A little piece of tradition
The wares on Kuroki Goishi Ten's site never cease to amaze me.
That set costing only 60,000 Yen is made of the highest-quality materials. What you're looking at is a magnificent piece of miniaturization that is roughly 4/10ths the normal size. The stones are only 9mm in diameter.
The above photograph shows stones with diameters of 12mm, 15mm, 17mm, 20mm, 21mm, and 21.9mm. You are left to imagine how much smaller the 9mm stones are.
You can use the links below to find sets for the following stone diameters:
A while back, Kuroki was offering these miniature Go sets which were only 10.5cm tall. They were priced at 18,000 Yen. The goban was made of Hyuga Kaya Masame, and the stones were made of Hyuga clam shell. The gosu bowls were made of Honkuwa.
Only five of these were produced and they have long since sold out. Below are the specs.
|Go board||Hyuga Kaya Masame (13.4 cm x 12.8cm, 10.5cm high, 6cm thick)|
|Go stones||50 whites & 50 blacks, (8mm diameter, 4mm thick)|
|Gosu||Honkuwa (4.5cm diameter, 3cm height)|
Oh bother. 15K thanks to rank float on KGS.
Because I hadn't played many 19x19s on KGS lately, my rank was suffixed with a question mark. It took only three matches this evening to solidify it (two against GnuGo bots), but it settled at 15k.
That's 2-3 stones above where I think I should be. I'm probably going to find my next games to be ... challenging.