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Puzzle Manufacturers - Cardboard Puzzles

Here at Jigthings we don't manufacture jigsaw puzzles but over the years we have worked with several companies who do. We also make-up an awful lot of puzzles - we have made over 50 just for this section of our website. We hope you will find it interesting if we share with you what we know about the different manufacturers and puzzle brands.

If your main interest is in wooden jigsaw brands (particularly vintage ones) then you will find that the Jigasaurus website is a great resource.  In this section of our website we will be dealing with more modern jigsaws of the cardboard variety - the ones that you are likely to buy in shops, buy online or be given as presents.

Click on the names below to be taken to a page about the individual puzzle makers. We will try to tell you a little of their history, the type of images they use and how many different images they have in their range. More importantly we will show you photographs of their puzzles with close-ups of the individual pieces at something like life-size. We know that it is the picture that first attracts people to buy a puzzle but the shape of the pieces can add another level of fascination

Patterns of Puzzle Cut

Manufactures can choose to cut their puzzle pieces in 3 distinctly different patterns – grid cut, strip cut and random cut. Take a look at the 3 illustrations below...

Puzzle in Grid Cut Style      Puzzle in Strip Cut Style      Puzzle in Random Cut Style

The illustration on the left is a section of grid cut puzzle. The corners of every piece meet the corners of all the surrounding pieces.

The illustration in the centre is a section of strip cut puzzle. Going across the puzzle the corners of every piece meet but going up and down the corners do not always meet.

The illustration on the right is a section of random cut puzzle. Anything goes! Pieces can be an assortment of interlocking and non-interlocking pieces that do not follow any particular pattern.

At each of the manufacturers pages we will let you know what sort of cut the manufacture employs.

Dull, Ordinary, Interesting and Fascinating Pieces

Puzzle manufacturers have widely varying ideas about individual piece shapes. Some make all the pieces very similar to each other whilst others make sure that every single piece in a 1,000 piece puzzle is different from all the others. We believe that the manufacturers who go the extra mile to make varied pieces deserve to be acknowledged. Take a look at the pictures below...

Puzzle that has Dull Pieces      Puzzle that has Fascinating Pieces

The picture on the left shows what we believe to be very "Dull" piece shapes whilst the one on the right shows "Fascinating" piece shapes. Between those extremes we have invented classifications that we call "Ordinary" and "Interesting" and at each of the puzzle makers pages we will tell you what our classification is.

American puzzles fare much better than those from  European manufacturers.  We rate 6 American manufactuers will our top level "Fascinating" piece shapes but only one European manufacturer falls into this category.

Have fun!

AA Jigsaws

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Appleone

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B V Leisure

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Beverly

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Buffalo Games

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Castorland

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Ceaco

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Chad Valley

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Citadel

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Classic Deluxe

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Clementoni

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Cobble Hill

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Crown and Andrews

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D-Toy

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Epoch

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Falcon/Jumbo

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FX Schmid

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Geopuzzles

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Gibsons Games

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Great American Puzzle Factory

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Heye

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House of Puzzles

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James Hamilton

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JR Puzzles

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Masterpieces

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Otter House

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Photomosaic

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Piatnik

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Ravensburger

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Ricordi

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Schmidt Spiele

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Serendipity

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Springbok

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Susan Prescot

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Tailten Games

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TDC Games

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Tenyo

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Trefl

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Waddingtons

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Wasgij

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White Mountain Puzzles

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Wrebbit

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