An attractive small case,...
An attractive small case, with emphasis on the small. Be aware that this was
designed as a case for reading glasses (like another reviewer says, it comes
with instructions for moleskine's reading glasses), and so is sized for reading
glasses. Moleskine does market it as suitable for carrying pens and pencils, but
that is not entirely true.
It is SHORT. JetPens has the length as 15 cm, useable interior length is
probably about 14.7 cm. That makes the case just barely pen/pencil length, which
means some fit and some don't. To give you an idea: Like others have said, new
wooden pencils will be too long. A standard stick ballpoint pen with a cap is
too long. Stabilo pens are way too long. A standard BIC mechanical pencil with
an eraser won't fit unless you push down the top (like you're clicking for more
lead), which puts stress on the ends of the case, which I really don't think the
case can handle. A few of the pens I tried touch at both ends, and I think
having several pens that long in there would put too much stress on it over
The back side (the side with the lid) isn't glued on or anything. It sits firmly
against the case, but if you put a little pressure on it it comes away a bit.
This sounds weirder than it is. I do wish it was sturdier but I expect it to
hold up ok, as long as I don't put stress on the ends... So I won't be carrying
any pens that touch on both sides. Pay attention to how long your favorite pens
and pencils are before you buy, and don't expect to be able to cram
almost-fitting things in.
All that being said, I'm fairly happy with the case. I bought it primarily
because I wanted something to carry my rotring 600 in to protect the tip. The
tip sits only a few mm from the end, which is really kind of nice because it
won't be banging around much. I wanted something small to only carry my every
day note-taking kit: the pencil, a few erasers, lead, and a red stabilo
fineliner. I'm pretty disappointed that I can't fit the stabilo, but at least
the pencil's tip is protected.
One last thing: the case arrived with two scuffed corners—the black had been
scuffed away to show white fabric underneath. They were small spots, so instead
of bothering with a return I just colored it in with a black marker. It's no
longer noticeable unless you're looking, but does not bode well for its
durability in a backpack.
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