The aim is to remove the lid from the Hip Flask.
Felix describes the puzzle as “A fiendishly challenging, multi-stage, sequential discovery puzzle.”
This is the second puzzle designed by Felix Ure. The first being Titan which has proved to be very difficult to solve by many puzzlers despite it’s very straightforward and uncomplicated goal. Like the Titan, the Hip-Flask also has an uncomplicated goal; remove the lid of the flask. It is machined from unfinished solid brass. The puzzle is quite heavy and feels solid and substantial in your hand.
Felix is a product designer from London, England. He left his last job designing high-end luxury door handles to follow his dream of designing puzzles. He says he has always had an obsession with small mechanisms and things that move in clever ways. Amazing materials and beautiful style and form must also be a part of the design. His goal was to to always make a beautiful object with a simple mechanism, yet a difficult solution, that is just as satisfying to sit and fiddle with as it is to solve.
The puzzle is assembled by hand in the UK.
The puzzle is difficult but with a simple goal and an elegant solution. And you will have to work it out for yourself because Felix has decided not to package the solution with the puzzle although he will take enquiries about hints.
Size: The Hip-Flask is 72mm tall.
The puzzle is machined from solid brass The brass is left unfinished, leaving it to slowly patinate and darken with use. Some puzzles have already developed this patina and I’ve deliberately photographed one that already has some markings on it so you know what you’ll be getting.
Packaging: The Hip Flask is inside a thick red velvet bag inside a plain black cardboard box. The packaging is all ethically and sustainably sourced, and all boxes are made from recycled cardboard.
A solution not included but Felix does say on his website that you can email him if you require a hint.
Here’s a video interview from the Beats & Pieces YouTube channel with Felix Ure. Some interesting insights into the guy behind the puzzle design.