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School Office Calculation Japanese Soroban Wood Abacus

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  • Type: Traditional Japanese Soroban
  • Material: Wood (Frame), Painted Plastic (Beads)
  • Beads Number: 5 Beads Per Row x 12 Rows
  • Frame Size: 10.5" x 3.25" x 0.75" (L x W x T)
  • Package Content: 1x Mini Soroban
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Product Description

Can be used as a classical calculation tool in office, an educational tool for teachers and a good gift for students, abacus collectors or lovers; With painted wood frame, the abacus is druable and colourfast; Brown and black painted plastic beads make the soroban full of primitive simplicity odour and collection value; Considerantly designed with a restore bar at the bottom to reset the beads wiht a light push as you need

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Botswana
  • ASIN: B004U88IOI
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,495 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By x on September 11, 2011
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After reading comments by other reviewers I was a bit worried that the build quality of this Soroban would be terrible. It actually is very well made and easy to manipulate. It has earned a place on my very limited desktop and looks pretty good there. I'm a retired math teacher and my primary motivation for purchasing this Soroban was to have fun learning how to use it to perform simple arithmetic calculations rather quickly. It is very well suited to this purpose. If you are looking for exotic hardwoods, or if you want to compete with others to calculate at break-neck speeds, this may not be the Soroban for you. But if you are looking for a Soroban that is reasonably solid and extremely easy to manipulate, you won't beat this one, especially at this price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 2, 2013
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This item features workmanship reminiscent of that offered by a sullen, unmotivated eleven-year-old possessing only rudimentary knowledge of woodworking. The model sent to me has unsanded gouges, sloppy application of varnish, and beads that are so loose on the dowels that they migrate up and down from stray vibrations. If you want a functioning abacus, look elsewhere.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Toscano on October 27, 2012
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I just received this item. I think the reviews posted below are poorly stated. This item is a cheap piece of junk. I am afraid to use it because it feels like it is going to fall apart. When I move the beads up and down the rods holding them wobble like they are going to fall out. The entire construction is cheap and has wood glue stained all over it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hernandez on June 22, 2011
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I got this abacus because it seemed like the best one for the price of $10. For $10, I guess it works well enough, but if I would have known that the cheap build would effect the functionality, I would have purchased another one.

There is a mechanism inside the abacus that allows the beads to be reset to "0", but the metal is warped and causes the top (heavenly) beads near the right hand side (the most used side) to not go down lower than half. This is definitely a pain when I'm trying to figure out how to use the thing and the warped metal makes it hard to tell if I currently have 426 or 971.
Also, the mechanism doesn't even clear the beads correctly. It pushes the beads, and then gets stuck.

I would have given a worse score if it were more than $10
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nojicho on March 24, 2013
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Terrible workmanship and quality of materials. Several of the beads were stuck together with the shellack used to finish them, making it unusable for doing actual calculations. Returned it immediately.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Client Amazon on October 20, 2011
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I bought this abacus because I felt it was more effective in teaching my 1st grader and my Kindergarten-er about math and arithmetic. They love it. The one I got was sturdy, durable and the reset button is very convenient. The color coded beads help my children to visualize their numbers better as well. My 1st grader has been using it for a few weeks now and is MUCH better and adding and subtracting in his head (he creates a mental image of the abacus). Over all a great buy. I think every home should have one of these.

Visit [...] for a more in-depth look at the soroban and the benefits of using one for math.

Here is another one that is great for toddlers to use.
Fat Brain Toys Aba-conundrums
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Foster on June 20, 2011
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While this abacus works, the workmanship is definitely not up to usual Asian standards. The shellac on the piece is clumpy, the wood is unevenly shaped and sanded. Beads are fine. Just shoddy craftsmanship. I really wouldn't expect this type of workmanship from any factory anywhere, much less Asia. Asian products tend to be inexpensive, but not necessarily badly made for the price. In this case, it looks like it was the end of someone's shift, the guy wanted to go home, and no one in quality control ever looked at it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent Walske on December 13, 2013
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The raw materials used to create this abacus were garbage, but at least it was terribly constructed. It had begun falling apart in transit.
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