Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hey Folks, Most of my potential clients ask if a deposit is required for a new commission. I never have and don't plan on going that route. My style is pretty simple. The materials are not exotic or hi-tech, space-aged stuff, so I'm not dishing out big bucks, upfront. I have seen the prices on high-end handle materials and completely understand asking for money upfront if a client specifically requests for Koala Shin scales or Depleted Uranium bolsters. Another reason why I don't take deposits or give due dates is that $#!T happens. People wait a long time to get a knife and a lot can happen in between... on both sides of the equation. There have been a few occasions were unexpected car/house repairs have blindsided me and I certainly won't begrudge a customer for having to back out for similar reasons. Heck, even if they simply change their mind, why would I want them to purchase something they are having second thoughts on. Keeping with the $#!T happens theme, what about the maker? Family issues, sickness, and life in general can get in the way of productivity and the last thing you need is a deposit hanging over your head. Some of you have pending commissions with me and must realize by now how horrible I am with timely turnarounds... It's even worse if I like you... and good luck if I consider you a friend... add a few years. In all seriousness, some jobs take longer than others, that's just how it goes when you are dealing with someone who's whole week can be shot if they suddenly have an idea as to how to organize the recycle bins with a simple yet highly effective, hand-forged sliding rack system. You guys should see this thing... its breathtaking... aaaahhh. Crap... lost my train of thought? I recently had a client fall off the face of the Earth. He was overseas on business for months and I happily held on to his blade. All I required was an occasional check-in. Well, we are at the 8 month mark, now and he has not responding to my emails for 6 weeks. I hope he is okay, but have to move on. I posted the available piece in a few places and got a couple "That's what deposits are for." comments. It kinda sucks but I don't mind carrying stock once in a while. I wish I could have more available pieces, actually. I'd like to hear your thoughts on deposits and delivery dates. Whether you are a collector, dealer, general customer or maker. AND ... while I have your attention.... Yes.. I have no shame.