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Kim Nopack puzzle by Ronald Kint-Bruynseels

Kim Nopack

Design and Copyright: Ronald Kint-Bruynseels.
Craftsman/Manufacturer: Bernhard Schweitzer.
Material: Walnut box with exotic hardwood pieces.
Objective: Pack ten pieces into the box.
Type: Assembly Puzzle.

Kim Nopack is a wooden interlocking packing puzzle constructed of a walnut box with exotic hardwood pieces designed by the prolific Ronald Kint-Bruynseels (RKB) from Belgium who is a favourite of TheMetagrobologist. His puzzles are highly regarded due to their complexity and aesthetically challenging design and including a wide range of unusual burrs, interlocking cubes and packing puzzles.

Kim NoPack is a member of a series of packing puzzles by the master designer including:

Al Packino
Gregory Pack
Kim Nopack
Lauren Packall (4×4×4)
Pack Nicholson (4×4×4)
Sam Packinpah (4×4×4)
When I`m sixty Four

Kim Nopack is a small puzzle that can easily fit in the palm of your hand, and consists of a box with two internal blocks (one visible), making the assembly more challenging. The objective of this seriously challenging puzzle is to remove and then pack the ten pieces back inside. Pieces A-B, C-D, E-F, G-H, I-J are congruent and the puzzle has 2/40 solutions with moves.

This sounds simple, but I will reiterate that it is a major challenge to even get all of the pieces in, let alone get them out and requires patience and perseverance. How do these designers come up with so many interesting designs to test our spatial cognitive functions?

The first time TheMetagrobologist attempted to remove all of the pieces, we assumed (like another serious collector of another of Ronald’s packing puzzles) that one of two of the pieces had either swollen or been glued to the box. It was only from originally reading the review of the other of Ronald’s packing puzzles that I persevered and eventually got the pieces out.

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Difficulty - 85%
Originality - 85%



Kim Nopack is a seriously interesting packing puzzle and if you are a serious collector, it is an essential purchase. I’ll be reaching for it with some regularity as it is very accessible and a talking point if my students and victims have been anything to go by. A talking point if left upon any table, and a creative puzzle for the whole family. Who’d of thought packing things away could be some frustrating and so much fun?

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