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