Slider Box Pencil Case

Slider Box Pencil Case

This pencil case review will be focusing on a hand-me-down pencil case.  My father gave me this pencil case when I was still at school.  So I have had it quite a few years now.  He made the pencil case himself in wood arts class when he was in school himself. Obviously this slider box pencil case is a sentimental favourite of mine.

Despite the years of wear, and my sentimentality, this pencil case is still one of the better pencil cases I own.  Its stature in that regard will be threatened in the next week or so when I get a shipment of pencil cases from Jetpens but until then it is as safe as houses.

I suspect (and hope) however that it will remain one of my favourites simply because they just don't make pencil cases like this anymore.  Prove me wrong somebody.  I would gladly consider buying something similar in style to this pencil case but I haven't found any for sale.



The dimension of this slider box pencil case are unusual in some respects.  The length of the box itself  is 25.5 cm but the actual storage area is only 23.5 cm because the of thickness of the end panels.  The height of the case is 4.2 cm (the bottom panel is 2mm thick and the curved end of the sliding panel extends beyond the end of the case by about 2cm at its longest.

In terms of length this pencil case gives you room for a pen and then more.  This is perfect for storing erasers, pencils leads or whatever.  The depth of the box, below the sliding panel, is 3.3 cm or roughly 3 pens high.  Width wise the case is 7.5cm wide on the inside.  The side panels make it 9.5 cm wide overall.  This means there is room for quite a few writing utensils.  What I also like about the roominess of this pencil case are the possibilities for modifications.

The interior can easily be partitioned if you want to separate some of your stationery goods.  I remember doing just this as a kid with some sticky tape and some cardboard.  The result was ugly as sin but I am sure something easier on the eye than my efforts could be achieved.  The sliding panel can also be modified into a ruler or an information can be sticky taped to the underside for handy consultation.

The box itself is made from wood and a very light wood at that.  The pictures make it look heavy but in fact it is almost balsa wood like in feel.  I would prefer a more hefty feel to the case but when it is full of pens and pencils you begin to appreciate the lightness of the materials used to construct the pencil case.

One of the drawbacks to this box slider pencil case is the shape.  Dropping the box would probably result in a cracked corner joint or a split in the wood somewhere so I wouldn't recommend carrying this around in a bag.  This case just wasn't meant to be carried around a lot.  Its shape actually lends itself to drawer or desktop use and this is exactly how I have been using it.

Another drawback is that all pens and pencils are thrown in together. This is fine for the pens and pencils we use everyday but this pencil case really isn't appropriate for storing our favourite talking points.  That type of writing utensil really needs individual storage and protection from scratches.

I hope you like this style of pencil case.  It really hails from a bygone era of wooden desks, hidden drawers, and individual craftmanship.  Student desks nowadays more often than not come adorned with wetsuit material carryall pencil cases that fare well in a rucksack, repel all manner of sticky beverages and can store literally dozens of pens.  While these new creations have their place I hope we don't completely forego the classics like this wooden pencil case.