Kutsuwa Edwin Denim Pencil Case Review

Kutsuwa Edwin Denim Pencil Case - Image from JetpensWhen you have a box full of pencil cases to review I imagine it would be hard to pick the first one to write about.  Not so in this case.  The Kutsuwa Edwin denim pencil case stood out immediately.  It is easy to see why with its striking denim fabric.  Available in either blue or black the denim look is polarising.  Used and abused as a fashion fabric over the years denim can do no wrong in the eyes of some and can do no good for others.  Regardless of your views though, in a pencil case world dominated by vinyl and plastic, denim is guaranteed to attract attention.

This is one smart looking pencil case.  The denim pairs well with the grey pinstripe piping that ring the case around its belly  and near the basemuch like belts.  The two zips blend in unobtrusively both in the lid and around the middle.  The red and white rubber Edwin logo stands out appropriately too against the darker blue denim background.  The nature of the center zip also allows you to open the pencil case up - clam or book style.  You can also see in the second picture how the zip handles can be retracted to well around the inside corners of the case.  There is also an elastic pull tab attached the the zip handle on the lid.  I am not sure what purpose this serves.   Perhaps someone can enlighten me?

The denim adds a robustness to this pencil case that will be appreciated by those using it..  This pencil case should take some serious punishment and protect its contents with ease.  The grey pinstripe piping also act as support 'ribs' that help the pencil case maintain its rectangular shape and prevent the case from falling in on itself.  Inside the pencil case the denim is lined with nylon which is fairly standard.

This pencil case features two compartments.  One is inside the lid and the other is the main well or tray.  Entry to the top compartment is via a zip running along the middle of the lid.  The main compartment can be accessed by a zip with two handles that traverses three quarters of the way around the waist of the pencil case.

Nothing immediately makes this pencil case stand out in terms of features other than its use of denim as the outer material.  Two compartments is fairly standard for this type of pencil case.  However the way these two compartments have been designed is very useful.  The lid compartment is domed which provides extra storage.  More than just a single layer of pens can be squeezed into it.

 

Kutsuwa Edwin Denim Pencil Case - Image from Jetpens

The main compartment is more than just a cavernous space too, although it could be treated as just that.  Under the domed lid is a mesh pocket ideal for storing erasers or lead cases.  Maybe even a pair of scissors.  Also, attached to the hinge on the inside of the case is another useful feature - a partition available to store three pens.  I really like the use of a partition in pencil cases like this.  It enables you to protect some of your more valuable pens from being scratched by any other utensils you might choose to stuff inside.  At first I thought the partition's hinge was particularly flimsy and a weakness in the case's construction and design.  On further use however I found that it was intentionally designed this way.  Were it stiff and unyielding there would be a limit to the amount of pens I could store beneath it.  Thanks to its flexibility you can seriously pack quite a few pens into the main compartment.  The hinge of the partition allows for the flap to be raised much higher that it could if it were rigidly attached.

A good pencil case to compare the Kutsuwa Denim to is the 'A Brand Called Ed' pencil case.  Both are similar in design with the Kutsuwa clearly better both in terms of the quality of materials used and also functionality.  The mesh pocket and lid compartment can actually be used effectively and aren't there just for show.

To test out this pencil case I used it everyday for a week at work.  So how did the Kutsuwa Edwin Denim pencil case fare?  Admirably.  It easily held  everything I use throughout the day except my stapler.  I was confident enough to shove it into my bag without feeling the need to protect it from other objects.  The partition housed my three most commonly used writing utensils and I used the lid compartment for my scissors and glue stick.  The inner mesh pocket held my USB drives.  I particularly appreciated being able to open the pencil case 'book style' on my desk so that my gear was instantly available for use.  My students immediately noticed the pencil case and liked its look.  So much so that after every class I had this week the pencil case was manhandled teenagers all of whom had no qualms about poking and prodding every element of its design.  The case still looks brand new a week later.

This is a smart looking (if you like denim), stylish, well designed and sturdy pencil case.  It will last for years and I doubt it will fall apart unless deliberately abused.  I think this pencil case would be more than suitable for students but anyone with a range of utensils to carry around would find it very useful.  It could hold a short ruler, scissors, glue stick, 15-20 pens or pencils, lead cases and a couple of other knick knacks.  There are improvements that I think could be made.  The mesh pocket strikes me as being delicate, maybe too much so.  I wonder how much weight the mesh can take and whether it would fall apart with extensive use.  Also the three pen pocket coverings on the dividing partition are very short.  I would like them to be longer so that they could serve not only to hold the three pens but also protect them from perhaps being scratched or damaged.  These are minor quibbles though and hardly detract from what is a fine pencil case.

If you have questions about the Kutsuwa Edwin denim pencil case please email me or leave a comment below.  Thanks go to Jetpens for the images.

Summary

Dimensions - 20 (l) x 9 (w) x 6 (h) cm.

Positives - Roomy, quality materials, well designed

Concerns - Mesh pocket durability?

Negatives - None

Users - Students, Artists

Price - Medium (15-30 AUD)