Global Arts makes some great cases for the pen addict on the go. This 36-Pencil Roll isn't my favorite of their products, but my complaints are all nitpicks that arise from comparing it to other cases of the same brand.
On the outside, the case feels well made, with soft, sturdy canvas fabric and strong elastic. The snap closure is reliable--it's never come undone, even when being tossed around in a backpack.
Inside, the case starts to feel a little cheap to me, in terms of materials. The nylon lining and pocket zipper feel a bit light and flimsy and don't really give me that sense of durability that I like in my cases.
I'm also not a fan of the vinyl flaps that fold over the top and bottom. It's not very gentle on sharpened pencil tips, and its inflexibility adds bulk to the wrap when it's rolled. It's also stiff and gets in the way when I'm trying to get pencils out of the case. I think canvas might have been more effective here. The elastic bands are strong, but very narrow. They're great for standard-width pencils, but won't work well for anything wider.
Overall, though, the case works. It holds a ton of pencils and keeps them secure in my bag. Who doesn't like a giant tootsie roll of pencils in their bag? But I have to say, I much prefer Global Arts' flat zippered cases. For fifty cents more, you can get a case that holds 48 pencils and fits a little more easily in your bag (and it comes in more fun colors). The elastic loops are also wider in those cases, so it allows for some flexibility in what you carry.
In that sense, I think Global Arts is competing against itself a bit. So, alas, this particular case falls into the "this is a perfectly decent product, but I have no use for it" category. While I love the aesthetics of a roll of pens and pencils, they aren't as practical for me to carry with me--especially when they get as large as this one does when full.
(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)
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