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

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

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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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After looking to complete...
March 18, 2011
After looking to complete my pencil case with a kuru toga, I chose this pencil. Very happy with it.

- Combines the kuru toga technology with an alpha gel grip. This makes it better than other kuru togas because it combines two favorites into 1 pencil
- I bought the red grip version because it looked nicer online. The ones with the colored barrels did not appeal to me since I wanted a colored grip. Furthermore, red was more visually appealing than black or the teal colored grip
- More on the grip. There's a simple red grip below the alpha gel grip. Guess this makes it squishier? Looks cool though.
- The grip has more traction than any other alpha gels. Yet, the best grip is still on the non-shaka, HD alpha gels.
- Now for the mechanism. VERY COOL. haha...I don't use my shaka shaker anymore since at times, it just feels cheap. I use the kuru toga for writing notes and the Metal barrel HD for jotting things down.
- Stupid, yes. BUT there's NO japanese "uni" sticker on this!!! I find this awesome since the uni label will fall off over time and looks downright awful after much use. Instead, the labels are printed on the barrel of the pencil which is much nicer. See, little things like this make this pencil a tad better than the other alpha gels.

- The color of the grip isn't as vivid as it looks online.
- The barrel etc is all plastic. However, the kuru toga mechanism/the main pencil part is metal which is very nice.
- Grip isn't as squishy as other alpha gels. The shaka shaker version is the squishiest, followed by the HD. This kuru toga firmer than both of these grips.
- Not a shaker pencil. + i haven't found a way to take it apart and insert a shaker. downer
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kuru toga and alpha gel...
November 10, 2011
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kuru toga and alpha gel go together like bread and butter. so nice to write with.
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I agree with benjamindk1...
August 13, 2014
I agree with benjamindk1 - I wish the collar retracted. I love my current Kuru Toga and would gladly pay for a more expensive model -- if I could safely carry it around in my shirt pocket without stabbing myself.
I have two gripes about...
April 2, 2014
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I have two gripes about all mechanical pencils: the uneven wear of the point, and the stabbing that I have to endure every time I try to find it. The Kuru Toga solves the first problem beautifully. Other pencils solve the second problem, but no pencil (that I know of) solves both. Of all the Kuru Toga models that Uni sells, they don't have a retractable, pipe-locking, or, for God's sake a bloody cap to prevent the completely unnecessary stabbing that happens when clumsy hands try to pick it up. Still, I love this pencil.
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Good -Kuru Toga works...
April 9, 2013
-Kuru Toga works great and works well
-Grip isn't as soft as the other versions

Overall, I recommend it!