DescriptionSpecifications
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 M54501P.33
Weight1.0 ounces
ManufacturerUni
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 0.5 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

Frequently Bought Together

Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Blue Body - UNI M54501P.33
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Uni Pencil Eraser Refill Size S - Set of 5 - UNI SKS
Total Price: $8.60
This item: Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Blue Body - $7.50

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April 24, 2013
Let's take a look at the pros and cons, shall we?

Pros:

> The pencil tip always stays the same size
> There is somewhat of a grip which makes it somewhat comfortable
> It's fun to explain how it works to a friend, classmate, or co-worker which is facilitated by the transparent area around the grip which shows the mechanics
> The color is absolutely GORGEOUS
> All together, it's a really nice shape and color

Cons:

> There is no upper-grip for those of you who like holding the pencil a bit higher up
> The color chips off really easily
> It will likely be stolen if left unattended

Conclusion:

This pencil is fairly nice and very useful. The price is reasonable as well. However, there are a few drawbacks, some of which have the potential to be solved. All in all, I would totally recommend buying it.
2 people found this helpful
UniBallDude
My go to pencil for every...
November 5, 2012
My go to pencil for every day use. I actually got this from a friend in Japan, but the packaging was exactly the same as it is in the picture. Great for everything from notes to sketches to scantrons to just about anything else! The paint on mine (blue) quickly looked battered within a couple of weeks, but I have had mine for almost a year now and it still works like a charm despite this.

I literally use this pencil every day and am always sure to keep it safe within my reach. It works well with my typical small print, my large and quick (and ugly) cursive and just about any application you would use a pencil for typically.

The kuru toga mechanism is not a gimmick and works very well. My pencil marks are always the same thickness and my notes always come out looking great. I especially like the small rubber grip towards the front of the pencil that is good for keeping your fingers comfortable, yet not too invasive to make your hand feel weird like with the Dr. Grip.

This is my favorite pencil and was worth every penny. A must have for any student who wants a strong, reliable and versatile pencil. I would happily buy it 100x again.
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kfreeman555
I love this pencil very...
May 14, 2012
I love this pencil very much! I have lost it twice in the blue, and I am obsessive over the color blue, and my sister had one but is not as insane with mechanical pencils as I am, so she gave me hers. That was so nice of her! Only thing I would say that is bad about this pencil is that you have to have a certain type of lead in order for it to work entirely the way it is supposed to. If the lead is too soft, it will wear down before the rotation kicks in. However, the weight, size, mechanism, and styles are absolutely to die for! Definitely recommend this pencil, but make sure you get some extra lead; the correct type.
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Rachel.Haber
This pencil was a letdown....
October 11, 2013
This pencil was a letdown. The build quality is pretty bad and there are some aesthetic miscues with the white clip and eraser cap. The eraser is not practical; its extremely small and when you erase, there is too much give with the shaft mechanic (i'm not sure if that's what its referred to). Also, its not very comfortable to write with; no grip. BUT, the actual lead rotation mechanic works perfectly and does what it advertises...but i don't think its enough to make someone want to buy this. I would recommend looking elsewhere.
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Pencil looks amazing....
December 23, 2014
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Pencil looks amazing. Works and writes beautifully.
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