The Inky Box Mini Pen Subscription Box Review – January 2019
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!
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.
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About The Inky Box Mini
The Subscription Box: The Inky Box Mini
The Cost: $14.99 per month + shipping
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 for $2.49 and Worldwide. International shipping is $19.99.
The Inky Box Mini January 2019 Review
Here’s the info card for this month’s box, which includes links to digital handwriting practice sheets you can download.
Sharpie Brush Pen – Retail Value $2.49
The color you receive is random and I received a red pen. The nib has good give but isn’t too soft to work with and the color is a bright cherry red. It doesn’t look like this pen has the same permanent marking ink of the traditional Sharpie but writes very smoothly on paper.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen in Phthalo Green – Retail Value $3.60
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen in Middle Purple Pink – Retail Value $3.60
I received #161 Phthalo Green and #125 Middle Purple Pink. These two colors go well together and the ink itself is waterproof and acid-free, with a firmer nib than the Sharpie pen. Unfortunately, the Middle Purple Pink pen appears to be dry already and doesn’t have the richness you’d expect from a new pen but the Phthalo Green is lovely.
With the widest and softest nibs, these pens tout their blendable ink which you can use to achieve some watercolor-like effects. I received a bright pink, which is nearly the same color as the Faber Castell pen. The second pen is a light khaki green color, which would not be my personal choice for a nice calligraphy art piece but would be absolutely perfect for coloring books with lots of foliage (I’m looking at you, Enchanted Forest).
Kuretake Hikkei Fine Tip – Retail Value $2.08
This was the only brand in this month’s box which was new to me and I absolutely love this pen! The nib is firm and fine and the black ink is perfect for outlining and adding drop shadows to your lettering. It has a comfortable wide barrel and is light without the cap. This one is going to be added to my pencil case for daily use for sure.
Here’s a little demo of each of the pens!
January Practice Sheets
It’s great to have downloadable practice sheets, especially if like me you don’t find brush pens intuitive to use or are new to calligraphy. You’ll need your own printer and paper in order to make use of them and there are three phrases this month.
The Verdict: Although my love of pens runs deep, I’ve never ventured into the more sophisticated hand-lettering world and this box has certainly piqued my interest in it. I found The Inky Box Mini to have high-quality pens with a blend of known and new to me brands and the practice sheets might give me the confidence to experiment with learning calligraphy. I do wish I hadn’t gotten two pens that were nearly the same color but understand the selections were random. This subscription is a great way to try out new brands without committing to whole pre-made packs and to get comfortable writing with brush tips.
The box cost $17.48 ($14.99 + $2.49 shipping), but I estimate a retail value of $11.77 not counting the Marvy marker and downloadable practice sheets. Although the value this month likely falls just shy of the box price, I found it worth it to be able to discover brands I wouldn’t have known to seek out.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box costs $$14.99 + $2.49 shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $2.50.
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What do you think of The Inky Box Mini?