I think the Carry-All has distinct potential but for me it's a "near miss". I'm awarding it a B+ for a good effort but could do better.
The reason why? Two reasons
- I'm confused as to who it is for
- My personal preferences for what I need - I think I would have been tempted to use it an awful lot more - and hence liked it a lot more - if it had just been 25mm taller. I'll explain why.
However if you started from the perspective of who else might want to use it then I think Derwent might well have given some more thought to the size. It’s not big enough to take an A4 sketchbook or most panoramic sketchbooks so one’s limited to carrying an A5 size sketchbook or a smaller Moleskine sketchbook.
The size aspect is what’s going to limit my use of this holdall. I was ever so disappointed as I tried every which way to get my A4 sketchbook into it. That's because if I'm using a smaller sketchbook I then also downsize how many pencils I carry around with me. I can get a small sketchbook and mini pencil wrap in my handbag. (see Making a Mark Reviews: Product Review: Derwent Pocket Pencil Wrap 24 May 2010)
Here's the breakdown of what I found. I'll also report back once I've used it 'in the field'. I'll also be asking Derwent about the size issue as the Carrry-All I have is nothing like the dimensions on their website.
Product: Derwent Carry-All
Summary Review: It's a well-made rather large pencil holdall on a strap. I find this product promising but confusing. I’m not clear who the target consumer of the carry-all.
Technical Details: The Derwent Carry-All is described as “a pencil storage solution” with the scope to store “up to 132 pencils and more”.
Who should buy this?
Who should not buy this?
Manufacturer / Distributor: Derwent / Cumberland Pencil Company
Interestingly it's also big enough to take an iPad - but then if I was sketching with my iPad I wouldn’t need the pencils! :)