A Grade LE (Limited Edition) is the best looking and performing blade money can buy and is in the top 4% of willow. The grain on the face will be straight and there will be at least 10 grains visible. These are an incredibly good piece of willow turned into the finest bat imaginable.
There may be some red wood evident on the edge of the bat. The grain on the face will be straight and there will be at least 6 grains visible. There may be the odd small knot in the edge or back but the playing area should be clean.
A Grade 2 is also very good quality and normally a larger amount of red wood can be seen on the edge of a bat, this has no effect on the playing ability of the bat it is purely cosmetic. There will be at least 4 straight grains on the face of the bat with maybe some blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.
This grade offers very good value for money. A Grade 3 Blade has up to half colour across the bat, again this has no direct relation to the playing ability of the wood, it just has less visual attraction. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat which may not always be perfectly straight. Again some small knots or a little 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".
Note: if you are in-between sizes, consider getting the larger size
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