SCRIBEdelivery is a monthly stationery subscription box that promises "pens, notebooks, pencils, and the best stationery goods available." Each month's curation is built around a theme.
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The Subscription Box: SCRIBEdelivery
The Cost: $29 a month + free US shipping
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The Products: Each box is guaranteed to include one pen and one notebook, in addition to other stationery supplies
Ships to: Worldwide
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With the leaves changing color this time of year, it's only appropriate that color was the theme of the November SCRIBEdelivery parcel. The letter that is included in every box is informative and sometimes even essential to understanding what you receive.
Whitelines Legal Pad, Graph Paper – Retail Value $4.80
Whitelines Mini Pad, Lined Paper – Retail Value $2.65
These notebooks were designed in Stockholm, Sweden. Both feature white lines on a pale grey background. After writing or drawing on the pads, you can use their app to digitize it, and the paper pattern will not show up. Each page has checkboxes on the bottom where you can choose to use it for an email or upload it to Dropbox or Evernote.
The top writing is a photo that I took of the notepad, and the second version is how it appears in a pdf attachment in an email that I sent through their app. The app is free and was easy to use. I never knew that paper like this existed, so this was a fun discovery.
This notebook was designed by an Italian watch and pen designer, Giuliano Mazzouli. The cover is stiff, but it has lines where it can be bent slightly to fit the curve of a bag or pocket. This method of binding was based on a book in the Florentine library from the 1700s.
The notebook has mostly lined pages, followed by a smaller section of blank pages.
Towards the end, there is a section of perforated graph paper pages. There's also a folder in the back and an attached elastic band to hold it all shut. This notebook has a little of everything!
Frixion Erasable Ball Clicker Gel Pen – Estimated Value $1.52 (buy a pack of 7 for $10.65. Marked ¥230)
This may look like an ordinary pen, but it's something special. You can use it to send secret messages by 'erasing' the ink with the rubbery tip at the end and then subjecting the paper to a temperature below 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here's how it looked when I tried it. On the left is the regular writing, a nice medium blue. The middle shows what it looks like after I erased it – there are some smudges, but it's quite illegible. On the right, you can see how it looked after spending a couple of hours in the freezer. It's a little paler than the original but easy to read. I have no idea how this ink works, but it's a fun thing to experiment with and very appropriate for the Color theme this month.
General's Layout 555 Extra Black Pencil – Estimated Value $0.85 (buy a box of 12 for $10.16)
When I subscribed to this box, I thought I'd discover a lot of new pens, but it's the pencils that have surprised me. I never knew there was such variety of regular dark pencils! What makes this one special is that it's a deep black, and made of a firm lead that resists breaking. Also, the General Pencil Company is one of only three remaining pencil companies in the US.
Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen – Retail Value $3.49 (marked ¥100)
According to the description, this pen 'combines the vibrant color of a gel pen with the smoothness of an oil-based ballpoint ink pen.' They note that this is a good pen for lefties because it doesn't smudge, and I agree.
Zebra Mildliner Markers – Value $3.60 for three (buy a pack of 5 for $6. Marked ¥100 each)
These Japanese markers are double-sided, something I hadn't even noticed until I read it in the letter. The thick end can be used for highlighting and the fine end can be used for circling or underlining.
Here's a writing sample of the Zebra Surari pen highlighted with the Mildliners, and the General's Layout 555 pencil on the bottom
Verdict: I calculate a retail value of $28.41, which is a little lower than the $29 cost of the box. However, you would spend as much after shipping if you tried to order the items individually. It's hard to pick a favorite item this time because I liked everything. My first impression was that this box was a little boring, but once I learned more about the items – such as the re-appearing ink and the phone app for the notebooks – I really enjoyed it. I love the curation; every item had something about it that was unique.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by 12/5 to receive the December box!
Coupon – Use code FACEBOOK15 to save 15% off!
Value Breakdown: At $29 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Whitelines Legal Pad, Graph Paper: $4.90
- Whitelines Mini Pad, Lined Paper: $2.71
- Stifflexible Notebook: $11.74
- Frixion Erasable Ball Clicker Gel Pen: $1.55
- General’s Layout 555 Extra Black Pencil: $0.87
- Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen: $3.56
- Zebra Mildliner Markers: $3.67
What do you think of November's SCRIBEdelivery box?