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"Disentanglement Puzzle", "wheel of intelligence" (Japanese for tanglement).


Links to Vendors

Preferred Vendors - U.S.

My experiences with the sites listed here have been positive. This list is biased towards vendors who ship to the US and accept PayPal or credit cards via a secure site. High-quality specialty vendors with whom I have dealt include:

Eric Fuller

Wood Frustrations - Tom Lensch

David Leschinsky

Brass Puzzles By Rocky
Rocky Chiaro

Puzzle Paradise
John Devost

(Davans is defunct.)
Creative Crafthouse
Dave Janelle

William Waite

Doug Engel

Pavel's Puzzles
Pavel Curtis
Mike & Judy Richard
Charlie Malcolmson


Cluster Puzzles
Kelvin Palmer

Bill Cutler

Tucker Jones

The Puzzle & Craft Factory


from Dan Feldman

Kate Jones

The Yot

Kagen Schaefer

Lee Krasnow

Here are "mass market" vendors from whom I've purchased items:

Games Unlimited
Bob Schwartz

Funagain Games

Bits and Pieces

Preferred Vendors - Non - U.S.

Reliable foreign vendors with whom I've dealt include:


Hendrik Haak's Puzzle Shop

Frank Gregory
Michael Toulouzas

The Karakuri Creation Group and Club

Frank Potts

Brian Young

Gemani Games
Roger Mustoe

[also try]


Jan Grashuis


Bedlam Puzzles
is now Crazee Thingz
Bernhard Schweitzer


CalmPlex Puzzles
RA Media - Andy Snowie

Sources for Tanglement Puzzles

Tucker Jones

Uncle's Puzzles

Frank Gregory


Fiddl'Widdit (Seth Anderson)

Sources for Rubik-type puzzles

Hendrik Haak

Official Rubik's site

Dr. Sticker
Georges Helm's Puzzle Shop
Crazee Thingz (UK)
DX dealextreme (Home)
DX dealextreme (Toys) (Calvin Fan) (DaYan cubes)
Cube4you (James Lee) (no Firefox - use Cubefans)
Cubefans (James Lee)
MF8 Shop
Omega Studio (TW)
Smart Toy Shop (HK)
CubeNJoy (Korea)
Nice Puzzles (9spuzzles) -- Michael Layher
Cubeman (Mark Longridge)
East Sheen Mindstrat Puzzles (Pantazis Houlis)
Fourieridea (Quarks)

Puzzle Boxes

Akio Kamei

The Karakuri Creation Group and Club

Kagen Schaefer

Heartwood Creations

Pandora's Puzzle Boxes

Quagmire Puzzle Boxes
Randal Gatewood

Unique Box Shop

Izumiya (Hakone)

Cubic Dissection - Eric Fuller

movable Hellraiser box
Puzzle Box World Honma
(Japanese site - no orders)

More art than puzzle...

Costa Rica Art (Hummingbird box)
Burl Puzzle Boxes

Check Clay Parker's website "A Puzzlebox Page" for more links.

Read an article by Jerry Slocum on Japanese Puzzle Boxes.

Puzzle Vendors Around the World

Here is a sorted listing of many puzzle vendors from around the world:

Puzzle Vendors Around the World
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 3D Puzzles


 Albinegri - Albert Guebeli
 Antique Toys and Games - Pierre Patau, Elisabeth Calley
 Arabesk - Jan Grashuis
 Archimedes' Lab
 Architest (nail puzzles)
 Atlantis - Dr. Karl Scherer
 Avenue des Jeux
 A.Z. Plerp - Cluster Puzzles - Kelvin Palmer



 Bart Buie
 Bartl GMBH
 also try Bartl GMBH dot com
 Bathsheba Grossman - Moon Pi
 Bedlam Puzzles - Bruce Bedlam
 John Berkeley (uk)
 Beverly Enterprises
 Boardgames Express
 Boutique Strategie (Seth Anderson)
 Brandora (Logika / Uhl)
 Brilliant Puzzles
 Buffalo Games Inc.
 Burl Puzzle Boxes



 Cadeaux en Bois
 Calmplex - Andy Snowie
 Chapman Puzzles
 Rocky Chiaro
 Chronos (jp) - Edi Nagata
 Cleverwood - Mike & Judy Richard, Charlie Malcolmson
 Jean Claude Constantin
 Costa Rica Art (Hummingbird box)
 Cracker Barrel - James Cole
 Creative Crafthouse
 Creative Whack Co.
 Cubeman (Mark Longridge) - Eric Fuller - Michael Layher
 Bill Cutler



 Robert Dalloz
 Wayne Daniel
 DanLock by Dan Feldman
 Denny Magic - Daryl's Enchanted Cube
 Davans - Jose Diaz
 Donay Games (uk)
 Dry Gulch Gifts (Old Time tangles - wholesale only)



 East Sheen Cubes
 Eleganter Australia
 Eureka (be - Belgium)
 Eureka! - David Leschinsky
 Executive Games (wholesale)



 FAO Schwartz
 Faze 3 (uk)
 Flyping Games
 Funagain Games



 The Game Preserve
 Games and
 Games2Puzzles (eBay store - Emma Lee)
 Games Unlimited - Bob Schwartz
 Game Surplus
 Gemani Games - Roger Mustoe
 [also try]
 Geo Australia
 Dan Gilbert - Triazzle - Vladimir Krasnoukhov
 The Grail, Inc. (on Toydirectory)
 Grand Illusions
 Great American Puzzle Factory
 Kirill Grebnev
 Kirill Grebnev - Cubature of the Ball



 Haba (de)
 Hakone Maruyama
 Hand Puzzles
 Heartwood Creations
 Hellraiser box
 Hendrik Haak's Puzzle Shop
 Hockey Puck, Masterball
 Honma (Japanese site - no orders)



 Icarus (jp)
  [Babelfish translation of Icarus]
 Idea Ocean (tw)
 IntermedAsia - Tricky Disky, Enigma [WARNING: resizes window]
 I Qubed
 Izumiya (Hakone)
 also try



 Jeruel Industrial - Kinato, Crystal puzzles
 Jeux et Console
 Jigsaw Jungle
 Tom Jolly Games
 JustPlush - Christo Toys - 4D Puzzles - 3D jigsaw animals



 Kadon - Kate Jones
 Kagen Schaefer
 K & J Magnetics
 K & T Toys - Touchdown
 Akio Kamei
 The Karakuri Creation Group and Club
 Knox (Roland Koch)
 Kubi Games (Germany)



 Lagoon Games / The Lagoon Group
 Le Valet d'Coeur
 Liberty Puzzles (fine jigsaws)
 Tomas Linden
 LiveWire - Frank Gregory
 Logical Choice (au)
 Logika (de)
 Robert Longstaff Workshops (uk)



 Mad Cow
 Marks & Spencer - Lateral Thinking Puzzles
 GarE Maxton
 Jerry McFarland Puzzles
 me100fun (hk)
 MGC Custom Jigsaws
 Mind Games Direct (uk)
 Minds On ToysDigi-Comp I repro)
 Lenoid Mochalov
 Mondenkind (de)
 Mountain Stream Forge - Uncle's Puzzles
 Mr. Puzzle Australia



 Naef Spiele AG
 Nature's Tapestry - Labyrinth Woodworks - Louis Toorenburg (NZ)



 Office Playground - Magic Sand Wand, K-Dron
 Okuno Karuta-ten (Game Shop Okuno)
 Omega Studio
 Optical Toys
 Oriental Trading Co.



 Pacific Puzzleworks - Lee Krasnow
 Padilly - Chelona, Anchor
 Pam City - Kumiki
 Pandora's Puzzle Boxes
 Parlor Puzzles
 Philos (de)
 Pinnacle Puzzles
 Potty Puzzles - Frank Potts
 The Purple Pomegranate - tray packing puzzles
 PuzzleAtomic aka General Symmetrics - Doug Engel
 Puzzle Box World
 The Puzzle & Craft Factory
 Puzzlein - Haoyuki Iwase
 [Babelfish translation of Puzzlein]
 Puzzle Me This
 Puzzle Palace - George Miller
 Puzzle This (uk)
 Puzzlevision - Michael Toulouzas
 Puzzlewood - Bernhard Schweitzer
 Puzzling Place (uk)
 PuzzlingPuzzles (au)
 Pyramid Gallery - Le Marchand (Hellraiser Cube)



 Quagmire Puzzle Boxes - Randal Gatewood



 Rapp With Wood - nice boxes, not puzzles
 RecentToys (Planets)
 Official Rubik's site



 Schachland (Chessland - German)
 Science Enterprises
 Shop New Zealand - Puzzles
 SMART (be)
 Springbok Puzzles
 Star Magic
 Stave Jigsaws
 Stumpy Originals



 Tankenotter (Erik Johansson)
 Technology of Wonders - Viktor Genel
 Thinkfun (Binary Arts)
 Torito (Japan)
 Tour de Jeux - chain in Quebec
 The ToyHouse - Chris Baldwin
 Toys From Times Past
 Transposer Puzzles
 Tucker Jones
 Tumbleweed (FR)



 Ulla Moos
 Uncle's Games
 Uncle's Puzzles
 Unique Box Shop
 University Games



 Venta (cz)
 VIA Spiele
 Viking Mfg Co. - Key Puzzle
 Village Games - Ray Bathke
 Villa le Bosquet
 Vin & Co. - Vaclav Obsivac (cz)



 Wallingford Toy Works
 William Waite - PuzzleMist
 Winning Moves
 Trevor Wood
 Wood Wonders - Brian Menold
 Wooden Toys UK (cz)
 Woodpecker (Hikimi)
 World in Puzzle





 Yamanaka Kumiki Works
 also try Dento Nippon
 The Yot



 Livio Zucca


 Dead Sites
The Wooden Box Shop
Brain Teazers (eBay store) - Mike Green
Eternity Puzzle
iqube wooden toys
Puzzlecraft, Texas
Steve Strickland

Toymobile - not dead, but no longer carries "matchbox" (not the cars) puzzles
Poppa's Art and Toys (Jim Mitchell)
Brain Teasers Puzzle - Lonpos
Timber Novelty Co. (AU)
puzzleboxesusa - Chris Dipietro - Thomas Moeller
Interlocking Puzzles - Sadly, taking a hiatus.
Ed's Think Shop
Cubeman (Mark Longridge)
 Martin Brockmann
 Clever Toys (Flower, Butterfly ball puzzles)
 Ed's Think Shop
 Gakken Toys, Japan
 Jeux Einstein
 Nu-nventions - Monroe's Marbles
 Ok Sachy
 The Old Game Store VT (Sadly, out of business.)
 Pussycat (de)
 PuzzleArt - Joe Miller - Molecule puzzle (uk)
 S.S. Adams
 Thomas Ball
 Wonder Workshops
 The Wooden Box Shop

You might find it useful to find some vendors by their logos...

browse brainteasers
have the nice Ravensburger Kinato

GarE Maxton

Dr. Karl Scherer

Trevor Wood


Albert Guebeli


Vin & Co

Venta (Cz)

Izumiya (Hakone)

Mad Cow

Haoyuki Iwase

Thinkfun (Binary Arts)



Jerry McFarland

Retail Stores

I wish there were more locations selling mechanical puzzles, but there seems to be a dearth of good retail stores. Here are a few I have found...

1349 Beacon St.
(near intersection of Beacon with Harvard St.)
Brookline, MA 02446
The Games People Play
1100 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
M,T,W,F,Sa: 10-6; Th: 10-8; Su: 12-5
The Games People Play
Time Machine Hobby / New England Hobby Supply
7 Hilliard St.
Manchester, CT 06040
A fantastic toy and hobby store in an old industrial building. They have a large model railroad department and a very large club layout in a back room. They carry some puzzles.
1591 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
M-Sa: 9:30-5:30; Su 10-3; Closed Tue
Necker's website
This is a wonderful toy store that has been around since 1948!
They carry some mechanical puzzles, including tanglements.
Over The Rainbow Toys
in Tolland, CT
The Perfect Toy
290 W Main St
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 678-7015
M,T 9:30-5:30; W-F 9:30-8; Sa 9:30-5:30; Su 12-4
This one is a little further afield:
Books Ink
Perkins Cove
Ogunquit, ME
Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, is a great spot with some neat shops. When I was there a while ago, Books Ink had a cool selection of books on science, math, chemistry, physics, and other topics of potential interest to puzzlers. They also had a small selection of puzzles. I bought a CubeOcta there. Up the road is another great shop selling mineral specimens and collector-quality sea-shells. Around the corner is the Marginal Way - a walking trail along the seacoast to Ogunquit. You can take a trolley back to the cove.
The souvenir shop at Old Sturbridge Village
might carry some puzzles. I haven't been there in a while.
Toys R Us
1460 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 644-7606
125 Buckland Hills Dr
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 327-0082
420 Buckland Hills Dr
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 644-5100

Links to Enthusiast Sites

Among the best have to be:

John Rausch's
Puzzle will be played...
Keiichiro Ishino

Jürg von Känel
Burr Site at IBM

Twisty Puzzles
Sandy Thompson

Jaap Scherphuis
Joshua Bell
Puzzle Patents

The Poly Pages
Andrew Clarke
Mathematische Basteleien
Jürgen Köller - Thinkfun

Here are some organizations and other resources for puzzle enthusiasts:

Puzzle Auction Sites:




For solutions to some mechanical puzzles, try these:

BurrTools by Andreas Röver
Solutions de Casse-Tete
Casse-tete et Solution
Classic Puzzle Cube - describing the classic Kumiki cube
Eternity Puzzle Solution
Taniguchi's programs to solve iamonds and sliding block puzzles
SBPSolver - by Pierre-Francois Culand - solves sliding block puzzles

Shapeways shops:

I have found these sites, many belonging to fellow collectors, to be inspirational...

Martin Watson

Matti Linkola

Juno's World

Richard Whiting's
Puzzle Grail

Casse-tete et Solution

Jürg & Karin von Känel

Atelier Tamura
World of Craft Puzzle
Hidekuni Tamura
Bernhard Schweitzer

Cisco's collection - Francis Andrac

Age of Puzzles - Serhiy Grabarchuk

Ed Pegg's

Leonid Mochalov

Yukiyasu Sekoguchi
Happiness Cubes (JP)
Puzzlein - Osho

Martinho Dos Santos

(Google translation)

Kohfuh's Lab
Kohfuh Satoh

La Collection de Casse-Tete de Chantal
Hlavolamy - Puzzles
Milan Vodicka

Erich Friedman
Katsmom's Puzzle Room
Roxanne Wong's Collection
Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
Pantazis Houlis' Collection

Puzzle Palace
George Miller

Other collections I've found out there in the aether...

Celia Seide's site
Gabriel Fernandes' collection
Jim Storer's site
Dario Uri's site (the wooden panels on the walls)
Rick Eason's site
Hlavolamy - Milan Vodicka
Chosi's Puzzle Collecting Page
James K. Strayer (all of Yarger's Stickman boxes, etc.)
Jyuta's Page
John Childs' Collection of Kumiki Puzzles
Erich Friedman
The Puzzle Pit
Michael Suodenjoki
Nob - Hikimi
Jose Diaz
Don's Puzzle Collection
Kevin Moore
Casse-Tete de Chantal - Per Moller Nielsen
Clay Parker's A Puzzlebox Page

Markus Goetz
Denkpuzzels (Romania) --  shows Radut's Cube - Edi Nagata
Rachel Rein
Nick Baxter's Ninomiya box collection

Other interesting sites:

Logic Mazes - Robert Abbott
Adrian Fisher Mazes
Angela and Otto Janko
Blake O'Hare's Nerd Paradise
Glorieux Ronse Pentomino site - Odette de Muelemeester
George Bell's Peg Solitaire site
Chess Variants - Chess Puzzles
Yukio Hirose
Sliding Block Puzzles
Ultimate Puzzle Site - Logical Puzzles
The Puzzles of Sid Sackson
Iwahiro's Puzzles (e.g. Rectangular Jam)
Toothpick World
Kacha2 (English translation)
Jim Loy's site
Akiyoshi's Illusion Pages
Innocent Penguin (JP)
Tankenotter AB

George Hart - Geometric Sculptures
Harvey Heinz - Magic Squares
Theo Geerinck
Scott Kim
Christian Eggermont
Mark Peters
make the Dr. Who "Key To Time" puzzle
The Gardner Index
Tune's Tipi Page (geometric models)
"remarkable puzzles" (french)
Da Vinci Days 2002
Shunting Puzzles
link to some of Nick Baxter's past puzzle auctions
7-piece cube from
Mathematical Puzzles - Chris Lohe
Hirofumi Fujiwara
Kohfuh's Lab
Ronald Kint-Bruynseels

Rob Hegge's Puzzle Pages Archive
Vladimir Krasnoukhov
Mark Geiger
O'Beirne's Cube
Clickmazes - Andrea Gilbert, Bill Mitchell
The Woodworker's Library
Multi-User Dimensions
Harshbarger's 21 Squares
Puzzle Fun - Rudolfo Kurchan
Puzzling Creations
My Puzzle Note - Wen-Shan Kao
Deutsches Spielzeugmuseum Sonneberg
Optics for Teens
Exotic Wood site
Art Metal - a metal melting furnace
Mike Helland - Springbok Jigsaws
World Flag Database
Perplex City
Paper Folding

Kathryn Huxtable's Flexagon Page
Brain Binders
Unique Projects Complico
Hexaflexagon Toolkit

All About Twisty Puzzles

Jaap's Puzzle Page, maintained by Jaap Scherphuis, is the best for analysis and solutions., maintained by Sandy Thompson, has the most comprehensive catalogue/database, and a vibrant message board community. Articles - learn how to make your own custom twisty puzzles
Hendrik Haak's Puzzle-Museum is an impressive on-line collection, and includes many custom-designed puzzles hand-crafted by Tony Fisher, Anthony Greenhill, and others.
3D Puzzle Reconstruction Studio - Katsuhiko Okamoto (JP) [English translation]
Hidetoshi Takeji
Ton Dennenbroek - speedcubing and Rubik's puzzle building
Ton Dennenbroek - custom building
Speedsolving Wiki
Speedsolving Notation
Chris Lohe's site has a nice table of twisty puzzle types
Funny-Looking Twisty Puzzles - Carter Tarrer - Jin Kim
Georges Helm
Georges Helm's List of Puzzle Solutions
Olympicube - 6x6x6 Cubes and beyond!
Sandy's collection
Kar Watanabe
LoloCube - Laurent Blanc
Puzzlemaniac - Mark Longridge - Domain of the Cube - Rubik's Cube Chronology
Virtual Cubes
Yang Ho's Cubemania (KR)
i4no - Rubik's Cube Museum
Four-Dimensional Rubik's Cube
Juanan's collection

Play Online...

3D Logic
Circle the Cat
Loops of Zen
Vexed - like Sokoban meets Tetris
Gridlock - like Rush Hour
Puzzlebeast - has Bulbous Blob
Cheesy Games - Emmett Henderson
Nick Baxter's Sliding Block Puzzle Page - many online puzzles! -- Classic Sliding Block Puzzles -- Sam Loyd's Moving Day Puzzle
Fore and Aft - Mark Peters
Hirofumi Fujiwara - Sliding Piece Puzzles
Pascal Huybers - Tenyo Beat-the-Computer Puzzles
Tenyo Beat-the-Computer puzzle simulator -- Steven Atkinson

Some game sites...

Handheld Games Museum


Abstract Strategy Games
Jose Diaz (Davans)

Bruce Whitehill
Big Game Hunter