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  An attractive small case,..., January 25, 2014
By c.w...
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 time.

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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