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Blue Celt Rattleback - Image One
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Item#: 17204   4.5 star rating 2 customer reviews
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A celt or rattleback is one of the most fascinating physics toys!

It is a long, thin, half-elliptical shape formed in plastic. It has a slightly offset center of gravity, which causes it to spin in a directional rotation of choice, usually counter-clockwise. Suppose you attempt to turn the celt or rattleback in the clockwise direction. In that case, strong preference will cause it to “rattle” back and forth after few rotations, stopping and then reversing the course back to the preferred counter-clockwise direction. Also, if you push down on one of its ends from rest, it will begin spinning.

Rattlebacks make a great desk toy and conversation starter.


  • Single blue rattleback
  • Fun toy with mysterious spin-reversal motion
  • Behaves in seemingly opposite ways when spun clockwise versus counter-clockwise
  • Excellent for physics demonstrations or as an exciting desk toy

14 +
Approx. Ship Size:
4.00 x 0.75 x 0.50 inches
10.16cm x 1.91cm x 1.27cm
0 lb 1 oz
0.01 kg

Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating  Rattlebacks rule
Mr. Upright from USA TX Katy
Rattlebacks are great for demonstrations and for finding the volume of an irregular solid through displacement.

4 star rating  Cool Fidget Toy
Eric from Ontario
Although it does not do very much, it is quite pretty and very inexpensive.

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