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A.V. Dolan




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PostPosted: Fri 24 Dec, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Steel Mastery-What's going on with them?         Reply with quote

Recently, the Steel Mastery website not only went down, but seems to have become defunct. I view this event with some trepidation as I recently paid them for a large order of armor and have not heard from them. Does anyone know what's happening with Steel Mastery?
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A.V. Dolan




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Update: their site is back up, but still haven't heard from them. Word has it that they are closed for a few weeks around Christmas. Will keep you updated on what happens.
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Mark Wilkie





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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This kinda worries me to as I have just placed an order for a visibly brig about a week ago .
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David Teague




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 9:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Wilkie wrote:
This kinda worries me to as I have just placed an order for a visibly brig about a week ago .


One of my students ordered a pair of finger gauntlets last winter with a promised delivery date of May, 2010. He's still waiting.

He sends them an e-mail every week asking about his order now.

Cheers,

David

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Tjarand Matre




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 10:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I ordered a stock item from them and that took 12 days including a very thorough customs ritual (surely anything coming from Ukraine MUST be an illegal substance ...). However I have heard that custom objects or items not in stock takes ages. They also have some language challenges apparently allthough I had no problems placing my order.
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 12:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just received my Visby-style brig from them last week (~22nd). Took about six months. They indicated at one point (about 3 months ago) that they had an issue with a leather supplier. It sometimes took 3-4 days, but I always heard back from them. Orders for a belt & pouch earlier in the year were fulfilled within a couple of weeks (mail from Ukraine takes a little while).

They're slow, but I've been pleased with what I've purchased from them over the years (including a 3/4 Gothic harness about 3 years ago).

Brig turned out nicely, BTW - fits perfect, put together quite well, aesthetically pleasing, too.
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Augusto Boer Bront
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Little OT: I want to purchase some steel rivets from them (around 100). How much time do you think it would take to have them, assuming that I live in italy?
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I ordered just a stock brig so hopefully there wont be any problems, though at trhis time it may still be a while
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Augusto Boer Bront
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Dec, 2010 2:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you're interested they're also on FB http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.p...0518298339
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A.V. Dolan




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PostPosted: Tue 28 Dec, 2010 1:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Augusto Boer Bront wrote:
If you're interested they're also on FB http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.p...0518298339
Thank you kindly for the information.
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A.V. Dolan




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jan, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

We heard from them this week. They say they will ship the armor out at the beginning of next week. They also asked for some additional measurements for my half-greaves, so they seem to be on the case. Will post more when I hear more news, or when I get my armor.
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David Teague




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jan, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My student is still waiting...

He's right around a year wait and counting.

He still e-mails them weekly and has had many ship dates missed.

I'll let you know if they come in.

Yours,

David

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A.V. Dolan




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 10:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've received my armor order! It took about three months, but that's not bad considering I ordered a custom gambeson, brigandine, bascinet, arms and legs. I'm quite happy overall though there are some small issues. With the reader's indulgence, I'd like to do a more in-depth review with pictures (though I'll need a few days).
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David Teague




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Teague wrote:
My student is still waiting...

He's right around a year wait and counting.

He still e-mails them weekly and has had many ship dates missed.

I'll let you know if they come in.

Yours,

David


Ok... they came in.

DT

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