Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.3 mm - Pink Body

Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.3 mm - Pink Body

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4.5 (15 reviews)
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There's a real problem that affects almost all mechanical pencils—bear with us as we explain. As you use a regular mechanical pencil, the lead wears down on one side, forming a slanted wedge-shaped tip. Each time you put the lead to the page you end up using a different lead surface (pointy, flat, wide, thin) depending on how you hold the pencil. This can cause dramatic and unsightly variations in line thickness as you write or draw.

The Kuru Toga eliminates this problem with the use of an ingenious lead 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 to create a conical tip shape that provides a fine, consistent line.

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.

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This is a good basic...
August 3, 2011
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This is a good basic pencil, but the auto lead rotating mechanism is not as impressive as it advertises itself to be. The idea is that when you write, the pressure from pushing down on to the paper loads a little spring, and then when you lift the pencil from the paper, the spring releases and rotates the lead a little bit. But, I found that I write too lightly for the mechanism to work. Also, one thing I recently noticed that I never noticed before is that when I write, my fingers already rotate the pencil anyway. This is a habit I developed over years of using 0.3mm pencils.

If you've been using a 0.3 pencil for a while, you probably already write very lightly and rotate the pencil, so this pencil does not do anything that you don't already. This is a nice gimmick but my recommendation is to go for a nice ergonomic design, something that doesn't jam very often, and if so is easily serviceable. This pencil at least feels comfortable to write with and is fairly light.
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best pencil ever. easy...
March 7, 2010
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best pencil ever. easy to hold. and doesnt break lead that easily. and plus i love pink:D
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Have this pencil in pink...
January 12, 2010
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Have this pencil in pink and I use the 2B refills. This is a wonderful penicil! Absolutely love it and is the only pencil I use now!
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This is an awsome pencil!!!...
March 20, 2009
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This is an awsome pencil!!! I love very thin lead, and usually .3 lead has a tendency to break easily. Not with this pencil! even the cheap lead stays sturdy because of the pencils unique design. its my favorite pencil ever!!! just one thing, buy extra erasers: they wear out and you'll wanna use this pencil a lot!
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I went on to purchase...
March 11, 2016
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I went on to purchase two mechanical pencils from JetPens when I discovered that there were pencils that had such fine lead. The entire purpose of the Uni Kuru Toga, I feel, is for character based writing languages, Japanese, Chinese and the like. I purposefully bought this pencil in hopes that its Kuru Toga engine could help, aside from the fun fact that I was going from a cheap 0.7mm mechanical pencil to this beauty.

To start with, I'm a very light writer, so the Kuru Toga engine does not work with me. I bought H lead because I thought if I wrote too lightly (confirmed by the pencil) that lighter lead would allow me to write harder, this also did not happen, I just love soft lines too much. Aside from the "engine" not working with me, the rest of the pencil is actually pretty perfect. It's gorgeous to look at, it's weighted in such a way that the pencil has no weight on my wrist/hand/fingers. It's so much fun to hold; even without a grip, the thickness of this pencil makes it easy to have a firm holding. The little grip near the tip of the pencil is also magical in how much is aids grip as well.

The color (Pink) is really pretty, the pencil is great to hold, I can write for hours and it's the perfect companion to helping me get better at writing my Japanese Kanji, for which I study Japanese. The fineness is great, I wish this pencil came in 0.2mm and then it would be perfect on top of perfection. At 0.3mm, I still find myself having to rotate the pencil to keep a super sharp and fine lead point when I write my characters, but that's okay, since it's habitual.

I love the pencil though and for my first time venturing into nice and what I would call "high-end" mechanical pencils, this was just great. Highly recommend it; especially if you like fine writing, though beware, the engine does need a pretty heavy hand to activate.