Hey everyone apologies for not posting for a little while. As those of you who have been following our Kickstarter are probably aware, we have had some difficulties over the past few months with getting our suppliers to deliver blades to us on time. We have avoided saying anything publicly because honestly it's not our style to call other people out on their shortcomings. Ultimately it's irrelevant where the blame lies, you ordered your knives from us and we take full responsibility for being behind schedule. What I will say is that no one is more frustrated by about waiting for the blades to come in than we are.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few pieces of recent positive news. First off, the initial samples of our production blades have started arriving and we have begun the process of attaching and testing our latest version of our NextGrip™ handles.
Secondly, I am told that the first shipment of CUSTOM blades is set to be mailed to us this week. Once we have them in hand, we'll start lasering your names on them and machining custom grips from the scans you have already sent us - the files are all ready to run.
The remainder of our blades are making slow but steady process. Both the PRO and ELITE lines are at the grinders now. Once that's finished they'll need to be sent to heat treat, branded and sharpened.
Third, we recently had the honor of co-sponsoring the annual Bitten food conference in New York. We got to speak with some amazing people in the industry and continue to build our network of contacts. Naz and Emily did a FANTASTIC job of organizing the whole thing. If you are a foodie like us, it's totally worth checking out next year!
And lastly, for those of you in Chicago THIS week we'll have a booth at the International Housewares Association show (the world's largest kitchen show). If you find yourself at McCormick place for the event please drop by the "Inventor's Corner" and say hi - we'd love to see you and show you the latest progress!
As always, we are eternally grateful for your support! The last few months have been really tough on us - no one wants to accelerate this process more than we do. Thanks for sticking with us through all of highs and lows of this process.
- The NextGen Team