Update #9: Shipping Begins on March 11th
Shipping Begins Soon
If your address has changed, please update your address on the Survey before March 11th
We plan to begin shipping on March 11th and throughout the entire month of March. Like our production plan, shipping will start slow at first as we work out the procedure and problems that arise. You will receive an e-mail with a tracking number when your order has shipped.
We currently have 1647 pairs (out of the ~2300 ordered pairs) ready for assembly and testing. We should be able to finish the rest of them in the first week of March which will leave the rest of the month for assembly, testing, and shipping.
We have tools and procedures for quality control. This is necessary to catch mistakes we made during fabrication and because roughly 15% of Switchblades will have out-of-tolerance issues that need to be corrected during assembly and testing. We check for:
- The Switchblades slides into the rails easily
- The countersink screws won't scratch the rails
- The latch mechanism engages properly
- The kickstand is sufficiently stiff
- The Switchblades aren't cocked / lopsided
We run into new problems every day; we don't share them here because they are usually small and easily solvable. However, we had a big quality control problem with the purpleheart wood. This wood is very dense and doesn't sand as well as other woods. Long story short, this caused nearly all of our purpleheart Switchblades to come out lumpy looking.
We have solved this problem, but we also ended up rejecting nearly all the purpleheart Switchblades. We have ordered more wood and are re-making all purpleheart Switchblades. This cost us around 1-2 days of work.
We want you to know that we'll do our best to avoid these problems, but they can take us by surprise sometimes. At worse, they will cause a delay but we promise your pledge will be delivered and the product will match what we advertised.