Which Knubbel Chessmen you like the most? Chessbazaar or House of Staunton???

MCH818

@manfred_scriba_ms07 I think someone posed the question here in CB&E how many chess sets do I need or something like that and one person replied "one more". That's exactly what I keep telling myself... one more. Haha we'll see.

cavelltodd

I actually just received the Chess Bazaar set a week or so ago. I was looking for a nice smaller set to work through some games and puzzles without having to use a computer screen. Before I was using my big tournament sized sets and it was becoming a little cumbersome. I also bought a board to go with it. 

I chose the board color because the black and white one shown on the website just looked a little overwhelming. It would definitely look beautiful with a black and white board, but it's just not the color combination I like to relax with. 

I am absolutely in love with these adorable little pieces. The red is vibrant without being insulting, the knights are unique, and I even like the little stubby pawns. They remind me of pieces from the board game Sorry! The extra little detailing on the shaft of the rooks is also a nice touch. 

The pieces feel very solid and nicely weighted. They give a satisfying thud when you put them on the board. They're also different enough from the standard Staunton design that it looks interesting without causing piece confusion. 

I know a lot of people are concerned about the smaller stature. To me it feels like these pieces were designed with a smaller stature in mind. Like they would just be kind of odd if they were any larger. They're almost toy like in appearance. I also feel like the crimson color perfectly suits the whimsical nature of the pieces. Ebony is just too serious of a color for such a fun little chess set. 

I've attached some pictures below. If you have any questions feel free to ask.






magictwanger

That's a nice little review and perfectly describes many of the attributes of this set.I think it's great that it is different and also what may actually be it's best feature....Affordability!

Some folks have not expressed much desire to spend much on some of the sets that pop up on threads here,but this cute little gem hits many of the right buttons.

Btw,it looks like you got your set in the gloss finish...Am I correct?....Super cool!

cavelltodd

Yes, it's gloss finish. Believe it or not, when I initially purchased the set I ordered it in ebonized boxwood with matte finish. At the last minute I emailed chess bazaar and had them switch it to gloss crimson. I'm definitely happy I made that choice. I've also read that people have had issues with crimson pieces from chess bazaar not being properly sealed, so I figured the gloss finish might help. The pieces do have a little tackiness to them, but nothing that seems unusual. I figure the tackiness will reduce with age. 

Also, another fun little detail I forgot to mention about the knights. On one side of the knight's mane you'll see angled carves (see the picture of the knight's in my hand). If you flip the knight over the mane is in a completely different style (see the close up of the red knight on the board). I don't know why, but I think that's a neat little attribute that adds to the quirkiness. 

The only complaint I have is with the board. Nothing wrong with the board itself, but it's pretty glossy as well. Looking at the pictures from chess bazaar's website, and the board description, there's no mention of gloss. I prefer matte finished boards. It's really not that big of a deal, but it's something I didn't like. If you're interested in the board I chose just search SKU: M0023 on chess bazaar. 

I notice HoS's knubbel set uses aged boxwood. It definitely looks nice, but it's much more satisfying to watch your boxwood age with you. I might go for aged boxwood if I ever buy one of those expensive Jaques reproduction pieces, but for something like this just go for regular old new boxwood. 

Another plus side is that my wife didn't even get mad at me for buying another chess set when they showed up at the door. She thought the pieces were beautiful. I must admit I've kind of been going crazy with buying chess stuff recently. HoS had a 15% off sale so I purchased the BH Wood pieces, then chess bazaar had a 35% off sale which is why I pulled the trigger on this. 

magictwanger

Nicely articulated and interesting post....My wife knows i like to occasionally get carried away with chess sets too....Ha!

I have that board too,but got it a few years ago and it's not glossy.I was rationalizing "not going for the crimson gloss" only because C.B. pretty much charges about 50% of the price of the entire set,for just the gloss....but.....That gloss is really,"really nice"!

Between my desire to get this Knubble set and the staggeringly nice(to me) Ceska Kublovka set I'm waiting for some wild C.B. discount.

There's no discount on the Knubble set,even though C.B. mentions "Store Wide" discounts every now and then.....I understand it's well priced and hard to take money off of it,but to mention Store Wide discounts,it's a bit deceptive. 

Just my two cents.....Gorgeous little gem......Hope you get much pleasure from it.-

sound67

"Terms and restrictions apply". 😉

The Knubbel set is already on Clearance, so no further discounts. 

manfred_scriba_ms07
cavelltodd wrote:

I actually just received the Chess Bazaar set a week or so ago. I was looking for a nice smaller set to work through some games and puzzles without having to use a computer screen. Before I was using my big tournament sized sets and it was becoming a little cumbersome. I also bought a board to go with it. 

I chose the board color because the black and white one shown on the website just looked a little overwhelming. It would definitely look beautiful with a black and white board, but it's just not the color combination I like to relax with. 

I am absolutely in love with these adorable little pieces. The red is vibrant without being insulting, the knights are unique, and I even like the little stubby pawns. They remind me of pieces from the board game Sorry! The extra little detailing on the shaft of the rooks is also a nice touch. 

The pieces feel very solid and nicely weighted. They give a satisfying thud when you put them on the board. They're also different enough from the standard Staunton design that it looks interesting without causing piece confusion. 

I know a lot of people are concerned about the smaller stature. To me it feels like these pieces were designed with a smaller stature in mind. Like they would just be kind of odd if they were any larger. They're almost toy like in appearance. I also feel like the crimson color perfectly suits the whimsical nature of the pieces. Ebony is just too serious of a color for such a fun little chess set. 

I've attached some pictures below. If you have any questions feel free to ask.






 

Awesome pictorial review. I had the non lacquered version of crimson knubble set and believe me there's no bleeding issues. BTW, which chess book is this?

The chessboard you bought is good, but definitely I love matte finish ones. Now my eye is on this board, It's B1032 from chessbazaar. Link, https://bit.ly/2D6r1Pv

magictwanger

The C.B. "Terms and Restrictions",with regards to clearance, is more of a marketing thing,as I see it.....but I understand that the set is so inexpensive already,with free shipping,it cannot be discounted further.

 

DrChesspain

Cavelltodd,

Would you be willing to post a pictoral review of the B.H. Wood set?

cavelltodd
DrChesspain wrote:

Cavelltodd,

Would you be willing to post a pictoral review of the B.H. Wood set?

Sure!!! I could definitely do that for you. It's a fantastic set. I'll post something in the next 24-48 hours. 

DrChesspain
cavelltodd wrote:
DrChesspain wrote:

Cavelltodd,

Would you be willing to post a pictoral review of the B.H. Wood set?

Sure!!! I could definitely do that for you. It's a fantastic set. I'll post something in the next 24-48 hours. 

magictwanger

Really funny movie! A must if you like quirky comedy.-

crusaderwabbet

Not reallly