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Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:02 pm
by Cream-T
Many thanks for your reassurance! This makes me definitely feel better about your goods and I'll have a look at your website for my next shopping spree... :)

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:07 pm
by Stephen brown
Thanks Cream-T
We are a very open company and are here for the long haul, and to be anythig else would be foolish.
See some price reductions in the maille and bucklers as a thank you to all who have supported us over the last and previous year.

SB
GDFB

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:34 pm
by Richard Meriton
I to can testifiy that the factory in india is not a sweat shop as I have been there myself. And on another point I'd like to say that I would happily wear a GDFB helmet in a tourney.

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:27 am
by zauberdachs
I have a GDFB helmet, I'd rate it 10/10.

India has a much greater base of craftsmen than this country, we could learn a great deal from them.

I am a little dubious about the carbon footprint of shipping something than ca be made locally across the entire globe just to save me some £££.

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:45 pm
by RTB
zauberdachs wrote:
I am a little dubious about the carbon footprint of shipping something than ca be made locally across the entire globe just to save me some £££.


I am no expert at this, however I have heard that it is cheaper to move a shipload of coal from Australia to Liverpool, than it is to move it from Liverpool to Warrington in wagons to burn in the power station.


I would imagine the items are moved by shipped container rather than by air, leaving a much smaller (per tonne moved) carbon footprint.

Chris

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:38 pm
by zauberdachs
Yes I believe shipping is much the most carbon efficient transport however bear i mind that an item shipped travels like this:
1. 5000km by sea
2. From the port to the business by lorry
3. From the business to the customer by lorry.

Whereas the local made product goes:
1. From the forge/workshop to the busniess by lorry
2. From the business to the customer by lorry.

The difference being minus the 5000km+ sea journey. So despite sea transport being cheaper buying locally is still less carbon pollution :)

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:43 pm
by Scraggles
bit on tv recently with some company who was supposed to recyle green bin waste finding it cheaper to export to india or indonesia, presumably to be recylcyed in a whole in the ground ?

like the gdfb kit, very well made. not over impressed on the boots, but guess things will improve :)

I do buy kit locally, last bit or armor bought it this year and was well made, think it was by some welsh guy whose name I forget