The Limited Edition
"How the heck do you open this thing?"
That was our reaction the first time we saw this beautiful puzzle box. We didn't even know where to start! Thankfully, the box did not keep us out forever. After we got it open, we where in awe of its excellent design. The odds of opening this box is 1:1330. If you don't know the preset combination, it could take you many hours, days, weeks or even longer to open it. At a possible 1300+ combinations, this is the most complicated box Cleverwood has ever offered!
With these odds, we knew it would be a super challenge to open this box if one did not know the combination.. Then we found out there really is a trick to this box! It is possible to get into this box without using the combination. It could take just as long to figure out the secret to getting inside this box as it will to figure out the combination itself. Could we call this a secret box or even a trick locking box as well as a trick opening box?
So why is this the Ultimate Personal Box (or UPB) you might ask? Because it is not just a tricky puzzle box with a combination. You can actually change the combination to your own setting! You got it! You can set the combination to any 3 digits of your choice, from the available three sliders. Each slider goes from 5 to 0 then back to 5 again. That's 1330 possible choices you've got to personalize your own box!
The Limited Edition UPB is not just a great puzzle, it's really a work of art. Made from solid hardwood Birdseye Maple with Purple Heart wood sliders and inlay, this box simply glows. The numbers on the box are inlay Birdseye as well. Along with the lovely inlays, there is a small amount of laser engraving work on the lid. All the art work was designed by Randal himself.
A message from Randal about the UPB:
I am really excited about this new puzzle box. I literally
dreamed this box one night about a year before I finally completed the first prototype. I
got up that morning, grabbed pencil and paper and made a fast sketch. The concept just
grew from there. I absolutely love the idea of a combination box that you can change to
your own settings. During the prototyping phase not a lot of production occurred in the
puzzle box shop. I really took my time (and a little extra) with this design. When I did
get the first prototype done, I ran around showing it to everyone I could find. To my
relief, delight and enjoyment I saw more eyes light up than ever before when folks saw it
for the first time! Even some of my less 'puzzle box inclined' friends showed a great deal
of interest with it. You're going to find a lot of ambidextrous appeal in this design with
confusing clues to the box's positioning. There is hardwood Purple Heart inlay implemented
into all four sides of the box and the top of the box combines engraving with Purple Heart
and Birdseye Maple inlay! The bottom of the box is recessed providing the user with a
comfortable secure hold on the box. The smooth flush rounded edges all around this box
gives it the look of classic styling combined with real mechanical woodworking. It has
always been my challenge to make puzzle boxes that really takes a challenge to another
level. There's no doubt that there's a whole lot of challenge wrapped up in the Ultimate
The interior of this box is quite spacious, able to hold a couple of stacks of US bills flat with plenty of room to spare. The capability to personalize the combination, along with the generous interior, makes this box perfect for storing just about anything. A few suggestions: baseball card or coin collection, old letters, love notes, money, jewelry, a small book, important papers such as deeds, or any thing else that will fit.
The first batch of The Limited Edition Ultimate Personal Box will have numbers one through twenty. Numbers one through fifteen will be of clear white Birdseye maple shown above, while numbers 16 through 20 will feature a darker maple color wood (see pictures below.)
This dark color wood is where the grain bleeds in to the heart wood creating a uniquely beautiful accent. On these boxes, the darker colors are oriented to the lower side of the box fading to light toward the top. If you would perfer to receive either the light or dark wood, please indicate this when you order.
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