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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. Cast #Hashtag Hanayama take apart puzzle

    Cast #Hashtag Hanayama take apart puzzle

    Maybe you'll want to post your success online if you're able to take the puzzle apart and then put it back together again. Learn More
    $15.45
  2. Hanayama G&G interlinked puzzle

    Hanayama Cast G&G Level 3 puzzle

    The puzzle has many possibilities and as soon as you start trying to take it apart you will notice its several protrusions hinder your path. These are the challenges you must overcome. Learn More
    $15.45
  3. Hanayama Cast Galaxy takeapart brainteaser

    Hanayama Cast Galaxy takeapart brainteaser

    You will becomes totally mesmerized by the pieces that move so freely. It is more difficult to put back together than to take apart. Learn More
    $15.45
  4. Laby cast maze puzzle

    aMazing Twins cast Laby type puzzle

    The key of this puzzle is decisively navigating the maze. There is a point where you can break out. But how to decide which path to follow? Learn More
    $15.41
  5. Hanayama cast cake puzzle

    Cast Cake Hanayama take apart puzzle

    The puzzle is remove the three layers from inside the cake. A quarter of this cake has been cut away showing three identical layers inside. Learn More
    $15.45
  6. Hanayama Mobius Puzzle

    Hanayama Cast Mobius Maze puzzle

    To remove the metal disc from the mobius loop you'll need to negotiate the maze. Learn More
    $15.45
  7. Hanayama U&U bolt brainteaser

    Hanayama U&U bolt brainteaser

    Can you separate the two U shaped bolts? Can you assembled them again? This looks like a puzzle made of spare parts; two bent bolts and four nuts! Learn More
    $15.45
  8. Hanayama Violin puzzle

    Cast Hanayama Violin puzzle

    The puzzle is to separate all three pieces of the puzzle then reassemble them again. Do you think you can achieve virtuoso status with this puzzle?

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    $15.45
  9. Latest Hanayama Puzzle

    Hanayama UFO take apart puzzle - RELEASED 2019!

    The amazing new UFO cast puzzle from Hanayama. Released in Japan in February 2019 this puzzle has only been available outside Japan until mid-2019. Made to the same high standard as previous Hanayama this is a level 4 puzzle invented by Vesa Timonen.

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    $15.45
  10. Cast Dial Hanayama take apart puzzle

    Cast Dial Hanayama take apart puzzle

    Solve the Dial puzzle by turning the dials on both sides (front and back) of the puzzle. Learn More
    $15.45

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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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