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Metal Puzzles

The 9 Linked Rings (often called the Chinese Ring puzzle) is said to date back to the Song dynasty (960-1129). It could be the earliest known metal puzzle ever. And still it's being enjoyed (well, at least puzzled over!) by people today. You'll find it and many, many other metal puzzles in this category.

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  1. Nova Plexus Puzzle Sculpture brass

    Nova Plexus Puzzle Sculpture

    This is an ingenious puzzle with 12 meticulously machined rods, with accurate smooth curved divots, that can be assembled to form a stable interlocking structure. A hard puzzle to assemble.

    Nova Plexus is back in production after a short break of 40 years... yep, that's right, it is over 40 years since Geoff Wyvill made the first 26 of a Limited Edition set of 500 puzzles in England in 1978. Two Brass Monkeys have now taken on the challenge to complete the remainder of the LE sets of these amazing puzzle sculptures keeping the puzzle true to its origins and machining them all in the UK.

    Buy the Limited Edition Stainless Steel copy on its own. Or choose the Brass version. Or buy the set of the Stainless Steel LE plus Brass version.

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    $90.91
  2. curious calculating device

    The Educated Monkey curious calculator

    A very clever and puzzling curiosity. An amazing calculator that can multiply and divide, add and subtract! A mechanical calculator. No batteries required!

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    $29.99

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When we think of metal puzzles many of us think of small wire puzzles where you need to disentangle the two interlinked parts. And there are many examples of these types of puzzles in our online shop. But there are many other types of puzzles made in metal too.

Metal is a very exact medium to work in and puzzles often need that exactness to ensure they work correctly so the two fit very well together. And metal is strong. As a general rule (with the exception of a very few specific instructions in particular puzzles) we say you are not supposed to use force to separate part of a puzzle. But what if the frustration just gets to you? Most metal puzzles will probably survive a little bit rougher treatment than puzzles made of other materials. We do not however condone tossing them out the window out of sheer frustration!!!

These days there are many mechanical puzzle categories where metal is used to make the puzzles. Cast metal puzzles that you disentangle, metal maze type puzzles, puzzle locks, puzzle bolts, and very high end engineered take apart and sequential discovery puzzles.  And here at Mr Puzzle you'll find them all.

One of the biggest names in metal puzzles these days is Hanayama. They're bringing out new designs to challenge our thinking every year across six different degrees of difficulty. And puzzle lovers want to collect them all. You'll need persistence to figure out how to disassemble their mechanisms. Maybe by rotating, sliding and some other manipulation the cast metal pieces will come apart but one thing is for sure, they'll keep you puzzling for hours.

Wil Strijbos is another puzzle inventor and maker who uses the precision of metal to make puzzles that really test the cognitive processes of the puzzler. He is a small volume manufacturer concentrating on smaller quantities of very precisely engineered aluminum puzzles. People are very prepared to wait a long time for the chance to get a Wil Strijbos puzzle!

Metal has been used for some of the oldest puzzles we know too. The Chinese Ring Puzzle (aka The Nine Linked Rings), probably China's most famous puzzle ever was proven by Stewart Culin (an American ethnographer 1858-1929) to have been invented by the Chinese general Hung Ming in the 2nd century AD.

From contemporary to historical, fun to very difficult, inexpensive to high end precision, if you're thinking about building your metal puzzle collection then look no further than Mr Puzzle. At any one time we've usually got more than 50 different types of metal puzzle on the website.

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