ZIREL – Super difficult Symbols of Japan Puzzle!

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One of the hardest puzzles in the world! A Made in Japan mirror finished metal puzzle that features symbols of Japan

Iwai Press

2022.6.2

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One of the hardest puzzles in the world! A Made in Japan mirror finished metal puzzle that features symbols of Japan

Iwai Press

2022.6.2

A puzzle to stump you for hours!

Employing Japanese press die casting technology with extravagent alloy, this puzzle is perfect for passing the time! What’s more when finished, it makes for a brilliant interior piece.

While it looks simple, it will puzzle you for ages, thanks to the 8 outer pieces which surround the inner design of the puzzle. While each piece looks the same, each piece only has its own place! You’ll be thinking to yourself, “Why is it so hard? Why can’t I complete it?”, while you spend hours lost in concentration trying to solve it, and feel that amazing sense of accomplishment when you finish it.

A solution isn’t included with the puzzle. Complete this puzzle on your own back, and feel the thrill when it all comes together! 


A look at the media introduction for our original design that was widely well received! The Sakura Model!


mono magazine May 2021

 


When you finish the puzzle, in the middle several symbols of Japan appear. Instead of being printed onto the metal, the pictures are made due to the gaps and spaces between the pieces. As the pieces form together, you can find a samurai warrior in armour and holding a katana while riding a horse. In the background, Mt. Fuji stands tall, giving a brilliant backdrop for the puzzle, which we get to experience everyday as our company is located near to Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. 

This version when compared to the symmetrical sakura model, this Kickstarter model is not as difficult. If you want to try a much harder puzzle we recommend you pick up the sakura version as well!


As we are a precision parts maker, we have used this chance to show off the best of our abilities. Each side has a mirror finish to it, which makes it impossible to tell which side goes up or down, which helps to hopefully double the time you’ll be pondering over this puzzle.

Plum Blossom Puzzle

We hope that the pieces of the puzzle are something you’ve never seen before! We have put a lot of attention to detail into the creation of the pieces.


Each piece may look similar to the next, but when you look closely, in order to create a puzzle that has only one solution, each one has very minute differences. This also means that when you fit the right pieces together, they have a very satisfying feel as they slide effortlessly into each other.


Cherry Blossom Puzzle

For most general puzzles, between the pieces there will always be some gaps. With our ZIREL puzzle, the gaps between the pieces are just 0.004mm, which means when you slot them together, they slide into place and the lines seem to disappear before your eyes, thanks to the brilliant fit

0.004mm is extremely thin! The average width of a Japanese girl's hair is about on average 0.08mm, meaning that this gap is 1/20 thinner! Making a gap this thin takes extreme precision and skill to do so. 





Thanks to the mirror finish on both sides, when completed it makes for a beautiful interior piece. As it is made to be a self standing 8 sided puzzle, it looks great when displayed. Weighing 196g, it is 58mm x 58mm with a depth of about 10mm. While it is small it can act as a great paperweight.

Design details

The motif of the puzzle as we stated before is a samurai general in front of Mt Fuji while riding a horse, with sakura flowers around the outside. Made to be a octagon, the number 8 is said to be quite auspicious in Japan, bringing good luck. The character used for 8 [八] opens up at the bottom and it is said to symbols growth or development. When celebrating someone, it is often recommended to send something which incorporates 8!





Goods made in Japan have for a while been seen as being high quality all over the world. So even though we are making items for playing with, we wanted to create the best, hence the focus on making a puzzle with such a small gap between the pieces, creating a puzzle that many adults can enjoy.

Why can we make items that have just a 0.004mm gap then?

 The press that we use is a punch and die method of processing items. A punch is pressed into the material forcing the material into the correct shape. With this method, if the punch and die machinery isn’t set correctly, it can create burrs and bends to the pieces, which make them unusable. Much care goes into making the pieces and then into quality control after, to make sure each puzzle is the highest quality that they can be. It’s thanks to this that we are able to produce these on a large scale.


One of our strengths as a company is the fact that we can design and then press and process everything in house. This item is no exception, with each puzzle being made by us. We hope that you take the chance to try out high quality metal work items that bear the Made in Japan mark.

Iwai Press

Message From the Owner

Iwai Press Co. is a precision parts metal working company. We make parts for items that you probably use daily, such as connectors and so on for phones and PCs, or ic card readers. These parts are often found within your phones or cars and so on. We deal mainly with other businesses so we don’t have much contact with regards to dealing with users of our items directly.

We take pride in making the smallest gap possible between items. We are able to make a space that is thinner that the width of a single strand of hair. 

We hope that through our puzzle, you can find the joy and sense of fulfilment when you slot a piece in that slides and joins almost seamlessly. We would love to hear from you about your experience of solving the puzzle when you receive it! 


This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

Material used|Stainless Steel

Specs|Width ~57.4mm× Length ~54.7mm× Depth~10mm

Display wooden box||Width ~73mm× Length ~73mm× Depth ~38mm

■How the puzzle will arrive

Regarding other puzzles

The puzzles that we originally made that were available via Japanese crowdfunding which were both well received are also available during this Kickstarter campaign!

Ume (Plum Blossom)

Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

We can not prepare spare pieces. Each puzzle is made from scratch and therefore we would need to remake the entire puzzle.
 

  • Do not place in water. While it is made from stainless steel which is resistant to rust, it doesn’t mean that won’t rust.
     
  • The puzzle is made of small parts. Please keep away from children in order to prevent accidental swallowing. The pieces are heavy so please refrain from throwing or waving them about as it can be dangerous.
     
  • Due to the design of the puzzle, there are sharp edges. Please be careful when handling them.
     
  • When handling the puzzle, if you start to itch or feel pain stop trying to solve the puzzle. It may be that you have a metal allergy, so we would recommend you see a medical professional.
     
  • Don’t apply excessive force or pressure as it may damage the pieces, which may stop you from being able to use the puzzle.
     
  • Outside of initial defects which we will be able to exchange, we do not provide refunds or exchanges for damage to puzzles by your own hands.
     
  • Each puzzle will be sent incomplete in a special case that holds each piece individually. We will also not send a way to complete the puzzle. Please understand this before backing the project!
     

The following are main points for enjoying the Zirel puzzle! 

We recommend you read before trying to solve the puzzle. 

There are no instructions for completing the puzzle. 

1. Keeping safety in mind

When using the puzzle, please be careful when doing so. We don't wish others to come to harm when you use this puzzle, so please take care when trying to solve. 

①Don't allow for the puzzle to come into contact with water. 

②Try your best not to cut yourself on the edges of the puzzle. 

※The fibres on cloths and towels that you use to polish the pieces or completed puzzle may catch, so please take care when doing so.

※Because of the small parts, it may cause choking if swallowed. We recommend keeping out of reach of children. 

③Please solve the puzzle on a durable and flat surface.

※Please don't throw the pieces about. It may cause harm and so on. 

※The pieces are made of metal. The edges of the puzzle can be sharp. Be careful not to drop the pieces on your feet.


Shipping

Shipping fees are not included as part of your Kickstarter pledge. Shipping will be calculated and collected after the campaign ends (using PledgeBox).

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Iwai Press Co. is a precision parts metal working company. We make parts for items that you probably use daily, such as connectors and so on for phones and PCs, or ic card readers. These parts are often found within your phones or cars and so on. We deal mainly with other businesses so we don’t have much contact with regards to dealing with users of our items directly.

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