Average Customer Review
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a decent mech...
, September 17, 2011
This is a decent mech pencil, but it wasn't as great as I thought it would be.
The lead rotates every time you lift the pencil, but it requires a certain
amount of pressure in order to activate the spring inside. I usually write and
sketch lightly, so most of the time I don't use enough pressure for the pencil
to work the way it should. If the sensitivity was higher, it would be great,
unfortunately it's not.
Again, I'm giving this 2 stars because while it's an OK product, it doesn't work
the way it should. If you're a person who presses hard a lot, then it's fine for
you. But for someone who wants to sketch with it or naturally doesn't write
hard, it's not going to be anything special.
In other words, if you're buying internationally, this product is not worth the
money when you add the shipping costs.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
This pencil is really...
, July 10, 2011
This pencil is really innovative and I wish the rotating lead idea would be
carried into more pencil designs. The tip of the lead does indeed remain sharp.
I think the only down side is that the lead starts to scratch into the paper and
make writing rigid instead of smooth. I simply changed to a 4B lead and that did
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best pencil i've owned....
, September 26, 2010
Best pencil i've owned. Once you've used this, you'll probably never use another
very consistent writing thickness due to lead rotation
body feels solid
tip wobbles a little since it needs to rotate
the body is made of transparent gray plastic - black is due to paint which will
doesn't hold much lead ( i like to put 10-20 pieces in, not 3-5)
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nice writing experience...
, May 5, 2010
Nice writing experience but the plastic body feels cheap and the paint started
flaking off after minimal use.
This is indeed an excellent...
, September 14, 2014
This is indeed an excellent mechanical pencil!
You can really see the difference between a normal mechanical pencil and the
Kuru Toga. The lines are very consistent throughout the writing even if you
write in cursive (like I do).
The tip doesn't wobble as much as I thought it would. It is actually very
Probably the only thing a little negative I have to say about the Kuru Toga is
the grip, which could be better. But it is not catastrophically bad as some
All in all, I reckon that it is a beautiful piece of engineering! You will not
regret buying one of these!
P.S.: If you are a bit timorous about the grip I shall suggest this version:
I enjoyed using this...
, January 28, 2014
I enjoyed using this pencil. When using it, it feels lighter for me. The tip
gives a little bit, so I need to consciously make sure to not press down as hard
as i usually do or maybe i do it because i think ill break it. I write at a
slant so the rotating mechanism is probably lost on me. I do enjoy the little
bit of grip it has on the end. it makes me choke up my grip; damn pencil is
training me to write different.
this is at my local walmart for cheaper. it makes me sad to see that the
rotating mechanism isnt as hyped as it is on the japanese packaging. its
basically "eh, its a fucking pencil." on the american packaging not that i would
think americans would care about rotating lead anyways.
This pencil is intriguing,...
, December 3, 2013
This pencil is intriguing, that's for sure.
The tradeoff for the kuru-toga feature is a pencil that feels "loose" in your
hand, like you have less control over the lead.
The Kuru-Toga engine works as advertised, albeit with some caveats:
-- Don't use a lead that's too soft (H or harder works best)
-- Don't hold the pencil with too much departure from vertical.
On the latter point, it's simply that the mechanism requires a certain amount of
pressure to operate. If you have a light touch and hold the pencil low to the
paper, the mechanism won't activate. But if you hold it closer to vertical (as
the Japanese do!), or use a heavier touch, it activates just fine and works as
Overall the pencil feels cheap, but good enough for daily use. I think I prefer
the precision feel of my Staedlers overall, but I'd buy another KuruToga
compared to other cheap pencils.
A great pencil! Has...
, January 23, 2013
A great pencil! Has a uniformly shaped body which is very handy for sliding
into wire-bound notebooks. The eraser cap is a bit cheesy and feels easy to
lose, but stays in place when writing just fine. The grip is hard plastic and a
bit uncomfortable after a long writing session - I recommend trying the alpha
gel grip version if you like the mechanics of this pencil, though. Does exactly
what it's supposed to do though - rotates the lead and keeps your lines crisp
and uniform. Recommended!
I personally enjoy this...
, May 22, 2012
I personally enjoy this pencil butthe lead rotation thing doesn't work for me.
The sensetivity of the roatator should be stronger. I naturally push lightly on
a pencil when in use so the lead rotation gimmick doesn't work for me. The
little ring of rubber on the tip of the pencil is perfectly placed due to where
I grip the pencil.i also think the eraser on the end should be a bit larger and
when I put more lead in the end I have to put in one lead stick at a time!!
Overall it fits my hand well and I would though prefer reaching for my papermate
megalead 0.7mm pencil.
The best mechanical pencil...
, March 15, 2012
The best mechanical pencil I've ever used. The rotating lead is an amazing
feature which I absolutely love, especially for things like crosswords, sudoku,
math problems, and writing in my planner. Does exactly what it says - keeps the
lead perfectly even and the line the exact same thickness on the page all the
time. I've also NEVER had the lead break in this pencil, which is a first for
me since I tend to bear down a bit.
Very comfortable to hold as well. The eraser is pretty dinky, so I'd recommend
a stick or block eraser to use with it instead of the built-in one.
First of all, I did not...
, February 10, 2012
First of all, I did not purchase my Kuru Toga pencil through JetPens, however I
should have because it is actually cheaper here than at the brick-and-mortar
I've only had the Kuru Toga for a week, but I'm already very attached to it. It
took a little adjustment at first: my grip seemed stiff, I had to keep telling
myself not to rotate the body, I'm used to a larger eraser on pencil bodies.
Now that I've had time to warm up to the mechanism and the feel of the pencil,
it's the only pencil I want to use!
I work in the mortgage processing industry, and my daily task manager used to be
a madhouse. I use a planner with 4mm lines to cram all of my ToDos and
reminders in. As I complete each task, I highlight over it. The Kuru Toga
allows me to keep my notes perfectly tidy on the 4mm lines, and the included
Nano Dia lead smudges less (even under highlighter) and lasts longer. I'm a
convert to both items, and will be stocking up!
I will say, that I would prefer a cleaner design on the clip, and that I have
not experienced how the pencil will wear over time, but over all I'm extremely
This pencil is pretty...
, October 19, 2011
This pencil is pretty good, but the way the lead comes out is a little bit
i had two of these pencils...
, May 24, 2011
i had two of these pencils for a year, one(jammed due to an overdose of lead) &
another that just works fine, the actually give a fine sharp point the grip is
nice though which in my opinion is good for both writing and drawing
You know what's funny?
, April 11, 2011
You know what's funny?
You're still reading this review!
Listen to me, this is the best pencil I've ever held. It's a bit light as first
but you'll adjust. Normally I go through one piece of lead every few days. I've
drawn non-stop for a month with this pencil and it actually saves you on lead!
The design is great, I've had no issues with it and it feels comfortable.
If you're considering this pencil, I suggest you go for it. I have no regrets.
It's amazing how this...
, November 12, 2010
It's amazing how this pencil has changed the way I write with a pencil. I have a
lot of different mechanical pencils that I love using, but now that I have used
this pencil extensively I can't help but always be more conscious of
continuously turning my pencil with other pencils. It has completely changed how
I approach writing with a pencil, and for the better. It helped me understand
the benefit of always having a point in the lead as well as how nice it was to
have a pencil that took care of that for you. Everyone who uses mechanical
pencils should own one of these.
A tough call, but I think...
, October 20, 2010
A tough call, but I think I like this one better than the more expensive
version. It is slightly too light, and I'd prefer it to be heavier, but the
rotation mechanism isn't as pronounced in this version. Plus the transparent
grip shows a bit of the design, which is great.
Does as advertised, got...
, September 14, 2010
Does as advertised, got to get use to not twitching and rotating the pencil
the build quality could be better though, the clear grip part can shift around
the metal LOOKING piece of plastic tip. The little shifting edge irks me, but i
hold my pencil higher now...
Other than that.. very innovative product, my handwriting actually gotten worse
with this specific pencil though, I cant explain why.
oh and the paint... chips off fast. soo try not to put it near anything remotely
This is by FAR the best...
, July 11, 2010
This is by FAR the best pencil I own. I've had pens with great squishy grips and
shaker technology, but all that is nothing compared to the features of this
pencil. I can't write without it! This pencils makes my hanwriting look soooo
much neater and thinner I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Best purchase I've made from
jetpens, or any pen site for that matter. BUY THIS!!!!!!!
This pencil is great!...
, July 5, 2010
This pencil is great! Since i used mechanical pencils all the time i always get
that flat edge and the sharp point, but with this it no longer happens. The
special nano diamond lead they use is strong to it hasn't broken yet. I
recommend this to student for its Kuru Toga Engine function and low ware lead!
This pencil is cool,...
, May 8, 2010
This pencil is cool, however the quality and the lifespan of the pencil isnt
that great. The cool thing, is that when you write, the lead spins around giving
you the sharp point everytime. I think this is a very useful trait in this
pencil because I never break a lead when i use this pencil. The bad traits about
this pencil, is that there is no grip whatsoever. There is a tiny little rubber
thing on the bottom, but that doesn't count. Also, the paint on the pencil
starts to chip off after a while, and it starts to look ugly. I think this
pencil is priced right, but they can still improve it. Overall, I think this is
a great pencil, but it needs a few tweaks to it.
great pencil!!! i use...
, April 26, 2010
great pencil!!! i use it alot but i still prefer my uni shift pencil...
This is a very good pencil...
, April 3, 2010
This is a very good pencil it does not smudge and it makes my handwriting look
neat. I recommend for anyone to buy it. I LOVE JETPENS!
I was pleasantly surprised...
, March 31, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by how well the rotating mechanism works, although I
find that the angle and pressure at which you write does impact how well it
works. Sometimes I still get blunt tips. Also, you really have to be conscious
about picking up your pencil between each letter you write so
cursive/semi-cursive writers are at a disadvantage.
The only disappointment I've had with this pencil is that the paint is easily
Excellent quality writing....
, March 28, 2010
Excellent quality writing. Works as advertised. Has a good heft and feel. I wish
they came with a rubber grip, but still, given its weight, it feels quite
comfortable to grip.
I love this pencil. Just...
, March 20, 2010
I love this pencil. Just got it yesterday. I was a little hesitant at first
because i dont particularly like to write with pencils because they flatten out
so if you use a .5mm it looks like you are using a bold tip pencil.
This pencil is the solution. I carefully examined this 'kuru toga' engine while
writing, and everytime you pick up your pencil it just slightly rotates.
Some might experience a scratchy feeling, but i think it feels precise.