The Ring Box 3 crafted by Hideaki Kawashima had me stumped!

by Mike on January 22, 2015

We recently received a small number of Ring Box 3 Puzzles crafted by Hideaki Kawashima. As the name implies, it is the third version of this particular style box. Distributed to designated 2014 Karakuri members, this puzzle looked very familiar to earlier releases. Crafted in Cherry, Karin and cloth, the puzzle is quite small, measuring approximately 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches.

Ring Box 3 Japanese Puzzle by Hideaki Kawashima

First examining the puzzle, it was very easy to reveal the initial step. As in earlier versions, the lid slides in a normal fashion, although it took a minute or two to locate the proper position of the box. The top cut or joint is very well hidden as is similar to earlier models. As shown in the video, once the lid has been removed, the silver ring is quickly unveiled. I immediately tried to remove the ring from the box but found it locked in place. A small diagram insert is included, explaining that the goal is to simply reach in and remove the ring from the cloth interior. Could it be that easy to solve? The short answer is NO.


By shaking the box, I could hear a distinct rattle lending me to believe that the inner mechanism may be quite complex. Inside the lid, Kawashima’s hanko is proudly displayed. Unable to divulge how this trick box is solved, I will say that it took me over 20-30 minutes! Only requiring a couple of steps, Kawashima uses the age old trick of “misdirection.” I was so focused on the mechanism that I dismissed what was right in front of me!
Other Kawashima works for sale at the time of this post include the Ring Box 2, Duet Box and Triskele puzzles.

Other popular Kawashima puzzles are the Three Cornered Deadlock, Regular Octahedron Secret Box, Twin, Twin Lens Reflex and XY boxes.

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