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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 Radix take apart puzzle

    Hanayama Cast Radix take apart puzzle

    The Radix puzzle is known for both it's monumental looks and somewhat organic styling and movement. The inventor Akio Yamamoto has invented some of Hanayama's most ingenious puzzles.

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    $15.45
  6. Hanayama Cast Donut takeapart brainteaser

    Hanayama Cast Donut takeapart brainteaser

    The puzzle is to separate the 4 pieces of the two rings. Yes 4 not 2. Even thought the puzzle looks like 2 cast Donuts intertwined together. Learn More
    $15.45
  7. Hanayama Cast Cylinder takeapart brainteaser

    Hanayama Cast Cylinder takeapart brainteaser

    Enjoy finding the solution while pretending to be a spy cracking open a safe with a shaken not stirred martini by your side Learn More
    $15.45
  8. Hanayama Twist puzzle

    Hanayama Cast Twist takeapart brainteaser

    Using the grooves slide the protrusions and attempt to complete this very complicated puzzle. Learn More
    $15.45
  9. Hanayama Cast Hexagon takeapart brainteaser

    Hanayama Cast Hexagon takeapart brainteaser

    There are three pieces inside an external frame. Slide them around inside the frame and rotate them to try to get them out of the frame. Learn More
    $15.45
  10. Coaster Hanayama disentanglement puzzle

    Coaster Hanayama disentanglement puzzle

    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.

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    $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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