As professionals, we often need to carry around a bunch of stuff--pens, pencils, paper clips, binder clips, reading glasses, correction fluid, sticky notes, permanent markers, highlighters, charging cords, lip balm . . . and on, and on. (It can be a little dizzying when you do an actual inventory of your mobile office supplies.)
And if all those doodads and whatsits and objet métier aren't properly corralled, we can waste a lot of time tracking them down or, quite possibly, replacing them (only to find them later in that extremely safe and extraordinarily logical place we put them in).
I was plenty tired of tracking down and replacing, so I began the hunt for a decent pencil case. My requirements were fairly simple, I thought:
This bad boy meets all of my requirements and even adds a few perks: a handle (far more useful than I thought it would be at first), paracord zipper pulls, light padding all around, a soft internal lining, and a smoothly operating zipper that opens just far enough around the spine so that the lid will lie completely flat when open.
As you can see, it's big enough to hold a lot of stuff, without crossing over into why-bother-I've-already-got-a-messenger-bag territory. Regarding aesthetics, although I'm generally not a label guy, these have panache, and I feel pretty sure folks wouldn't mistake this case for theirs in a busy café; regardless, the labels could be removed easily.
I promise I'm not one who tends to gush about pencil cases, but this guy is utterly fantastic. If you lie awake at night contemplating whether a perfect pencil case can exist in an imperfect world, the answer is yes. Now get some sleep.
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