It's going to take a true pencil expert to understand the common pencil’s dilemma but hang in there as we try and explain. With standard mechanical pencils, as you write the pencil lead is worn down until it is a slanted surface. Each time you write you will get a different experience depending on how the pencil is rotated. This can cause multiple annoyances:
1. As you start to write you might have 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.
2. If you pick the pencil up and happen to start writing with the tip of the angled point, it is likely to scratch or catch on the paper.
3. The different angles at which the pencil lead comes in to contact with the paper is a common cause of lead breakage.
The Kuru Toga, on the other hand, has a core rotation mechanism that continually rotates the pencil lead as you write. The lead is twisted through a spring-loaded clutch, it works by twisting incrementally every time you lift the pencil up (i.e. during printing words, etc). This allows a uniform wearing of the pencil lead so that it always remains as a pointed tip. Not only does it solve the above problems, but it also gives you an amazingly thin line. You are effectively using only 50% of the lead area that you were previously using with your old mechanical pencil. Thus, a 0.3/0.5 mm Kuru Toga will write incredibly thin lines and have less breakage than a standard 0.3/0.5 mm mechanical pencil.
|Model Number||UNI M510121P.24|
|Design Style||Auto Lead Rotation|
|Diameter - Grip||9.7 mm|
|Diameter - Max||9.8 mm|
|Knurled Finger Grip||No|
|Lead Diameter||0.5 mm|
|Lead Grade Indicator||No|
|Lead Sleeve Length||2.9 mm|
|Length - Body||14.7 cm|
January 17, 2011
I absolutely love this...
I absolutely love this pencil. I just ran out of lead today and tried to write with another pencil when I realized how great it is.
My teacher recommended it to me, and it's all I use now. I can't stand to use other pencils which write slowly, are too thick, and chip off. This pencil writes like a ballpoint pen, and the weight is very nice. It's auto sharpening features works perfectly and over the last month it has only chipped off once.
The two things I dislike about this pencil are the fact that the grip is a bit slippery (but not so slippery it's unusable, at all,) and I'm constantly worried about it stabbing me in my pocket. The tip doesn't retract, and it's a little sharp, which makes it a bit frustrating to carry in my pocket.
Overall, I love this pencil, and couldn't use another.
7 people found this helpful
December 6, 2010
To the guy who asked...
To the guy who asked what the difference is, I'll answer.
I ordered both and got them today.
The high grade one's grip is a little slick in comparison to the older one, so I'd say the older one is easier to hold on to. The old one's kuru toga device is also easier to activate, I guess you can say. You don't have to press down as hard to make it rotate.
I bought the pencils to draw with and noticed right away that they're better for writing. If you're using them for sketching, it probably won't rotate as much until you do a dark line. Not a problem though because you will end up doing dark lines, shadows, etc. Now for writing, it works like a charm. Very nice.
Anyway, the high grade one feels nicer in my hand, it feels a little heavier and it's nicer looking. The older one is just plastic. They're both awesome though, but if you don't want to spend 15 dollars, the older one does just as good as a job, as long as you don't mind the plastic frame.
I'd definitely recommend this pencil to anyone. If you're writing a lot, this is the best one you can get probably. If you're sketching or drawing, I don't know if this one is the best but it's definitely the best I've used so far.
5 people found this helpful
April 26, 2011
I love the way the pen...
I love the way the pen writes, very smooth and even once it's been through a couple cycles. Makes writing a long essay readable from beginning to end. The only complaint I have is the grip. It is uncomfortable for long periods and is very prone to slipping. I wish I had waited for the Roulette to get back in stock before purchasing a Kuru Toga (or the now available Alpha Gel). I'd still recommend this pencil line to someone without a doubt, but maybe not this exact one.
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December 15, 2010
This pencil is excellent....
This pencil is excellent. I've been using it for a month and it has so far functioned perfectly and exactly as described.
The high grade version works just as well as the original but, in my opinion, it looks better and its additional weight provides a better feel.
I would recommend this pencil to anyone.
4 people found this helpful
October 19, 2011
Good pencil priced right....
Good pencil priced right. Looks good, grip works fine for me, works as advertised. Kuru Toga engine is more of a novelty than necessity for me, but very cool anyway. Writing in cursive somewhat reduces the effect of the auto-rotation, since you activate the action less often. Glad I bought it.
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