This is an interesting puzzle, somewhat similar to many hooked nail or wire puzzles. It seems simple at first,as these types of puzzles need to get spaces or openings lined up and then with a simple move, they almost fall apart. However,this one just doesn’t seem to want to co-operate. I think that is simply because the space and tolerances are just so precise that unless one gets it in exactly the right place,it refuses to budge.
It was designed by Vesa Timonen of Finland. He is a well recognized designer of elegant and deceptive mechanical,or hand held puzzles and has won awards at the International Puzzle Design Competitions….. .If you would like to see more of his puzzles, you might check him out on the Web, or visit the IPP (International Puzzle Party) site.
This is another one of the excellent puzzles in the Hanayama collection. As with their other puzzles, the quality is exceptionally good. This one appears to be made of brass, and is heavy and strong so as to give lots of use without being bent or otherwise damaged. As to difficulty it one of the easier in the Hanayama collection, and suitable for all levels of expertise. If you get stuck, don’t give up, or give it away; there are helpful videos on YouTube, or Puzzle Master will e-mail you a solution.
You can purchase this puzzle and get the solution at Puzzle Master.