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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.

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.

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.

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.
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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!
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I AM IN LOVE. I am...
September 9, 2011

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.
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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.
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Loving it so far. I was...
May 14, 2016
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Loving it so far. I was worried the rotating lead would be a bit of a gimmick, but since the cost was reasonable, I decided to give it a shot. Well, the rotating lead isn't going to change your life, but it is certainly convenient. I didn't realize that I had developed a habit of twisting my pencil in my hand every so often simply to compensate for wearing down lead.

The grip is a little squishier than I'd like, but still comfy. I'm quite pleased with it.
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This is my favorite mechanical...
September 6, 2016
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This is my favorite mechanical pencil as it's a combination of my other two favorite pencils - the Uni Alpha and the Kuru Toga. I was initially drawn to the Kuru Toga for its rotating lead mechanism, and I found the pencil was extremely durable and the lead was far less likely to break. However, the pencils were not comfortable to write with; not even the Kuru Toga with the rubber grip was able to save me from hand cramps. Prior to the Kuru Toga, I'd been using the Uni Alpha Gel Shakers for their amazingly comfy grip. If only the grip was comfier, I thought. Then came this match made in heaven - this pencil was the combination I'd been desperately wishing for. The grip is slightly less squishy than the typical Uni Alpha Gels, but nevertheless, it's a vast improvement over the rubber grips of the Kuru Toga. Do you like the Kuru Toga but wish it was more comfortable to write with? Then this is the mechanical pencil for you.
Nice grip and it writes...
September 2, 2016
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Nice grip and it writes smoothly.
I like how this pencil...
June 25, 2016
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I like how this pencil writes, but the gel grip is not what I was expecting. I have hands that tend to be clammy, and the gel grip seems almost slippery at times, making me feel like I constantly need to wipe my hands. It's distracting as I'm trying to work. Another thing - if you buy this, be careful about using up all of the eraser. If you don't remove it before you flatten it too much, you'll have to get some small, sharp instrument like a thumb tack to dig the eraser out of the end of the pencil so you can put in new lead.
I had this pencil pretty...
March 25, 2016
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I had this pencil pretty much all through college before I lost it. The grip was as lovely and wonderful as you would expect an Alpha Gel grip to be and Kuru Toga pencils are the best pencils ever made. Two great tastes, yeah? So why didn't I replace it when I lost it? Two reasons: one, the body of the pencil was too wide. I grip my pencil quite tightly and this was just too much for my smallish-hands. I prefer the more slender (if less comfortable) High Grade or regular Kuru Toga. The second reason was that the Alpha Gel grip picked up all sorts of stuff from my pencil pouch, backpack, and pencil cup. It was kind of sticky and the grip wouldn't always stay in place. My 2 cents: great pencil, but would have liked it better if it had the same form factor as the slim ballpoint or the High Grade Kuru Toga with the luscious Alpha Gel grip.
Fantastic pencil! Writes...
February 22, 2016
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Fantastic pencil! Writes smoothly, and lead never breaks. It's very comfortable with the alpha gel grip, and the shipping was excellent!
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