Bespoke Post Review: Does it Deliver the Goods?

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William Barton Avatar by  William Barton | Last Updated:  Sep 21, 2020
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Bottom line: Bespoke Post's quality of products, interesting monthly themes, and flexible subscription options, make their boxes a worthy complement to your monthly masculine lifestyle, and a fantastic gift option.

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Pros:

  • You get to choose your monthly box before it ships and skip if you’re not digging the latest themes
  • Quality of product is consistently very high
  • Being able to buy items standalone adds flexibility and makes Bespoke Post a worthy one-off gift option
  • Each box nudges you to get a little outside your comfort zone and improves your manly know-how
  • Fantastic customer service

Cons:

  • Occasionally you'll receive an item that you may not find practical
  • Free shipping only applies to continental United States and Canada. You’ll pay $10.00 if you’re a resident of Hawaii and Alaska.
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What does this make you think of?

Limited lineups, ever-changing swagger, and a constant influx of gear that makes it look like you know what you’re doing.

If you didn’t instantly think of the Manhattan based monthly men’s box, Bespoke Post, then you’re in the right place to learn more.

Unlike a lot of other subscription boxes where you get what you’re given, Bespoke Post offer themed boxes that you can either run with, or choose to skip for the month in your account settings.

No gimmicks and no playing coy. It reminds me of that phrase ‘take it or leave it.’ And side note—why do I always seem to hear that when I really don’t want to ‘take it’?

In this article, I dive in with a hands-on look at Bespoke Post’s most popular boxes, including the Weekender, Refresh, Aged, and Flip boxes. For our fellow cocktail lovers, we’ve also reviewed the Alchemy box in a separate post.

By the end, I’m confident you’ll know whether it’s right for you.

But first, a few notes on the company itself.

What Is Bespoke Post?

Bespoke Post is a monthly subscription service for men, delivering a constantly changing series of tailored boxes, each with a unique element to enhance your current lifestyle.

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Based in New York, the brand is run by a group of guys and gals who know a thing or two about curating cool products for the modern man.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are you the kind of guy who resists hitting your local home goods store, but knows you could do with a few more ‘home goods’ type items around your house?
  2. Do you know that you’re going to be completely unprepared should you need to mix a drink for an unexpected female visitor?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, or if they simply intrigued you, then Bespoke Post could be for you.

Each month, Bespoke Post crafts custom boxes with different items, all relating to a select theme. You can claim one box per month for your subscription cost.

The catch is that they output more than one new box a month on average.

If you’re any way indecisive, good luck and Godspeed.

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Which Boxes Have I Tried?

So far, I’ve checked out five of the most popular Bespoke Post boxes.

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Bespoke Post Weekender Review

Bespoke Post Weekender Bag Outside on Railroad Sitting Up

There comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to stop using his highschool backpack as his main form of luggage.

I’m guilty of this. I’ll admit it.

I’d been looking for a great weekender bag that didn’t break the bank, looked good, and could hold up to an airport sprinting session, but nothing I found checked all those boxes.

Further Reading: 5 Best Men’s Weekender Bags: Crank Your Carry Up To “Hell Yeah”

And then Bespoke Post sent along its Line of Trade bag as part of their Weekender box.

I brought this bag with me everywhere for a week, and during that time I put it through more tests than I’d even hoped to.

My new bag and I even fell down a hill together.

Here’s why the Line of Trade Weekender bag from Bespoke Post is my new favorite travel buddy.

Unboxing and First Impressions

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Coming home to the signature blue and brown Bespoke Post packaging is exciting. It feels like there’s a present waiting at your door.

I knew that the Weekender bag was the main event in my box, but I was curious to see what else was packed alongside it. Bespoke Post makes an effort to give you the experience of opening a care package, so even if the box features one high-value item, they’ll throw in some extra goodies.

Bespoke Post Weekender Box Open on Floor

There were a few Kind bars in a muslin pouch packed alongside the bag in the Weekender box. While I wasn’t expecting anything big, the granola bars didn’t quite compliment the bag as I’d hoped.

The bag, however, lived up to the hundreds of positive reviews. I could tell it was quality as soon as I opened the box.

Top Down of Bespoke Post Weekender Bag in Olive Side On with Protein Bars

The Bag

For our review, I started with a tough choice. The Weekender bag comes in olive, navy, black, gray, and natural (off-white). I liked the color options and waffled between the natural canvas and olive.

But with certain matters there isn’t a choice. If pizza is on the menu, it’s going in my belly. And if it comes in olive, I’m going to wear it.

So, yeah, I went with olive.

Bespoke Post Weekender Bag Outside Sitting At Feet of Model on Stairs Wearing Jeans and Boots Close Up

The bag is from Line of Trade, an in-house sub-brand of Bespoke Post.

Genuine leather handles and buckle straps are riveted along the top of the bag which gives the Weekender its old-world workman vibe.

A stitched cotton adjustable strap is included if you want to toss the bag over your shoulder instead of carrying it.

There’s a side pocket stitched in the bag that will fit smaller toiletries, but it doesn’t quite have the clearance to fit bigger bottles of hair product or cologne.

Close up of Inside of Bespoke Post Weekender Bag in Olive Including Protein Bar and Book and Pen in Pocket

A reinforced bottom helps keep the bag flat and rounded bolts ward off wear and tear on the canvas. A two-ply aluminum frame runs around the inside of the bag, which stood up to the bend test. It also stood up to the old ‘fall down a large hill’ test.

Top Down of Bespoke Post Weekender Bag in Olive Side On Folded In

In fact, let’s talk about that ‘test.’ The Weekender took a beating and still looks great. While shooting some photos, I tried to take a shortcut down what seemed like a manageable hill. I slipped and rolled a good twenty feet down the hill, tossing and slamming this Weekender bag all the while.

After brushing the mud off (and checking if anyone saw—they did… they all did), you couldn’t tell the difference. The aluminum frame didn’t bend, the buckles didn’t break, and neither the leather nor the canvas had a single scratch on it.

While I don’t plan on falling down many more hills in my lifetime, it’s good to know my bag is up to the challenge.

The Design

I took this bag with me to the gym for a day hitting the weights. In the locker room, a kind old man said “nice bag.” I was just getting ready to hit the shower myself, so there’s a chance he was talking about something other than my Weekender. In any case, I’m adding the compliment as another point for Bespoke Post here.

Close Up of Olive Bespoke Post Weekender Bag With Male Model in Background Inside Setting

The design was based off the tool bags stone-masons used back in the day. Line of Trade kept the bag straight-forward—no zippers or extra pockets. The only flair is the embossed leather patch near the handles. The simplicity was what originally drew me to this bag, and I think anything extra would only cheapen the design.

The Size

The measurements on this bag are (L)20”x (H)12” x (W)8”. Here’s what that means.

I was able to fit a pair of shoes, two pairs boxers, two pairs socks, jeans, shorts, two t-shirts, a button down, a book, sunglasses, and toiletries in this bag. Note that I went full Marie Kondo with my folding. If you’re the kind of guy who thinks of folding as a dying ancient art, you may fit a little less.

Top Down of Bespoke Post Weekender Bag and Other Unrelated Men's Accessories

The Weekender works nicely if you’re planning a two or three day trip. Anything beyond that is a stretch. But think of the name. If your weekends are longer than three days, that’s called unemployment. You’ll need a bigger bag for that.

The Value

Bespoke Post Weekender Bag Outside Sitting At Feet of Model Wearing Jeans and Boots Close Up

For the Bespoke Post subscription rate, the value of Weekender is hard to beat. I took a look through the reviews for other similarly priced bags, and there weren’t any reliable options. Sure, there were stylish bags, but they had zippers that broke on the first use or pockets that came unstitched.

Like I said earlier, simplicity is this bag’s strength. I know first hand how durable the canvas is. No unnecessary frills mean Line of Trade can match value and durability, which works for a clumsy person like me.

My Overall Thoughts on Bespoke Post Weekender

What I Like

  • I love the old-world, rustic design.

  • Simplicity. Line of Trade didn’t get too flashy by adding all sorts of zippers and doodads. It’s a bag that fits a weekend’s worth of clothes just like it says.

  • Genuine leather handles are nice to hold. Not too stiff and not flimsy.

  • Durability. This bag can (and did) take a beating. The dirt was easy to wash out, too.

  • Color options. It was hard to choose from the selection on Bespoke Post. But that’s a problem I like to have.

What I Don’t Like

  • The Kind bars didn’t fit with the package. While the Weekender bag was the star of the show, it would’ve been nice to see it paired with something more unique.

  • It’s a struggle to fit a full toiletries kit in the inside pocket, but it will hold the bare bones like toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant.

The Verdict

My weekends for the next decade are pretty booked with bachelor parties and weddings, so I’ll get good use out of the Weekender. I’m not worried about the bag giving out on me—not after all we’ve been through together.

There’s a reason why this Weekender bag is one of Bespoke Post’s most popular boxes ever. The Weekender is a great deal for the standalone price through Bespoke Post, and it’s even better if you’re a member.

For longer trips, I’ll be leaving my Weekender at home. It’s too small for anything longer than a few days, but there’s a reason it’s not called The Extended Vacationer.

Overall, I’m happy with the value here. This bag lives up to its name, and I’m positive it’ll last through all the weekend shenanigans I have planned for it.

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Bespoke Post Refresh Review

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When you hit your late 20’s, no one tells you that you’ll be going to weddings, baby showers, and house warming parties every weekend of your life.

It’s time to end the madness.

If you’re a bright-eyed 26-year-old, hear this. Your late 20’s and early 30’s are coming.

You will celebrate. Constantly.

You’ll want to have a solid Dopp kit to haul your toiletries. Mine was frayed by weekend after weekend of travel.

After adding the Weekender bag from Bespoke Post to my travel arsenal, I was curious about some of the other items they had that could upgrade my weekends away.

And then Bespoke Post’s Refresh came to my door.

Could it be my home away from home? Check out my full review below.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Bespoke Post Refresh Box Open

Refresh comes with a Dopp bag from Blue Claw Co., Mitch Shampoo + Conditioner, Mitch Construction Paste, Maapilim Face Cleanser, an all-natural bar of Base Light soap, and a tube of Marvis toothpaste.

Refresh Ingredients from Bespoke Post Laid Out in a Grid

I tested each of these products for a few days. Here’s what I thought;

The Dopp Kit

Side View Blue Claw Dopp

The highlight of Bespoke Post’s Refresh kit is the Blue Claw Co. Dopp.

The bag is made from 15 oz waxed canvas and has Blue Claw’s signature royal-blue ballistic nylon lining. There are four different color options available—tan, grey, navy, and olive.

Blue Claw Dopp from Bespoke Post Open Showing Inner Tag

I resisted the urge to go with olive, and instead chose tan. I thought the color combo would match well with the olive Weekender bag. What do you think?

Weekender with Refresh from Bespoke Post

Blue Claw Co. crafts their Dopp in the US with canvas sourced from American mills. I’m happy to see something homegrown with such an influx of overseas products coming in every day.

Homegrown or not, a good Dopp needs to be sturdy. Because let’s be real—it’s going to take a beating throughout its life. Enough airport security lines and car trunks will put any bag to the test.

I like how sturdy Blue Claw’s Dopp feels given the tall order ahead of it. The waxed canvas and ballistic nylon are a solid duo that will protect my luggage if an accidental spill happens. I tugged at the stitching along the bottom and zipper as a strength test, and the Dopp passed. There was no budge in the stitching at all.

Zipper Blue Claw Dopp Side On

Blue Claw riveted in a leather handle which is a nice touch. The leather, brass, and canvas play well together stylistically while making the bag more convenient to carry and use.

After looking into similar Dopp kits, there wasn’t anything else I could find that offered the same durability and value. I found a Dopp that had the same construction quality, but triple the price. I found others in the same price range as the Blue Claw Co. Dopp, but not with the same durability.

Shampoo

Mitch Shampoo Top Down on White Background

The Dopp comes fully loaded with all sorts of goodies. I was surprised to see a large bottle of shampoo packed in along with everything else.

I gave the Mitch Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner a try. The shampoo had a nice, fresh scent which lingered for an hour or so. I have fairly short hair, so I didn’t notice a significant difference between using Mitch shampoo and my regular brand.

As a side note, the shampoo comes in an eight-ounce bottle, so it’ll have to be left at home or packed in checked luggage if you plan on flying anywhere with it.

Soap

Base Light Soap Top Down on White Background

My Dopp also came with a peppermint and sea salt soap from Base Light. I often make my own soap at home (yeah, I’m that guy), so I’m used to the gentle cleaning of all-natural soaps.

With olive and coconut oils as the main ingredients and no unpronounceable chemicals, the Base Light bar got the go-ahead for shower use.

I’ve had peppermint soap experiences where the cooling effect was so strong I felt like someone was holding a leaf-blower straight to my crotch—so, not gonna lie, I was a bit worried seeing the Base Light had added peppermint.

I liked the mild-cooling effect from the added peppermint. It wasn’t nearly as strong as some other peppermint soaps I’ve tried. Rather than over-the-top, leaf-blower strength minty, the soap left me feeling refreshed.

Mitch Construction Paste

Mitch Construction Paste Top Down on White Background

If you didn’t think I was weird for making my own soaps, I’ll surely get you with this one—I make my own hair product as well.

My hair is a tough beast. No one can cut it right. No product seems to tame it right. So I’ve had to go it alone and learn these things for myself.

I have curly and wavy hair, so the hair product I use needs to hold everything in place without looking greasy. I was skeptical of using a new hair product, but since Bespoke Post recommended it, I knew it was worth a shot.

The Mitch Construction Paste dried matte with a firm hold. After the paste dried, there was a bit of a crispy feeling to my hair, but I worked my fingers through and the shape held.

The Construction Paste is on the runnier side, and a nickel-sized dollop should be enough to style your hair. This product would work well for guys with straight to wavy hair.

Maapilim Face Cleanser

Maapilim Face Cleanser Top Down on White Background

I gave the Maapilim face cleanser a try, and I found it worked double-duty. While it’s great as a cleanser, it can also act as a fragrance.

The cleanser is scented with bergamot, jasmine, and cedarwood oils, and the fragrance lasts for a few hours. I used it during my morning shower and skipped the cologne that day. As an addition to a Dopp kit, this face cleanser almost eliminates the need to bring along a fragrance.

Some might view the strong fragrance as a negative because it could clash with a signature scent, but I took it as a positive given that it goes with a travel kit.

The Size

Blue Claw Dopp from Bespoke Post Refresh Top Down View

The Blue Claw Co Dopp is the perfect size for traveling. At (L)10” x (W)6” x (H)4”, the Dopp can hold everything mentioned above plus a razor, a small shaving cream, and a toothbrush.

With those items, you’ll have a snug fit. I think a great Dopp needs to strike a balance between fitting all your essentials while taking up as little space as possible in your bag. This Dopp does just that.

The Value

Blue Claw Co Dopp from Bespoke Post Refresh Side View Inside

As I get older, I’m starting to see my purchases in a different light. I have no problem spending a bit more on high-quality products that will last me years.

The Blue Claw Co Dopp is worth every bit you spend. In fact, I wouldn’t mind spending even more given that this Dopp will likely last a lifetime. The fact that the Dopp came filled with products I can use for travel only makes it a better value.

My Overall Thoughts on Bespoke Post Refresh

What I Like

  • Well-built with good materials. This Dopp is going to get tossed around but I know the 15oz waxed canvas and strong stitching can handle it.

  • It’s the right size. It holds everything I need for a weekend away without taking up all the space in my bag.

  • Spill-proof. Great materials mean any mishaps stay inside the Dopp.

  • Great value. The bag alone is well worth the money. I’ll have this Dopp kit for a long, long time.

  • All-natural soap. I’ve been using the Base Light soap as my everyday soap since I got my package.

What I Don’t Like

  • I don’t see myself using the Mitch Construction Paste. It worked well, but it wasn’t the best fit for my finicky hair.

  • The shampoo bottle is too large for airplane carry-on travel. I like the idea of having everything stored together so when I’m packing for a big trip, I just need to toss my Dopp in the bag and go.

The Verdict

If you plan ahead, you never have to worry about being the guy who shows up in a new city and says, “Hey guys, I’d love to go explore. First, I need to buy a toothbrush.”

A nice Dopp kit helps you keep everything you need all in one place. After cheaping-out on a Dopp a few years ago, I was ready to make an upgrade.

I’m impressed with how well the Blue Claw Co. Dopp is crafted, and I love that the style fits with my Weekender. I don’t have to worry about either tearing apart on me halfway through an epic journey.

If you’re like me and have a dying Dopp—or don’t have a Dopp at all—this small investment in Bespoke’s Refresh is worth every penny.

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If you’re like me and have a dying Dopp—or don’t have a Dopp at all—this small investment in Bespoke’s Refresh is worth every penny.

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Bespoke Post Aged Review

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If you want to stand out for having a great home bar, get ready to put in some work.

I’ve been slowly building mine over the past seven years.

And when I say “building,” I don’t just mean buying new bottles of liquor. To put you over the top, you need the glasses, the shakers, the tools—every little detail counts.

I’m always on the hunt for something cool to add to my bar. Maybe I’m just weird, but I genuinely enjoy looking through home-goods catalogs for their bar-ware.

Bespoke Post Aged Close Up of Bottle and Sleeve

This month, Bespoke Post sent me their Aged box.

Could I use another method of making cocktails to add to my bar?

Do I want a new set of whiskey glasses?

Yes, please.

I used the Bespoke Post Aged box to put a spin on three of my favorite simple cocktails.

Did it help, or was it all just for show?

Let’s get into it.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Bespoke Post Aged Box Open Top Down

The Aged edition comes with a 375ml bottle, two charred white oak cores, and two Sempli glasses.

As a home-bar builder and cup enthusiast, this month’s Bespoke Post was right up my alley.

The Bottle + Oak Staves

Bespoke Post Aged Bottle Staves

The 375ml bottle seemed a bit small when I first opened it. With the oak staves, it holds about one-third of a bottle of spirits. When it came time to pour my aged spirit, I appreciated the size more.

Even though it seems small right off the bat, it can make about four drinks.

To test it, I aged two spirits and one cocktail. The oak gives a nice, mellow vanilla flavor to whatever you’re aging. I wanted to get a feel for how the aging process changed the flavor for different liquor qualities, too.

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The oak made a huge difference when I aged cheap white rum. The extra toastiness cut most of the sharp notes from the previously sub-par liquor.

I also tried the oaking process with a higher-end vodka and was really pleased with it. Vodka drinkers usually prefer the clean flavor, so they’re less inclined to enjoy it aged.

But I’m more of a bourbon guy, so I figured I’d try it.

The aged vodka lends a sweet note to the otherwise dry vodka-tonic, which I enjoyed.

And last but not least, I aged a cocktail—my favorite: the Old Fashioned.

Brandt Bailey’s Old Fashioned Bespoke Post Aged Recipe Being Poured

I’ve had a few aged mixed-drinks before, but I’ve never had the right tools to make one at home. A friend passed along his recipe for the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had (check it out for yourself). I couldn’t resist having a fresh version as a prepped a batch for aging.

Of the three ways I tried the oak aging process, I preferred the cocktail method. For individual spirits, I think you’re better off leaving white spirits clean and clear. Leave the aging to the professionals.

The extra oak flavor was nice, but it lacked the subtlety you find in professionally aged spirits. And it makes sense. These oak staves are meant for rapid infusion. The honeycomb effect increases the surface area a lot. But to truly get the aging process down, there’s no substitute for time.

But when it comes to mixed-drinks, you want to taste the spirit, but you’re also playing with different flavors. The oak flavor becomes an ingredient on its own.

The standard Old Fashioned feels like a totally different cocktail from the Aged Old Fashioned. For that reason, I’ll be aging another batch and leaving it on the shelf for when guests come over. It’s definitely fun to bust out when guests are over.

The Aged kit gives you the chance to share some of your top-shelf stuff, even if you’re buying inexpensive liquor.

White Oak Staves from Black Swan Cooperage

Black Swan Cooperage in Minnesota has been making wine, spirits, and beer barrels for over a decade. They have a variety of different HoneyComb (the kind that comes with Bespoke Post Aged) staves available.

The Bottle Oak Staves from Bespoke Post Aged on angle

They use White American Oak for their barrels. American oak is less expensive than French oak and imparts a stronger flavor. Personally, I like the subtlety of French oak for wine and the brashness of American oak for spirits—especially bourbon.

I think that’s why I enjoyed the aged cocktail over the single spirits. The oak flavor comes through clear, and for me, it worked better treated as an ingredient rather than a substitute for time.

Sempli Cupa-Rocks Glasses

The Bottle Oak Staves from Bespoke Post Aged

Bespoke set me up with a new way to make cocktails but didn’t leave me hanging when it came time to serve.

The Aged box comes with two rocks glasses made from lead-free Italian crystal. But these aren’t your grandpa’s tumblers.

We’re millennials and we’ve had it with perpendicular lines.

Sempli has crafted these rocks glasses to roll gently around a single point. Now you can finally do a sultry glass swirl with half the effort.

I’ve always been wary of these types of glasses because they look unstable. But when I gave them a try, they worked perfectly. And they look cool.

I still prefer my heavy-bottomed rocks glasses, but these glasses make for a great addition to my home bar. I’ve actually used them for wine more than I have for cocktails or spirits. They’re fun to play with and add a little intrigue.

But if you haven’t spent as much time obsessing over the perfect glass to serve your favorite drinks, you’ll probably get a lot of use out of these.

The Value

Bespoke Post Aged with Limes and Other Cocktail Ingredients

For the subscription price, I’m happy with what I got. There’s a chance I could search the internet and get the individual items for slightly less for the Aged box.

But when it comes down to it, I love the experience of opening a box and having a new project to try.

Of the three Bespoke boxes I’ve tried, Aged most helped me improve a part of my manly arsenal: my cocktail game. I’m usually off-and-on with my home-bar, but getting this kit got me excited about making something new to share with my friends.

That alone was well worth the cost.

My Overall Thoughts on Bespoke Post Aged

What I Like

  • The Aged box gave me a new experience. I was excited to bust out my mixology skills for the first time in a long while.

  • This box is great no matter where you’re at with your home bar. Even if you’re not a drinker, you could use this kit to do some wild culinary stuff like aged vinegar, vanilla, or maple syrup.

What I Don’t Like

  • The 375ml bottle could have been a bit bigger. For my use, I’ll get four small cocktails out of one bottle—great for two to share, but not quite enough for a party.

The Verdict

If you haven’t put a moment’s thought into your home bar, the Bespoke Post Aged will give you an immediate leg up.

And if you’ve been slowly building your bar collection for years like me, the Aged box delivers something fun and unique.

I’ll be using mine to keep ready-made Old Fashions on-hand. Even with less expensive liquors, busting out a small bottle of something with extra care and attention really makes your guests feel like they’re getting the best of what you have to offer.

And that’s what it’s all about. You don’t need the most expensive or best liquors in the world.

You just need to care. And you should always give the best of what you have.

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Bespoke Post Flip Review

Bespoke Post Flip Review Knife Sitting on Top of Leather Pouch with Wood Shavings Around It

Every man should own a good pocket knife.

Which is why I felt a little lost when, three months ago, I left mine somewhere on a rock while out fishing.

Yep, I went into the woods with a halfway decent knife and came out empty-handed. Not even a fish to show for it.

But then my monthly Bespoke Post showed up. This month’s Flip box came in the clutch again with a brand new folding knife from Rill Simple Tools.

Is it enough to make me forget all about my old knife?

Read on for my thoughts on Bespoke Post’s smallest delivery yet.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Bespoke Post Flip Knife Sitting on Top of Bespoke Post Packaging

They say good things come in small packages, so I was excited to see what was in this month’s box.

From my previous experiences with Bespoke, I know they consistently hit the mark in providing more value than what you pay. So I expected nothing different from the Flip box.

I opened it up, and what did I see? A beautiful folding knife, complete with a leather carrying case and a brass-tipped honing rod.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Knife

Holding Bespoke Post Flip Damascus Steel Knie in hands

This thing really is a beauty.

Made with a walnut wood handle, brass inlays, and 1095 Damascus steel, it’s easily the best looking knife I’ve ever owned.

As soon as I opened it up, I couldn’t help myself. I had to put it to a cut test.

Bespoke Post Flip gif of knife opening envelope

Ok, so it wasn’t the sharpest right off the bat. But I took it to my whetstone and gave it a quick sharpen.

Bespoke Post Flip gif of sharpening knife

I put it back to another test.

Bespoke Post Flip gif of knife slicing paper

Oh, yeah.

My favorite thing about this knife is the walnut handle. It’s not lacquered and glossy, so it has a natural feel in my hand. Paired with the brass accents, the wood has a rich deep tone.

And of course, the star of the show is the Damascus steel blade.

Damascus Steel

Bespoke Post Flip Surrounded by Wood Shavings and Shadows

If you’re unfamiliar with Damascus steel, the most important thing to know is that it looks incredible.

Forgers fold multiple grades of steel together and painstakingly hammer it out so that a sort of “grain” appears.

It’s not stronger or sharper than any other type of steel, but it looks great. And while we’re on the subject, it’s important to note that this blade is not stainless.

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Make sure you treat this knife with mineral oil. If you don’t have mineral oil, you can use vegetable oil, but don’t use olive oil. It’s not that it’ll hurt the steel, but it’ll start to smell funky after a few weeks.

Treating your knife with oil keeps the moisture away. If you don’t, it’ll rust over time. You can always polish away the rust, but you’ll likely lose that awesome Damascus grain pattern. Feel free to hit the handle with a little mineral oil while you’re at it.

The Leather Pouch and Honing Steel

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The knife came tucked away in a sturdy leather pouch with a small honing steel inside.

The pouch has a belt loop so you can keep your knife right by your side when you go camping.

I like that the whole package has small brass accents to tie them together. The honing steel is capped with a brass handle and the pouch has brass rivets.

Rill Simple Tools

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This knife package comes from Rill Simple Tools, a company based in Austin, Texas. They specialize in knives and axes built for heavy outdoor use. Their tools are perfect for campers, hikers, hunters, anglers—you get the point.

They have a few other versions of the same knife, but the handle is made with recycled wood from skateboard decks. The style is cool, but I prefer my walnut wood handle for its simplicity.

The Value

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This flip knife retails at Rill Simple Tools for $79.99. And I have to say, it’s worth it.

But when you consider you can pick up the same exact knife from Bespoke Post for $55 standalone, or (even better) $45 as a subscription—well, they’ve done it again. Bespoke continues their streak (what is it now, 4 for 4?) of providing exceptional value.

My Overall Thoughts on Bespoke Post Flip

What I Like

  • The design of this knife is beautiful. The intricate Damascus steel, walnut handle, and brass accents all mesh perfectly.

  • The belt loop on the leather pouch makes this very easy to have on hand when camping or fishing. I’ll have somewhere to put my knife now so I don’t lose it.

  • The knife has a sturdy, strong feel. With regular care, it’ll last the rest of my life.

  • The blade came with a coat of mineral oil—this shows the manufacturer cares.

What I Don’t Like

  • The blade could have been sharper. There was a bit of warp and it looks like it was only machine honed on one side. It took about 20 minutes of sharpening to get this to the level I like my knives.

The Verdict

Flip may only have contained one item. But if I keep it oiled and sharpened (and don’t lose it when I go fishing) it’s going to last me for the rest of my life.

The biggest issue I see with all subscription boxes is their struggle to bring value. Many companies try to boost their perceived value by packing a ton of different items into their shipments.

I love that Bespoke Post went a different route here.

They chose a single great piece and let it speak for itself.

I’ll be honest, I would’ve stuck to cheaper $15 pocket knives if it were up to me. But now that I’ve got this beautiful Damascus blade, I’m really excited about it.

I use it all the time, even in situations where it’s not necessary like opening the mail. It’s just that awesome.

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My Thoughts Overall On Bespoke Post

What I Like

  • The items are consistently of a high quality. It’s clear that a lot of time, care, and research has gone into every product featured in these two boxes.

  • Both boxes offer excellent value for money.

  • The packaging is sturdy and presents nicely.

  • Being able to buy products standalone and outside of the subscription service is great for gifting or if you really have your eye on one particular Bespoke Post item.

  • Having the freedom to choose your monthly box before it ships adds some welcome choice to the subscription space which often relies on surprise.

  • Subscription management is simple and customer service is friendly and responsive.

What I Don’t Like

  • If you join the club, occasionally you’ll receive an item that you may not find practical. But this is the essence of subscription boxes and, really, it’s part of the magic.

  • Free shipping only applies to continental United States and Canada. You’ll pay $10.00 if you’re based in Hawaii or Alaska.

What do Other Reviewers Say About Bespoke Post?

With an unheard of 4.9 star rating across over 300 Google reviews, it’s pretty safe to say that the online consensus trends positive for BP. Scroll through the reviews and you’ll see the word “quality” mentioned about a gazillion times, but you’ll also note many positive comments about the brand’s service levels, including when it comes to cancellations (which to us is so important for any subscription brand we recommend).

And that makes sense, because it’s near impossible to maintain such a high Google Review rating without doing something right in the customer service department.

The Verdict

Overall, I’m really happy with the boxes I’ve tried so far.

Everything arrived tightly packed (I felt like a caveman trying to open the package and opted for a kitchen knife after a minute) and nothing was damaged on arrival.

I do have a minor gripe about not finding much use for the playing cards and vitamins that came with my weekender bag, but because I’m such a big fan of the bag, I can easily cast this aside.

Bespoke Post make a bold claim that they put quality first. And now that I’ve seen two boxes firsthand, there’s no question about it.

And it’s this quality, when combined with the choice and careful curation, that makes you feel like you’re getting exceptional value for money with Bespoke Post.

And that’s why I’m being so positive here. Because in my view, giving a customer that feeling should be the number one goal for any subscription box brand.

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How to Subscribe and Manage Your Subscription

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Getting started with Bespoke is quick and easy. They’ll throw ten multiple choice questions at you with three answer choices for each.

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You’ll then fill out some details about your account, shipping and billing information, and you’re good to go.

Each of their pages load quickly on desktop and mobile. They walk you through each step with helpful info along the way. You’ll spend maybe three minutes in total.

As part of your subscription management, the brand offers you multiple boxes to choose from monthly.

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On the 1st of each month, you’ll be notified via email that the new lineup is ready.

You’ll see new boxes as well as some boxes carried over from the previous month. But it’s all pretty refreshing stuff (this also gives you a chance to grab a box that you wanted last month when you opted for another after agonizing on the decision for 11 minutes).

You’re given from the 1st until the 5th to decide what you want. If you’re not interested one month, that’s okay. Give it a skip.

Access your account settings, and just skip the box for that month. I really, really like this feature. Many other subscriptions would force you to cancel outright in this spot.

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About the Bespoke Post Shop

The brand also has a shop on their site where they feature other items that don’t form part of their subscription boxes.

The Bespoke gents keep that online store in the same philosophy of their monthly subscription. Quality. Nothing but quality.

It’s all hand-selected items, curated by their team. Take a peek, there’s some cool stuff there.

Bespoke Post vs SprezzaBox

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SprezzaBox shoots for 5-6 items each month, both in men’s fashion and men’s lifestyle, with a lean toward accessories.

SprezzaBox is about half the price of Bespoke Post, and while you’ll get five to six items in every box, you don’t get anywhere near the same level of quality.

Bespoke Post may comparatively put less items in each box, but it’s because they focus on high-end quality over quantity.

SprezzaBox is an awesome box, but it’s more suited to guys looking for a great way to pad out their sock, tie, and general accessories collections.

Is Bespoke Post Worth It?

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If you enjoy choice and quality in your subscription services, then Bespoke Post deserves your attention.

Yes, every once in a while you may receive an item or two that you can’t find practical use for (no matter how hard you try). And this may make you question your monthly spend on that one particular box.

But on the plus side, due to Bespoke Post’s overall quality, choice, and flexibility, this is a rare event. And it becomes even rarer as you get used to the service and a feel for their offerings.

This flexibility shines through with their single-month box option as well. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift that most guys will appreciate, you’ve found it here.

It’s a Lifestyle Supplement

Remember, these boxes include men’s lifestyle items but not necessarily clothing. The items are themed and they’re curated to improve various aspects of your life through home goods and functional items.

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If you’re looking for strictly a men’s clothing subscription box, this isn’t what you’re after.

I believe that your goal with any subscription service should be either to try new things, to automate your shopping habits, or to simply add value in your life.

If you open your mind a little, you really can achieve all three with Bespoke Post.

After four boxes, I’ve upgraded my Dopp, added some quality bar supplies, gnabbed a nifty new knife and replaced my old weekender bag with a new and improved one.

But the best part? I’ve had fun doing it.

So, is it worth it?

My head says yes. My heart says yes. And while it’s not the case for every decision I make, those are all that matter for this one.

Yes.

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FAQs

Is Bespoke Post legit?

Bespoke Post is a completely legitimate men’s subscription service. We’ve been reviewing Bespoke Post boxes since 2017. We wouldn’t recommend them to our readers if they weren’t legit.

How does Bespoke Post work?

When you sign up to Bespoke Post you’ll fill out a quick questionnaire. This lets them know which kinds of products you prefer.

On the 1st of every month you’ll get an email with details about your box. You’ll have five days to review it—you can switch up the styles and colors, swap for another box, or skip the month entirely.

With your choice locked in, your Bespoke Post box ships on the 15th of each month.

How much does Bespoke Post cost?

$45 per month. With 15% off your first box if you follow this link.
You can buy any box standalone (i.e. with no subscription) for $55.

How do I get off Bespoke Post?

You can cancel your subscription by texting, calling, or emailing Bespoke Post with your name and your reason for canceling.

How many skips do I get?

This isn’t Pandora radio. There’s no penalty for skipping every single month if that’s what you really want to do.

You want to skip for the whole year? Feel free to do so (I don’t know why you would want to, but to each his own).

 
What happens if I forget to opt out of a box?

Join the club. It’s a fast world, we forget things from time to time. Bespoke Post does their best to help remedy the situation. They’ll either halt the box before it ships and issue you an immediate refund, or send out a return label as soon as possible.

Hold on to the box, don’t open it, slap the label on, and kick it out the door like that brother-in-law you regret opening your couch to.

How long will shipping take?

Hold the phone, compadre. Sometimes it takes a bit.
Depending on where they’re curating from, you may have to pump the brakes.

Boxes ship between the 6th and 15th of each month. Once sent, your box will arrive within 7 and 10 business days in the lower 48 for standard shipping, but you can upgrade to expedite.

How do Bespoke Post gift cards work?

So you want to pick up a box as a gift but you’re not sure which one he’d want?

No worries. Get the guy a Bespoke Post gift card. 

These work really well because they’ll entitle your main man in question to either any monthly box, or he can apply it to the online Bespoke shop as store credit.

Much more thoughtful than cash in an envelope. But a whole lot less stressing over the decision. Win/win.

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