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Old June 3, 2018, 03:07 PM   #1
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NEI gone

Over the years I've purchased several NEI Handtools molds. Always made well and worked well. I went today to look up a bullet on their site and saw a notice that the operations VP Joel Fragoso (the guy making the molds, apparently) had passed away and Patty Melander has closed the doors and is looking for a buyer.

Sorry to see it go.
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Old June 3, 2018, 11:28 PM   #2
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Sorry to see a small business fold.

Also sorry I never about them when they were in business.
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Old June 4, 2018, 06:30 AM   #3
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NEI had some great designs. Hopefully someone competent will be able to continue the business.
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Old June 23, 2018, 08:04 PM   #4
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Just seems like the number of true craftsmen keeps declining

If you can't sell 20,000 of something, so few pick up the craft any more - not just in this context.

What I do like, however, is the growing number of makerspace non-profits out there.

The craftsmen & women are very much still out there - but they keep to themselves these days for a number of reasons not the least of which is the threat of litigation.
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