I had to dig back in the thread to remember what I have at home...! The made-in-Taiwan stumps are softer. The ends of mine are frayed, though, for lack of a better word, but they are older too. The ones from China are hard. I prefer the ones that say Creative Mark - not sure where they are manufactured.
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