Handsome devil huh?
I got 44 quill makers, too. But I like your math better. It would seem like 44 is enough for a full 8 player game. I'm not sure what Yorki is talking about. I think there is a misprint in the rules, unless Yorki's copy actually came with 48.
I don't even care about counting mine. I probably have 44 like the rest of you, if that's what the punchboard contained.