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#1 posted 08-12-2018 10:45 PM

Rockler and most everybody else gets them from Penn State. They all come from China or Taiwan so there really doesn’t seem to be much difference. Penn State sells to Rockler and just about everybody else. The Rockler Manhattan is the Penn State Gatsby which is somebody else’s Sierra and on and on.

I buy my kits based on customer service. I have had no issues with any of them. I do like doing business with Ed at Exotic Blanks. If I order a kit from Penn State it takes a week to get to me. I had a question about a blank and Ed called me on my cell phone to help me figure it out. If I order a kit from Ed on a Friday evening he ships it 2 day USPS on Saturday for the same price as Penn State but I get it on Monday. Penn State won’t ship it until Monday and I will get it in a week but they are a much bigger company so it’s all good. Tim at Wood-n-whimsies is another option.

Join IAP. Lots of helpful info there. They even have a phone app that lists every pen kit by almost all of the suppliers but you’ll notice that most of them are based on Penn State kits.

They even have handy charts like this that list all of the kits for PS and Rockler etc. to help you cross check.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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