We Are In Full Production
We solved most of our problems early last week and we are now in production. So far we have machined out about 1000 pairs of Switchblades. The Galaxy Line Switchblades need to take a trip to the vibration polishing machines before they are ready for assembly and testing. The hardwood Switchblades need final sanding and the oil & wax finish.
We are still on schedule to ship starting on and throughout March. If we start to slip, we will hire on extra help to finish the orders.
The Oil & Wax Finish
We have also finished developing a method of applying the finish quickly in batch format:
- 20 pairs of hardwood Switchblades are placed in a wire mesh cage
- The cage is submerged in a heated vat of oil and wax for 30 minutes
- The cage is removed from the vat and cleaned off with high pressure air
- The cage is put in an oven for 30 minutes to dry off remaining oil & wax
After the Switchblades cool down, the hardened wax gives the wood a dull shine. The batch processing means we don't have to interact with every single Switchblade individually which was slow, messy, and generated a lot of paper towel waste.