The Loxley Empty Heavyweight Metal Box is a quality, good-value-for-money empty metal box which is enamelled black on the outside and white on the inside. Similar to the Winsor & Newton heavyweight metal whole pan boxes. The central well of the 16 half pan palettes can also be used to store extra half pans.
Available in 2 sizes
EWB210 Designed to hold 16 Half Pans
Size 145mm x 80mm x 18mm
3 Wells in lid
EWB240 Designed to hold 12 whole pans.
Size 215mm x 80mm x 18mm
4 Wells in lid
I really like this 16hp.box which can hold up to 24hp. I already have the W&N one, but needed a second box for some extra colors left over. This empty box is well made, but there are some minor imperfections in the black enamel, like mini bubbles which make enamel to pop off.(2 mini dots by now). I do still like this box, but would prefer it was perfect, like the W&N one I bought last year. Other than that it's just impaccable. Marie-A. Desilets (Yamachiche, Canada) on 21 Dec 2014
For those interested the actual overall closed dimensions are 143L x 71W x 28H mm. Open dimensions: 143L x 211W x 18H mm. Empty weight: 180g. It actually weighs less the 24 half pan lightweight tin box which is 226g. To me, the build is comparable between the two but I do prefer the Loxley one for its weight and form factor when open. You can fit 8 hp down the middle and 4 wp to hold a total 24 hp.
However, as another reviewer mentioned, the flaps when open do not lie flat which makes it precarious to balance on your hand when painting plein air. I was able to rectify the well flap by sticking on 3/8" dia. vinyl pads to prop it open but couldn't fix the flat mixing flap. In addition, the mixing surface is painted matte and not enameled. Paint still beads on the surface so it's not the best for mixing.
Also a tip: use a miniscule bit of barkeeper's friend or any enamel pot cleaner and any staining from paints are gone in a flash without damaging the surface! K. Low (Alberta, Canada) on 10 Dec 2016
I was searching for a quality paint box for my pan watercolors, with deep wells for washes and that had a get feel/weight to it. Box also holds White Night's full pans excellently in the center storage space (up to 5 pans). Was not disappointed! Chris Campos (Tulare, USA) on 26 Mar 2016