They say that the small irritations in life - the everyday ones that take too much effort to do something about - really do weigh us down mentally over time. In this category of small irritations are goods that have achieved a balance of "super-cheap" and "good enough". It's the stuff you find not just at Wal-Mart, but even at some of the more upscale department stores. They are so ubiquitous that we accept them for what they are (as in "that's just how things are"), perhaps because we are unaware of better choices that, even if they existed, are simply lost in the ocean of mediocrity.
A good example of this economic balance is the humble plastic case. Chances are that you've picked one up in a home or dollar store and found it hard to open...you press on the edge with your thumb, which warps the entire case without actually doing anything; so you wrangle it a bit more, and finally manage to pry it open, but not without getting scratched by a rough, unfinished edge. That's just how plastic cases are, right?
Q: Why don't they make them better?
A: Because they don't have to.
Well, we would like to offer an alternative. There is a company in Japan, called Meihokagaku, or Meiho (may-ho), that specializes in plastic cases for fisherman. Over the years they've branched out into plastic attache cases, plastic tool boxes and have quite a wide variety of cases as well.
The two offered here happen to fit in nicely with our other products. Although they are not branded as "pen cases" or "pencil cases" per se, the sizes are just right for those functions, so that's what we call 'em. The M-size is great for pen-length items (such as pens), and the L-size is just right for unsharpened, eraser-less pencils such as those offered by Tombow and Mitsubishi. Both have enough volume to carry most things that you may need for moving between home and office or office to office or just for getting organized wherever you may be.
Some of the pictures show the actual M-size case we are using. In that case are the following items: Eraser, glue stick, Pilot V-Pen, highliter, black felt-tip-pen, Pilot Murex fountain pen, Olfa top-sheet cutter, Pilot Decimo fountain pen, 3 ink cartridges, pencil sharpener, Pilot Kakuno fountain pen, and a sharpened wooden pencil. There is still a bit more room in there, although the glue stick does take up a lot of space.
The M size inside measurements are 75x152mm (69mm at its narrowest point where the latch is) and 26mm deep. A Lamy Safari fountain pen is 133mm, so length-wize it has room to spare.
The L size inside measurements are 88x178mm (81mm at its narrowest point) and 29mm deep. An unsharpened Mitsubishi pencil is 175mm long.
Both cases have strong hinges that pivot smoothly. The red latches lock and unlock with a soft yet positive click. The case's rounded edges, smooth finish, and even its transparent top and translucent base make perfect sense.
Yes, these are just plastic cases, and if you are fine with putting up with small irritations in life, you don't need them. But they are a nice relief from most everything else out there.
Posted by Oliver on 4th Apr 2017
Really a great way to store all the odds and ends I carry around. Pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, book-darts, headphones, adapters. So very well made.
Posted by Austin on 8th Sep 2016
It's a solid pencil and pen case. My only issue is that many of my wood pencils, when first sharpened, are a little too long to keep in the case.
Posted by mt on 18th Oct 2015
I would give this a 4.5 if I could. And the only reason it is not a 5 is because I wish the latch were clear or white. Maroon is not my favorite color. But the boxes themselves are GREAT. You think you don't need these, and then when you get them you start to plot how many things you could store in them so you want more!
Posted by Martin on 10th Oct 2015
These are wonderful plastic cases! I use the M-Size one for writing instruments and paraphernalia and the L-Size for different cables i need at work.
Posted by MikeSoCal on 3rd Jul 2015
I'm not a big fan of plastic pencil cases but these have changed my impression. They are made of thick plastic, so there is very little flex in the walls of the case making them very sturdy. The two hinges are has a cover that runs the length of the case preventing the hinges from snagging on anything. Likewise the latch is recessed preventing any snags/unexpected openings. The overlapping seal between the cover and the base also offers protection from the elements. I doubt that its totally waterproof, but it will protect against a bit of rain or a spilled drink.