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The square cross-section...
April 4, 2012
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The square cross-section provides maximum volume with minimum apparent size. The main compartment opens up and forward, keeping the footprint small, forming a stable V-shaped holder, where you can see much of the items. The vivid yellowish orange color outside and strong orange color inside makes it unusual, lively, and fun. In contrast, a simple, low-height, tray-shaped case was faster to load and retrieve items from, but was boring, and had a bigger footprint. A small footprint is ergonomic, for dividing table space among laptop, binder, book, and papers.

In contrast, the PE-07 has a tall rectangular cross-section, so you have to dig way down to fish-out items at the bottom, and it looks unstable, falling over, forming a bigger footprint. With this PE-08, you never have to dig down very far. The PE-09 flap-type case is ridiculously big, so it is more of a niche, specialized case for carrying around a large collection of items -- and lacks elegant symmetry. The 07 and 09 pouch- or purse-shaped cases look like they tend to lie down, forming a bigger footprint, with the opening aimed horizontally rather than angled toward you, thus spilling rather than holding the contents presenting them toward you.

The PE-08 genuinely solved the problem of tangled items in the bottom of my deep, dark backpack pockets: it protects small, delicate items, and I'm no longer digging around my overloaded backpack, but now, my wonderful stationery items are presented to me brightly and invitingly.

I'm not embarrassed to put the PE-08 case on the table in the coffeehouse or library: it doesn't at all remind one of a purse; it doesn't look specifically masculine or feminine, but looks interesting and thus cool. Neither does it put your items too much on display like a stand-up shape or tray-box shape, and neither is it fiddly, ostentatious, or big-footprint like a roll-up case. It's a moderate yet worthwhile size; it doesn't hold so much as to raise the question of "Why do you need so much?" or hold so little as to ask "Why do you need a case at all; isn't that gratuitous and affected?" This right-sized case is small enough to be low-key, yet big enough to be intriguing: what fun and cool things are surely in that pencil case?

The other most-sensible model might be the compact PE-06, but it's not compartment-shaped or mouth/cup-shaped like the PE-08 main compartment, so it's not good for free-form holding the maximum number of items in a small space; it doesn't use its volume as efficiently, and it doesn't look quite as fun, except for the compactness. I'd like to see a compact version of the PE-08, with a similar pouch/mouth main compartment, rather than book-like with pen slots like the PE-06.

I had a really great time buying the red (orange inside) PE-08 for a friend and filling it with surprise gifts. She immediately said "I'll be able to find this red case in my luggage!" This tasteful and fun design is good for guys and girls, where the potential embarrassment or silliness of having a pencil case is overcome by the coolness of this design. This case really makes sense and is helpful and uplifting, just as many reviewers have reported. This model would make a great gift for anyone, for general use, especially if filled with some JetPens and college bookstore stationery items.
21 people found this helpful
mikeshoffman
Fits my TI-95 graphing...
October 21, 2011
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Fits my TI-95 graphing calculator, Casio scientific calculator, two erasers, small protractor, 6 mechanical pencils, and two pens. Room for a few more pens and erasers if needed.
17 people found this helpful
nathanhendler
Like everyone else and...
September 24, 2011
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Like everyone else and their mother, I absolutely looooooove this pencil bag. I am a pencil holder junkie who owns way too many zip-up pouches, pencil tins, snap-shut boxes for one person. This is the only bag that has survived my endless rotations. If this bag ever wears out (I'm sure it will fall prey to my handling at some point) I will certainly order another. Maybe even one other as a spare. It is that serious. It holds the usual stuff like drawing supplies in it, but also my keys, lip balm, mp3 player, mints, my cats, a left shoe, and god knows what else.

I love this bag. A lot. Join the rest of us and become a Nomadic Pencil Case follower. You know you want to.
17 people found this helpful
gokubean84
this pencil case is awsome...
June 24, 2011
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this pencil case is awsome i have 25 pens a ruler 3 refills 5 pencils and stickey notes this thing holds so much stuff GET IT!!!!!
14 people found this helpful
palozzola
This pencil case was...
December 14, 2011
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This pencil case was my life. It has a bunch of room in it for pretty much anything; I was able to fit a bottle of pilot ink and 15 other pens in the larger pocket. GAHHH I want to order another; mine got stolen cause it was so awesome :'(
11 people found this helpful
This pencil case is awesome....
April 27, 2011
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This pencil case is awesome. It looks nice, and it holds so much stuff. I have 26 pens in it, and a small stapler two rulers erasers and refills as well. I love it!
4 people found this helpful
This pencil case is absolutely...
May 22, 2010
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This pencil case is absolutely amazing! It can fit a lot and the color is exactly as depicted in the photo. I love the structure of the pencil case, allowing me to organize all my stuff.
4 people found this helpful
lilcalibaby4eva
This is great! I am...
July 14, 2013
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This is great! I am using it for my insulin pen and blood glucose meter. It works great.
3 people found this helpful
darialall
This is a really cheerful...
June 22, 2011
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This is a really cheerful pencil case. The orange-yellow is nice, and the pencil case is just right for my child to keep organized. I'd get one for myself if I needed one.
3 people found this helpful
mybuttercup
I've tried numerous pencil...
April 1, 2011
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I've tried numerous pencil cases...this is the best one out there (as far as I'm concerned!) Perfect size, perfect organization, lovely orange color, great zippers, well made bag -- THANK YOU JetPens for carrying this excellent product !!!
3 people found this helpful
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