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This pencil feels soft...
December 15, 2012
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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.
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Awesome pencil! It is...
February 12, 2011
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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Anyways, here\'s a real...
May 29, 2010
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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Very beautiful and easy...
April 3, 2011
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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Amazing balance, feels...
October 27, 2012
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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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Its a beautiful and easy...
September 16, 2012
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Its a beautiful and easy to use pencil that also helps minimize hand fatigue. Its in my top picks for pencils to use over long periods of time, but I would like to see a slim version with the same core rotation mechanism.
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love this pencil!!! finally...
August 29, 2012
love this pencil!!! finally got a pencil that i can have for a looong time without wanting any other kinds. Its smooth, and as the description sais, the rotating mechanisn allows you to always have a dark mark. I don't like lending out this pencil to anyone because when I do, I look like I'm desperate for it back... makes people uncomfortable, LOL.
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My absolute favorite...
May 5, 2012
My absolute favorite pencil. Combining the brilliant Kuru Toga mechanism with the luxurious comfort of the α-gel grip, this pencil is really the end all, cure all. I don't think I need to say more about why this pencil is so amazing.

Unfortunately, the grip is not as soft as the other α-gels. I still find it a bit more squishy than Dr. Grips, but less than the α-gel Slims.

The only problem I have ever had is when I "death grip" the pencil, my hand (which is bigger than the grip) tends to turn the upper half, so the clip is pressing into my hand, spinning around, and pressing into it again. Highly annoying mid-exam/essay. It might be better if instead of a clip, there was a little "wing" like in the Dr. Grips from Asia. But when I'm not choking my pencil, this is perfect. For times when I'm furiously writing and intensely gripping my pencil, I switch to the regular Kuru Toga pencil.
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splatt: I haven't tried...
June 3, 2010
splatt: I haven't tried the high-grade, but I have the original one. I don't know if you can compare the two (since one has a grip, thicker and the other is thinner). I like them in their own, special ways. For example, the original KT is like an upgrade of a regular US pencil you'd find in Office Depot. The A-Gel KT is one of those things you can only get from Japan, plus it's two good things combined.
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Honestly, I'm not a huge...
September 11, 2015
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Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the Kuru Toga in general. The pencil is well worth the price, don't get me wrong; it just doesn't work well with the way /I/ hold my pencils. Beautifully coloured and perfect weight for writing. Just wish the 0.5mm size didn't make the pencil seem "sharp" or too fine for its size.
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