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I am in the process of shopping for another chess set. I need advice on the best weight for a 3.75" and a 4" chess set. I prefer my chess pieces to be very heavy, and yet they must be naturally heavy as if they are made from some heavyweight material. I have seen chess pieces whose weight seems unnatural, like a flimsy tall pole with a super heavy base. If any of you happen to have a similar chess set with weight that you like, let me know their estimated weight. Thanks.
I use triple-weighted club pieces. They feel alright.
Not sure of what price range you are considering, and I bought my "top" set from House of Staunton.
They seem to take their product manufacturing quite seriously.
Here is their comments on weighting:
Unlike other Chess set manufacturers, The House of Staunton does not describe its Chess sets as triple weighted because this term has no meaning today. The term was originally coined by the Drueke Company to describe how many metal slugs were inside their Chessmen. Drueke used the term triple weighted to describe Chess Sets that had 3 metal slugs. Since then, many Chess manufacturers have bastardized the term and it is now used to describe any Chess set with any type of metal weighting. .
Rather than use a meaningless marketing terms to describe our Chessmen, we tell you the exact weight of our Chessmen in ounces so you know exactly what you are getting. Please do not fall for such marketing trickery, as we have seen some Chess sets advertised as triple weighted that weighed less than 30 ounces.
If the House of Staunton were to use such standards, our Weighted Plastic Collector Chessmen would be septuple (7x) weighted.
I contacted HOS. Unfortunately, they do not ship to Indonesia. So now I am looking at other vendors' offerings. The problem is they all come up with a variety of weight. I am not sure which weight is best for 3.75" or 4" chess pieces. I think I came across a set with around 6 ounces for the king. Is that too heavy? I also saw a friend's set where the king is too heavy and the pawn is too light. It would be nice if there is some sort of a guideline in choosing the ideal weight of a chess set.
I just opened the links that msjenned posted. They look good, especially the guide in choosing a chess set. That's what I needed. Thanks. :)
Maybe 6 ounce for a King too heavy.
I also have this set along with my Club triple-weighted. This maybe with the 2.375inches square Chess Board.
^ msjenned I have the same premier chess set from wholesale chess in black and natural and I love the sturdiness and weight of the pieces
The Queen's crown is too sharp for small kids. Have to becareful of that.
Yes. I used a very small file to round those points. Ouchy
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