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Puzzles by Maker > Hanayama - Japanese cast metal puzzles


hanylogo.gifHanayama Toy Co. began life in the mid-1930s as a manufacturer and retailer of traditional games, indoor pursuits and other toys, and from the very beginning has placed great emphasis on creative ideas, good quality and friendly service.

More than seventy years later, Hanayama continues to make board games, puzzles and bingo games as well as this wonderful range of cast metal puzzles that are guaranteed to be the life of the party at family gatherings for people of all ages.

Not only was this range of cast puzzles chosen for our website because because of the attention to detail in manufacture but also because Hanayama suitably acknowledges and credits the inventors of these ingenious puzzles.  These are original metal puzzles made with the permission of the inventors not unauthorised copies.  

These cast metal puzzles are divided into six levels of difficulty;  but don't think you'll start with the most difficult.  Don't dismiss level 1 puzzles like the Loop out of hand as without challenge.  And level 4 metal puzzles like Marble have taken experienced puzzlers hours to master.  Take on the level 6 Elk, Nutcase or the NEW Square and others at your peril.

Read more details about the Hanayama Japanese cast puzzle philosophy here....

You don't have to return later and ask for the solution.  We've been supplying the official printed solutions from Hanayama with the puzzles since February 2006.  Not offered as standard by other sellers.

Brian at the Hanayama Stall at the 2010 Tokyo Toy Fair. 
Left:
Demonstrating puzzles here is Mr Hirano, now retired. Previously he had a very famous puzzle stall at the Asakusa Subway Station for many years and is well know to many puzzlers around the world.
Right: With George Miller and Oskar van Deventner and wife Josie.  Oskar has invented many puzzles for Hanayama and others.

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Elk - Japanese Cast Puzzle Elk - Japanese Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 6

The key work here is "antlers".  Can you free the antlers.... and then put them back together again?

 
Square  - Cast disentanglement puzzle Square - Cast disentanglement puzzle


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Difficulty Level 6

The puzzle is to separate the four pieces from each other then put them back together again.
Even when you think you've almost got it there's another secret to unlock... and then there's the problem of putting it back together.

 
H & H cast puzzle designed by Oskar H & H cast puzzle designed by Oskar


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Difficulty Level 5

The puzzles is to try to separate the two H's that are locked together.
As the name suggests this cast metal puzzle consists of two pieces shaped like the letter H.

 
Rattle 4 piece cast puzzle Rattle 4 piece cast puzzle


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Difficulty Level 4

The puzzle is to separate the four pieces from each other then put them back together again.   Four pieces of the same shape are loosely interlocked to make the puzzle. The pieces fit loosely together and it seems they should be easy to take apart.

 
Baroq - Cast metal disentaglement puzzle Baroq - Cast metal disentaglement puzzle


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Difficulty Level 4

The puzzle is to separate the two pieces fashioned after the image of intertwining Bach melodies.

 
Coaster - Cast Puzzle Coaster - Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 4

The puzzle is to try to get the three pieces apart and then back together again. To the people at Hanayama it looked like a strange adornment weaved into a "coiffure" design.

 
Cricket bat & wickets - Cast Puzzle Cricket bat & wickets - Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 2 

This puzzle, utilising pieces resembling equipment used in the sport of cricket, can be traced back to a puzzle patented in England back in 1898.  The world's only remaining original version of this puzzle is part of the personal collection of James Dalgety in England.

 
Cuby - Cast Metal Puzzle Cuby - Cast Metal Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 3

This cube is actually a maze from which you have to remove the segment of a sphere.  The segment inside can be moved around but how to find the 14 set moves, in order, to remove it from the cube?  There are many reviewers, including Rik van Grol writing in CFF Magazine, who believe this puzzle warrants a rating even higher than Level 3 out of 6.

 
Duet - Cast Disentanglement Puzzle Duet - Cast Disentanglement Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 5

At first glance it looks like there is only one ring hanging from the grid but there are in fact two rings attached with a magnetic force.

Can you separate the rings from the grid and return them to their original positions?

 
Helix - Cast Take-apart puzzle Yamamoto designed Helix - Cast Take-apart puzzle Yamamoto designed


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Difficulty Level 5
The puzzle is to take the ring off the cast metal flower.  If you can do it then you must try to put it back on again.

 
Laby - Japanese Cast Puzzle Laby - Japanese Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 5

This puzzle is one of these rare puzzles revived in it's new form.  The key of the puzzle is decisively navigating its labyrinth, in which exists one point of weakness for you to break through. For the indecisive part of you!

 
Radix - Cast disentaglement puzzle Radix - Cast disentaglement puzzle


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Difficulty Level 4

The Radix puzzle is known for both it's monumental looks and somewhat organic styling and movement.  The entire unit gives off an air of antique wisdom, the pieces joined at the base in chaotic harmony.  

 
Ring II - Cast Puzzle Ring II - Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 5

The five separate rings can be taken apart and put back together again to form a very large ring.  The ring is a puzzle, not meant to be worn as jewellery.  The diameter is 30mm.

 
Spiral - Japanese Cast Take Apart Puzzle Spiral - Japanese Cast Take Apart Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 5

Can you separate the five pieces of the 3D jigsaw and then get them back together again?
At first glance the pieces do not seem as though they are un-lockable.  If you do get them apart there's a whole new problem for you to get them back together again.

 

 


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