Monday, 3 December 2018

Neat lock

This lock was an exchanged puzzle from IPP 23 by Peter Hajek.

It's supposed to be an old mechanism (so not something new), but old mechanism does not mean bad!

And this is so neat that Peter decided to exchange it. Let me tell you that turning the key again and again will result in...nothing special :)

The main difficulty is that you cannot see the mechanism. To be honest, I managed to solve it several times but I am still unsure about how it looks from the inside...

With a pretty unusual keyhole you have plenty space to try and turn the key inside. No banging is necessary.
Your only hint is a slight click sound. Maybe this is useful?....

Solved!!!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Hexahog

A new kind of hedgehog puzzle!!!!!
Let me introduce the HEXAHOG

Designed and made by Rademic puzzle company in Czech Republic, this puzzle has 2 challenges: you need to free a piece and you need to build up a cage. Double challenge for more puzzling fun :)




The original thing is the shape of the hedgehog. See it does not have any spikes. It's "just" an geometrical shape...not sure of the name though. No spike does not mean it's easier. Indeed you have many holes and many orientations of the piece...
Can anyone count the possibilities??? :)

With a bit of trial and errors you will  solve this first challenge, that still took me a bit of time.

Try to make a picure of the "secret" entrance when the piece is freed, so that you can remember how to restart the puzzle. Anyway the piece is easier to manipulate when it's outside rather than when it's inside the cage :)

Now the second challenge...!!

So you have many pieces and the goal is to make a cage around the existing cage.

Honestly this is very difficult because many possibilities and positions of the pieces. I did cheated and even with the solution you have 2 difficulties: to recognize the pieces and follow the solution picture and the other difficulty is that the pieces may crumble when you're building up the uper ring of pieces. So a solution is to have a friend helping you. Or putting an elastic ruber band on the base to maintain the pieces. Or even puting in the center like a paper rolled so that the pieces cannot fall inside. Try to figure out the best way :-)

So in my opinion, a very nice puzzle not for the faint of heart. I wish the locking mechanism of the pieces for the cage could have been stronger to avoid the pieces to crumble and to cary the solved puzzle without fearing that timelapse the puzzle crumble ;)

You can find it HERE along with other nice hedgehog puzzles. I like them overall because of the different variations in terms of design and solving process.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

The best packing puzzles

I will write several reviews in the same spirit in the weeks/months to come. This is only my point of view, so you may disagree.

In my mind, packing puzzles are boring and can be too difficult if the goal is just to put a lot of pieces in a tray. What's the fun?....
For me a good packing puzzle does not need a lot of pieces, but needs a good idea and clever steps. Most of the time with just 3 or 4 pieces you can have a very enjoyable puzzle with a challenging level.

So I will put below some puzzles that I like and that are worth playing with. I won't rank them, because it would be a bit difficult for me to say which is the best and which is the less good. For some of them, I may have written a review, for some other I will do so in the future. But ayway, I will put some pictures with quick explanations.

So let go with a selection of 10 nice packing puzzles!!


1. String octet
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Made by Brian Menold
The goal is to pack the pieces but you have to draw a continuous line and of course if you reverse the pieces you have another path.
Many challenges and the challenges are far from being easy. A very good puzzle(s)!



2. No holes barred
Designed by Laszlo Molnar / Crafted by Brian Menold
The goal is to pack the pieces inside the box. But you will have to make some rotations and see the box has something unusual. Laszlo designed several puzzles in the same spirits. Both are very enjoyable and challenging.




3. Pack 3
Designed by Osanori Yamamoto / Crafted (recently) by Eric Fuller
This embodies the parfect packing puzzle with only 3 pieces (and the wood is wonderful by the way). The goal is not to pack the 3 pieces (which is easy) just in the box but to pack them so that no holes are visible like in the picture on the right. Many moves, this is definitely a nice and challenging puzzles. Be careful, something looking too easy has usually many hidden tricks :)




4. Pin block case
Designed by Hajime Kastumoto / Crafted by Eric Fuller
Only 4 pieces to pack, but see there are pins (so grooves on the reverse side of the pieces). A very enjoyable puzzle, with several moves




 5. 4L puzzle
Designed by Yasuhiro Hashimoto / Crafted by MINE
The puzzle with only 4 pieces gave a lof of puzzling frustration to many puzzlers. Inside you have a lot (!) of moves to fit the pieces inside the box and the plexi is not here to help you :)
This is a very very good puzzle!



6. Slide packing
Designed by Hajime Katsumoto / Crafted by MINE
It has 4 pieces to fit into this sliding box. What is very interesting is that first it's a sliding box. Then the shape of the pieces look pretty basic. Then the solution is just super nice. This puzzle has a brother called "penta in a box" designed by the same guy. And it has a very nice solution as well.
Very well made, nice solution, it's a must-have!



7. Chain store
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Crafted by Tom Lensch
A very unusual packing puzzle, not overly difficult but still challenging



8. Stumbling block
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Crafted by Tom Lensch
4 pieces to pack. Not super difficult but still challenging, I am sure that you were amazed (if you have ever played with it) by the sequence of moves. Seriously, you will have you "aha-moment"!!
It has some brothers: road blocks, number blocks. All super nice



9. Magnet mania!
Designed and crafted by Chris Morgan
The goal is to pack the 9 magnets in the holes. I managed to solve it in the not intended way (but I was very lucky). But the official solution is so clever, that you have to still try it. Challenging and interesting mathematical properties





10. One piece packing
Designed and made by Simon Nightingale
The only one packing puzzle with one piece to pack. And this is not an easy puzzle. As you will notice you have magnets. So there are many ways to pack the piece inside (24 if I am not wrong) and you will probably forget what you have done and so try the same configuration several times :)
I really wonder how it's crafted...

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A new service for you!

I will offer a new service for puzzle collectors who are willing to sell some puzzles (or their entire collection)!!


If you want to sell some puzzles:
1. Either they can interest me and we can have deals
2. Either they don't interest me and then I auction them


How to do:
1. You provide me several pictures, don't try to hide the flaws, people will notice them!
2. You provide the description, any comment regarding the mechanism/damage, etc.
3. You tell me your minimum price you want to get
4. I won't sell puzzles that are already on the post and if 2 buyers want to sell the same puzzle I will only only put one (the best quality one, if both are on the same level then I will put the one from the seller who contacts me 1st)

If you know how to ship puzzle, how to fill in custom forms:
1. You don't send me the puzzles
2. A buyer pays me
3. I pay you
4. You ship the puzzle to the buyer

If you don't have time or if you don't know how to ship parcels:
1. You send me the puzzles at your own cost
2. A buyer pays me
3. I pay you
4. I ship the puzzle to the buyer (the shipping cost to be paid by the buyer)


How it works:
1. After the puzzles at put in my blog with description and so on, the buyers can send bids.
2. The best bidder will be able to buy the puzzle.
3. After one bid, the puzzles will remain 2 weeks in my blog.
4. If the bids are enough high for me, then the puzzle is sold (it can consist of only one offer!)
5. The minimum price the buyer wants to get is kept secret


Payment
1. The payment is with paypal only
2. If I need to pay custom any fees, they will be deduced from the money I send to the seller
3. I take fees on the final price (shipping not taken into account, of course)
4. As soon as I receive the money I pay you (final price of the puzzle -% fees I take - any fees that I may have paid)


The advantages compared to auction:
1. It is not once of twice in the year, always opened!
2. You receive very fast the money
3. If you know how to fill in custom forms you save one shipping (and so less risk of damage for the puzzles). If you don't know, I know perfectly. So great quality service!!
4. I should shipped faster because I don't expect to ship 100 puzzles in a short amount of time
5. I can reply to any of your questions/concerns very fast and can advise you


Monday, 17 September 2018

Jigsaw puzzle 29

This seemingly innocent puzzle was designed and crafted by Yuu Asaka for IPP design competition in San Diego (2018) and it received a prize!

Many times I wonder why such or such puzzle receives a prize because in my mind it's not deserved. I mean, all puzzles are usually nice, but most of the time (if not always....) the jury committee does not choose puzzles that really deserves to be awarded!!! What's going on in their head?....

So I was thinking: "why the hell did this jigsaw puzzle received a prize"?....until I got one and started to play with it :)






Ok so first it looks very nice: the colors are well choosen.
Then the cuts are very precise and you won't need to use any force at all. I was worried with that point because it can be tricky with plexi puzzles....

Now the serious part, and why in my mind it's a good (and then why it obtained a prize) puzzle: you won't solve it in a "conventional way".
I mean, usually with jigsaw puzzles you know how to start, right? Do the same thing (yes, please do!) won't lead to anywhere and so you will soon realize that you will have to think way more!!
And yes you need to pack all the pieces flat inside the tray :-)

This puzzle is very difficult and could only come from a crazy devilish puzzle designer's mind ;-)

With many possibilities and pieces that have the same color, this puzzle will puzzle you for long time.
With a low price, this is clearly worth the money.

Did I said that Yuu is from Japan and Japan has the best postal service in the world?...Yes it already happened that I got a package 4 days after it's been mailed. Impressive!!

You can contact Yuu to get your copy


Thursday, 13 September 2018

How to conduct a puzzle business: the way to success!

 As a first warning, this post does not aim at giving good/bad points to such or such puzzle firms/designers!!!
I don't mean I am right on all point, even if I am sure many will agree on several points.
I don't also mean this by applying (and nor that it's an easy task) the below, you will be the Bill Gates of the puzzles ;)

I am only sharing my point of view, after seen many people designing puzzles who would like to be better known or gain new customers.

So let's GO:



1. Be visible, be famous
You won't make advertising for your products in the subway, nor in the streets. First because you would not afford that. And your target is not the same as well.

So how can you get advertising for low cost?
  • Puzzle blogs
  • Puzzle forum
  • Puzzle parties: international and national
  • Specific parties dedicated to such or suck logic games for example

 2. A website can help....a lot!
Even if you can clearly see your puzzles through other way and from hand to hand, a website can help you for several reasons:
  • Customers can buy and pay directly, so they don't spam you with emails to buy puzzles
  • It's more professional. If it's your job, then you have to give to yourself the best means to be successful
  • You can put pictures and description. And it's even better if their is a countdown to see how many puzzles are left to be bought

3. Keep people aware
  • If you have a newsletter keeping people aware of your progress or even about news, that's a good point
  • If you have social media: people like to have news about your designing progress, how the production is going on, which techniques you use and so on. And you can also give estimated time of release of new puzzles.
  • If you create your own puzzle forum, you have to give some news on it. You have to keep it alive. A dead forum with old post and no new post will indicate to your customers that you're not (enough?) dedicated to crafting puzzles and they can also think you don't take care of your customers. After all, you have to take care of your walking pocket money ;-)

4. Always keep on designing
The key success is to design always new puzzles with new shapes, new mechanisms and so on.
Your customers want novely, they like to experiment new things and new approaches.
Having a good pace of new puzzles if also important. Realeasing puzzles often keeps your customers constantly aware and ready to spend some money.


5. Time is money
Obviously if you're alone to design, craft, sell puzzles and reply to your emails that can be somewhat difficult to handle...
The time you spend on replying to email you loose it as selling and designing puzzles and you already know that time is money!

If you have grown enough, you should hire some people dedicated to replying questions and shipping the puzzles. It can be the same guy or others who take care of your website and social media.
If you cannot affor hiring people ask to friends/family, they will be happy to participate in a growing business. It's rewarding


6. The customer is the king (but maybe not the king solver...)
Like in every business, the customer brings you money and can also bring you new ones, by saying good things about your puzzles. It can also, by negative things, make you loose some clients.
Bad comments can be the consequences of: you don't reply to email, you only seem to be willing to earn money and you don't act in a friendly seller/customer relationship, you don't communicate enough.
Happy customers, happy designers :)
After all, isn't it very rewarding to get nice feedback?




To finish, some links of puzzle designers:

  • Kadon Enterprises, Inc runned by Kate Jones: if you like geometry, packing puzzle, quality products, you will find what you like!
  •  IQ Lolly: created y Patrick Chan (see my review in a previous post). Website under construction but to follow.
  •  Rademic puzzles: nice metal hedgehog puzzles. They like very nice with some original shapes and features

Now you reader, what are you waiting for to create your puzzles and give birth to your devilish puzzling mind??

Friday, 7 September 2018

IQ Lolly

This nice looking sliding puzzle has been designed, crafted and presented by Patrick Chan (from Hong Kong) for the IPP design competition 38 (2018) held in San Diego.



What about the look: this is a really nice looking puzzle and guess what? It's made with 3D printers and the quality is, in my mind, stunning. It's indeed very smooth.

The goal of this puzzle is to scrambled the numbers by pushing/pulling/turning the rod and then revert to the initial position.
3 levels of difficulty: the more numbers you have, the more difficult the puzzle is, of course!

The nice features of the puzzle: when you push and release then it's goes in the "middle" position. Same if you pull and release the rod. It's like the cutting corner technique of the famous rubix's cube: it's a way to be faster to solve the puzzle.
Also if you don't turn completely the rod of a turn, there is a little somthing that prevent from screwing up the puzzle (pushing/pulling if the numbers are not horizontally aligned). See below:

When playing with the Lolly you will notice that you cannot turn 2 times on the same way (I mean 2 times clockwise or counter-clockwise).
So far I am not super fast to push/turn/pull, but I think this is just a matter of practice :)

How to solve the puzzle you may ask? Well there are algorithms (see again a common point with the rubix's cube) to rearrange the numbers and several steps to be performed.
Easy if you follow the steps. Way more difficult if you try to discover them...

A nice video of Patrick's skills to solve: HERE

I am not that used to sliding puzzles, not even with 3D printed sliding puzzles and I must admit I like it a lot. Consider asking Patrick a copy of it. I suggest to go with the easiest level ;) Don't be a fool!!

The IQ Lolly comes in 7 different colors: you can see HERE the website (it's still under construction but gives you an idea of the colors.

Did I say that there are some Easter eggs to discover? Patrick mention that on the solution he sends. So far, I have not idea about what they are....

EDIT: I found the 2 Easter eggs. Nice!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Coke bottle in a row

You know the guy and his famous metal puzzles? You may also know his bottle puzzles I am sure.
But did you see so many bottles???


7 coke bottles linked with a long rod and locked on each side and inside!!

A lot of care is needed to handle that. First because it's fragile. Then because if you hold the puzzle on each side you apply pressure in the middle of the rod. It would be a pitty to destroy such a beauty:)


You can unlocked the 2 locks on each side, but how to unlock the inside locks?...

You don't have acces to them with your fingers....probably no tools are allowed....

Seriously I am (b)locked... :-(

Any idea?


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Soma tube

Laszlo Molar did it again! Brian Menold crafted it again!!  :-)

Derived from the famous soma cube, this puzzle is this time a tube! I feel that the some cube is so famous that it still gives a lot of idea from designer who enjoy transforming this common puzzle into weird and more difficult puzzles, like this some tube!

Well it's also a restricted puzzle. I am not a big fan of restricted puzzle because it can be difficult to manipulate the pieces making your puzzling experience more a dexterity challenge and less fun.
However with this one, I did not have these kind of difficulties.
With seemingly basic pieces, how hard can it be?
Well, there are a lot of possibilities but only one solutions and let me tell you this is quite challenging!!!
However I managed to solve it (and it did not take me month), maybe I just had the right idea at the right moment, who knows...

My method with these kind of puzzles is the following: try to make a final shape (here a tube) with the puzzles outside of its box. Then try to take pieces off the shape one by one, while looking at the box and if the shape was in the box if the piece you're taking off could really be taken off the box. The continue until the final piece. And then do that in the reverse order to put the pieces in the box.
If the shape you're making does not "suite" the box, then first turn the shape. If it's does not work, make another shape with the pieces.

Usually you have several possibilities to make the shape with the pieces. The real challenge it to put the pieces inside the box.

As usually with Laszlo's puzzle, you will have sliding and rotating moves.

This is again really clever and I really enjoyed it. Buy it if you like packing puzzles that have a little something extra and if you like Lazslo's puzzle and Brian's craftmanship :)


I just have a little worry with the puzzles that use plexi: if the plexi cracks or breaks, then how can you replace it....
I do think puzzle makers who use plexi should find a way to let the solver take out the plexi. Maybe by dividing the box into 2 and using magnets (of course that would increase the final price, but maybe less than shipping the puzzle back to the craftman for repairement....)



Sunday, 20 May 2018

PI box by Jesse Born

Another very nice wooden puzzle designed and crafted by Jesse Born!

Jesse updated often his facebook page (and no need to have facebook to follow his progress) about how this puzzle crafting was going on.

I must admit that he is the only puzzle maker who is doing that and I am sure people appreciate a lot (well, I did) to see his progress and issues when there were some. I feel completely like being part of the project.


This puzzle is called the PI box puzzle, the goal is to move the parts on the top and open the box.
Easy? Not that sure...

Quick words about the design: this is a big puzzle, be sure to have some space! And it's a really wonderful puzzle. It must take long time to craft one, imagine the time spent on crafting 50 as he did....!!! 


About the difficulty, this is not an easy puzzle, but it should be manageable. Just ask yourself about the name of the puzzle as it can give you clues.... :-)

You should consider to get this puzzle if there are some left and of course if you have the money. It's not cheap at all. But the quality is worth it.
Just have a look at his website and still tunned for his next puzzles !!!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

WOW 5

Designed by Carl Hoff and awarded during a puzzle party, this puzzle is a ring puzzle and seems to look like an hanayama puzzle, but obviously the quality is much better!!

It is made by Jeff, a puzzle ring maker who lives in Asia.


Regarding the quality, seriously Jeff has made a super great job!!
First, it does not look like a cheap puzzle at all, especially because it's made of top quality material: silver. But you can also choose other material like gold. Thenk you don't see where the rings went through each other before the finishing.

In the webshop you can order several size. I chose the biggest (the price is the same) because I don't intend to wear it but keep it with my other puzzles and I think it's much easier to play with a bigger puzzle than a "normal size" ring...but it's up to you!

About the difficulty, this is super easy to take it apart....reassembling is a difficult challenge. As of now, it's still in 5 pieces.... ;)
And I am not super good at this kind of puzzle, but well I will keep on trying.

Either you're a ring lover or you like metal puzzle or you want to ask your other half his/her hand you have to get this puzzle. And if you're all at the same time, then don't hesitate!!
I really like the small box where Jeff put the puzzle, it's a nice display and protect well the puzzle.

And if you want something more customized, just ask Jeff ;-)

What is your favourite puzzle ring??

Saturday, 28 April 2018

PUZZLES THAT I SELL - update December 2nd 2018 !!! check until the bottom of the page!!

On each update: either some puzzles have been sold, either some have been added, either both.




I sell the below puzzles.
The list will be updated from time to time so don't forget to have a look ;-)

All are in perfect condition and work perfectly.
Any issue regarding the mechanism will be mentioned.

Shipping is tracked wherever you're are. You will need to sign the parcel to get it.
All the care is taken to ensure the puzzles will not get damaged during the delivery.
However I am not responsible in case your customs/delivery guys are not careful enough.

If you need that I write any specific information in the custom form, let me know prior to the shippment. Same things as if you want to insure the parcel. Any additional costs (like a higher insurrance) will be paid by the buyer.

Payment is with paypal.

Solution upon request (if you buy the puzzle, of course).

Price ranges:
€      = less than or equal to 250 euros
€€    = more than 250 euros but less than or equal to 500 euros
€€€  = more than 500 euros

If you're interested and/or have questions, please send me a message.

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If you're looking for specific puzzles that are not listed here (metal, wood, etc.) from any designers (Srijbos, karakuri, etc.) just let me know by sending a message.

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Ball of whacks
It's a magnetic toy. You can make several shapes. A small booklet is included with some challenges and mathematical thoughts.
Price: €




Monumental Challenge by Andy Manvell
The goal is to remove the pointed piece. The puzzle is pretty tall
Price: €



Puzzle by Keith Winegar
The goal is to disasemble the pieces. The tool is just to maintain the pieces and remove the screw
Price: €



Prototype of the Dorstorm puzzle
The Dorstorm puzzle was invented long time ago and made recently by Robrech Louage for the ipp exchange in San Diego (2018). This prototype is not fully functional in the way that it's easily solved (compared to the final version) and it's missing a round plate on both side of the puzzle. So this is more a collector item, especially if you have the final version. You can compare both version. Maybe that may help you understand how to solve the final version. And if you don't have the final version, you can still buy this prototype and make the additional piece to have a fully functional puzzle.
Price: €


Vinco XIV
An interlocking ball puzzle made by Vinco. More difficult than it looks. Will be shipped assembled like on the picture on the left or disassembled like on the picture on the right (upon choice of the buyer)
Price: €






Orb by Sonic Game
This is the extreme version of the orb!! Perfect condition.
Shipped with its original leather box and carton box. The puzzle has already been registered. The key has been removed. I still need to find it. Anyway it does not really matter if you don't participate (and I am sure you won't because it's too time consuming, too difficult and you have very little chance to make any progress haha) in the adventure. So if you're just a puzzle player/collector, you should be fine :)
Price: €€





Toothpick safe by Frank Chambers
Goals: open the box // solve the puzzle that is inside
A rare puzzle that you need to have!!
Price: €€€




Tumblebug by Frank Chambers
See the goal in picture below
Price: €€€




Maze by Mike Snyder
Put the marble in one hole, release it from the other hole. Challenging and collectible!
Price: €



Confusing secret by Ton Delsing
A 29-year old trick bolt, highly collectible (only 5 ever made!!). Goal is to release the washer
Price: €€


2 butter churn puzzles designed and crafted by Marcel Gillen 
Difficult puzzle. Simple but super efficient mechanism. Some differences between these 2. Goal is to extract the shaft.
Price: €€€



Cubbyx and Cubbox designed an crafted by Zdravko Zivkovic
Heavy wooden packing puzzles. The shapes of the pieces are usual. Difficult puzzles.
Price: €€



Sandfield jewel dovetail box
Unusual dovetail puzzle. I don't have the key, but who said it was needed?....or maybe?....
Price: €€


Drumsticks by Allen Rolfs
Not difficult at all and maybe it will be solved during the delivery. I would say it's more a collector item than a real puzzling puzzle :-)
Price: €


Helix by Yamamoto
Later made in metal by Hanayama. Difficult puzzle.
Price: €


Excalibur puzzle designed and made by Gary Foshee
Obviously you need to free the excalibur from its base. Nice and collectible puzzle. You can unscrew the bottom of the puzzle to see the mechanism.
Price: €€


Matchbox made and designed by Frank Chambers
Difficult to solve if you don't have a twisted puzzling mind :-) Open the box
Definitely a puzzle to have!!
Price: €€€


Ball trapped by Marcel Gillen
A very original puzzle designed and made by Marcel Gillen long time ago. Why original? Because made of 3 materials: wood (MDF probably), plastic, metal.
The goal is to free the ball. Of course it's feasible because the ball was firslty put inside!
Price: €€€


Nanab trick bolt made by Frank Chambers 
Price: €







Perry McDaniel puzzle box
Super nicely puzzle.
Price: €€€



Ring box made and designed by Gary Foshee
A rare puzzle with a devilish mechanism (and unusual!). You will love that puzzle!! Open the box and find the ring.
Price: €€€



Rolling pintokyo
Made and designed by Marcel Gillen. Nice to have! Release the core.
Price: €


Spinning top made and designed by Frank Chambers
Very easy puzzle, but highly collectible
Price: €€



Zipper puzzle designed by Iwahiro
2 challenges: close one of the 2 color zippers completely // close all the zippers completely
Price: €






Loop box designed and crafted by Kagen Sound
Nice woods. Superb quality. Clever solution. Definitely a puzzle you have to get!
Price: €€€




Impossible nut
This is an impossible puzzle designed and crafted by Mike Snyder. It's an old puzzle.
The nice thing is that you can play with the nut. The goal is to guess how it has been made!
Price: €




Big sphere by Vinco
Designed and crafted by Vinco, this puzzle is also nice to display
Difficult to assemble
Will be shipped assembled
Price: €

Tea box puzzle
Designed and crafted by Rik Van Grol from an original tea box.
Obviously the puzzle won't be as good quality as compared to wooden puzzlebox made by Stickman or Fuller.
Still a nice puzzle. And it contains real (full!) tea bags. Hence, it's a puzzle that smells well :-))
Price: €



Metal puzzles by Allen Rolfs
Lady bag, traveling salesman, leprauchaum
The quality is not that good, but the puzzles are still playable. Hand-painted it seems.
The difficulty is not too high, but the puzzles are still challenging. The puzzles are shipped with their original box as seen in the below pictures.
Price: each €




Impossible needle
Crafted by Mike Snyder
I advise not to take out the treads from the needle. The goal is to guess how it was made. A nice conversation item.
Price: €


Solitary chess
The famous solitary chess puzzle but with several challenges
Price: €



Hidden weath
Exchanged, designed and crafted by Adolf Ledesma
Nice looking puzzle. The goal is to open the box :-)
Price: €





Matchless
Designed by Ken Steven. The goal is to free the matches without unscrewing the screws and without any external tools.
Price: €


Block puzzle
Designed by Simon Nightingale, this puzzle is composed of a block of corian that you need to put inside its (heavy) wooden base. You need to put it completely flat!!
A fun puzzle. Difficulty is medium depending is you're experienced or totally new to puzzles.
A puzzle that you need to have!
Price: €€



4M packing
Designed by Iwahiro and crafted by Brian Menold, the goal is to put the 4M shape pieces inside the box so that the lid can close the box flat.
The lid is somewhat not perfectly cut (proof of handmade work!). So there is a difference of "levelling".
However, this does not provide at all to solve the puzzle. It's just purely aesthetic. This is a very good puzzle, don't miss it!!
Price: €





Old tangram puzzle
Seems to be made out of a kind of stone. In it's original box with original booklet. Does not contain the solutions. For the pure collectors!
Price: €




Pillar puzzle by Kunio Saeki
Packing wooden puzzle from long time IPP. In original box. No solution included. Pretty difficult.
Price: €



On the spot insanity
Exchanged puzzle. A well known one!
Price: €






Impossible folding by Allen Rolfs
I will provide you a PDF version (so you pay for a PDF, not a hard copy). Interesting and rare booklet that will teach you the secrets to make impossible foldings!!!
Price: €





Puzzle crafted by Maurice Vigouroux
It seems to be the famous soma cube
Price: €



Brass star by Kostick
Keep it in the tube and then display it! Wonderful!! Please note that it's not a puzzle, but a nice item to display.
Price: €



X matrix maze puzzle
Designed by Jeremy Goode. It's obviously a maze!! Please note that you cannot open the cube.
Price: €





The lotus box
Designed and made by Kagen Sound. Is part of a trilogy of 3 boxes.

No doubt that this puzzles will gain value in the years to come. Stickman and Kagen's puzzles are really an investment when you want to part with them! But you can also keep it in your collection!!
This one will probably be worth around 5000 euros/dollars in 2 years at auction, like usually.
The puzzle is in perfect condition, sold with its original box as the below picture (don't worry, the lid is provided haha!)

Price: €€€




Gal's puzzle
Designed, crafted and exchanged by Peter Gal.
For each challenge you have the solution. From easy to difficult you will have a lot of puzzling fun!
Shipping with its original (signed!!) box
Price: €



Packman by Gary Foshee
Goal is to repack all parts of the cube into the cube. No part may extend beyond the surface of any side of the cube. Provided with the original instruction and original pouch. A nice little and unique sequencial discovery puzzle that you have to own!!
Price: €€€


Gopher holes
Pack all the pieces inside the tray.
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Clive cube by Simon Nightingale
A clever and difficult design. Challenging to take it apart, very difficult to reassemble. A must-have for wooden puzzle collectors and for people who like to be mind-tortured! ;)
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Tube it in by Wil Strijbos
A metal packing puzzle designed and crafted by Wil Strijbos long time ago.
Easy to take it apart, very challenging to reassemble. I advise to take pictures when you take apart the pieces....just saying. You definitely need it to complete your Strijbos collection!!
Price: €€