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Question: Are the people...
September 20, 2010
Question: Are the people who are reviewing using the Rikagaku Dustless Chalk for this holder? Or are you using standard chalk? It would probably slide if you are not using the chalk that the holder was made for.
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I don't know why anyone...
June 13, 2012
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I don't know why anyone would give this product a bad review. I've been using it for over 6 months and I just love it. I write so much better with it, it's easy to use, and holds the chalk extremely well (I use the same brand of chalk). I highly recommend this product.
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EXCELLANT holder. Works...
October 16, 2011
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EXCELLANT holder. Works perfectly if you use the Rikagaku chalk. I find using the holder my writing is much clearer and neater. I highly recommend this holder, and don't know why other people were complaining about it other than possibly they were trying to use different chalk in it.
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my only problem with...
February 9, 2016
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my only problem with this product is that it struggles with shorter pieces of chalk.
I had high hopes that...
February 7, 2015
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I had high hopes that Japanese design and quality would have produced what North America cannot seem to manage: a chalk holder that actually holds a stick of chalk in place. This holder is a complete disappointment. It held the chalk securely for one and a half class sessions. After that point, writing with less than regular pressure pushes the chalk into the holder. (Yes, I am using Rikagaku brand chalk purchased in the same order as this "holder.) The only reason I am not tossing it is that it provides a secure way to carry a stick of backup chalk with me to guard against the inevitable absence of chalk in classrooms. It certainly does not work as a holder.
I really wanted this...
January 18, 2015
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I really wanted this to work well because I LOVE the Rikagaku Dustless Chalk. But it didn't for me. I am a lecturer and the chalk squeaks (due to a poor grip, I assume) when I write on the board with it.
I have it for a few years,...
February 20, 2013
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I have it for a few years, proud owner of the best chalk holder. It is my only tool for sketching murals on the wall. It is very comfortable, dustless, neat, strong, sticks to the ladder (magnet), love it.
When used with the japanese...
September 3, 2012
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When used with the japanese sized chalk this works wonderfully. The magnet is perfect for keeping it on the fridge or whatever magnetic surface is close to a chalkboard. I use it for grocery lists and a "what's for dinner" sign in the kitchen.
I have not had the sliding...
February 20, 2010
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I have not had the sliding issue mentioned by previous users, likely because I am only a light user of chalk as I use it to jot down reminders, to dos, etc. I really like this holder- it's cute and has a magnetic strip which is really functional as I just stick it on my chalkboard when not in use. The push mechanism pops out the chalk really well. I took off one star as this does not fit the standard 3/8 in size chalk- but then it is meant for Japanese standard sizes... I just placed an order for another one to use w/ colored chalk.
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I love this product and...
March 9, 2013
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I love this product and am so happy that I decided to purchase it! When I received it in the mail, it was actually bigger than I had imagined it would be, but that was a good thing! The chalk inside is definitely better quality than your "run of the mill" American made chalk and is certainly a different size. The diameter of these chalks are about 1.5 times larger than standard chalk (approximately), which helps to keep the chalk from snapping in half in the middle of your lecture. The chalk holder also helps prevent the previously mentioned problem as well! This product, when used in conjunction with the chalk that was designed for it, is an absolute must for any teacher, lecturer, or tutor who still has to use chalk boards. The only *comment* that I have is about the chalk advance button at the top - it is not like a mechanical pencil that dispenses out a given amount of chalk with each push, but is spring loaded and can shoot out really fast if one isn't holding it in the right orientation.

On another note, as previous people have mentioned and the description of the product says, the company that makes these is absolutely amazing. The company is built on a solid business model that promotes environmental responsibility and, more importantly, equal opportunity. To be honest, the fact that the majority of employees in this company are mentally disabled was the major selling point for me. I wanted to give my money to a business that actually cares about its employees and helps provide challenged individuals with an opportunity to feel validated and important in society.
Buy this product, not just because its great, but also because the company that makes it is great as well!
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