We have been able to solidify some of our supply chain challenges that have plagued us over the last two years. Our improvements in work flow and consistent supplies allow us to adjust our availability on some items.
Due to these supply challenges and the length of our order queue we still have a long wait on some items. Rapiers for example. But we are confident we will be able to fulfill these commitments. For new rapier orders we will be adjusting how the purchase is done. When you order you will only be charged a 150.00 deposit which creates your spot in the queue. We are aggressively working on this back log but it is still about a year out, so that is what one should plan on with a new order. This will hold your spot in the queue, and we will work on your piece as its turn comes up. When the item is getting close to finish, we will contact you about arranging payment for the remainder due.
We are confident we can get our stock rapiers to you with this system, but it does require some patience as we work to shorten our delivery times.
We hope this allows folks who have patiently been waiting to order a rapier some confidence they will get the piece they would like and that we will deliver. So check out our rapiers and see if there is one you would like.
Our normal return and cancellation policy will apply on deposit amounts. Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography. He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.