Uni Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Grip

Uni Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Grip

$14.00
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4.4 (23 reviews)
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Separately, the Alpha Gel and Kuru Toga lines were already popular. Combined, this new pencil is sure to be a big hit. Now you can enjoy the famous break resistant mechanical pencil with the irresistibly soft and squishy Alpha Gel grip famous for keeping an egg from breaking when dropped from a 5 foot height! If you don't know about the Kuru Toga, let us explain.

There's a real problem that affects almost all mechanical pencils. As you use a regular mechanical pencil, the lead wears down on one side, forming a slanted wedge-shaped tip. Each time you put the lead to the page you end up using a different lead surface (pointy, flat, wide, thin) depending on how you hold the pencil. This can cause dramatic and unsightly variations in line thickness as you write or draw.

The Kuru Toga eliminates this problem with the use of an ingenious lead rotation mechanism that continually rotates the pencil lead as you write. A spring-loaded clutch twists the lead incrementally every time you lift the pencil from the paper. This allows a uniform wearing of the lead to create a conical tip shape that provides a fine, consistent line.


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Customer Reviews

I love both the kuru...
January 26, 2012
I love both the kuru toga and alpha gel lines that Uniball has out, so I thought I would try this combination of the two.

THE GRIP-
I like the grip. Defiantly not as squishy as the regular alpha gels (like the Uni-ball Alpha Gel HD Shaka Shaker Pencil), but I prefer this one because it is not s squishy as to make you have an unstable grip, but is still more comfortable than a standard kuru toga.

THE MECHANISM-
So far has been working just fine. I write in cursive, so this may not be as effective as writing in print, but I still like it. One of my 2 kuru togas got blocked up and I wasn't able to clear it so I had to throw it away. Will update on the lasting power later.

OVERALL-
I like the product. Only thing I could suggest would be having metal instead of a coating on plastic on the shiny section in the middle since that scratches easily. Oh, and also having a price cut. This is kinda expensive.
5 people found this helpful
For years I've been using...
January 3, 2015
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For years I've been using .7 mm pencils because the .5 mm lead would always break on me. A friend of mine recommended this pencil, so I gave it a try. I'm done pencil shopping because this is the one for me. I've been using it for the better part of a year and because of the pencil's mechanics, I no longer have the breaking issue using a .5 mm lead. It is comfortable, it's well crafted, and it will be the last mechanical pencil I will ever buy.

It's fantastic!
3 people found this helpful
fmesserer
I was so happy to see...
June 6, 2010
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I was so happy to see this at Jetpens. I've got 4 other Kuru Toga pencils, from the plastic and metal collections, but I saw these Alpha Gel models while browsing Ebay. I had to have one, and love that I could get it in a few days, instead of waiting on international shipping.
The pencil itself is great. I like a wider grip, and the gel is very comfortable. The hardest part of using a Kuru Toga is not rotating the pencil as you write, since it does it for you. I find myself rotating the other models as I go, but the gel seems to help me remember to keep it stationary.
This version is also pretty light, close to the plastic model, so it's comfortable for long stretches of writing. Highly recommended.
2 people found this helpful
I AM IN LOVE. I am...
September 9, 2011
I AM IN LOVE.

I am obsessed with writing instruments & once I find a great product, I'm loyal for life. When my fiance told me about this pencil, I couldn't believe my ears. I had to order it immediately. (Note: Shipping here at JetPens is absolutely terrific!) When I write, I write in all capitalized letters so this involves me picking up the pencil for each letter. This works wonderful with my writing style. If you prefer to write in cursive, this product may not work as well for you. You literally need to lift the pencil off of the paper in order for the lead to rotate.
1 person found this helpful
aznbabeforu
I've bought two of these...
October 26, 2015
Verified Purchase
I've bought two of these already and adore it so much! Probably my favourite pencil by far. The grip is amazing and the rotating lead makes it even more fun to work with. Love it!
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