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Age Of Craft
Age Of Craft - A review from a new fighter
Ray Witte -Philadelphia Rhinos
So now that the last part of my kit has arrived and fits, I figured I would review my experience with Age of Craft.
I ordered everything except gauntlets and a helmet from AoC. The order went in during late August. The price was affordable for me, and they had the style of armor I was looking for.
Communication was good, considering the language barrier and them being half a world away. Paying with money orders and bank transfers sucks and just feels shady as hell. I'm pretty sure I'm on a list now.
My gear arrived in the middle of October. Considering what was produced, I think that is a fair turn-around.
As for the gear- I will say this- everything that came in was nicely made. However, there were sizing issues. My pourpoint was way too big and my corrazina way too small. I settled on tailoring the pourpoint myself, but I sent the Corrazina back.
The gambeson, arms, and legs all fit like I was in the shop every day. The shoulders are a hair too small on the bicep, but fixable.
They claimed the error in the Corrazina was on me and asked for another $30 to cover shipping the new piece. I didn't feel like arguing, and after $2000 it wasn't a big deal, so I paid it. Considering the array in sizing, between too big, fitting perfectly, and too small, I doubt that I sent the wrong size.
The limb armor performed well at nationals. I took some nasty hits, including Lance's big ass axe to my forearm, and came through OK.
Would I buy from them again or recommend them?
Not really. If they were in the US, or could use Paypal, I would say go for it, and just assume double the time to get the sizing right. Ordering armor by mail is a chancy prospect, and mistakes happen.
However, I could never shake the feeling that there was a good chance of my money vanishing into the aether, and doing business with Eastern Europe is a titanic pain in the ass. I would definitely not trust them to produce a helmet or gauntlets, as they did not seem to have the attitude of "let's make this perfect." I personally would not do business with them again. Decent product, ok communication, kind of lousy attitude, and buying things from the Ukraine is a pain in the ass. All told, the balance sheet just isn't in their favor.