I enjoyed the selection of items. The quality was better than I expected. The only confusing thing is that I signed up for the monthly Penthusiast and I don’t understand if it’s one month or is actually sent monthly. I received an email saying I had the subscription, but my account says I don’t have any subscriptions. I have no idea if I’m getting another box this month or not. Perhaps a bit more clarity around that. Thank you!
It's ok... we did get some nice pens, but we also got some that were just meh. Also, I requested to get pens that were medium nibs are larger, and had to contact customer support a couple of times because we got fine or Xfine nibs instead. The last box had pens labeled XF, but on contacting customer support we discovered they'd put medium nibs on them (confusing.) These last pens also had ink in the nibs and one doesn't write correctly. It's scratchy and looks like one side of the nib is off. I ended up canceling our subscription. As fun as a subscription box sounded, I'd rather spend that $75 on a pen I know I want.
As a calligrapher familiar to dip and fountain pens, I still have a lot to learn and I now live in a remote area. No pen stores or events are nearby. Truphae was recommended by a fellow Fountain Pen Enthusiast. I signed up for 3 months. My first box hit it out of the park with a real deal: gorgeous iridescent white Monteverde “Rodeo Drive” pen (that and shipping would have been above the cost) — and then there were 5 ink samples and a fine large Faber Castel journal all Beautifully packaged. Pen inked up perfectly and although I haven’t had much time to play with everything, I’m very pleased with the quality and variety. Truphae staff have been helpful and responsive: I changed my specifications and no problem. I would recommend that you do verify that they get your preferences, and that you
Understand that they can only do so much specificity within the limitations of the deals they are able to construct. That written, I would highly recommend this subscription for convenience, value and exposure. I did the Penthusiast level. (Skip the daily Starbucks, make your own coffee, invest in a subscription: you’ll not only have better coffee but you’ll have beautiful pens and more! 😉)
I've been a subscriber almost from the very first days of Truphae, first with inks, then with pens. I have gotten to try a number of things that I might not ever have tried, and found some new favorites along the way.
My only lament is there aren't more options for my preferences (stub/oblique) at my price point (under $200), but that's not a reflection on Truphae, that's the nature of the pen industry. Chris and Staff have renibbed several pens for me over the years to meet my needs, and have been gracious and delightful in suggesting different things to try.
I have been trying to budget while still enjoying my hobbies and a subscription box was a good solution. I googled to see what was on the market for fountain pen enthusiasts and I am glad I came across Truphae. I had not heard of this company before but quickly took to YouTube for reviews/feedback. I decided to take a chance on the Penthusiast Premium box. My first box was mailed out sooner than I expected. I emailed the company to be sure my preferences were saved with my order and I am happy to report that a lot of what I expected was included in this box. My preferences included fun colored pens, broad nib and generally ink brands with bright/fun colors. I received a Monteverde Rodeo Drive in Iridescent Purple (seen in the listing photo), a Kaweco Perkeo RB and a 30ml bottle of LAMY Crystal Ink in Rhodonite. Despite me not wanting LAMY products, this has become my absolute favorite pink shade of ink. The pen is gorgeous and writes like a dream (I love heavy weight pens and this one has substance!) Overall I am very happy with my first box and can't wait until the next one.