The Remeshok chetki are Aroundsquare's modern take on the jointed plate style chetki which are commonly found in Russia. The name Remeshok comes from the Russian word for "strap", reflecting the clean lines of the set. Each set consists of 18 small rectangular beads, plus two tapered end beads, strung together on 300 lb kevlar cord. The resulting set has a simple, minimalist look, but represents a great deal of refinement and streamlining in the development process.
- Full Delrin: This model plays very light and snappy. It carries little momentum, but it is still highly playable, and can be slapped around indefinitely without having to worry about banging up the hands. Equipped with a titanium 8mm Micro Boss. ~16g
Brass Stripe: This model is also very light, but the addition of the single brass beads near either end give a bump to the overall weight and momentum, making it slightly easier to use for momentum based play. ~22.6g
Brass Accent: This model is probably the most similar to begleri in its feel. The solid ends give a familiar weight distribution and momentum during tricks like rolls, and help to lock the ends into position when transferring between grips. Be aware that heavier brass ends can smack the knuckles during play, and that the corners (although rounded) are certainly more square than most begleri beads. ~41.4g
- Full Brass: This heavyweight set is nicely balanced and surprisingly playable. The weight makes it play much slower than the lighter versions, but as with begleri, the heft helps with overall control of the set, and provides greatly enhanced tactile feedback during play compared to the delrin models. This is also a great set for bead counting and raindrops. ~88.1g
- Extension Packs: Extension packs are intended for people who wish to lengthen their Remeshoks. They include four small stripe beads.
- Accent Packs: Accent packs are intended for people who want to mix materials to create their own personalized setups. They include two small stripe beads and two tapered end beads in the selected material.
General Information on Chetki
Chetki, or more correctly, perekidnye chetki (перекидные четки), are a type of flipping beads that developed in Russia. Also known as “Russian prison beads”, the origins of chetki trace back to a linear style rosary. As the story goes, looped rosaries were not allowed in Russian prisons, but the shorter linear style were permitted. With idle time to pass, the flipping of chetki became common, and secular models designed with flipping in mind became popular, often sporting engraved "tattoos" matching those of their owners, or other images of significance. Over time, the manipulation of perekidnye (flipping) chetki (перекидные четки) has developed into an art in its own right, and the secular embodiments of the beads designed purely for flipping have begun to proliferate. Modern perekidnye chetki are specifically designed for manipulation, much like a balisong or a set of begleri, and with practice, a wide variety of tricks and combinations can be performed.
For more information, visit our chetki product page, or check out the video below to see it in action!