VWR sells Puritan brand sticks but you must specify the brand.
Brent Barrett wrote in message <6h3nvq$ldt$1 at news.iquest.net>...
>I prefer using the Puritian brand of non-sterile wooden 6 inch applicator
>sticks when preparing slides for trichrome staining. In my opinion, this
>brand of sticks are consistently straight and have a smooth finish. This is
>an important spec because we roll the specimen on the slide which breaks
>down the larger bits and produces a uniform density. Each slide requires 3
>sticks. The larger sci supply houses do not carry this brand on a regular
>basis, instead are selling private label brand packaging of second quality
>sticks from an unknown vendor. In the past, this brand and the private
>brand were the same price but you needed to specify the brand. Does any
>subscriber know of other sources who carry this brand.
>Indiana State Dept of Health
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