Monday, 21 December 2015

2015 Karakuri Present #2 - Box Wrapped With Bow And Ribbon

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Note: As quite a number of puzzlers (mainly in the US and Europe) have not received their Christmas presents, there will be no photo(s) of the solved puzzle posted here so as not to spoil their surprise. Instead there is a link further down the page for you to click on should you wish to see it

Box Wrapped With Bow And Ribbon. This is my "working name" at this point in time. Actual name to come later.

Akio Kamei (on his 2014 Christmas present, click here)

Type & Classification
Trick Opening Puzzle Box

8cm x 8cm x 5.5cm

Materials & Construction
A combination of exotic hardwoods with contrasting colours including what appears to be purpleheart, teak and walnut. The two layered bow on top is a real beauty. More information once the solution/specs are sent to me early 2016.

Construction fit and finish is excellent. All panels slide smoothly and are very precisely joined. 

The objective here is to open the box which resembles a box wrapped with ribbon and bow. 5 moves are required before the top portion of the box is detached to reveal an empty container housed within.

WARNING: The link here shows the solved state of the puzzle. Password - akiokamei 
Its a spoiler. DO NOT click on the link if you do not wish to see it.

Difficulty Level
Not difficult once you discover the solution but pretty tricky at the beginning. I found myself fiddling with the puzzle for a while before figuring out the necessary steps to open.

Beautifully made with all the details and nice finishing touches. Great for placing small items inside like jewellery and other keepsakes.

For information on Karakuri Christmas Presents generally, please click here.

1 comment:

  1. Nice puzzle indeed but not tricky at all. I am a bit disappointed because Kamei used to make more complicated and more complex mechanism.
    Still nice looking puzzle though!