I understand, these can be pretty pricey, but as you know, very nice. I had to make a choice of doing something chincy (like the Da Vinci Code movie prop replica - you have no idea how many people I've heard complaining about those) for cheap (and these movie prop replicas are not that cheap) or doing something really high quality but at a higher cost.
I think if there was a reasonable amount of interest I could probably do something like this for $300 plus $15 SH but this would include a bloodwood display stand (very nice hand polished exotic red wood) and reduced shipping costs: old price $250 for the box + $25 for the bloodwood stand + $25 for S&H = $300 would now be $300 for the box and stand + $15 for S&H = $315, so it would be an additional $15 bucks for the special fonts and "The Quest" logo.
I'm actually about to raise my prices to $300 plus $15 S&H (down from $25 before) due to design and quality improvements and the increase in the price of many of the materials I use (the price of solid brass seems to be tied to the current price of fuel which if you've filled your gas tank lately you know what I mean). But while display stands were optional before, I am now going to include them in the deal because about 95% of my customers want a stand anyway and you really should have something nice to display these boxes on.
So basically, I could do these special boxes for my new combined price, but without charging anything extra for the custom stuff (if there was a decent amount of interest). I only have a handful of boxes left at the $250 price (17 to be exact) and when these are gone, the next batch of boxes will be at the new pricing (but will come with a stand and reduced S&H) which is basically a $15 to $25 increase in price overall.
I'd love to make these boxes for "The Quest" enthusiasts because as you can imagine I am into this kind of stuff too (but never have the time to participate).
I don't generally like to make posts or "plug my wares" on message boards as they are a forum for discussing various topics and not for "advertising". But this thread came up on a daily Google search I have set for the word "Cryptex" and it seemed like there were a number of people who found my boxes interesting and there were questions as to whether boxes like the ones used in "The Quest" final challenge would be available. So I thought I'd provide this information. Forgive me if I'm overstepping the "code of conduct" for posting on this message board, I've only done this because the subject came up already.