5/21/19- First off I want to apologize for how long it has been since the last update; we've had a lot going on around here.
Obviously we have missed our April quote, and I want to apologize for that. We were on track until March when we had to make up on taxes because we got a little surprised at how much we owed this year. In addition to that we have had some personal things to deal with which has cost me a lot of shop time, like trying to buy our first house and some things I prefer not to mention right now ect(just life sometimes)... I was really wanting to have them done by now because of the house and blade show coming quickly. This will definitely be our last year at blade, its just becoming too much on us. Also, if you have moved since you placed your order, even if we have talked about it please send me an email with your current address. One thing that has been slowing us down is having to remake orders that have gone too the wrong address because I wasn't told or I forgot to update the order.
At this point I am not giving anymore estimates on a finish date for the whole list because I can't anticipate if we are going to have any trouble. Also, I'm still getting criticism for the available knives we list weekly, so I'll explain it again. This is what I do for a living, and with us not taking orders right now if we don't make available knives we don't make money; makes it a little hard to pay bills and finish orders without the sales. We are working as fast as we can to get the orders done and believe me, no one wants the order list done more than me! I'm sorry for how the steel shortage forced us into this place, but every order will be finished, I'm just not very good at giving quotes. That being said, if you want to know about your order please call or email me and I will give you my best guess.
I've also been getting asked a lot on when the books will reopen, and the answer is not this year in any way to include the Nomadic Bushcrafter.
Thank you to everyone that has been so unbelievably patient with me!!! And to those who haven't I'm sorry, but I'm doing everything I can right now to get you your knife!
3/17/19- In my haste last month when trying to update this page I accidentally deleted all of the previous updates which has caused some confusion on why I'm even behind on the custom orders to stat with so I wanted to lay it out.
In April 2017 I opened my custom order books using a pay up front system. I chose this order method because in the past I had had a lot of issues and confusion using invoices after the order was done. The idea was simple; if I stayed on track it would make things faster because it got rid of the back and forth and you simply need to wait for your knife to arrive. This was a mistake because unfortunately Murphy's law and stay on track don't mix.
I started to ship the first orders in early July as promised, but after that we had a slight heat treat delay of about 3 weeks for the next 20. This wasn't a big deal and I was making plans on how to get caught up in Aug. As many of you know I was using New Jersey Steel Barons 52100 as my primary steel because of some of it attributes I like slightly more than O1. Unfortunately this steel is made in Germany and when it goes out of stock it takes a long time to get back in, and this is what happed. Early Aug. I went to place an order for the next 70 orders, but most of what I needed wasn't available. I called to see when they would have it back in and I was promised end of Aug. to early Sep. Knowing I couldn't get caught up as planned I updated my quote to 6-8months in early Aug. Once early Sep. came and it wasn't back in stock I called again and was told some time in Oct. at the earliest. I ordered what they had that I needed and continued to wait (I wish I hadn't). By the end of Oct. they had no idea if it would be in by the end of the year and basically told me good luck. At this point I knew I either needed to switch every order to O1 or close the order books. After giving it some thought and prayer I chose to close the books until it was back in. In hind site I wish I had simply closed them instead of setting a closing date, but I can't change that now. The steel ended up not being fully stocked until March of 2018, but by this point I was working mostly with O1 to get some work done.
The reason for the delay being more than the six months the steel was out of stock is simple, and this is something I really want to be as clear as I can on. I have been a full-time knife maker since 2013 and making knives since 2006. With this being my full time job, and my wife being a stay at home mom of our two boys, as well as making the mistake to use the pay up front order system, when I closed the order books I basically lost my pay check completely. Orders were how I made my living, so when the books got closed I lost my living, simple as that. At that point we had over 360 orders on the books and no income. When the books were open I was finishing about 30-40 orders a month, but with no income I can't buy supplies to finish orders or simply pay my bills. Instead of simply throwing in the towel and applying for other jobs and letting this business I have put blood, sweat and tears into die, I decided to switch things up and try to get through the list. I get asked all the time why I make so many available knives if I still have orders on the books and the answer is simple, with the books closed that is how I make my living now. The 30-40 orders a month we were doing when the books were open had to be cut back to make room for available knives or nothing will get done at all. Sometimes I can't get as many orders done as I want, but we have to do what we have to to keep moving. We have been finishing 10-20 orders a month plus available knives to pay for it all since I closed the books, and we are almost done!!!
I know this has been a long and frustrating experience, but we are just about finished. I have learned the hard way that relying on specialty materials and taking full payment for an order up front are no good, and I can promise everyone that I will never do it again. I don't know what the future holds, as you can see here, but I do know that I love what I do and the hurt this has caused you guys has hurt me more than you know. I can promise once we are through this that when ever we take orders again it will be simpler deposits only system so that no one feels cheated if life happens.
Adam Gray, of AA Forge
2/2/19- I'm hoping to lay out a full list of all the current orders some time soon, but we are moving really fast through them right now so it may be a little hard keeping up with it. This is a basic run down of the orders, but if you would like to know where your individual order stands the best way would be to give me a quick call so I can give you my best estaminet.
All orders up to Dec 1st 2017 are on track to be finished around March to April.
Jan. 2018 orders should start being finished this month with all of them down by spring.
Nomadic Bushcrafter orders are planned to start production this summer. More to follow as we get closer, but I will soon have a specs page on the site for everyone on the list to be sure of they're order.
1/12/19- Right now I hope to have the whole list up to Dec 1st finish by March-April. To do so I'm working way out of order to move as fast as possible so it's impossible to give individual quotes right now, but if there are any changes I'll do my best to update things here.
I'll be trying to post pictures of the finished orders on our instagram page.
Unless something does change this will be the last update until April.
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