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  • Handle: 29/32 Inch Diameter

  • 2 1/2 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • Approximate -2 to -3 Length to Weight Ratio

  • Turning Model: 271

  • Walker Handle / Black Barrel Finish

  • Flared Knob

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  • Made From Top 5% of Hard Maple Prime Grade Timber

  • Pro Cupped End

  • Retains 100% of the Maple's Natural Hardness

  • Rideau Crusher Model


The SAM BAT KB1 could be considered the true classic SAM BAT. Sporting our most popular knob with a slight flare, the KB1 is a regular barrel model with a long, smooth taper from handle to barrel. The KB1 is a superbly balanced bat with plenty of power. All SAM BATs are crafted from professional grade hard rock maple for outstanding strength, longevity and performance. Some folks will lead you to believe that wood is wood, and that the brand does not matter. Others will tell you that the bigger the brand, the better the wood, because of their sheer mass of raw materials, and the ability to hand select the finest timber. We will tell you that is only the beginning. All Sam Bat timber is of the highest grade Hard Maple available in North America. Every bat to come out of the mill is made from the top 5% of Hard Maple Prime Grade Timber. That makes a Sam Bat good, but what happens next makes it great. Conventional lathes put a tremendous amount of stress on timber as the wood is being turned. This fatigue weakens the stick before it even sees the ballpark. Sam Bat timber is turned into a baseball bat on a proprietary lathe, custom built for and designed by Sam Holman, the founder of Sam Bat. This exclusive technology puts absolutely no stress on the timber during the production process. Most bats lose at least 4-5 long shots before they leave the factory floor, but Sam Bats keep them. But the real test is at the elite pro level. In just a few years, hundreds of professional players have made the switch to Sam Bat Hard Maple. Sam Bat: The Original Maple Bat Corporation! Free Shipping!


Average Ratings Based on 11 Customer Reviews

4.5454545454545459 Stars:Overall Rating
4 Stars: Durability
4 Stars: Finish
4 Stars: General Feel
4 Stars: Pop
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5 Stars: Overall Rating

Pros: greatest pop i've ever swung, huge sweet spot, thin handle is made perfect, and most of all its weight distrabution is PERFECT

Cons: its 119 bucks so its kinda heart breaking if u break it, ive had mine for 6 months and it still hasnt broken, and after awhile the grain starts to show

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5 Stars: Overall Rating

Pros: this is a very high quality bat and it is very solid. This bat has great pop.

Cons: weight is a little heavy but if you lift weights every day it feels fine,

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5 Stars: Overall Rating

Pros: Let me start by saying I hardly ever review anything but these bats are so well made I felt the need to do so here: They aren't cheap, but like most things in life you get what you pay for, Ive owned and used L. S. TPX Maple, L.S. M9 Maple, Easton Maple and the new Marucci Maple, none of these bats have held up as well as my 2006 KB1, Sam's bats are distinctively crafted as evidenced by the weight and size marked by hand in the barrel cups, No other wood bat in today's market compares in fit or finish to these, Spend a few extra dollars and you wont be disappointed

Cons: Still a wood bat so its not indestructible(broke my previous KB1 from 2004),If you get a custom bat it takes 2-5 weeks to make because they're that picky about the Maple blanks they use(more of a testament to quality than a con)

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Hawaiin Punch

Pros: This bat is awesome. I have used MANY wood bats and out of all of them I love this bat the most. I have used X-bats, Marucci, Louisville Slugger, Mizuno, and Rawlings. I am in the 8th grade and my team mates and I had a homerun derby and they used bbcor and I used this bat. I ended up having 22 homeruns while the 2nd highest was 9 with bbcor. This is a crazy good bat and I highly recommend this bat.

Cons: At the beginning it feels end loaded but after you spend time in the cage with a bbcor and switch back to the Sam Bat feels so much lighter.

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Gorra chueca

Pros: Very good pop!!


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5 Stars: Overall Rating

Pros: great pop bigger sweet spot than most nice and light for fast pitchers weight distributed evenly

Cons: expensive but worth every penny if you want to hit with more power

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Pefection ATOR player

Pros: This is hands down best wooden bat i have used, many of you may think the people that have reviewed this bat are exagerating but we are not the bat feels outstanding when hit squarely the ball fly's right of the bat the bat is'nt heavy either, trust us its worth the money

Cons: it may be a bit slippery but with some pine tar or tape you'll be good.

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Beautiful bat TheSultan player

Pros: It is a gorgeous bat. It has incredible pop. Definitely worth the price. The finish is great. I got the model with the full cup which further balances the bat. I wold highly recommend this bat to the high end baseball player.

Cons: Price but it is well worth it

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Veteran Baseball Coach Coach coach

Pros: As a Coach who has a son that has played for over 8 years, this is the best Wood Bat he has ever had. Had this bat for 2 years and it still has plenty of Pop. It has not cracked after over 8,000 swings on regular baseballs and cage balls. This is a great bat.

Cons: None

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4 Stars: Finish
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;0) Santa player

Pros: love the feel of it.

Cons: ;0)

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1 Stars: Durability
1 Stars: Finish
2 Stars: General Feel
1 Stars: Pop
JF JF player

Pros: First of all I'm not a negative consumer. Bat had good feel, and looked great.

Cons: First day of BP on third swing bat shattered. ball made contact on barrel of bat and bat busted through the barrel. half of barrel landed between pitchers mound and 2nd base, handle and other half was in my hand. not pleased with my purchase.

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Questions and Answers

Have a question about the Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

How is this bat balanced compared to the cd1 and what are the differences between this model and the cd1? kdiddy
In my opinion, the KB1 feels just a little more balanced than the CD1. The biggest difference is that the CD1 has a 7/8" handle and the KB1 has a 29/32" handle.
Which adult Sam Bat model is the most balanced and has the lightest swinging weight? How does this bat compare to the Louisville Slugger Pro Stock Lite Ash C271 wood bat? Baseball27
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult will be the most balanced out of the Sam Bat models. The Louisville Slugger Pro Stock Lite Ash C271 will feel more balanced because it is made of ash.
Which bat is more balanced and has a lighter swing weight? This or the Marucci CU26? n
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult will have a slight end load. The Marucci Chase Utley Maple Wood Bat: CU26B Adult has a more balanced swing weight.
Which Sam Bat model would you recommend to someone using it all summer long in games? ac
All of the Sam Bats will be very similar in durability.
I play varsity baseball and I want to get a wood bat. Which bat is better: the Sam Bat or a Louisville Slugger Prime maple? Pudge
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult and the Louisville Slugger Prime Maple bats are both very good. They both use high quality maple wood and will be very durable.
Is there a warranty on the KB1 if it breaks? bart123
Unfortunately the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult does not come with a warranty.
Would you prefer a Marucci bat or Sam Bat for a 15 year old? Mark
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult and Marucci bats use a high grade of maple. Both will be high performing and durable.
What is the main difference between the KB1 and the CD1 to make this bat more expensive? Are they both "balanced" bats or is one heavier on the end? shedster
The Sam Bat Maple (KB1) will feature a more flared knob. On the other hand the Sam Bat Maple (CD1) will have a longer taper.
Does it have good pop like the CD1? Afgsbehhbh
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (KB1) will be similar in terms of performance to the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (CD1) but would have a different feel due to the different turn model. The KB1 will be better balanced.
Compare this bat to the Marucci AP5 and JB19. Which would it feel most like? And is this bat cupped? Jk
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat (KB1) will be most similar to the Marucci Albert Pujols (AP5) model in terms of swing weight. The flared knob of the KB1 would be the most similar to the AP5 as well. The Marucci JB19 would be the most balanced of the three. The Sam Bat KB1 does have a small cupped end.
What bat is better for a contact hitter: the KB1 or the 2K1? batfinder
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat (KB1) Walker/Black Adult features a 271 turn model, which means that it will have a slightly end loaded feel to it. The 271 turn model can actually be comfortably used by contact and power hitters, however, if you are looking for a better bat for contact only, the Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat (R2K1 (73)) Black/Natural Adult may be the better choice. That model features a very balanced swing weight (no end load), which is preferred by contact hitters.
Is this bat end loaded or balanced? Reagan16
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat (KB1 Walker/Black Adult) is a balanced bat.
My height is 5'10" and I'm 150 lbs. Should I go with 32, 32.5, or 33, for length? Rj28
Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult in a 32 inch model.
Is this bat closest in comparison to that of Bonds 2K1? Tribe
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult offers a slightly thinner handle than the handle featured on the 2K1 Sam Bat, but would otherwise be very similar.
Is this bat high school approved? cc baseball
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult could be used in high school.
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About the Brand

Sam Bat grew out of careful research and a thorough knowledge of eastern hardwoods. It also developed from a simple question by Bill MacKenzie, then of the Colorado Rockies: "We're just breaking too many bats. Do you think you could come up with an answer to that?"  The solution was fairly obvious. But the answer led to a pile of work and a crash course on bats. The reading list ranged from "The Physics of Baseball", "The Rules of Major League Baseball", "219 Patents on Baseball Bats" to "The Trees of Canada, Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers". There was also the search for wood which, for carvers and lovers of wood is never ending..

Living in and near Ottawa was a huge advantage in developing the Sam Bat concept. It's a researcher's dream centre: home of the Canadian patent library, two first rate universities, the Wood Council, the Canadian Forest Research Centre, the National and other extensive Libraries - all in the centre of the richest deciduous forest of North America.

However, sifting through the mountains of information - especially reading 219 U.S. patents - was painfully tedious. Perhaps Sam Bat hadn't been invented because no one had ever had the heart to turn one after this task. In fact, simply going by patent law, ash would be the only choice.

Developing the business end was also time-consuming. Then there was the task of translating maple (a much more dense wood than ash) into a workable model with the accepted range of bat lengths and weights.  One thing was sure: Sam Bat were determined to come up with a line of bats that would be more than adequate to deal with the needs of major league baseball.

Designed and Produced in Canada
The Original Maple Bat Corporation began operations in February 1997, and is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our corporate purpose is to introduce a new wooden baseball bat to Major League Baseball. Since our first year we have come a long way to achieving this goal. Since prototype testing in 1996 we realized that we had a bat that was tougher and will last longer than the ash bat traditionally in use. It is our goal to provide the best maple we can buy for use in our Sam Bats.

Canadian Maple
We make our bats from sap and better Canadian maple, the best grade available. It is kiln dried to a moisture content of 7% - 9%. The specific gravity is 63%. The selection of sugar maple allows us to model our bats extremely close to other wood bats. We are familiar with most models of wooden bats that are commonly in use.

Sam Bat: The Logo  
You don't fool around with the word bat – baseball or otherwise – without a fair amount of fun. It was kitchen table nonsense talk of the first order: about a natural sense of radar and, of course, about the idea itself: "It flies!"  It led to the need for a symbol.  If the name was to be Sam Bat, there seemed only one conclusion: it had to be a picture of the "little devil" itself.
Artist Nathan Holman, Sam's brother, came up with the bat design over the phone one evening to Sam. He said he'd put it on paper right away. It was a good design: clean and simple. Nathan's bat picture (with wonkey eyes cut out by Nathan's daughter, Laura) remained the same. Its strong, unique design should be visible from the furthest bleachers – or the smallest living room TV. More than attractive, it gives Sam Bat its new and youthful identity as what will undoubtedly be dubbed the best baseball bat in the world.

The Challenge...
From the beginning, there was no question about their market. They knew they would come up with a standard that would be universal to baseball, starting with the big leagues. The result is one of the prettiest and yet meanest baseball bats in the world. We suggest to the professional player that they provide us with a profile of a bat he is currently using. Yes, it can have a crack. We will turn a Sam Bat that he will use and enjoy.

We dare anyone to challenge this the only way that really counts: by putting Sam Bat to the test.

Bat Properties

Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: KB1 Walker/Black Adult
Barrel Diameter 2 1/2
Baseball Bats Wood Baseball
Bat Type Baseball
Color Black Brown
Deals Personalization Eligible
End Design Cupped
Ink Dot No
Length to Weight Ratio - 3
Material Wood
Swing Weight Balanced
Vendor Sam Bat
Wood Type Maple
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