Best Chessmen Ever

  • #1

    Seeking comments (not trying to sell) on these handmade high-end chess sets. Just completed the first run and want to make them better. Do you have ideas on improvement?

    http://www.angelina.si/chessmen

    Thanks!

    -Izmet Fekali

  • #2

    :D

  • #3

    Hi again ifekali.  We talked in the Fischer's Favorite Set thread.  I like your set idea, it's minimalistic which is right up my alley.  I don't like the knight though honestly.  I've seen quite a few chess sets and I was curious if you realize your set is very similar to HoS's Empire Series?  :)  Here it is:

    ChessBaron also has a similar set to yours but they don't label it properly

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eUMCy0Dzp8

     

    I like your set too though, I was wondering: are they weighted?

  • #4

  • #5

    "Own at own risk"?  Hm...

    And yes, I too like the cookies.

  • #6
    fyy0r wrote:

    Hi again ifekali.  We talked in the Fischer's Favorite Set thread.  I like your set idea, it's minimalistic which is right up my alley.  I don't like the knight though honestly.  I've seen quite a few chess sets and I was curious if you realize your set is very similar to HoS's Empire Series?  :)  Here it is:

    ChessBaron also has a similar set to yours but they don't label it properly

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eUMCy0Dzp8

     

    I like your set too though, I was wondering: are they weighted?

    We will improve the knight, thanks for your input. Yes, the pieces are weighted (king 58 g, pawn 20 g).

    Yes, I am aware of the Empire Series, but find them not radical enough. Need no curves. :) 

     
  • #7

    Personally, I'd say that the queen's finial is too big, and the bishop's is too small.

  • #8
    vadsamoht wrote:

    Personally, I'd say that the queen's finial is too big, and the bishop's is too small.

    Good find! Will be fixed!

    Thanks!

  • #9

    I have had a chance to play several matches with this set at ifekali's manor first hand. They are a beauty to hold and look nice too. I especially loved the blue leather bottom that each piece boasts. Also, my tactics have improved tremendously with this set. Apart from that, all I'd add to it is a GPS tracker in every piece so I could keep track of my games on google maps.

  • #10
    fyy0r wrote:

    Hi again ifekali.  We talked in the Fischer's Favorite Set thread.  I like your set idea, it's minimalistic which is right up my alley.  I don't like the knight though honestly.  I've seen quite a few chess sets and I was curious if you realize your set is very similar to HoS's Empire Series?  :)  Here it is:

     

    ChessBaron also has a similar set to yours but they don't label it properly

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eUMCy0Dzp8

     

    I like your set too though, I was wondering: are they weighted?

    I like it except for the knights.  Why are they so detailed?  They seemed to be at odds with the minimalist design of the rest of set.

  • #11

    I just had a look at your 'Eastern' style chess set which is also very nice (I'm a proud owner of one of these, so perhaps I'm a little biased), though I'd say that the collars on the King and Queen look a bit too flimsy - I'd either make them not stick out as far or at least a bit thicker.

    I would also take another look at the manes on your knights - the lines seem a bit too 'square', which goes against the gentle curves of the rest of the set.

    Keep up the good work!

  • #12

    Thanks, this is very helpful.

  • #13
    vadsamoht wrote:

    I just had a look at your 'Eastern' style chess set which is also very nice (I'm a proud owner of one of these

    A beautiful set, I own a modified one (with only the bishops sporting opposite color so it's more like the original Dubrovnik), the mod is easy, there was no extra charge.

    Here's a pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/milijonar/7694846704/

  • #14

    Nice design!

  • #15

    Dig the hypermodern look.....maybe the knight is a bit too detailed. Love the rook.

  • #16

     

    I own a few sets but I have always loved the look of the Zagreb 59 from HoS. I picked up the boxwood/ebony set.

  • #17

    Interesting that Kings' crowns are different in shape :)

  • #18
    ZaidejasChEgis wrote:

    Interesting that Kings' crowns are different in shape :)

    You mean in the post above you? Yeah, the HOS set comes with two sets of finials that can be changed at will. I use the cross on my set, because the other one doesn't look quite right, IMO.

  • #19

    I have that Zagreb 59 pictured above.  It is easily my favorite.  The pieces are weighted just right. HOS also offers it in ebony and blood rosewood....I am so tempted.

  • #20

    I really like that Zagreb set ... I just might have to get me one ... is it very expensive ?

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