With standard mechanical pencils, as you write the pencil lead is worn down until it is a slanted surface. Each time you write you will get a different experience depending on how the pencil is rotated. This can cause multiple annoyances:
1. As you start to write you might have a sharp point, but as you continue to write the point is worn down and thus your line widths are not uniform. This can also lead to smudgy and thick lines.
2. If you pick the pencil up and happen to start writing with the tip of the angled point, it is likely to scratch or catch on the paper.
3. The different angles at which the pencil lead comes in to contact with the paper is a common cause of lead breakage.
The Kuru Toga, on the other hand, has a core rotation mechanism that continually rotates the pencil lead as you write. The lead is twisted through a spring-loaded clutch, it works by twisting incrementally every time you lift the pencil up (i.e. during printing words, etc). This allows a uniform wearing of the pencil lead so that it always remains as a pointed tip. Not only does it solve the above problems, but it also gives you an amazingly thin line. You are effectively using only 50% of the lead area that you were previously using with your old mechanical pencil.
|Model Number||UNI M5858GG1P.71|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 oz|
|Body Color||Light Blue|
|Design Style||Auto Lead Rotation, Ergonomic|
|Diameter - Grip||11.3 mm|
|Diameter - Max||13.2 mm|
|Knurled Finger Grip||No|
|Lead Diameter||0.5 mm|
|Lead Grade Indicator||No|
|Lead Sleeve Length||2.8 mm|
|Length - Body||14.0 cm|
February 12, 2011
Awesome pencil! It is...
Awesome pencil! It is basically a combination of the original Kuru Toga and the alpha gel. The pencil saves lead, prevents lead breakage, and is comfortable!
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May 29, 2010
Anyways, here\'s a real...
Anyways, here\'s a real review. I bought this pencil from somewhere in Japan and I\'ve been waiting to see these on Jetpens for sometime. The grip felt like a slightly squishier version of the Dr. Grip. This is a very nice pencil for writing, since the original Kuru Toga doesn\'t have much of a grip. You can take off the plastic outside and decorate the inside of the barrel much like a Dr. Grip. However, the tip isn\'t retractable and you can pull on it too...but that\'s not much of a problem for me. The plastic barrel feels kind of cheap and easy to scratch. Overall, I love this pencil. If you\'re thinking about getting it, stop thinking and get it.
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December 15, 2012
This pencil feels soft...
This pencil feels soft in my hand. My first thought was that the color was a little darker than it looked in the pictures, but it's still very shiny and attractive. I noticed after a day that the grip was starting to turn yellow, so I wrapped it in plastic wrap as extra precaution. The rotating mechanism requires the tip of the pencil to go in a bit when you write, but that's not a problem.
I find that this pencil is a little hard to get used to. I already rotate my pencils incrementally when writing, so using a Kuru Toga that rotates lead internally is redundant and actually throws me off, especially because I like rotating my pencils in the opposite direction. >:[ I wasn't even aware of the habit.
3 people found this helpful
April 3, 2011
Very beautiful and easy...
Very beautiful and easy to write with. I have this Turquoise Blue one and it now becomes my favorite mechanical pencil. The plastic clear surrounding of the upper body makes it shining~~The grip is soft so that my finger will not ache after a long time of writing. It's also well balanced.
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October 27, 2012
Amazing balance, feels...
Amazing balance, feels great to hold in the hand, writes smoothly, and looks attractive. The grip is just so squishy, I love it.
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