Commons Begleri - 8mm Heavy Metal Edition
Commons Begleri - Heavy Metal Edition
The Commons beads are AO2's take on the classic barrel shape. The shape is a classic for good reason. It is smooth and easy to handle, with good control, and generous rounding around the edges for comfort. The titanium, and ti/ delrin combo Commons begleri have become favourites of many players, especially for short game begleri play, and we naturally wanted to introduce heavy metal options to the range as well. However, since the heavy metal Commons are, well, heavy, the four bead setup we’ve used in lighter materials would be too heavy for most players’ preferences. So, for a fresh experience and an excellent playable weight, our heavy metal Commons have been paired with an 8mm Micro Boss at either end of the set. The result is a small, nimble, and entertaining set that performs well for tricks, and takes up next to no pocket space. The design works great for short or long form, and although the beads have a 3.5mm bore and are compatible with 550 cord, the set excels on thinner cord, and will ship with our 2mm Kevlar and some 275 paracord options. With their small size, the heavy metal Commons make an excellent keychain set, and look pretty swanky on a belt loop attached to one of our begleri hooks.
- Set includes: 2x Commons beads + 2x 8mm beads in matched metals
- Strung on AO2's 2mm custom high density kevlar cord
- Stainless Steel: ~16.66g all in
- Brass: ~17.90g all in
- Cooper: ~19.11g all in
General Info on the Commons Design
The Commons get their name from the ubiquity of their shape in traditional Greek begleri and komboloi. These barrel-shaped beads are timeless in their simplicity, and very similar beads can be found in a wide range of materials ranging from inexpensive plastics through to semi-precious stones. The Commons design is our take on this classic shape, and the result is both fresh and familiar. Although they have commonalities with our Standards series, they nonetheless stand out in Aroundsquare's lineup. The stacked bead design has a distinctly traditional vibe, but the choice of lightly polished titanium gives them a clean, minimalist look that fits squarely in our range.
The individual Common beads have a 1:1 aspect ratio, meaning the two-stack setup is longer feeling than most of our sets, much like our Micro Bosses. However, the cylindrical shape of the beads provides a nice element of control when manipulating the beads during play. The beads feature a 3.5mm "Goldilocks" bore, making them suitable for play with either 275 or 550 paracord, and the generously rounded bore makes it relatively easy to thread 550. However, where these beads really thrive is on thinner cord, much like the common Greek beads on which they are based. They will ship with two strands of our new 2mm high density kevlar cord, as well as a selection of 550 paracord.
New to begleri? Check out Aroundsquare's AO2 Crew demonstrating what this toy's all about, via the talented guys at Kuma Films (below). You may also want to visit our general information page on begleri, or do a deep dive on the history, configurations, or manipulation of this remarkable little toy.