Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Clear Pink

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4.8 (5 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 pencil has a fixed lead sleeve and ridges in the grip area that support your fingers as you write. The capped eraser is refillable. Three Nano Dia HB leads are included. Nano Dia is Uni's line of diamond-infused leads that are particularly strong and resist breakage.

Model NumberUNI M5450T.13
Weight0.3 ounces
Body Color Pink
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Plastic
Clippable Yes
Design Style Auto Lead Rotation
Diameter - Grip 10.1 mm
Diameter - Max 10.2 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Transparent Light Pink
Grip Material Plastic
Knurled Finger Grip No
Lead Diameter 0.5 mm
Lead Grade Indicator No
Lead Sleeve Length 3.0 mm
Length - Body 14.2 cm
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable No
Tip Retractable No

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I've often been frustrated...
January 18, 2015
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I've often been frustrated by dulled pencil lead, so I snapped this pencil up when I saw it fixed the problem.

The good news: The pen works as advertised for block writing!

The not so good news: You will still notice a bit of dullness if you write in cursive. This makes sense, since the mechanism rotates when the pencil lifts up, and cursive requires the pencil to stay down for a whole word.

Not a dealbreaker though, the pencil still is a marked improvement over regular pencils, even with cursive writing. And it's very comfortable to write with too, even without a gel pad.
Really nice pencil for...
December 17, 2014
Really nice pencil for class notes, writing and drawing. It is very comfortable and worth its price (though I bought it because it was on sale... $5 was a bit too much), the 'lead rotation' mechanism actually works and is worth a shot.

There's another Kuru Toga ( http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-Kuru-Toga-Auto-Lead-Rotation-Mechanical-Pencil-0.3 -mm-Pink-Body/pd/3214 ) which is more expensive at $7.50 and if you are wondering what are the difference/s, it is only on the pen body design and I found that the grip is slightly more comfortable than this one. But it was not worth the extra dollars for me, this kuru toga is sufficient enough. :3
Lead isn't as dark as...
November 5, 2014
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Lead isn't as dark as I would like, but can be fixed with switching Leads. Pencil rotates so the lead doesn't get the dull tip that I noticed so far. Lead hasn't broken on me yet as well. The groves in the pencil is a nice touch on the edge, but doesn't do much on grip with those with large hands. Would like to try other kuru pencils.
I use these for drawing...
October 19, 2014
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I use these for drawing and I love them! They put down such smooth layers... One of the best pencils I've ever owned.
Rotation is really cool...
October 10, 2014
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Rotation is really cool and I can drawing well with this pencil.