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4.6 (25 reviews)
It may take a true pencil expert to understand the common pencil's problem but hang in there as we try to explain. When using standard mechanical pencils, the lead wears down on one side, forming a slanted surface. Each time you write you end up using a different lead surface (pointy, flat, wide, thin, etc.) depending on how you hold the pencil. This can cause multiple annoyances: • You might start with 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. • If you happen to start writing with the tip of the angled point, it is likely to scratch or catch on the paper. • The various angles at which the lead comes into contact with the paper commonly cause lead breakage.

The Kuru Toga, on the other hand, has a core rotation mechanism that continually rotates the pencil lead as you write. A spring-loaded clutch twists the lead incrementally every time you lift the pencil from the paper. This allows a uniform wearing of the lead so that it always remains pointed. This is great for students! It not only solves the problems above, but also gives you an amazingly thin line. In effect, you use only 50% of the lead area that you were previously using with your old mechanical pencil.

This body design features a lovely metallic body with white clip, giving the pencil a soft look.

Ridges in the grip area support your fingers as you write, making writing more comfortable. The capped eraser is refillable.

Model NumberUNI M34501P.33
Weight0.6 ounces
Body Color Blue
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Plastic
Clippable Yes
Design Style Auto Lead Rotation
Diameter - Grip 10.2 mm
Diameter - Max 10.6 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Clear
Grip Material Plastic
Knurled Finger Grip No
Lead Diameter 0.3 mm
Lead Grade Indicator No
Lead Sleeve Length 2.9 mm
Lead Type Graphite
Length - Body 14.2 cm
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable No

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Easily my favorite pencil,...
August 28, 2010
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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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Very cool!!! I love...
February 18, 2015
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Very cool!!! I love how it's always sharp.
Does a great job in not...
February 12, 2015
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Does a great job in not having the lead break easily. I have a 0.2 mm lead pencil and as much as I love the precise writing I get out of it, the lead breaks quite easily, so I'm very happy with this construction for the 0.3 mm.
The rotating lead concept...
February 8, 2015
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The rotating lead concept is hard to get used to intially. Normally I'd just rotate my pencil manually so that I still get the sharp side, but having the pencil do it for me is, for lack of a better word, nothing short of magical. Having that mechanism along with having it in beautiful precise 0.3 is amazing because my notes look ridiculously neat without all the smudging and everything that normally comes from worn down lead. I wouldn't use this for tests that require you to fill out bubble though, haha. That's about the only downside I can come up with for this beaut.
4.5/5 - My go-to pencil!...
February 4, 2015
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4.5/5 - My go-to pencil! I'm absolutely in love with the Kurutoga. After using this pencil, I don't know if I can ever go back to using the regular ones (despite my past love for the alpha gels or the dr. grip) It's astonishing how I no longer have to habitually rotate my lead pencils so that I could continue writing with a sharp point. 0.3mm seems to be the perfect sweet spot for me. This is the first 0.3 pencil I've owned, and I don't regret it at all!

However, that being said, one slight annoying I found with it is the quality of the paint/colouring (?) on the barrel. I treat all my pencils/stationary with care, but despite that, it's only been roughly 2-3 months, and I'm noticing that some of the blue colouring has chipped off already. If I had known this would happen, I probably would have chosen a different colour that doesn't make it as obvious.