New Hobby Box is a subscription that sends you everything you need to take up a new hobby every month! I love learning how to do new things, so I was really excited to try this!
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The Subscription Box: New Hobby Box
The Cost: $30 + $7.26 shipping = $37.26 per month with discounts for longer commitments
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The Products: Everything you need to try out a new hobby every month
Ships to: US
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This month's hobby is lock picking! That's so unusual!
One of the items they sent this month was this lock box. It's a pretty clever way of hiding things!
They also sent this padlock. Notice that it's clear. You can see all the internal parts. That's important because you can see how the lock works on the inside, which is helpful in learning how to pick it.
This is a set of lock picking tools that was included. They kind of feel a little cheap / flimsy to me. I think if I was working hard with this they would be easy to break.
Here's a look inside the instruction booklet. To be honest, the directions printed here weren't very well written or easy to follow. Fortunately, New Hobby Box has instructions on their website. Those weren't the best instructions, either, but they were much better. They also provided links to videos on YouTube about lock picking.
I didn't really have a "final product" picture to show you this month, so here's a picture of how I learned to insert two of the tools from my lock picking kit into a padlock to start picking it open. It takes some time and patience, and I'm sure with practice I will get better, but I did, in fact, learn to pick this padlock open repeatedly.
Verdict: I have subscribed to New Hobby Box for several months now, but I feel like the past couple of months have been pretty disappointing. I did learn to pick this padlock, and I have a set of tools to work with should I decide to pursue lock picking as a hobby in the future, so that's good. I think the instructions were pretty bad, though, and the tools seemed lacking in quality. I also found it kind of strange that there is no information either on the printed material or on the website concerning the lock box. I tried picking the lock, but was unsuccessful. It's a different kind of lock, though. Am I supposed to store my lock picking tools in it? It's a cool thing to have, but I don't really understand why it was included. This box was a bit of a miss for me this month, unfortunately.
Spoiler Alert: September's hobby is game night!
What do you think of New Hobby Box?