Hydras - Titanium
Hydra Titanium Begleri
Aroundsquare's Hydra Begleri are a fun yet highly capable modern adaptation of the traditional Greek multi-bead begleri. While the full Hydra begleri line includes different sizes, colours, and materials, and allows for mixing and matching of beads, these are the originals, and probably our best-selling begleri design of all time. The Hydras have been praised and prized for the minimalist design, comfort, and performance. The two-bead design softens the impact of the beads, making them slightly more forgiving on the knuckles for beginning players, as well as somewhat quieter than solid single-bead designs.
These "original" Hydra beads are sized at 16mm in diameter, and 8mm tall, making a 16x16 stack at either end. They are drilled with a 3.5mm "Goldilocks" bore, to accommodate either 275 or 550 paracord comfortably, with an exposed knot.
- Approximately 7g per bead, for a total weight of around 14g per end
- 16mm diameter, with a thickness of 8mm per bead
- Precision machined from grade 5 titanium (Ti 6Al-4V)
- Available in multiple options of PVD and anodized finishes:
- Machine finish (natty): natural machine finish, for a clean look
- PVD coated: black (shinobi); multicolour (sunset); and gold (business class)
- Anodized: blue
- See photos for available colour combinations
About the colours: The blue colour ti Hydras are anodized, while the other colours use a process known as physical vapour deposition (PVD) coating. PVD coating creates a much more robust colouring. The colours wear quite well due to their durability and the scratch resistance of the titanium material itself. However, all sets will wear over time and will show scratches if dropped or banged repeatedly (as is normal use).
Aroundsquare works to identify and use the best available materials and processes, but all colours are prone to wear after extended use and drops. Players literally beat these beads against each other for hours each day. The colourings are not painted on, and do not "chip", but they are very thin, and will show scratches and nicks over time, especially if dropped on rough surfaces like concrete.
Colours may not be exactly as shown, and look different in different lighting. There may be slight blemishes, and some are lighter or darker than others.. We've manually pulled out any significant flaws in our quality control process, but we haven't concerned ourselves with minor discolourations, because once they are out of the box you're going to be hammering them and dropping them. Right?
The Hydras are extremely playable, and despite their cylindrical shape, are surprisingly nimble. They are less solid and therefore slightly quieter than heavier single-bead designs, and the multiple beads add a nice "fiddle factor" to each set. The rounding of all edges on the beads adds to the comfort and overall feel.
Please note that items included in the package (strings, stickers, patches, bags etc.) vary in colour and quantity depending on availability.
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.