Jason Scott, speaking for the board.
The delay in the latest update centered around multiple factors.
First, I didn't want us to post an update with "we plan to" in it. I wanted us to post about what is actually done.
Next, I was in severe crunch time with finishing my latest project, a documentary about the hacking convention DEF CON, where Schuyler first burst into prominence a few years back by winning lockpicking contests. The entire movie has been put up for free, on Youtube, Vimeo, Internet Archive, and multiple torrents. I've written an entry about it here:
Please enjoy that film with my compliments. It was shot using crew taken from my own kickstarter, who were flown to Las Vegas and taught how to shoot the film for me, and who have all become very close friends as a result.
The etcher is now etching the first batch of picks. The order has been placed and will then be shipped to Schuyler to be assembled and polished, at which point it will go to me for fulfillment.
Remnant items from the kickstarter (shirts, locks, cases) have been inventoried and will be put up for sale shortly (with some held back for reward fulfillment). In all cases, nothing will be sold that isn't right here in my hands, ready to be shipped to you immediately.
The delay came because when Schuyler put the check from his speaking engagement into the system at his bank, it got held and we had a mess with the bank. It took some effort to get it out and into the proper bank account. After that was finished, I transferred over the generous $1000 donation one of the backers provided to ensure we had enough for the first order.
So, regarding the batches.
To make clear what's going on (this was mentioned previously), we are using a combination of sales of 50% of the made picks, as well as Schuyler putting in a portion of his salary and sales of these surplus kickstarter items, to ensure we can make our way to getting out all the required pick sets.
For the first batch, we are making 1,350 total picks. This is 60 sets of 20, 5 sets of 10, and 5 sets of 5.
The plan is to sell half of those to pay for the next batch, which means we're going to have 30 sets of 20 to sell, and so on.
If we sell a lot of picks quickly and/or we get enough contribution from Schuyler and/or we sell off the surplus material faster, we can order the next batch that much quicker. Any of these slowing down or stopping means the project slows down as well.
This is the first run through all of this. Things can still go wrong and the chances of all 1,350 being absolutely perfect is not 100%. But we'll inform about that when it comes.
Schuyler still has to make the picks. Locals to him in Vermont have offered to step forward to be taught how the process works, in case we need to hold some manufacturing parties to get the latest shipments done.
So we are moving forward. Slower than anyone ever wanted, but we are moving forward.
As for Schuyler himself, he has moved into an apartment near his parents, allowing him and his fiancee' to be out of his old bedroom in the house. I visited him, his parents and Schuyler last month during a filming trip to Montreal. It is a wonderful house of history and decoration, and it was good to see him there. Schuyler and Amy were both up very early in the morning to get to work, and he looks very happy and healthy, properly medicated and secure. His job has worked out nicely and it appears to be using his skills and knowledge in design, with lots of interesting variation and a good policy of "something's wrong if you're working past 6".
The plan is that the first picks of many are going out this month.
I hope to update you again very soon.