgeBy Charlotte Surridge
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Charlotte SurridgeBy Charlotte Surridge
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£731
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4
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, February 21 2018 10:14 AM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

 Made In England. Built on Heritage.

1867. That's the year Percy Surridge started making his cricket bats. Five generations later the Surridge family bring you a new name in cricket - Swannack

Cricket runs in our blood. Stuart Surridge, captained Surrey when it won the championship 5 years on the trot – a record that remains unbeaten.

And he designed the great Jumbo bat, made popular by Sir Viv Richards and Clive Rice. While our father, John Surridge, designed the infamous Turbo bat, used by Graham Gooch to set his record of 333 runs in the test match against India in 1990.

At its peak the business was sold but in 2017 we decided the time was right to bring our expert knowledge back to the market. 

Hours of Skill. Years of Experience.

Being able to tell whether a tree will make the grade just by looking at it is a rare skill. And one that we pride ourselves on. 

Every willow tree used to make each Swannack bat is handpicked and processed by us. 

Apollo - The God Of Power

For the seasoned cricketer who is ready for the ultimate test. 

 A refinement of the original SS Jumbo made famous by Sir Viv Richards and Clive Rice, the Apollo has some unique features:

  • Spine lowered and sloped towards the handle
  • Lighter scale weight
  • Enlarged sweet spot of old
  • Available weight range 2lb 10oz - 3lb

Caerus - The God of Opportunity

For the cricketer who seizes the moment whenever they see it

 This bottom heavy bat is designed to assist the player in driving through the ball when going for the big hit. The weight, towards the bottom, takes the bat through the line of the drive giving extra power.

Designed for the limited over game, features include:

  • Bottom heavy to assist with driving the ball
  • Pronounced curve giving extra wood either side of the centre spine
  • Large sweet spot helping both the big hitter and stroke player
  • Available weight range 2lb 8oz - 3lb

 Kratos - The God of Knowledge

For the cricketer who is ready to put their knowledge into practice

 The Kratos is designed with a pronounced 'power hump' seven inches from the toe of the bat. It makes maximum use of the available wood to give power in the drive area. 

The edges are thick either side of the power hump, getting thinner towards the handle. 

Our lightest design, this bat features:

  • Concave shape on both sides of the spine controls the weight 
  • Thick edges either side of the power hump giving power in the drive area
  • Pronounced 'power hump' seven inches from the toe of the bat
  • Available weight range 2lb 7oz to 2lb 11oz
 

When willow trees are bought and clefts are made they are graded on quality. All Swannack bats come in three grades - Classic, Elite and Test, which are made out of the three highest grades of timber. 

We believe in quality and are proud to be one of very few brands who personally buy, manufacture and grade each willow tree and cleft that are used in Swannack bats. 

1. Choose a reward level

Everybody must choose one (and only one) reward level to support this project. Within the level you can choose any of the three bat designs (Kratos, Apollo, Caerus). Our Kickstarter campaign is offering over 20% off in value!  

 

 2. If you would like something extra check out the 'add on' menu

If you decide you want another bat you can add any item by adding the amount specified from the options below to your pledge. ('Pledge' = the amount you pay)

£160   =   Add extra Junior bat 

£224   =   Add extra Classic bat

£250   =   Add extra Elite bat

£320   =   Add extra Test bat

Simply add the price to your original reward and we will ask for the details when the project ends. 

3. Relax! You are done for the moment

All the specifics for your bat (design, weight, handle etc) will be collected via survey at the end of the campaign. 

We offer free shipping within the UK. For everywhere else, please check your shipping rate on the check-out menu when you order. 

 FREE SHIPPING within the UK. For everywhere else, please check your shipping rate on the check-out menu when you order

 We want you to love your bat as much as we do. We are 100% committed to making a bat that you will think is great. But, if you do not absolutely love your bat when it arrives, just return it within 14 days in an unused condition and get a full refund (minus shipping). 

We also offer a 12-month warranty. This protects you against any manufacturing and material defaults. (Any damage caused by fair wear and tear is not covered by the warranty)

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing is the most challenging part for most Kickstarter projects. We are lucky in that we have our own source of wood for our bats, however, the biggest challenge would be if we get inundated with pledges and run out of clefts.

Being over pledged is a technically a great place to be in and running out of wood is highly unlikely, but as Kickstarter say, it is better to be honest!

Our bats have been designed and tested over 2 years so we feel confident that you will surely love the end result. You are part of our mission and we want you to know that we will do whatever it takes to deliver you a product that you will love.

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Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £160 or more About $209

    JUNIOR CRICKET BAT

    1 Junior bat (size 5,6 or Harrow) made to spec

    Free toe guard: Fitted
    Free bat face: Fitted

    Over 20% off retail value

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    Pledge £224 or more About $292

    ADULT CLASSIC CRICKET BAT

    1 Classic bat (Choose Kratos, Caerus or Apollo) made to spec

    Free toe guard: Fitted
    Free bat face: Fitted

    Over 20% off retail value

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    Pledge £250 or more About $326

    ADULT ELITE CRICKET BAT

    1 Elite bat (Choose Kratos, Caerus or Apollo) made to spec

    Free toe guard: Fitted
    Free bat face: Fitted

    Over 28% off retail value

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    Pledge £320 or more About $417

    ADULT TEST CRICKET BAT

    1 Test bat (Choose Kratos, Caerus or Apollo) made to spec

    Free toe guard: Fitted
    Free bat face: Fitted

    Bat comes fully oiled and knocked in.

    Over 25% off retail value

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,305

    SPECIAL BUNDLE

    Two Test cricket bats (Choose from Kratos, Caerus or Apollo)

    Engraving of choice on bat face of both bats (e.g. initials/name)

    Free toe guards: Fitted
    Free bat faces: Fitted

    Two extra free grips (one per bat)

    Bats come fully oiled and knocked in.

    Want more? See our Add On Menu (at the bottom of our product page)

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Funding period

- (30 days)