The iPen Box November 2016 Subscription Box Review

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The iPen Box is a monthly subscription box that offers varieties of pens, paper, and inks every month, delivered straight to your door. For only $30.00 per month, you’ll get 6-9 new, unusual, cool, and innovative pens and paper products based on a monthly theme in every box.

This month’s theme was “Carmine”, which is a shade of red. I’m excited to jump into my first iPen box!

Holland Harbor Postcard It feels so wrong not spelling it “harbour” — my Canadian side is cringing. Holland Harbor Lighthouse, aka Big Red, is located in Michigan.

Apica Notebook ($1.75) Wait, it’s not red? LOL! Apica is from Japan, and this little notebook is 52 pages with a nice weighted paper that is ruled. This is the perfect size for a purse or a pocket. I tested my new pens with this notebook and didn’t experience any bleeding through. The cover of the notebook is attached in a way that it doesn’t lie flat on its own — you need to hold it open.

Baoer Fountain Pen ($8) And here we have the star of the package — a beautiful red fountain pen and red ink to match! This is where I was thrown out of my comfort zone, since I know nothing about them. A quick Google search told me how to actually fill the pen with ink (it’s really easy!) so that was one crisis averted!

Diamine Ink Sample “Monaco Red” This is a beautiful bright red shade! I doodled below with all the pens so you can see how it looks, but I found the colour to be absolutely gorgeous. Fountain pen ink definitely has a vibrancy to it on the paper that ballpoint just doesn’t match up to! Oh lord, am I already turning into a pen snob after one box?!

Cross Click Set with Refills ($24.95) This pen set contains 2 black ink refills (one is in the pen already) and 1 blue. The pen itself is a bit slimmer than what I’m used to, and also a smooth texture that I need to get used to as well, because this pen writes beautifully!
The pens come in a giftable box which is a nice bonus. I might take out the insert and use this box to keep my fountain pens and ink samples, if they fit.
Zebra Multi-Color Pen This pen has four ink cartridges. I have a few of these pens already from Japan, that are far cuter, haha! So this one will be going with me to work.
Prismacolor Carmine Red Pencil I haven’t used a pencil since high school! We’re not allowed to use pencil at work. I don’t even have a pencil sharpener! I like that this one has an eraser on the end, since many coloured pencils I’ve collected don’t include one.
Here are some quick doodles I did with the two pens I opened. The fountain pen ink has a bit of a sheen to it which is hard to catch in my lighting. The Cross pen is a gel tip and it writes so, so smoothly. I absolutely love how it writes even if I’m not crazy with the build of the pen itself.
iPens also included a pack of cinnamon gum!
My first iPens box was eye-opening; previously I thought fountain pens were something unobtainable and unaffordable, and also hard to use/refill. But they’re really cool, and write very nicely! Plus I feel all fancy now writing my to-do lists in Monaco red ink. I think the red theme was really fun and they did a great job pulling everything together.
What did you think of The iPen Box?

The iPen Box

This is for anyone who loves pens, paper and inks. iPenBox is a subscription box for the pen, paper and ink enthusiast, delivering a monthly box of products to your door. Each month this mystery box will be filled with new, unusual, cool and innovative items from the pen, paper and ink world. We travel the world to find the best products and hand pick 6-9 items around a fun monthly theme!

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