I've seen the 324 step puzzle box and thought it was incredibly cool. The price is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I do have a couple easier ones, 6-12 steps.
I've wondered in the past if it is extremely fragile due to the intricacy. Is it as fragile as I think it is?
Does anybody have a recommendation for beginners to Japanese Puzzle boxes? I would want something to provide a medium challenge but would not take an extremely long time to open and close.
I would suggest going for something between 12~30 moves or so if you want a medium challenge. I have a 12 move box, IIRC, and it's really easy to open and close.