Herc Core Begleri
The AO2 Herc cores are part of our Hardcore Gut System. These beads are designed to fit inside any “Hardcore Compatible” set, such as the Modern Standards, the Everyman (hardcore models), and the Curio begleri. Unlike the Micro Standards, the Hercs do not fit entirely inside of the hardcore beads. The flanged portion extends out, roughly to the edge of the outer beads, and the bottom portion of the bead extends down further. This results in a low weight distribution which helps carry momentum even when the overall set weight is quite low. The design of the bottom portion of the beads may look a little bit strange, but it is intentional, giving good grip and control on the bottom portion of the bead, without extending the bead diameter too far. This maximizes the nimbleness of the bead in the fingers, which is advantageous for gap tricks and bead rolls.
The twist with the Hercs is the addition of rings and bands, which allow for customization of weight and appearance. The the silicone bands are wide and grippy in texture, thanks to the embossed aroundsquare word mark around the exterior. Unlike the silicone Everyman beads, the lack of a grippy texture at the top of the bead means that there is very little adjustment required in play style. You gain the advantages of excellent bead control on the sides of the beads, without being slowed down by grip at the top of the bead.
Each set of Herc cores is packaged with four randomly selected silicone bands. Unfortunately special requests can’t be accommodated at this time. Additional silicone bands are available in 12-packs (two of each colour) and are listed separately under "accessories".
- Herc core copper: 10.3g - $25
- Herc core brass: 9.6g - $25
- Herc core stainless steel: 9.0g - $20
- Herc core titanium: 5.1g - $30 (not heavy enough for most players on its own)
- Single silicone band: 0.4g
Please note that items included in the package (strings, stickers, patches, bags etc.) vary in colour and quantity depending on availability, and may not be exactly as shown in the photos.
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.