Can't speak for the 6wt but the RodGeeks 8wt is pretty slow. They are also hecho en Mexico. Only the st. Croix blanks are made in the US.
My pet peeve with rod blanks is straightness and passing the flex test.NFC makes a great American made blank but they have poor service and the wait time is at least a month. I have had good results using the MHX brands but like the Batson blanks they are mostly Chinese made. The actions they advertise are precise and the blanks are consistently the same. Even though they are made in Korea, the TFO blanks are quite nice and well made with several different models. Go a little more high dollar and you may be able to find a Sage One on sale or pay full price for the X. They are American made and have great service and offer other models to choose from. If you know the characteristics that you want in a blank then you can narrow it down to certain models. There really is no best blanks but rather what you want your finished rod to be and how much you want to spend. I am not recommending St Croix because they are no longer selling blanks to the public, but you may get a good deal on their discontinued product. G Loomis did the same thing when Gary sold the company to Shimano.
I have a bundle of shattered Batson blanks that I’d rather use for lathe mandrels than pay $30 each to have replaced. 5 of 5 shattered in several pieces during flex test. I have over 50 NFC blanks that have passed the flex and straightness test with zero failures and two sent back due to imperfections (not up to my straightness standards). Too bad NFC is such a pain in the ass to deal with.The high-end ones are US made. I believe the new Sage are from those blanks.
Dang. What the hell are you doing to break all these rods? I've never seen one fail that wasn't operator error.No way I would use TFO blank on any rod I built. When it breaks and it will endless times, you will need to rebuild after getting it sent back every week. No thanks.
Everyone in this area has broken them. They are junk. I broke two and sold all of mine including two that were brand new. Sadly the people I sold them to also broke them. It really annoys me when people tell new fly fishers to buy a TFO BVK since they are the ones most likely to be learning to cast and make mistakes. And they will be sending them in when they break endlessly.Dang. What the hell are you doing to break all these rods? I've never seen one fail that wasn't operator error.