Sorry I've not posted for a while - lots going on in and out of work at the moment
We are getting these manufactured in a different way than we previously planned. The set up cost for the buckler tool is more than for the swords but the demand is much less. As such we are going for a method with a cheaper set up and higher unit cost.
This wont be reflected in the buckler price as we'll absorb it but it will lead to a higher trade price and will limit availability from retailers outside the U.K. who may not choose to stock them. Steel bucklers are so cheap to produce in India - it is hard to keep the price competitive.
Still on track for this year though.