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This pencil is awesome....
, October 25, 2010
This pencil is awesome. I would recommend it. You can see your lines perfectly,
there's no smudging. the only thing though is that I had to buy an eraser, cause
the one on the pencil was too tiny for my tastes. other than that I say go for
it! It you like to write alot this pencil is for you!
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I like this pencil a...
, December 3, 2009
I like this pencil a lot. The mechanism works well. Usually I give 4's to
utencils if there are small defects in them, but I am pleased to say that there
are none in this. I would encourage people to purchase the Kuru Toga.
By the way, it writes smooth!
| I work as a night auditor...
, July 7, 2013
I work as a night auditor in a hotel and have to fill two spreadsheets in pencil
(we're stuck in the 20th century apparently!) In the past I used a Papermate
X-Tend Multi and later their PhD Multi, both of which I had to buy again after
they break down on me. For the pencil in it (a .5mm) I was constantly rotating
the body by thirds as I wrote to keep the lines thin. I discovered the Kuru Toga
Engine on Wikipedia and landed on this store's site after a little searching.
This pencil works like a charm for me. The .3mm size is fine to begin with, but
the automatic rotating action keeps it very sharp. I've tried the Ain leads in
three hardnesses, and here's what I found for writing lots of numbers: The B
leads are nice and dark, but they seem to wear a little too fast for the
rotation to keep up and look almost like the lines from my .5mm without turning.
The HB ones come out very fine but not quite as sharp as the H leads. The HBs
are my favorites and work the best for me. The H leads are sharpest and seem to
be what the Kuru is tuned for, although I suspect HBs work the best for the
shorter strokes of Kanji. I don't like the H leads as much because of their
lightness and I have to boost the darkness on the HP All-in-One at work a notch,
otherwise the copies I make for management are too faint. I'm going through
those leads first, and they do last a long time.
The grip on this pencil isn't as comfortable as it could be—makes the side of
my middle finger ache a little. The rubber ring is a nice touch though. The
black paint on the side has worn away where the barrel meets the side of my hand
where the index finger begins.
The sponginess someone else mentioned isn't bad—I adapted easily, possibly
after years of dealing with the Papermate multi-pens which have much more give
because of the angle the pencil bit emerges from the body and the manual
rotating I did with it.
Coincidentally, the eraser for this is the same size as the one used in the Uni
Style Fit Meister 5 pen I bought here. It's a bit small but I normally use a
black pearl anyway. I avoided the nicer aluminum pencil because of its blue
body, but I am tempted to buy one in the future. All in all, I'm happy with this
| This is an amazing pencil...
, March 27, 2013
This is an amazing pencil if you're into gadgets and technology, because the
rotating clutch mechanism is exposed through the clear plastic of the grib and
you can see it working with each contact the lead makes with the paper.
The slight edge near the bottom of the grip and the rubber o-ring there make
holding it fairly comfortable, but there are also a few issues.
First, the lead breaks fairly easily. I don't know if that's generally an issue
with 0.3mm lead, but it seems to require a very light touch. I also find that
you can't get through very much text or drawing before having to reach for the
pushbotton to advance the lead - again, maybe something that all 0.3mm pencils
have in common. I don't have another one to compare it to.
Overall, a fun conversation starter of a writing instrument with a fascinating
mechanical feature you won't find anywhere else.
| So, I really wanted to...
, March 10, 2013
So, I really wanted to like this product and spent quite some time trying to
write with it today, but I always ended up switching back to my Staedtler 925-85
Regulator drafting pencil. The kuru toga is nice, don't get me wrong, but it has
some drawbacks that I found a little bit annoying. Firstly, I never really saw
it reach it's ideal "surface area" and quite a few times it actually just
sharpened to a slanted tip, which it is advertised to prevent. Also, I felt like
despite using the same lead that I always use, the pencil sounded really
scratchy when I was writing in my moleskin notebook. Lastly, the sharp point
actually tore through my sheet of paper...twice! This has never happened with my
other 0.3mm drafting pencils! I really wanted this pencil to be amazing, because
the idea of it is amazing, but I feel as though the results would be more
profound if one were to use the 0.5mm version of this pencil. If you have a
light hand, or write in cursive, then this pencil might not be for you...because
a certain amount of downward pressure is needed to rotate the internal mechanism
I will give it another few chances but as of now I'd only give it 3 stars. Some
minor improvements could make this pencil a lot better! Anyway, maybe ill post
an updated review in a month or so :)