I received an e-mail from the caster with an update on the Daishi. The mold/casting cost have increased slightly but this is my fault. When I got the initial quote, I forgot to include the SRM-6 that goes on the shoulder. No worries though...the extra cost won't affect those that have pre-paid.
Here is what the caster had to say:
We will be wrapping up the mold mid next week and will start production on the initial 15.
We are hoping to ship the first batch of 15 before the holiday break.