Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this group of puzzles is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. First, it has a very obvious separate base. Second, when you rattle it you can hear an object rolling around inside. No force is required, no tapping, or hitting the puzzle, none what so ever. Maybe you can take some clue from the words of the Japanese designers “Even though you try to open it ‘in your hands’, it isn’t easy to open. You may not think you need a desk, but it sincerely is helpful to solve the puzzle.” Or maybe that will only confuse you more. The Karakuri Creation Group’s woodworking skills are very well known. It is almost impossible to see the joins where one panel meets another on this box making the puzzle even harder to do.
We have sourced these boxes directly from Japan. The Hakone region has a long history of generations of master craftsmen making secret opening boxes for more than 100 years. Our stock of these boxes is very limited and once sold we’re not sure how long it will be before we could get similar puzzle boxes again. As the craftsman age and less people from the so-called modern world are taking on the training required to make these puzzle boxes we’re finding them very difficult to source.
This very special puzzle box is crafted in Maple wood.
Size outside: 48mm x 34mm x 42mm Space inside: 25mm x 25mm x 25mm This is quite a small box and not suitable to put something inside.