March 2016 iPenBox

I received my March iPenBox last week!

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This is iPenStore’s 7th box they’ve put out. The iPenBox is iPenStore‘s monthly subscription box is $30 per month with free shipping ($40 per month for international shipments). Each monthly box revolves around a theme.  I received good responses from my previous iPenBox reviews, I figured I’d keep doing them :) I’ve been really impressed with the products and I like sharing :) Here I’ll post about the products inside, a mini thought about each item, theme, and cost per items, if they were purchased separately, and photos, of course. I hope you enjoy!

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Theme: Over the Rainbow

Products in the iPenBox:

  • Sheaffer VFM Metal Barrel Ballpoint Pen ($14.25) – took a bit to start, but has been a consistent writer, I’m using this at work, where my poor fountain pens aren’t much appreciated ;) It’s a solid pen and in a color I didn’t really think I would like!
  • Rainbow Pencil by Duncan Shotton ($2.50) – What a cute idea for a pencil! These are recycled paper pencils and the lead is HB (#2). I probably won’t use this all the time, but I do know what to get my friends’ kids for birthday’s now! :D
  • Pentel 8 Color 2mm Pencil ($24.99) – My jaw dropped when I opened this one up! Why have I not heard of it before?! It combines my love of colored lead and multi-pens! Comes with instructions, and it’s pretty easy to work once you’ve done it a few times. This one is my favorite of this month’s bunch and it permanently lives in my daily pen case now :)
  • Clairefontaine 3×4.5 notebook ($2.49) – A nice little pocket notebook. I like Clairefontaine paper and they hold up to fountain pen ink (see photos)
  • Jinhao 250 Fountain Pen in gold ($6.97) – It’s been hit or miss with me with Jinhaos, but lately the ones I have been receiving have been performing really well. Comes with a steel nib in a fine/medium and a converter.
  • Jinhao Calligraphy Nib ($2.97) – This nib is definitely a fude nib! I do love using fude nibs for my drawings so that I can get a varied line. This nib was easy to replace in the Jinhao 250.
  • Rohrer & Klingner – Alt-Goldgrün Fountain Pen Ink Sample ($2) – A very nice shading ink, I do enjoy this gold green color and it performs nicely on fountain pen friendly papers.
  • Colored binder clips (about $1.50 via amazon) – so cute! :)
  • Michigan postcard ($1.00)
  • Candy! :D
  • Free sticker!

Prices were calculated from the iPenStore’s regular stock prices, unless noted.

Approximate total items cost for the March iPenBox = $58.67

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I was not compensated for this post, I purchased the iPenBox subscription and all these thoughts are my own opinions. Photos taken with Samsung NX mini (without flash). Ink swatches are done on Maruman Mnemosyne Word cards with a dip pen and Tachikawa Comic Nib G. As with any ink and product photos, I try to be consistent in color. What you see on your monitor might not be the actual color, but it should be a fairly close representation. Thanks!

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  • iPenstore LLC

    Thanks for the great review! We love the unicorn drawing!

  • Hi! Thanks for the comment! Sorry it took me a while to see this :)

  • Aquaria

    My husband really–really–liked the Sheaffer VFM ballpoint. I can understand why. I don’t use ballpoints, but it really did write quite smoothly.

    My favorite was also the Pentel 8-in-1 pencil. I’d gotten one from Amazon, but it came with the leads all broken. Although it worked all right, I never could get those broken lead pieces out of the inside. Now I have a new one that looks nice. The hubby gets the old one.

    My Clairefontaine notebook was purple, which made me v. happy, since it’s my favorite color.

    I don’t have a use for the rainbow pencil, the fountain pen/calligraphy nib or the ink (too much like military green), but I’m stocking up all the goodies I get in these boxes that I don’t want. I’ll probably use them for stocking stuffers next Christmas.

    One really nice thing about the subscription is that we get a discount that’s good for anything in their store until the 20th of the month. I have my eye on that Edelstein Aquamarine ink, the forthcoming Dark Lilac Lamy Safari, and the matching ink that goes with it. That discount will put everything at a price point that I can live with.

  • Agreed, love the discount! I’ve also been stocking up the items that I wouldn’t use often for my friend’s kids’ presents :) Thanks for the comment!