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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. Level 1 Hanayama Diamond

    Hanayama Level 1 Diamond puzzle

    Taking the two parts of the diamond apart may not prove very difficult but how the heck are you going to get them back together again? Learn More
    $13.64
  2. The Wan Puzzle high level metal take apart

    Wan Puzzle high level metal take apart

    A new design of metal interlocking puzzle, with a very high number of steps to get the pieces apart and back together. Six puzzles in the series to collect. Learn More
    $14.09
  3. Hanayama Huzzle Loop puzzle

    Hanayama Cast Loop take apart puzzle

    Can you take it apart? Can you assemble it again? Getting the two parts of the loop back together again will be much trickier than you might think. Learn More
    $13.64
  4. Hanayama Cast Box take apart puzzle

    Hanayama Cast Box take apart puzzle

    Begin with the ring at START and try to successfully remove the ring from the puzzle box. Learn More
    $13.64
  5. Cast Hanayama Disk disentanglement puzzle

    Cast Hanayama Disk disentanglement puzzle

    The challenge is to separate the two disks. They seem completely interlocked so how to do it? Another brilliant puzzle by Oskar van Deventer. Learn More
    $13.64
  6. Hanayama Key II cast brainteaser

    Hanayama Key II cast brainteaser

    The object of this puzzle is to separate the two interlocked keys and then put them back together into their original position again. That's often the hardest part! Learn More
    $13.64
  7. hanayama dot puzzle

    Cast Dot Hanayama Level 2 take apart puzzle

    The feeling when you weave these two pieces together and apart is very satisfying. One of those puzzles you can just fiddle with for ages. Learn More
    $13.64
  8. Hanayama ABC puzzle

    Hanayama ABC puzzle

    Can you take it apart? Can you assemble it again? Hanayama ask this question on every box but even when they mark it Level 1 it never seems to get that much easier! Definitely not as easy as ABC. Learn More
    $13.64
  9. Harmony cast metal brainteaser

    Hanayama Huzzle Level 2 Harmony

    This may not at first appear to be a puzzle but it definitely is. You need to separate the quaver from the treble clef and then join them together again. A great present for the musically inclined in your life! Learn More
    $13.64
  10. Metal spirit bottle puzzle

    Metal Wine Bottle or Spirit Bottle holder puzzle

    Lock up a bottle of Jack Daniel's so they have to work for the reward! Many other bottles can fit in too including a lot of different bottles of wine. Height adjustable.

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    $13.59

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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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