You have been bugging us for an update and have every right to. We said we would put one out weeks ago. Sorry if this caused any confusion, anxiety, frustration, etc, we've just been a little busy... SHIPPING BELTS!!!
We chose to focus more on actually processing and shipping than talking about processing and shipping. We're almost up to Backer 3,000 of 4,500 and our pace is quickening!
Also, we have some "surprises" that we wanted to be able to properly bring to your awareness. See below!
We hope you trust us that your belts have been the highest priority in our LIVES. This isn't a 9-5 for us, it's a 24/7/365 responsibility and every decision we make we ask, "Is this getting us toward our goal with minimal compromise?" And our goal right now, as it has been from the beginning of this project, is to get you belts that we are proud to provide and you are proud to wear.
A few weeks ago when we received The shipment of buckles, we thought the finish line had arrived. Unfortunately, after going through and individually scrutinizing buckle-by-buckle, we felt like the quality still was not there. This had us scrambling for a quick solution and we can now say, we have buckles we can be proud of, and we hope you are too!
Our solution... Sand-blast (again) each buckle and re-coat (again) them locally with Cerakote™!
Didn't these already have a PVD coating?
Does this significantly add costs to the buckles?
Does that affect my pledge/pre-order?
Absolutely not! We are eating all the additional costs even if it darn-near kills us! Don't worry, we've become gluttons for this sort of self-imposed masochism.
Wow, that was a big surprise, any more?
Yes,it's at this time, that we would like to announce that we upgraded every buckle up to being made out of stainless steel. That's right, if you have a buckle from us, it's made of 304 stainless steel!
What if I paid $10 extra for the black stainless steel buckle?
Yours is stainless steel too of course. We hope you don't feel swindled because now the gray buckles are stainless steel too. Black is still an elite color and we are discussing not even offering it in the future. It's a completely Wazoo-custom Cerakote™ color that took dozens of prototypes to get just right.
Cerakote™? What's all this Cerakote™ stuff?
"Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications."
As far as new coatings go, we had investigated Cerakote as an option way back in the design process and really didn't have a downside other than significantly increased cost. Well, we're more sick of this project than you are and and we're going to finish strong or go broke trying! You've all be upgraded to Cerakote! We're paying even more out of pocket to get the PVD coating blasted off and Cerakote applied. How does Cerakote compare to the PVD? It blows it out of the water! The look of these buckles is exactly what we've been shooting for and the durability is outstanding! And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Cerakote works like paint so the future possibilities are endless: Colors, logos, camo patterns, custom designs, etc.
We were fortunate enough to have one of the best Cerakoters in the country in our backyard CERAKOTERS.COM
We can't recommend them enough! They have met our extremely high quality expectations when it seemed no else could. They have pushed the limits of contemporary assumptions about Cerakote applications and have that "figure it out", "can-do" attitude that seems so rare these days. If you're looking to protect something made of plastic, steel (especially firearms), wood, these are your guys!
Speaking of great partners... We wouldn't still be here if we didn't have great friends! Check out some new stuff some of our friends have been up to!
A Non-Metallic Razor-Blade Knife that fits in your Cache Belt? The Backnife
Check out this awesome Super-Shelter by our buddy Mikhail at Emberlit
Upcoming Events we'll be at... and you can too! Flintlock South East, hosted by Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group
(Don't worry, we'll still have our gas on the petal shipping belts!)
And unfortunately it's a little late to jump on their Kickstarter, but our friends at Kokopelli, recently came out with a new Rogue Packraft!
In summary, we are shipping at consistent and quick rates and already have thousands of belts (with Cerakoted stainless steel buckles) out in the world. If we haven't gotten yours out yet, sit tight, double check your shipping information,and pat yourself on the back. Your patience has been incredible and we thank each one of you for allowing this project to keep going despite the MANY, MANY hurdles/set-backs/challenges/difficulties/strings-of-bad-luck we've encountered.
~ From all of us at Wazoo, THANK YOU!!!