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clothstir

Anyone here have experience with Taj Arts and Handcrafts (https://www.etsy.com/listing/956436952/indian-handcrafted-15x15-inche-best)? Some of their pieces look interesting, but it's always hard to tell, and reviews from people who have no experience with quality chess pieces aren't that useful!

theendgame3

Do some research first before you pull the trigger bro- hopefully someone might know more

clothstir

That's why I'm asking!

theendgame3
clothstir wrote:

That's why I'm asking!

oh yeah- i'm bored man, someone to talk to

PandDos

Hey.. I actually made a purchase on etsy.com with Tajartandhandcraft

my experience was not the best. Pieces arrived damaged, the knights were nothing like the nicely carved ones in the photos, and the design left some elements very fragile. Then trying to resolve the issues with their English being very basic was tricky as well. Eventually I got a full refund, and they arranged for return shipping. But it was a lot of effort and in the end I still didnt have a chess set. 

Here is a comparison between the knights they advertised and the ones I received. 

 

Here's the broken Rook. If you look how thick the turret is, it's not surprising that it broke in transit. Even falling off the board on to the table could easily break it. 

In the interests of giving the full picture, the general quality of the unaffected pieces was pretty reasonable. Weighting in the pieces was nice. The wood itself, the turning quality, and the finish was all as I hoped for. Not really premium, but it was nice. The price was also pretty reasonable compared to some others on the same site. 

Though after that experience i personally dont intent to use them again. 

MCH818

Whoa! That knight looks nothing like the advertisement. I have never looked at my rooks to see how thick the floor of the turret is until now. The turret in your rook is pretty thin compared to my HoS Fischer Spassky rook.

theendgame3
PandDos wrote:

Hey.. I actually made a purchase on etsy.com with Tajartandhandcraft

my experience was not the best. Pieces arrived damaged, the knights were nothing like the nicely carved ones in the photos, and the design left some elements very fragile. Then trying to resolve the issues with their English being very basic was tricky as well. In the end, I got a full refund, and they arranged for return shipping. But it was a lot of effort and in the end I still didnt have a chess set. 

Here is a comparison between the knights they advertised and the ones I received. 

 

 

Here's the broken Rook. If you look how thick the turret is, it's not surprising that it broke in transit. Even falling off the board on to the table could easily break it. 

 

In the interests of giving the full picture, the general quality of the unaffected pieces was pretty reasonable. Weighting in the pieces was nice. The wood itself, the turning quality, and the finish was all as I hoped for. Not really premium, but it was nice. The price was also pretty reasonable compared to some others on the same site. 

Though after that experience i personally dont intent to use them again. 

we feel your pain bro, hope you get it sorted.

btw very cool the way you presented your comment and pics

clothstir

Thank you! I'm sorry you had that trying experience, but learning about such things is just why I asked here.