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penicillin

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Feb 27, 2019
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I buy pen kits at my local Rockler store. Most Rockler kits are Penn State or Rizheng. I believe the Long Wood kits come from Dayacom.

I prefer to do kits with "quality" components. To be honest, I am still trying to figure out kit pricing and quality. I assumed that higher prices for similar kits means better quality components, but I am not so sure. Here is an example: The Rockler Manhattan pen kit costs only $7.99 in Gold, but $12.99 in "Black Titanium with Gold". As far as I can tell, the only difference is black vs. gray for the plastic parts:
https://www.rockler.com/manhattan-ballpoint-pen-hardware-kit-gold
https://www.rockler.com/manhattan-ballpoint-pen-hardware-kit-black-titanium-w-gold
(Hint: Look at the photos posted by customers to see the real color of the "titanium.")

Both Rockler and Penn State have made it easy to find what I need online. They have many large photos and other helpful info. Other websites do not seem to be as user friendly, but probably have better components and pricing.

When you add shipping costs, it is hard to beat walking into a store and picking out what you want.
 

greenacres2

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Northwest IN
I'm partial to Exotic Blanks (exoticblanks.com), with probably the best mix & match discounting i've seen, reasonable shipping, and Ed stays active on this forum (ed4copies) as a solid contributor.

I also use Craft Supplies, USA and like stopping there when i have to come out to Utah each year (they are in Provo, just south of you i think). For Beaufort hardware, i use Turner's Warehouse (turnerswarehouse.com), and the owner is another active user of the forum.

I like Berea hardware, and some PSI hardware--but usually buy those through Exotic Blanks. Finally, one of my best sources (especially of blanks)--is right here in the Classified section of the forum. Hard to beat the wood that comes out of our members--and often really nice Alumilite pours as well!!
earl
 

wolf creek knives

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Dec 22, 2017
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Wolf Creek Montana
I tried one supplier but had some issues so I went back to PSI. Costs A bit more but I don't have any issues and my frustration level is way down. And so far I've had some issues with PSI kits that I got from supplier X that I could not get a response on that PSI actually fixed. If you get a PSI discount it off sets supplier Xs cost anyway.
 

Warren White

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Aug 27, 2014
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Livermore, CA
My favorite is Craft Supplies USA

They seem to have the things I need (or want), and have always had excellent customer service. Very helpful folks on the phone. It's a good thing I don't live close; I would be over there all the time.

I used to shop at Woodcraft when they were just a few miles away, but that store closed and the closest one is an hour away. Rockler moved their store further away and my first visit at the new location was extremely negative, so I don't often go back.
 

mjmeldrum

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Aug 28, 2017
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Taylorsville, Utah
They seem to have the things I need (or want), and have always had excellent customer service. Very helpful folks on the phone. It's a good thing I don't live close; I would be over there all the time.



I used to shop at Woodcraft when they were just a few miles away, but that store closed and the closest one is an hour away. Rockler moved their store further away and my first visit at the new location was extremely negative, so I don't often go back.


Warren White could you tell me to whom you are referring in your first paragraph? Thanks.


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mjmeldrum

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Taylorsville, Utah
I'm partial to Exotic Blanks (exoticblanks.com), with probably the best mix & match discounting i've seen, reasonable shipping, and Ed stays active on this forum (ed4copies) as a solid contributor.



I also use Craft Supplies, USA and like stopping there when i have to come out to Utah each year (they are in Provo, just south of you i think).

earl

Yes CSUSA are about an hour south of me. I’ve been there a few times and found them to be friendly and helpful.




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KenB259

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Dec 24, 2017
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Michigan
LL Johnson’s Workbench, Charlotte Michigan, about ten minutes from my home. They have a few pen kits, but my main purchases there is usually exotic hardwood, they have a very large selection. I also bought all my main power tools from them, table saw, bandsaw etc. they have a huge woodworking expo every fall. They are great people and a pleasure to work with. I went there with my dad when I was a teenager still living at home, that was 45 years ago. Their longevity speaks volumes. I am very lucky to have such a great resource so close to home. They gave a branch in Grand Rapids Michigan as well as one in South Bend Indiana , but I’ve only been to the one local to me.


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Penultimate

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Aug 22, 2010
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Bartlett, IL 60103

nebens

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Jul 21, 2017
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Colorado
My first choice is Woodcraft Denver followed by Rockler Denver. Also have great experiences with PSI, Berea, CSUA, Exotic Blanks, Bear Tooth. So far hav'nt much to complain about.
 

pshrynk

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Dec 6, 2017
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Location
Lake City, Minnesota
Mostly I have used web based suppliers. Penn State largely. I have had good luck with them so far. I stick with them a lot from habit. I have really enjoyed working with Exotic Blanks. My wife appreciates the M&Ms. I have diabetes :(.

Last month I was in Minneapolis n business and had some time to blow so I went to the Woodcraft store. Kid in a candy store time! Everyone there seemed to be quite knowledgeable, also.
 

moke

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Dec 30, 2009
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Location
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
I am a huge believer in local bricks and mortar, but since no one carries anything except the very basics around here,
Exotic Blanks
PSI
Bear tooth,
in that order...
 
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