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As a university student...
November 16, 2015
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As a university student who likes to sketch, the 0.3 mm along with the rotating mechanism is a godsend in keeping lines thin for writing notes, drawing graphs, crosshatching and sketching, although the tip shifts in a bit every time I write. The shifting is easily negligible for schoolwork and drawing graphs, but it MIGHT bother some users who are sensitive to the shifting tip (I know some people who I think might be bothered by the tip).

The mechanical pencil came with a HB lead inside the pencil and it often scratched the paper I write on. The pencil also feels too "smooth" while writing due to the lead, and changing it to 2B made the pencil perfect (gave some "substance" to the feel of writing and was softer than the HB lead). This may all be just my experience only though.

All in all, an awesome pencil, though a few adjustments may be needed to suit the preferences of each user.
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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!
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Although I haven't had...
May 30, 2016
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Although I haven't had this pencil for long, I can already tell some differences. With other mechanical pencils i used, the led would rather quickly get deformed with obvious differences in line thickness and differences in my handwriting, quickly leading to breakage. However, with the kuru toga pencil I've seem these problems eliminated and the lead hasn't broken once!

Overall, an amazing pencil and worth the money.
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This pencil does exactly...
April 21, 2016
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This pencil does exactly as advertised. The lead rotates so smoothly you don't even notice it, and the point is always sharp. It's easily the best mechanical pencil I've ever used, and I can't see myself ever using another.
Until I lost, this was...
March 20, 2016
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Until I lost, this was a fantastic pencil. One would think that the main feature of this pencil is pointless with this tip size, but it is still nice to have a constant sharp point every time I write.
Ever since I tried these...
September 4, 2015
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Ever since I tried these pencils I write with nothing but these. If you like fine and sharp writing you'll love it! I do lots of Math and diagrams sketching so it gets a lot of use and it's as good as new.
It's now second only...
July 27, 2015
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It's now second only to the Uni Kuru .5 pencil. Smooth. Really like the auto rotate of the lead. Feels good in my hand and holds up well on long drawing stints.
Excellent pencil. Very...
January 30, 2015
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Excellent pencil. Very light in the hand for rapid writing. Sharp lead with each stroke.
I work as a night auditor...
July 7, 2013
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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 pencil.
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