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Discussion: Rubber bat knob

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July 21, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
Rubber bat knob
In the past, I was able to purchase a rubber bat end knob that stretched over the end of the bat. Several places, like Kelly, sold this type of knob, but no longer! This is NOT a cuff that slides onto the handle (there are lots of those on the market). Batters who use an overlap grip like these as the end of the bat knob fits into the palm of your hand.

I can't seem to find this end knob anywhere any more. I think the company that made them was called batknob.com or something like that. They used to have a web site, but it's gone now.

Does anyone know a source for this type of knob or what happened to the company that used to make them?

Thanks.
July 21, 2014
Duke
Men's 60
713 posts
I have purchased from Sports Authority in the past 2 years. Most recently, I purchased 4 new one's from "Play it again Sports". They had many more left.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
July 22, 2014
Bomber23
47 posts
Plenty of choices on eBay
July 25, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
Thanks, Duke and Bomber23 for your ideas. I've looked at all the sports stores I go into, including Sports Authority and Play it Again Sports.

I've also goggled like crazy and searched ebay. I did order one from ebay that might substitute for the one I bought several years ago.

If not, I'm also considering getting new ones made by a local rubber company.

Thanks again.

Bart Prieve
July 25, 2014
0
56 posts

Don't Know Where You Looked!

I found them at the Softball Store on the right side of this page!


July 26, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
I only see cuffs at the Softball Store. Cuffs are positioned on the handle, inside the knob. I'm trying to find rubber bat knobs that cover the end of the bat completely, like the ones I used to be able to buy. Still looking, but thanks for the suggestion.
July 26, 2014
Jerry820
Men's 60
20 posts
bprieve, I think I can help you with those bat knobs your looking for. Call me Jerry Smith and my cell is 951-867-8650 anytime. I live in California I'd be glad to help.

Jerry Smith
Aug. 19, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
An update: I've followed-up on every lead, and still can't find the one I've been looking for, sooooo . . .

I've learned how to make a mold from an old knob I still have, and now I've been able to cast several new ones that seem to be good. I've had to experiment with several mold materials and casting rubber materials, but I think I have a good mold and have identified a good rubber that is actually more flexible than the original. It has been an interesting learning experience that took several less than favorable attempts!
Aug. 19, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
I've seen them at Sports Auth and Dicks awhile back. Might try their web sites.
Aug. 19, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
Try this if correct one... only 7 left...

http://www.amazon.com/Easton-Ultra-Soft-Reduction-Assorted-Colors/dp/B00ED3QSRY/ref=sr_1_65?s=team-sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1408461868&sr=1-65
Aug. 19, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
Thanks taits. I've tried these, too, in days gone by. Not quite what I like.
Aug. 19, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
Which type are you looking for cont or tapered there are quite a few different ones out there.
Aug. 20, 2014
bprieve
17 posts
I'm looking for the end knob made of a rubber that completely covers the end and adds some bulk above that. They used to be sold by several of the sporting goods dealers, but the manufacture apparently went out of business several years ago. I think them were called batknob.com or something like that.

But don't worry: I've been able to make a mold from an old one I have and can now cast them myself out of rubber.
Aug. 20, 2014
Snot Nose Kid
39 posts

Thrilled to know the problem has been resolved!

Aug. 21, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
Try this one but the other I think is better.

http://stores.ebay.com/Billys-Baseball-Stuff?_trksid=p2047675.l2563


item near bottom right on page, multi colored
Aug. 21, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
Seller also has them on ebay.
Aug. 21, 2014
DieselDan
Men's 65
12 posts
The knob that bprieve uses is similaar to this picture , but rubber. It's almost the size of a racquetball, but of harder rubber.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Hickory-Vintage-Series-Baseball-Bat-Ballhandle-Knob-/161061905851?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item258009a5bb
Aug. 21, 2014
?
82 posts

What is the purpose for this silly looking thing?

Aug. 22, 2014
Clean Up
42 posts
If it's anything like the picture DieselDan posted.

No wonder they are not being sold anymore.



Not much demand for a useless thing like that on the end of a bat?







Aug. 22, 2014
Home Plate
14 posts
Can't figure out why anybody wants it.
Looks like a worthless piece of junk....
Aug. 22, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
D...Dan,
Do not remember ever seeing on of those, probably for a good reason.
LOL he might take a tennis ball and cut it place silly putty inside, and mold it to the knob. will look about the same at least.

I can see why he might like it though. Hand palm over it allowing for slightly more leverage if it doesn't come off in the swing follow through. I use a thick weight lifers glove for that because it fills the gap between the pinky finger and the knob depending on the handle (thickness) size.
Aug. 22, 2014
0
56 posts

I doubt those stupid looking things are legal.

They extend the over all length of the bat beyond 34 inches.

SSUSA Staff....Input please!

Aug. 22, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4361 posts
As for length being 34". I've been told there is a 'variation' or a word to that effect for that which is roughly 1\8 inch... IMO that is still over the 34" so go figure on size limits....
However, maybe it's like speed limits...
But sure see your point.
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