Good news, last week the sample for our pan grips came in. The bad news is they just are not going to work. After playing round with it for a week with the sample pans, the grips are not easy to put on or take off and it just does not look good.
The more good news is: after going back to the drawing board a new solution was found! The grips are being upgraded to wood. The new grips are going to be made from maple and will be easier to use and to remove if necessary. Plus they will look a lot nicer in my opinion. I have already sourced the supplier and placed the order for the hardwood. So things are looking up on the grip front.
Cast Iron Summary:
On site: Rogue: 120 pans, 120 hilts (two part hilt, 240 parts)
Single Handed Hero: 200 pans (hilt built in!)
Double Handed: 120 pans (hilt build in!)
Left to do:
Modify all cast iron pans (estimated start February 20, 2015)
Cut down grips
Cutting the grips will start once the pans are done AND the wood is in
Assembly will start once the wood is cut and oiled AND the screws are in
Attention will turn back to the kits, and the 8” and 10” Teflon pans once we get a quote back from the foundry. All the vendors have already been sourced and manufacturing methods have been proven, so we should be able to move along quickly once production gets the go ahead.