Well, the batching process for batch 18 took a little longer than expected..! The amount of correspondence was pretty hard to keep up with (I answer each and every email personally), but apart from a few emails which I am still trying to find the time to answer batch 18 is locked down, the forge have all the instructions and will start work within the next couple of days (there was also a lot of formatting work, cross checking and double checking to make sure that everything is exactly as specified).
Batch 17 is currently around 20% shipped, with another 50% about to update with a tracking number in the next 2-3 days and the last 30% should go out approx 1 week afterwards (rest assured, my agent and I are working overtime to make sure these go out ok).
At the same time we received with batch 17 a very special delivery of ready made swords from the forge. While the timing does indeed stretch our resources to the maximum, I had to get the main ones listed though batch 17 orders get priority shipping (which messes things up for offering these in time for Christmas, but my priority is on servicing EXISTING customers)..
Because of all that is going on at the moment I don't have much time to post a lot about them here just yet, but they were previewed in the most recent edition of the Sword Buyers Digest so I'll just add in a couple of quick large size pics (click for the full size pics) and give you the link if you are interested.
You can find both of these listed on the SBG Custom Katana page here
Sorry for the ultra rushed post, there is more going on behind the scenes than you can poke a sword shaped object at!