July 8, 2013
These are good leads, but it comes out a bit too light for me. I find they last
a long time, and almost never break—it happened when I advanced the lead a
couple clicks, but otherwise they're great for heavy-handed writing. I'm using
these up first, then I'm going back to HBs. When I bought the black Kuru Toga, I
wanted to try a variety, so here are my conclusions for use in writing numbers
on spreadsheets at work:
B: Nice dark lines, but a bit on the bold side; the Kuru Toga engine seems a bit
too slow to keep up with the wear so the lines look as if they could have been
drawn with my old .5mm Papermate.
HB: Still nice and dark but finer. The engine still seems a bit slow to keep up
with wear but it's not as pronounced as with the B leads. I suspect this is
because I'm writing numbers and not the shorter strokes of Kanji. The
spreadsheet is easily readable and copyable, and I can do things like write two
lines of printing in the space normally occupied by one. (Whether the home
office can read it without a magnifying glass is debatable. Heh heh.)
H: Lines are a little faint but readable and I have to boost the darkness on the
copier at work for the reports I do, otherwise it comes out too light to read.
The lines themselves are razor-sharp and seem to be in the sweet spot of the
Kuru Toga's engine when writing numbers.