Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body

Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body

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4.5 (17 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 mechanical pencil...
November 8, 2010
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This mechanical pencil is ridiculously amazing! I love writing with this pencil more so than the 10+ others I bought from this site. It just doesn't feel the same when my letters turn out ugly or the paper rips due to the sharp lead. But I fear no more! This pencil makes me love writing and IT IS PERFECT for writing 100s of Chinese characters! I highly recommend buying 2-3 of various colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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All I can say is wow....
April 15, 2011
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All I can say is wow. I heard about this pencil on the Minimal Mac podcast, and I decided to give it a try since I have an issue with chiseling lead, even on 0.5 mm lead. The mechanism is very nice; it does exactly what it's intended to do. It's not really that much of a difference in reality, but it just makes writing that much smoother and more even. It won't work miracles, but the benefit is really in the details.
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Very smooth functioning...
May 18, 2016
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Very smooth functioning mechanicl pencil. Comfortable grip and leaves crips lines. Like it alot
This pencil does exactly...
December 30, 2015
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This pencil does exactly what it says it does. You will see the mechanism rotate when you push the tip down and when you lift the pencil back up. I really love how the grip lets you see how it works. I saw that other customers don't think this pencil is as good for those who write in cursive; I can say that I haven't noticed that much of a difference. It is true that you will see more rotations if you write in print or write Chinese/Japanese characters, but my cursive looks clean and neat as well. I'm not sure if being left-handed makes a huge difference, but you will see rotations and crisper letters no matter how you write. I think this is a clever pencil and I love writing with it. It doesn't take much force at all to push the tip down enough to make it rotate; after you write for a while you stop noticing the "pushing" sensation. I gave it four stars because it's not comfortable enough for me to write frantic notes during long lecture hours. My hand gets sweaty and cramps up when I have to write that long, and I had to switch to another pencil because this one got too slippery to hold on to. I love that the "grip" is a translucent plastic that lets you see inside, but I just can't write with it for long because there's nothing to keep sweaty/crampy fingers from slipping. Despite my criticisms of the grip, I think it is a wonderfully crafted, unique and quality pencil. Because of that I eventually want to spend the extra to try the Uni Alpha Gel Kuru Toga, which seems to be more ergonomic for my taste. Overall I recommend this pencil, I still use it but not as often as I use my all-time favorite: the Pilot Dr. Grip Play Border Shaker pencil.
The main feature of this...
December 7, 2014
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The main feature of this pencil is the auto-sharpening. But it seemed to have a mechanical problem on light use, and I handled it gently.