Happy New Year for 2018 – hope that this year is going to be a fantastic one for you all.
We certainly have a lot of new projects coming due this year, from a relaunch of Forge Direct Chinese and Forge Direct Japanese to the beta launch of our Fantasy Swords website and exclusive lines, and much, much more..!
Anyway, just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that almost all the delayed orders from between Christmas to New Years have started moving, shipping companies are back doing their thing and our suppliers have all woken up from a brief holiday rest and we are officially back to business as usual.
Talk to you all again soon!
With Christmas now just around the corner, it is almost certainly too late to be ordering any swords in time for a Monday holiday delivery..
And indeed, with most of our suppliers, warehouses and shipping companies taking a well deserved break over the holiday period we are also planning to take some time off to spend with friends and family.
Our office will be officially closed from Saturday the 23rd of December to January the 3rd of January 2018.
During this time, there will on occasion be a skeleton staff to deal with any extremely urgent matters, but for the most part as our suppliers and shipping companies are only partially open during this period, please expect significant delays.
If you have not already got your Christmas orders sorted, for a last minute gift idea SBG Sword Store GIFT VOUCHERS are a great idea – they never expire and you can forward them to your loved ones on Christmas day so that they can use them to get the sword that they REALLY want, not one that you think they MIGHT like..
It will still be business as usual until the 23rd, so if there is anything urgent you need to discuss with us please contact us at the earliest opportunity.
Happy Holidays all!
On the heels of the good news about the long awaited restock of the Euro line of Swords by Ronin Katana, there is some bad news for fans of the Forge Direct Japanese line..
I have mentioned the crux of the issue in the December issue of the Sword Buyers Digest Online Magazine, and in even more detail on this thread on the SBG Sword Forum – but for those of you playing at home..
Basically, there have been some major changes to production of sword components over in China due to (valid) pollution concerns, and all the tsuba and koshirae you see that are made from zinc alloy, brass or copper with gold and silver inlay are – simply not available anymore and are no longer in production until new suppliers set up new, eco friendly factories.
I can’t argue with the need for this, and in the long run, its a good thing. But in the short term, it means that all the koshirae (sword fitting sets – Tsuba, Fuchigashira) like those pictured below to the left are no longer an option..
However, iron Sukashi tsuba are usually made in house by the large sword forges (and the forge who makes our swords for Forge Direct are certainly one of those). So in short, we needed to pull the entire product line and allow them time to re-tool, make new tsuba and see where we are up to over the coming months.
As mentioned, existing orders are all okay – but we can’t take any new ones for the time being.
I will keep you all posted as new developments occur.
Happy New Year everyone..!
Our holiday period is officially over, though as it is the weekend there is no shipping taking place until early next week.
In the meantime, I will be going over the small mountain of emails and correspondence so we can get back up to date and continue some tweaking of the overhaul we began a week or so ago.
Will update you all again soon – hope you have a fantastic start to 2017!
As mentioned several days ago before the marathon overhaul started, I will be taking about a week off from today (Merry Christmas all!) to Monday the 2nd of January.
During this time, my assistant Sara will still be checking our ticketing system and doing her bit to help out any customers having issues over the holiday period, but there will be some tasks that she will not be able to do much with until I get back into the swing of things on the 2nd of January.
So until then, time to sign off and spend some time with family. Hope you all do the same and have a great Christmas and a fantastic start to 2017!
Talk to you all again then..