|SIZE:||2" (5.1 cm)
Five Cubes by Kohno Ichiro is the final and trickiest iteration of his brilliant concept. By careful use of magnetic polarity, the pieces are dissimilar despite their appearance. The goal is again to assemble the pieces into a symmetrical shape of five distinct, equal-sized cubes with none of the cubes overlapping by their neighbor by more than one-half cube. All magnets must be engaged for the final shape to be stable.
Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.
The production technique is precisely coordinated in terms of tree species, size of parts, and strength of magnets, which creates a comfortable feeling when playing with it.
Having collected the three and four cubes puzzles, I had to get the five cubes. Very glad I did, it's even more satisfying than the others, if that's possible. I love the style of these puzzles: simple and elegant, yet tricky enough to keep it interesting. Perfect for sharing with puzzle beginners too! Expertly crafted as usual, these always have a satisfying reward when solved no matter how many times I pick each one up and play with them.
I love Eric's boxes and complex puzzles, but sometimes it's nice to enjoy the elegance and simplicity of a solidly built put-together like this. Magnets make for good fiddling and (bounded) exploration. Recommend the whole series of Cubes - plenty of the unexpected to be found. In fact, my 6 year old son took 3 Cubes and 4 Cubes and within a few minutes had found a stable (but not completely magnetically-joined) 4x4x4 voxel cube to be made out of the combined pieces. Can you find it?