Like many companies we have been hit with some supply chain challenges due to the Covid economy. Right now we are running short of supplies to make some of our popular swords and other weapons and we aren't exactly certain when we will have them back in stock. Rather than take your money without having a good idea of when we can fulfill your order we've decided to switch how these items show up on our website.
If you want an item and it has a banner that says "temporarily unavailable" it means that we don't have enough parts to make the piece at the moment until we are able to secure some new supplies. We will still take orders for these products, but instead of paying up front on the website we ask that you simply email us here and we will send you an invoice and information. You can finish it in the online order system with a small deposit and get an order number. Payment for the remainder will be due when the product is done instead at the time of order.
We hope that we will have the parts we need in a month or two, but it could be somewhat longer as the whole world is in a production crisis at the moment and sword makers are kind of low on the industrial totem pole when it comes to securing industrial services.
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