The first Two Brass Monkeys collaboration with renowned designer Derek Bosch, Joy of Hex is the result of Derek's exhaustive analysis of all solid, twelve-piece hexagonal burrs without a solid key piece. The set represents an excellent puzzling value, with a total of thirty-three published assemblies and over 90,000 others to be found!
Joy of Hex includes three separately packaged designs that increase in difficulty, as well as a bonus pack with five extra pieces, an assembly "hex aid" and the Joy of Hex manual. This beautifully produced manual includes thirty more carefully selected designs. Of the base designs, Missionary is the first and easiest. Bish, Bash, Bosch is a relatively simple selection of pieces but is more difficult to assemble. Group Hex incorporates the maximum number of dissimilar piece types (8 of 9) with a single unique solution; a significant increase in difficulty from the others.
Joy of Hex's production quality is in keeping with what we've come to expect from TBM. Each 6cm hex piece is milled from solid brass with an incredibly accurate fit and tolerance. They are then tumble finished for a smooth and pleasing feel. These puzzles have real heft to them; each assembled puzzle weighs about 1.8 lbs, with the entire set weighing in at a massive 8.5 lbs of puzzling fun!
Allard wrote an excellent review of this puzzle, as did Kevin.
Handling Metal Puzzles
While all metals tarnish over time, residual oil and salt from handling speed up the process and leave fingerprints. An individually packaged metal cleansing cloth is included with each metal puzzle sold on Cubicdissection. Metal Puzzle Polishing Kits which contain a larger cleansing cloth and microfiber polishing towel are also available.