Mini Standard Begleri - DamaSteel Edition
Aroundsquare "Standard" Begleri Series
Aroundsquare's "Standards" begleri series is our homage to the ubiquitous “standard issue” Greek barrel shaped begleri. This series is a contemporary adaptation of the original timeless design, with a slightly refined shape, and finished to perfection. They feature the same 1:1 aspect ratio favoured by most players, and a compact form factor that is small enough to slip easily past the string instead of binding, and sufficiently rounded for comfortable play. The right angles in the design provide excellent bead control without compromising on nimbleness.
The Mini Standard sets are sized at 14mm by 14mm, comparable to two Mini Hydras stacked together. The beads feature a generous top bore to easily accommodate 550 paracord.
The Damascus Steel Edition
The Damascus Mini Standards are made from damascus steel, forged from folds of raw material, giving it a natural knurled grain through the whole bead. Completely unlike the other beads in the Standards series, the Damascus Mini Standards are not precision machined. Instead, they have been hand ground, hand drilled, and hand finished. This process helps to accentuate the natural look and feel of the material, making the grains more pronounced. Naturally, this process is also less controlled than computerized machining, meaning that there are irregularities in all beads: grind lines on edges are uneven, holes are slightly off centre, weights are variable, and so on. Please expect this, and if you want a more precision-machined look and feel, any of our other sets can provide that (at less cost)! That said, these beads have been carefully sorted and any beads with irregularities that might compromise playability or durability have been sorted out. The material is very durable, but the grain patterns may become less visible over time, especially with hard use. The material can be re-etched to refresh the finish, but please do your own research on this, as it is not a service that we offer.
Details and Comparison
- The Damascus Steel Mini Standard beads weigh around 8.9g per bead, with slight variations due to the hand-made nature of the beads
- Mini Standard - Copper: 14.8g per bead
- Mini Standard - Brass: 13.9g per bead
- Mini Standard - Stainless: 13.0g per bead
- Mini Standard - Bronze: 9.7g per bead (due to a more hollow bottom bore)
- Mini Standard - Titanium: 7.5g per bead
All sets come with extra cords, stickers, and a carry bag, although colours and quantities may not be 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.