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Puzzle Manufacturers

Jigthings don’t manufacture jigsaw puzzles but over the years we have worked with several companies who do. My wife and I also enjoy putting together a lot of puzzles – we have made over 50 for this section of our website. We thought we’d share with you what we know about the different manufacturers and puzzle brands.

If your main interest is wooden jigsaw brands (particularly vintage ones) then Jigasaurus is a great resource.

Family enjoying a jigsaw outside

In this section we look at more modern jigsaws of the cardboard variety – the ones that you are likely to buy in shops, online or be given as presents.

Click on the individual puzzle makers in the left-hand menu. You will find their history, the type of images they use and how many different images they have in their range. More importantly, you can see photographs of their puzzles with close-ups of the individual pieces at near enough life-size. We know that the picture first attracts people to buy a puzzle but the shape of the pieces can add another level of fascination.

Patterns of Puzzle Cut

Manufactures choose to cut puzzle pieces in 3 distinctly different patterns – grid cut, strip cut and random cut.

grid-cut puzzle

Grid Cut

The corners of every piece meet the corners of all the surrounding pieces

Strip-cut jigsaw puzzle

Strip Cut

Going across the puzzle the corners of every piece meet but going up and down the corners do not always meet

Random cut jigsaw puzzle

Random Cut

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 you will 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 whilst others ensure that every piece in a 1,000 piece puzzle is unique. We believe that the manufacturers who go the extra mile to make varied pieces deserve to be acknowledged.

Dull-cut jigsaw puzzle

Dull Pieces

All the same, no creativity!

ordinary-cut jigsaw puzzle

Ordinary Pieces

Some variance, but not much

Interesting-cut jigsaw puzzle

Interesting Pieces

A lot of different shapes!

Fascinating cut jigsaw puzzle

Fascinating Pieces

Each shape unique and unusual

On the puzzle makers pages you’ll find out what our classification is.

American puzzles fare much better than those from Europe. We rate six American manufacturers with our top level ‘fascinating’ piece shapes but only one European manufacturer falls into this category.

AA Puzzles jigsaw

AA jigsaws

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Appleone Puzzles jigsaw

Appleone

These are grid cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Appleone Puzzles jigsaw

BV Leisure

These are grid cut puzzles with interesting shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Beverley puzzles jigsaw

Beverley

These are grid cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Buffalo Games jigsaw puzzle

Buffalo Games

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Appleone Puzzles jigsaw

Castorland

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Ceaco jigsaw puzzle

Ceaco

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Chad Valley Jigsaw Puzzle

Chad Valley

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Citadel Jigsaw Puzzle

Citadel

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Classic Deluxe Jigsaw Puzzle

Classic Deluxe

These are strip cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Clementoni Jigsaw Puzzle

Clementoni

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Cobble Hill Jigsaw Puzzle

Cobble Hill

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Crown and Andrews Jigsaw Puzzle

Crown and Andrews

These are strip cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

D-Toy Jigsaw Puzzle

D-Toy

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Epoch Jigsaw Puzzle

Epoch

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Falcon / Jumbo Jigsaw Puzzle

Falcon / Jumbo

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

FX Schmid Jigsaw Puzzle

FX Schmid

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

GeoPuzzles Jigsaw Puzzle

GeoPuzzles

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Gibsons Games Jigsaw Puzzle

Gibsons Games

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Great American Puzzle Factory Jigsaw Puzzle

Great American Puzzle Factory

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Heye Jigsaw Puzzle

Heye

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

House of Puzzles Jigsaw Puzzle

House of Puzzles

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

JR Puzzles Jigsaw Puzzle

JR Puzzles

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Masterpieces Jigsaw Puzzle

Masterpieces

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Otter House Jigsaw Puzzle

Otter House

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Photomosaic Jigsaw Puzzle

Photomosaic

These are grid cut jigsaw puzzles with dull piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Piatnik Jigsaw Puzzle

Piatnik

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Pomegranate Jigsaw Puzzle

Pomegranate

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle

Ravensburger

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Ricordi Jigsaw Puzzle

Ricordi

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Schmidt Spiele Jigsaw Puzzle

Schmidt Spiele

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Serendipity Jigsaw Puzzle

Serendipity

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Springbok Jigsaw Puzzle

Springbok

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Susan Prescot Jigsaw Puzzle

Susan Prescot

These are grid cut jigsaws with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Tailten Games Jigsaw Puzzle

Tailten Games

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

TDC Games Jigsaw Puzzle

TDC Games

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Tenyo Jigsaw Puzzle

Tenyo

These are grid cut jigsaws with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Trefl Jigsaw Puzzle

Trefl

These are grid cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

TDC Games Jigsaw Puzzle

Waddingtons

These are strip cut puzzles with interesting piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Wasgij Jigsaw Puzzle

Wasgij

These are grid cut jigsaws with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzle

White Mountain

These are random cut jigsaw puzzles with fascinating piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

Wrebbit Jigsaw Puzzle

Wrebbit

These are grid cut puzzles with ordinary piece shapes. Click on the picture to find out more…

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