It is nice to be back and settling into my new normal.
So September, recap: I didn’t have to go to jury duty (yay!), Dragon*Con was fun (superb!), moving was more time consuming and complicated than anticipated (booooo). But my family and I all survived and here we are in October (phew!).
As for the pans, the grips are all cut. We are waiting on resurfacing the cast iron pans to call the grips done (holes need to be drilled in both the pans and the grips). I have not found a good solution for resurfacing with the forging company. So my focus with them now is to ensure the surface issues will not happen again (for a refresher see August 15th post for details). If they cannot guarantee that, we will have to find a new company to work with. On the plus side, that is not going to affect the any current pre-orders (i.e. you), but on the negative, it will affect our ability to move forward with this product in the future (i.e. me and the investment made on this project). Suffice to say I am very frustrated.
So we are back to using the Bridgeport to resurface the pans. It will cost more time and money, but the pans will be useable and pretty, and we think those two points are kind of important!
All the other pan hilts: AllClad pan, Executioner, and Custom hilts – because there are so few all hilts will be milled using the Bridgeport. Stainless steel (not AllClad), Kits, and Teflon hilts – There will be a choice – metal hilt, or plastic hilt. Metal will be cut using the Bridgeport, plastic hilt will be thermoset (injection mold using a plastic that most normal pans use) through another company. For those of you reading this whole post – the Bridgeport is being used for all the other hilts. This means there will be a bottle neck, so a decision will need to be made: Metal hilt someday, or plastic hilt “now”. I will have better timelines at the end of the month after I have finished making the mold (also using the Bridgeport).
As for posting – I am going to step things back to an every other week update schedule. I will also return to a bullet point update list. The first update in this format and update schedule will be next Saturday (October 10th).
I am still trying to figure out the whole social media thing, if any of you have any suggestions with things to post, or how often these things should be posted, feel free to let me know!
Have a good week!