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Decorative and protective rail covers with kickstand feature for the Nintendo Switch console, handmade from wood and other materials.
Decorative and protective rail covers with kickstand feature for the Nintendo Switch console, handmade from wood and other materials.
2,098 backers pledged $55,286 to help bring this project to life.

Update #12: Shipping is Slower than Predicted

Posted by Gravilogic (Creator)
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We are slower than we predicted and we are not meeting our shipping goals currently. We have currently shipped out about a quarter of our orders. There are no fatal problems with the Switchblades, it is just a matter of assembling and testing them. We expect to complete all shipments before the end of April.

We apologize for this; the reason this is happening is because we did not include the quality control process into our time estimates at the launch of the Kickstarter.

Shipping Prioritizing / Order

The way we are shipping is by batch style. We assemble the entire batch of one style (for example, Walnut) then ship out all of that style (and any other completed batches) near the end of the week. The reason we ship this way is because if we did it by order numbers, there is a much higher chance of screwing up someone's order since there would be 26 different styles to juggle around.

How to Remove the Switchblades

We ship out with an instruction sheet, but if you lost it here is how to remove them: With the Switch screen facing towards you, rock the tab on top toward you, then pull up. If it feels tight, you can also push upwards from the bottom of the Switchblade.

With the screen facing you, rock the tab towards you (1) and simutaneously pull upwards (2)
With the screen facing you, rock the tab towards you (1) and simutaneously pull upwards (2)
This animated GIF shows how to remove the Switchblade. We wondered why the Switch even has these cut-out notches on the top corners; maybe they intended some future peripheral to do this.
This animated GIF shows how to remove the Switchblade. We wondered why the Switch even has these cut-out notches on the top corners; maybe they intended some future peripheral to do this.

There is a little arrow marked on the tabs to show you which direction they are supposed to move. Do not bend them in the other direction or they will snap off.

It is possible to install the Switchblades backwards (putting the left-hand piece on the right side of the Switch), if this happens you have to rock the tab away from you instead of towards you. It is not possible to install the Switchblades upside down, unless the tabs were broken off.

Wood Exposure to Sunlight / UV Light

Wood ages and changes color over time. For example, freshly cut Cocobolo wood is a gray and purple color instead of the dark orange shown in the Kickstarter. Freshly cut Purpleheart is actually gray. We use a UV light booth to accelerate wood aging and get the wood to the color as advertised in the Kickstarter. Otherwise, some of the wood you have ordered would arrive looking very different from the images we showed.

If you don't want the color of your hardwood Switchblades to change, do not leave them out in direct sunlight for months at a time. Most woods will darken over time with UV exposure, however there are a few exceptions:

  • Redheart will turn from red to brown with too much Sun exposure
  • Walnut will fade into a light gray with too much Sun exposure
Aged Cocobolo vs. freshly cut Cocobolo
Aged Cocobolo vs. freshly cut Cocobolo
UV light booth for aging wood to the proper color. Contains 4 UV emitting flourescent lamps driven at 50W each.
UV light booth for aging wood to the proper color. Contains 4 UV emitting flourescent lamps driven at 50W each.

Executive Line Pieces are Finished Machining

These arrived later than we expected, but they look good and the next steps are to polish and anodize them with a protective coating. Then they will be assembled and shipped.

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    1. James Reister on

      As long as you can update us on which sets get shipped next I don't mind the slow shipping, besides, once the Red Storm set I backed and the Blue Orchid blades I requested arrive once the Quality Control is done on them I will be glad to see them.

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      PandaFluff on

      Thanks for the transparency. Things happen and I'm glad you guys are keeping us in the loop! Even with the slight delay, I rather you guys take the lil extra time to quality check everything and not rush to ship things out. 😊

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      Tommy
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      I actually prefer the quality checks and delay in shipping rather than a rushed, inferior product- thanks for letting us know what’s happening, but I know that the end product will be amazing!

    4. Alchar Haven on

      Hey, just wanted to say I appreciate the transparency & willingness to own up to a mistake, here. Very professional. Looking forward to showing off my switchblades!

    5. Gravilogic Creator on

      Yes, the ones we've already finished will go out fast as soon as international shipping is setup

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      Jonatan on

      Thank you so much for being so open! I'm looking forward to getting mine

    7. Pascal Leroi on

      Nice, so when international shipping is going strong, the ones finished are going out as well? :)
      Really looking forward to the blades :)

    8. Gravilogic Creator on

      We're going to test out international shipping this week and start mass shipping those next week

    9. Scotty Sells on

      Looks good boys. Keep it up. Hope you guys end up doing more production.

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      Will Barry on

      How are the international orders going? And thanks for the constant updates, can't wait to receive my pair!

    11. Gravilogic Creator on

      We have mostly finished canarywood, cherry, redheart, walnut, yellowheart, cherry & maple trim so far. Currently working on the rest of the hardwoods and trimmed woods

    12. Pascal Leroi on

      Very nice update :) Gotta love the constant stream of good updates! Which styles are already done? :)