I am four months into this, and I love it. I did express my disappointment in the first month with the shimmering inks... but the samples since then have been excellent for my uses. The amount of ink per sample bottle is greater than some other companies provide, and the themes have been interesting and useful to me: Work Appropriate, Waterproof Inks, and a set of vivid colors from Maiora. I'll be keeping the subscription as long as the selections stay this wonderful.
I love it. The excitement over 5 little samples of ink each month, is my stress relief. I practice cursive with them and can keep a list of my favorites for when I'm ready to buy a bottle of ink.
Got my first pen palette a few weeks ago, I am pleased with this decision
As I get to actual ink colors I may not of even thought I would like.
Choosing ink can be a process and this adds a new variable to that process.
I’ve been subscribed to the box just higher than this one (also includes a economy pen,) and I have to say that my experience with the ink selection has been great. Usually there is a theme or a general brand that comes in the order, so if you’re going to get moody about receiving a variety of sheening or shimmering or any ink with an effect you should probably reconsider getting a box. Just buy a bunch of samples instead!
I understand and accept the uncertainty and risk of purchasing a blind gift box subscription. However, I did expect an assortment with perhaps two or three new inks that could introduce me to a new color or manufacturer (at lower total cost than a full bottle of each), which would lead to risk-free purchases of bottled ink from Truphae. I also expected one or two colors that I may never use, which would be acceptable. However, in my first Inkredible shipment I received five colors of Private Reserve SHIMMERING INK. That's ink with GLITTER PARTICLES that requires shaking to keep them suspended for writing, otherwise the GLITTER PARTICLES settle out in your filling system and feed. I do not use shimmering inks, and the whole shipment is useless to me until I find someone to gift it to. (I don't even know anyone who uses shimmering inks. I could make a glittery ink spinner... but package thieves are not a problem where I live.) I hope this review will amuse and attract some prospective customer who does enjoy this kind of ink, as well as provide some feedback on a polarizing "theme" in fountain pen inks. Truphae is a great company, and I will be giving them another month or two to show me a more diverse "themed" box that includes some inks I may actually use.