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If it always seems like a pencil is just out of reach when you need one—or if you collect beautiful pens and pencils and like to bring them with you—a great pencil case is a must. They’re perfect for stowing in a backpack or purse, and can double as a dopp kit in a pinch.

We’ve picked our favorites that are stylish, durable, and functional.

Best overall: Herschel Settlement Pencil Case

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Herschel’s quality is matched only by its stylishness. This purveyor of backpacks and suitcases also makes excellent office supplies, pencil cases included. This one is made with Herschel’s signature finishes, like a leather zipper pull, durable lining, and side handle.

Best value: ProCase Pencil Bag Pen Case

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This lightweight set of two cases fits more tools than you’d expect. At 8.2 by 4.5 inches, they’ll be able to fit an ample amount of writing tools—great for an art student with a full collection of drafting pencils. The felt exterior is scratch-resistant, environmentally friendly, and in an elegant grey that will match anything.

Most stylish: Delfonics Quitterie Pencil Case

Super Sleek

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Delfonics is a beloved Japanese brand in the stationery world, known for their gorgeous, minimalist pens and folios. This pencil case is worthy of display on a shelf or desk—the whole line comes in beautifully saturated colors. Made from PVC, these pencil cases are extremely durable with a waterproof exterior, made to stand the test of time.

Super roomy: Homecube Pencil Case

Great For Artists

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Homecube’s pencil case is designed to be spacious and multi-functional. At 8.74-by-4.3-by-2.17-inches, it can fit 50-60 pencils, and can even accommodate the length of Tombow dual tipped pens. A removable, elastic lined divider can hold four individual writing implements, and two pockets—one mesh, one solid fabric with a Velcro closure—are perfect for holding erasers or headphones.

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