Innovation and new features are certainly part of our mission statement. However, our meat and potatoes has always been the pursuit of quality. We chose our manufacturing partner because they have the same belief in not only creating the most consistently durability product possible, but also continuous improvement. We all want to improve everyday - isn't that why we train?
With that said, we purchased several pieces of new equipment to advance our progress in the journey to make the best gi on the market. In this article, I want to introduce to you some of technology that makes our consistent quality possible.
New paper pattern cutter
First of all, what is the paper pattern and why is it important? The paper pattern is the template used to cut the individual pieces of fabric that are then sewn together to make up our the gis that we know and love. The fabric is typically stacked 300-500 layers thick, the paper pattern template is placed on top of the stack, and a bandsaw is used to cut through the fabric, using the paper pattern as a guide.
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Gone are the days of the error-prone method of drawing our paper patterns with pencil and ruler. We now have the capability of storing our paper pattern digitally and printing it out the paper patter on demand. This makes adjusting the cut of our gis easier and creating the paper patterns faster and more consistent. It all results in a more precisely cut gi and ultimately a better fit.
New thick lapel sewing machine attachment
We've been listening to your feedback and many of you have said the number one improvement they'd like to see if a beefier lapel. Well, ask and ye shall receive - we've contracted out a custom made stainless steel sewing machine attachment that will allow us to construct a THICK lapel. Perfect for those who don't properly respect their opponent's choke grip and get choked for their trouble ;)
New drawstring loop machine
This new purchase is another step in creating a more consistent product. This machine can crank out drawstring loops that are the same size every single time. One thing to note, our belt loops are almost twice as wide than most other brands on the market. We sweat the details so that you can have a more durable, longer lasting gi.
We're always looking to automation to help us in making a higher quality and more consistent gi. As we acquire more machinery and automation, we'll educate you on their uses. Rest assured, that we're always finding new ways to innovate and produce a better gi.