The exploration of a junior puzzler in this vast puzzle world!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hanayama Cast Puzzle: Cast Ring I

Puzzle: Cast Ring I
Brand: Hanayama
Inventor: Bram Cohen & Oscar Van Deventer
ST (solve time): FAILED
Cast Ring I

Yes... Another puzzle from Hanayama. Since this brand led me into exploring puzzles, I brought most of my first puzzles in this series.

This is the Cast Ring I, with the shape of a ring (obviously) combined with four rings, and was rated a four in the hanayama scale. Unlike most Hanayama puzzles, the goal of this puzzle was mainly focused on putting it back together, since the puzzle just falls apart by itself.

I brought this puzzle along with Cast Spiral in a nearby puzzle store. After the experience with Marble, I was then attracted into puzzles and brought this one shortly after. I was quite surprised when i got it, since it was called ring-I have somehow expected it to be smaller. Actually, the size was too big for a ring, but small for a bracelet-I would really appreciate if the size was somehow adjusted so it could double up as an accessory (As the case with some other ring puzzles and some Hanayama puzzles). Okay, enough opinions, down to my experience. This being my second-only puzzle, I didn’t expect it to fall apart in my hands. After panicking, I worked to put it back together. Here I give a
 warning-THE PUZZLE FALLS APART SO BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU OPENED IT! Not having enough time to examine the puzzle, I used the picture on the box to know what the solved state was, which isn’t a lot of help. After a while I gave up, and peeked at the solution. (God forgave me! I was only a junior at the time!) With the beginning position ready, I was able to put it back. It seemes that i gained too much confidence on my success with the Marble-I’ll have to be careful afterwards!
The opened puzzle

Overall not a bad puzzle, looks great on a shelf-but be sure to remind people who are tempted to try of the puzzle’s looseness!

I brought it from a nearby store, but you can buy it from Puzzlemaster here.


  1. The Cast Coaster also comes apart very easily. I suggest you try the Loop, Disk, Dolce, Devil, Rattle, Baroq or Radix.

    1. Thank you for your suggestions! I have tried all of them but the radix, baroq and coaster. I will try to get those on my hands as soon as I can!