|Hanayama Cast Delta|
I got this puzzle in my last large order from Puzzle Master - I had seen that Hanayama had released 2 new puzzles this year and waited for them to be available in the West - there was NEVER any question that I wouldn't get it, just a matter of when. You all know that I adore my high quality, bespoke wooden puzzles, but I have to say that as value for money the Hanayama puzzles really cannot be beaten. They are all beautifully made, have varying difficulty levels ranging from the fairly easy to the impossibly hard and almost always provide that "Aha!" moment that all us puzzlers crave so much.
The Cast Delta is no different - designed by Kyoo Wong from Hong Kong, it arrived in the usual immaculate black box with the simple instructions to separate the three pieces and then reassemble them. There is also a little mumbo jumbo on the box about stirring up creativity etc but when you get down to it - take it apart and put it back together again! It is made of a metal that looks like an aged brass and is fairly attractive with a nice patina - the name obviously comes from the shape of the greek capital letter which it resembles. Nicely chunky with dimensions 5.7 x 5 x 1 cm and a reasonable weight to it. There is certainly something about it that makes you keep coming back to it to play with. It is rated by Hanayama themselves as a level 3 difficulty (out of 6) and by Puzzle Master as level 7 (Challenging) on their scale of 5 - 10. I would say that I would rate it slight easier than 3 / 7 for disassembly but for a proper understanding they have it about right. There is no solution in the box but it can be downloaded from here.
|Dayan Gem V|
got me some funny looks
|Pulls apart but still locked together|
"You see! I am an undiscovered puzzle genius!"I was flabbergasted! I didn't look too closely at the pieces so as to not spoil it for myself but did say that she had to fulfil my criteria to prove she understood it. So she promptly put it back together and handed it back to me - she refused to do it again saying that was unnecessary - she has proved how good she is!!! To this day, I still don't know whether it had been a fluke!
So next was my turn. With Gabriel's and Jerry's warnings shouting at me and the possibility of being humiliated by Mrs S (again!!) I had a look at it myself. I saw how well locked together it was and moving one piece at a time, I developed a picture of what was required. It is quite fiddly to get just right but, thank goodness, I also managed to take it apart in about 4 or 5 minutes. It needs to be set up just perfectly and then, as Gabriel had surmised, it is a very clever coordinate motion to disassemble. I love it! I have to disagree with Gabriel - he claimed that some force was required but mine is smooth as silk and a pleasure to do. It makes a fantastic worry bead and has accompanied to work for quite a few weeks now. Reassembly is very simple procedure.
Here is a picture of the pieces when disassembled - you may be able to work out how to solve the puzzle by looking at the pieces so I have hidden the picture - click on the button to reveal it if you wish:
Should you buy this one? Absolutely yes! It is very pleasant to play with and has a nice discovery moment. At $13 it's a bargain!