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iPenBox Subscription Box Review – November 2017

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iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox is a monthly box for the ‘pen, paper and ink enthusiast’. Each box contains 5–10 items curated around a theme. 

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iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

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iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

The Subscription Box: iPenBox

The Cost: $30 a month for the US or $40 a month for Canada/International, both with free shipping

The Products: Each box will contain a fountain pen, an ink sample, paper and at least two more items.

Ships to: USA & International

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iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

November’s theme is ‘Design It Yourself (DIY)’. A 10% coupon code for the iPenstore shop was included. There was also a striped lollipop that was surprisingly delicious!

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Pentel Arts Color Pencil Set, 12 Colors – Retail Value $4.75 (found on sale here for $4.39)

These pencils have good pigmentation and the colors were easy to blend. The lead seems a little bit harder than some other colored pencils I’ve used. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Schneider Link-it Fineliner Pens with Easel Stand – Retail Value $11.97

I love the packaging for these pens, which folds back to make a stand. The pens can be connected in the middle so that you can make a double-sided pen, but I don’t really see the point in doing that. These were fun to use though and I liked the range of colors. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Parker IM Metal Ballpoint Pen, Chiselled Gunmetal – Retail Value $21 (retired model, found on sale here for $13.99)

The pen has a textured metal barrel that gives it a nice weight. It came in a gift box that would make it a perfect stocking stuffer. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

The pen wrote pretty well, just a little bit of skipping here and there. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Diamine Lilac Satin, 2ml sample – Retail Value $1.97

This ink is a beautiful purple. The description online says that it has a shimmer, but I didn’t notice it in person. It’s a nice vivid purple that’s still dark enough to be easily legible. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Jinhao Fountain Pen 599a, Yellow – Retail Value $5.99

I like these inexpensive Jinhao fountain pens, and luckily yellow is one of my favorite colors, so I was happy to see this in the box. I’d recommend this for people who are new to fountain pens. 

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

This sample shows the Jinhao pen with the Diamine ink. It’s a great combination!

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

Rosetta Notes Pocket Notebook – Estimated Value $2.99 (buy a pack of 3 for $8.97)

This blank notebook is part of the ‘Design It Yourself’ theme. They currently have a contest on Instagram for the best cover design using the supplies in this box. Check out the entries on Instagram!

iPenBox Design It Yourself November 2017

I drew a quick sketch of some flowers using the Schneider pens. It was fun to be able to put the items to use and make something with them. 

Verdict: I calculate a retail value of $48.67 (less with sale prices). Either way, it’s well above the $30 cost of the box. I enjoyed this month’s theme and I love the idea of the notebook cover contest. It’s hard to pick a favorite item this month – I loved the yellow fountain pen with purple ink, but I also really liked the pen set. Overall, I like the mix of drawing and writing supplies in this box.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The November box is sold out, so if you order now, you will receive the December box. From iPenBox:

 What happens when you subscribe?

We’ll start shipping your iPenBox after the first of next month. If any current month’s boxes are still available, we’ll send you a link to purchase the current month’s box while supplies last.

Value Breakdown: At $30 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Pentel Arts Color Pencil Set: $2.93
  • Schneider Link-it Fineliner Pens with Easel Stand: $7.38
  • Parker IM Metal Ballpoint Pen: $12.94
  • Diamine Lilac Satin: $1.21
  • Jinhao Fountain Pen: $3.69
  • Rosetta Notes Pocket Notebook: $1.84

What do you think of November’s iPenBox?

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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