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. Thus, a 0.3 mm Kuru Toga will write incredibly thin lines and have less breakage than a standard 0.3 mm mechanical pencil.
|Model Number||UNI M34501P.33|
|Design Style||Auto Lead Rotation|
|Diameter - Grip||10.2 mm|
|Diameter - Max||10.6 mm|
|Knurled Finger Grip||No|
|Lead Diameter||0.3 mm|
|Lead Grade Indicator||No|
|Lead Sleeve Length||2.9 mm|
|Length - Body||14.2 cm|
August 28, 2010
Easily my favorite pencil,...
Easily my favorite pencil, hands-down. The fine point is perfect for a biochem student (and also, I hear, for classics majors with a lot of tiny annotating to do), and the heft and grip are comfortable for long periods of scribbling.
My only complaint is that this pencil does not seem to handle the ends of lead very well; quite a bit is wasted at the end, compared with traditional (non-rotating) clutch 0.3mm pencils.
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October 27, 2014
Very happy with this...
Very happy with this pencil. I have a couple of other 0.3mm pencils, but I seem to break the lead quite often with those. Not with this one (so far). And I don't think this one has harder lead, as it writes a nice dark line. My handwriting's pretty small, so a nice thin lead pencil like this is great!
October 21, 2014
Wow! No lead breakage...
Wow! No lead breakage while writing! Super fine line. Love it.
November 22, 2013
I am a skeptic at heart...
I am a skeptic at heart and really could not see how this mechanism would really work, but I had to give it a try.
I bought the 0.5 package (see longer review there) and this inner version. These pencils have spoiled me. The mechanism works and the thought of going back to using a pencil that I have to rotate all of the time to get a sharp edge is not a happy one!
The 0.3 provides a very thin, fine line. I am using it when notes need to be longer and yet still fit into margin notes. The pencil is very lightweight - which is not a detriment. There are shaped ridges along the drip line that prevent your fingers from slipping on the smooth plastic surface. A cushioned grip would be wonderful, but it does not affect my preference for this pencil to others now.
Now I am curious what the difference is between this version and the more expensive one. ....I may have to find out.....
May 5, 2013
The turning mechanism...
The turning mechanism works wonderfully and keeps the line very fine. I only use the 0.3mm for small work as the lead wears fast (all 0.3mm leads wear fast, they have approx 1/3 the lead volume of a 0.5mm lead). For standard work I use the Kuru Toga 0.5mm or 0.7mm.