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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little bag, just one flaw, 29 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Derwent Carry-All Canvas Bag, 132 Pencil plus Accessory and Sketchbook Storage Capacity, Carrying Handles and Detachable Shoulder Strap (Office Product)
A well made compact canvas shoulder bag (size w8.5"xh10"xd4.5") that holds an incredible amount of items.

Externally the bag has: an easily detachable shoulder strap and two canvas carry handles that can be joined together by velcroing the attached, padded comfort handle. There is also an external half height flat pocket fastened by a small piece of velcro.

The bag opens out fully thanks to the sturdy zip encompassing 3 sides and this 'flat approach is ideal for 'at a glance' viewing of the contents.

Internally: there is a loosely fitted band of elastic to hold in sketch books etc. Room enough for 3, A5 sized books. I currently have 2x A5 in mine and a water colour box and there is still room for more!!! Then there are 3 ring bound, nylon leaves with dedicated, elastic pencil holders catering for 24 pencils per side (2 number per slot), however, the slots can hold single pencils or pens as desired without the item becoming loose. Thats a lot of pencils! I am not sure if you can purchase additional leaves, though, on closer inspection I doubt the rings will take another leaf. Finally, there is a zipped mesh pocket for other loose items.

The snags are: items in the external pocket are not fully enclosed and prone to falling out or the weather, also to gentle folding (depending on what is being held in the interior of the bag). So I have tended to ignore this facility.
The main snag, and popularly commented on, is: the bag is just shy in height of taking a standard, A4 size sketch book (the width is fine) which is a real shame and the reason why I gave the bag a 4* rating.

Aside from the A4 flaw (which, I am sure Derwent will want to rectify soon), I love the bag. It is light, compact, easy to carry and contains everything I need for art class or field sketching; and there is still room for more.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2013 20:28:21 GMT
SueS says:
The review was very useful with a detailed description of both advantages and drawbacks. It helped me to decide whether to buy it as a gift for an artist friend (The lack of space for an A4 pad is critical.)

Posted on 18 Jan 2015 12:06:40 GMT
You can indeed buy additional leaves for the case.

Derwent Carry-All Pencils Leaves for Storage in Carry-All Canvas Bag, 44 Pencil Capacity per Leaf, Snap Rings to Secure in Place (Pack of 2)

Posted on 25 Aug 2015 01:08:49 BDT
It's so nice to see helpful, detailed reviews of the product, not of the seller or of buyer's remorse on not reading the product description. Thanks!
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