Without discussing any moral implications judgement of what may or may not be happening. I believe some help and encouragement is needed to bring this situation towards a conclusion and bring Pierre back into the dialogue to help make positive action.
I can pledge some help towards filling a few of your back orders. I pledge 2 simple random damascus blades , forged, heat treated, ground, ready to be hand finished and handled in your style, that should take allot of the dust out of the equation? I can provide these before xmas this year if it helps.
I would encourage other makers to offer what help you can according to your speciality, see if we can bring some positive action and solution between us.
I hope with this encouragement Pierre you can make a list of what has to be done and begin a positive dialogue.