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The Inky Box Mini Pen Subscription Box Review – November 2018

The Inky Box Mini package

The Inky Box is an art pen subscription box that was suggested by Virginia, one of our readers! Lettering and calligraphy fans, take note—this subscription sends you tools to create all kinds of unique lettering work each month. They also share tutorial content for the month’s products on their social channels!

The Inky Box Mini unboxing

There are two subscription levels to choose from—The Inky Box (lettering tools, supplies, and hand-lettered greeting cards for $39.95 per month) and The Inky Box Mini (2-4 of the lettering tools that were featured in the larger box for $14.99 per month).

This is a review of The Inky Box Mini subscription, which costs $14.99 per month.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Inky Box Mini all items

About The Inky Box Mini

The Subscription Box: The Inky Box Mini

The Cost: $14.99 per month

The Products: 2-4 lettering/calligraphy tools

Good to Know: They also offer a larger box (The Inky Box) that includes much more product for $39.95 per month. New to lettering? Follow @TheInkyBox on Instagram or subscribe to The Inky Box’s channel on YouTube for tutorials, tips, and more!

Ships to: US and worldwide. International shipping is $19.99.

The Inky Box Mini Lettering & Calligraphy Subscription Review

The Inky Box Mini product list

The Inky Box Mini promo card

Here’s the info card for the box, which includes a link to this month’s digital, downloadable practice sheets.

The Inky Box Mini sticker

I also got a magnet!

The Inky Box Mini blue and brown pen

The Inky Box Mini bar codes

2 Tombow Color Fudenosukes – Retail Value $3.49 each, Listed Value $6.98 for both

These pens are a dream to write with! The colors you’ll get are random—I got brown and indigo. I especially LOVE the dark blue color, with its hint of purple. The nibs have a nice flexibility to them, which makes controlling each stroke pretty easy.

The Inky Box Mini felt pen tips

Here’s a look at the nibs. They have a nice tension to them as I run them along the page.

The Inky Box Mini brush pen duo

The Inky Box Mini holiday color pens

The Inky Box Mini brush pen tips

Karin Brush Markers, Set of Two – Retail Value $2.05 each, Listed Value $3.50 total

These pens have more give to them. They’re a nice mix of a brush and a felt-tip. Getting two holiday-ready colors was great. I put both of them to use on a few holiday cards and gift tags! I can’t wait to use the green color again. It’s just so pretty and flows in such a smooth, rich way from the nib.

The Inky Box Mini neon green pen

The Inky Box Mini pen info

Copic Spica Glitter Pen – Retail Value $2.99, Listed Value $3.00

I saw this pen on the product list and thought, “Okay, sure, a glitter pen. We’ll see.” But WOW! This pen is literally SO glittery! It’s another great pick for the holiday season, especially because of the magical touch the glitter provides. It’s easy to write with, too. I thought maybe it’d be chunky because of the glitter, but nope. I’m so enamored with this little pen!

The Inky Box Mini pen demo

Here’s a little demo of each of the pens!

Practice Sheets – Listed Value $3.00

I feel a little weird when boxes give dollar values to digital exclusives since you technically need to print them out (which requires a printer and paper, aka investments on your end). But these sheets are also very handy for a lettering newbie like me. It’s interesting to get different phrases and letters broken down stroke by stroke. There are three sayings in this month’s exclusive set (which you can access via an address on the back of the info card) that all follow fall themes.

The Verdict: Remember, I’m a newbie to lettering, but I found The Inky Box Mini really fun and helpful, thanks to the practice sheets. The pens all seem really high-quality—I recognize some of the brand names from the nicer sections of my local artist supply shop! This subscription is a cool, convenient way to learn about calligraphy AND grow my collection of unique, colorful pens.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today?: No. New subscribers will receive their box the first week of the following month, according to The Inky Box’s FAQ page.

Value Breakdown: The box cost $17.48 (cost + $2.49 shipping to Pennsylvania), but I estimate a total retail value of $14.07 not counting the $3.00 practice sheets or $17.07 with the sheets. The average cost per item via the box is $2.81 (counting each pen individually) without the practice sheets and $2.85 including the practice sheets (as an item and part of the value).

Check out more writing subscription boxes in the Artisan Subscription Box Directory!

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What do you think of The Inky Box Mini?


Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, The Inky Box Reviews| Tags: the inky box | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Thank you for this review! I had also sent in a request for this box. I went ahead and pulled the trigger when Cratejoy had their black friday discounts and bought a 3 month sub.

  2. Do you think the practice sheets were given a dollar value to meet the $14.99 cost of the sub?

    • I don’t think so. Digital items do have a value because once you purchase the item you can reprint them as much as you like, while something pre-printed will eventually run out. I used to make and sell digital downloads and they require time and creativity just like anything else. $3.00 is a typical price for something like those practice sheets. Some sellers would charge more if they had to purchase anything themselves, such as hiring someone else to come up with the lettering design.

      The same is true for the pens. Prices can vary depending on whether she was able to buy them wholesale or had to buy them in bulk from a retailer. I know I recently went shopping for new markers at six different hobby stores, and each store was selling the exact same markers for a different price. Due to all of that, I’d say this box meets and may even surpass the purchase price. I’m adding it to my wish list!

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