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Fighting Man Frying Pans! Epic kitchenware to make your meals legendary!
Fighting Man Frying Pans! Epic kitchenware to make your meals legendary!
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    1. Missing avatar

      Pierre Albisser 6 days ago

      If i was in the US, i would be looking into starting a lawsuit on this guy. After all, he completely ignored Section 4 of the terms of our contract.
      If he is unable to finish the project - which he obviously is - he's supposed to make up, offer compensation, something like that. Neither of which happened.

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      Pierre Albisser 6 days ago

      Welp. Once again nothing.
      Pff. This site is saying something about being "respectful and considerate".
      I paid good bucks for nothing and he didn't give an update for 1.5 year. How's that "respectful" or "considerate"?

    3. Marty Lewis on December 6

      Nope, probably no pans for Christmas this year, Diana.

      I walked by some Lodge cast iron at Costco yesterday and thought to myself, "dang, wish I had those Lodge pans I bought years ago on a Kickstarter".

    4. Diana L on November 26

      Happy Thanksgiving fellow backers! Looks like we're not getting combat pans for Christmas this year?

    5. Northernism
      on November 22

      LOL @ almost 5 years waiting.

    6. Brad Dancer
      on November 22

      he's got a new design on his website- that's crazy, enough time to do that! Let's get some pans or refunds done

    7. Brad Dancer
      on November 22

      Hey, James, I'm sure you're working hard on those pans - hope you have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving

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      Jim on November 18

      Just thought of this project again and decided to check on it, and maybe hand out free English lessons again. Not a surprise about the pans. Maybe I'll check back again in 6 months.

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      Veronica Vickery
      on November 15

      @natalie Morlock Enterprises same as always

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      Joel Procell on November 15

      some how i keep torturing myself and checking in about once a year... and it seems hell hasn't frozen over...

    11. Natalie Slaughter on October 25

      Well, it's next month and still no update. Sounds like he just stole our money. What vendor name was he working under at DragonCon?

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      Michel Abboud on October 12

      May the Pan be with you young James Brown!!!
      Is the empire dead ?
      did we lose the war ?
      We need our Combat Pans :P

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      Joe Cardillo on October 6

      Hey James, how about that update?
      Is this project officially dead, or is there still a chance?

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      Veronica Vickery
      on September 10

      I asked him how those frying pans were coming and just talked to him. I didn't say anything mean. He seemed like he really does want to actually finish the project. I'm hopeful but it sounds like its still going to take a while even if he does get back on track.

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      Drew Newman on September 7

      Because I found his phone number online and spoke to him in May and he "ASSURED" me that there would be an update in the next two weeks.

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      Drew Newman on September 7

      What did you say to him @veronica ?

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      Veronica Vickery
      on September 5

      Talked to him at DragonCon. He said his mistake was offering too many options. He also said he finished paying off the loan he took out. Supposedly we'll get an update next month.

    18. L. V. on July 27

      I have backed 5 projects that have failed to produce but this one holds the record for longest.

      2 have admitted failure. They have declared "bankruptcy" and informed the backers they will not be producing anything. At least they are honest about it.

    19. GBAllison on July 25

      Ha haha haha ha haaahaaaa haa haha ha ha haaaa
      Wait ... I need to ... catch ... my ... breath ...

      "Be respectful and considerate"
      46 THOUSAND dollars.
      And STUNNINGLY, it's not about the money!
      Well, it's not about LOSING the money.
      Instead it's about the utter and shameless and astonishing DISRESPECT for the PEOPLE who paid you that money!
      It's the absolute lack of caring. The gutless COWARDICE.
      This guy single-handedly reinforces the stereotype of a millennial who is callously indifferent and stupefyingly self-indulgent, physically INCAPABLE of taking responsibility for his own actions.

      But I digress. I was laughing so hard that I almost couldn't breathe :-)

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      JoAnn G on July 25

      Hope springs eternal! Maybe someday we will get our pans. Maybe ....

    21. L. V. on July 18, 2017

      A full year without an update....

    22. John Bellando
      on July 18, 2017

      @Mike - You'll be lucky to get anything let alone a change.

    23. Mike Kasprzak on July 3, 2017

      So it's been a few years and I know what cast iron is. Kinda wish for a sign of life, and some way to get a Cast Iron instead of Teflon (I've stopped using Teflon cookware).

    24. Sindy Sinn on June 28, 2017

      Just an annual login to see where my stupid pan is.
      And that I'm still disappointed by Mr Can't-Make-A-Pan.
      Get to work loser.

    25. Abbie Blumberg on June 28, 2017

      I just want to say you are a piece of s**t. Where is my handle? This was supposed to be a present for someone a million years ago.

    26. Brad Dancer
      on June 20, 2017

      I reached out to Crimson Chain Leatherwork - they were quite nice. They claimed he was still working on them, 'personal things happened' and he still plans on finishing. Can't say I believe them, but they defended their friend, and they were nice enough to respond. Really none of their business, but thought I'd reach out - they did understand our frustration but wouldn't take any step to get in the middle of it, which I can understand.

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      Lauren Child on June 17, 2017

      I cant help but wonder whether we paid for him to go on an absolute bender of a time at conventions, and to expand his other business.

      Are you sure that other business is him?

    28. Natalie Slaughter on June 12, 2017

      Also according to his Facebook page he sells with Crimson Chain Leatherwork. Here's their Facebook page:

    29. Natalie Slaughter on June 12, 2017

      This was my first project too! I've backed dozens of projects since then, and I haven't been ripped off by a single one of them. Just this one. I wonder if he still goes to conventions? I know he used to go to Otakon.

    30. Sascha Weber on June 3, 2017

      I can copy that, I just backed another project, this here is the only one that never really happened.

    31. Bryan Head on June 1, 2017

      It's funny, this was the first ever project I ever funded on Kickstarter. It's a wonder that it also wasn't the last but I can also say this is the only pledge I've been burned on. I've had many projects that were delayed but each one delivered eventually.

      Except this one. :(

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      Lars Hoffmann on June 1, 2017

      Im still wondering he has a picture up on his Intagram, that show an truck load of Panns whith a handle just whithout handle wrapping, so at least some pans are in existence Did hi build them and just leve them somewhere ore did he scrap them ore Is he still working on them i dont know the pic is 2 years old a lot could have happend to this Pans, but it seams like a lot of work for a scam. Just send me one of the unfinished Pans Jim i have the Skills to finishe them my selfe

    33. Brad Dancer
      on May 29, 2017

      yea, i don't really care about the money and there's no way I'm ever getting the pan. I just like the challenge now of getting him to respond, to say something - to have a shred of dignity and courage - to just say its over.

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      Pierre Albisser on May 26, 2017

      Fun thing: if i would start posting the obscenities that come into my mind seeing that we passed 4 years of scheduled delivery and nearly one year since the last update, now, i'd be in bigger problems than this guy who apparently doesn't plan to give us anything in return for our money. Not even a "sorry, i fucked up".

    35. Sal "Lasareath" Cameli on May 25, 2017

      I guess it's Good I only paid $27. Sorry to everyone who paid more.

    36. Brad Dancer
      on May 23, 2017

      He was at Tinius Olsen until Feb of this year it looks like, that's in the philly area - so not sure if he's back to virginia or not

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      Drew Newman on May 22, 2017

      13451 Princedale Dr
      Woodbridge, VA 22193

    38. Henry Henwy on May 19, 2017

      I'm in that general area. If anyone has an actual address, I'd be willing to try to contact him. Since I don't have any other information about him and his name is about as common as dirt, I have no idea how to separate him from all the other James Brown's near Philadelphia. I see a James E Brown of Philadelphia who was indicted for child pornography. At least if that were him he'd have a good excuse for not responding. I'm pretty sure getting access to the prison metal shop is hard.

    39. Brad Dancer
      on May 17, 2017

      So it appears he's in Philly, or the philly area - simple google search for him in that area will show where he is now. No more information than that, but maybe we paid for his move...

    40. L. V. on May 11, 2017

      One project I backed has admitted failure, filed for bankruptcy and is issuing refunds of a sort via the courts in Germany. Not sure how much of my 107 euros I will get back on it but at least they are making an attempt. There is currently no Kickstarter vehicle for refunds as it is a one-way funnel for funding.

    41. Brad Dancer
      on May 10, 2017

      @Graham - agreed, its so frustrating that these guys don't understand this is a community. I've seen at least 4 other projects where they failed to price out their project correctly and went back to the community. In all but one instance, the community pitched in more to help - i would have done that here 19 years ago when the project started. Yet, he never asked for help.
      James dipped in and out and kept teasing he was on it- then disappeared and mysteriously logged in again in March. Nothing worse than passive aggressive silence and plain old hiding.
      I wouldn't mind a final post that simply put closure on it..

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      Graham Campbell on May 9, 2017

      James wanted to get $7,000 to make some pans. This was probably a reasonable size project for his machine shop to handle; one way or another. Maybe he priced it wrong and would be losing money/time on each one, but the total debt burden would have been manageable.

      Instead he got $46,261 and a huge liability. He may not have been prepared to scale out to this level of production. If he was losing money/time on each pan, he now was losing 6-7 times that much money/time.

      I could see someone ready to sacrifice every night and weekend for a month getting buried under the idea of doing it for half a year. Maybe he is a victim too, but of his own lack of vision to what he was committing to.

    43. Brad Dancer
      on May 1, 2017

      Given it was estimated in January 2013 - i definitely wouldn't bet any money on it. There's so much to like about Kickstarter and scams will of course happen, but Kickstarter has to step up and get proactive on these situations. They need to take some responsibility, it is their platform and they are profiting as soon as the project is funded. They seem to just disappear after that. I've had a couple of projects that were Kickstarter picks that failed- Kickstarter was nowhere to be seen after they got their money, very frustrating. In this case, I think James just got overwhelmed by the job and the community and freaked - not an excuse, the guy is awful, but that's my guess. Who knows, maybe by 2020, we'll have pans.

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      Jim on April 27, 2017

      Ok I'm not, as in currently, going to bet money on it. I gotta be more clear. James is logging in again, so I guess there's still a possibility. I look at this one and a couple others that went bad as a relatively cheap lesson. Unless I can vet the project very well, I'm done with KS. Caveat emptor.

    45. John Debnam on April 23, 2017

      Combat Vaporware
      Not sure how he can look at himself in the mirror knowing he lied, cheated, and defrauded 651 people.

    46. Brad Dancer
      on April 21, 2017

      He logged in march 20, 2017!!!!!

    47. Brad Dancer
      on April 21, 2017

      There is no good

    48. Jon Perry on April 17, 2017

      Good or bad we deserve an update by now.

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