Having found out about...
February 2, 2013
Having found out about this line of awesome pencils from Jetpen, I decided to
give it a try.
The pencil is half metal and half plastic. The Kuru Toga 'engine' itself is made
out of plastic (just like all the other Kuru Toga).The clip of the pencil is
removable. The top of the pencil has a small eraser and if you remove that, you
can see a small hole where you can load one stick of lead at a time. Opening the
body will allow you to drop in a greater number of leads.
The grip of this pencil is quite aggressive. It's like a piece of sandpaper! You
shouldn't leave it together with other plastic pens or surely it would scratch
them up in no time at all!
When I was fumbling around with the pencil, I accidentally twisted open the
'clicky' top and out came a large spring loaded inside. It took me a good 10
minutes to disassemble the pencil, looking through the barrel to find the
solution. It turned out that you need to twist the top counter-clockwise after
pushing it in, in order for the latch to engage. Whew!
I planned to use this pencil exclusively for note taking and not for drawing
with, but I tried to anyway. It didn't work. I tried using the hardest leads I
have, 3H, forcing myself to use more pressure but to no avail. The 'engine'
simply isn't sensitive enough. The only thing that worked was 'stippling', or
drawing with dots or in very short lines. On the other hand, writing with the
pencil is just a joy! My notes are so much neater, if not in a print-like
quality! Although there is some play with the tip that makes it somewhat more
tiring to write with, the end result is just fantastic!
Overall this is a solid pencil that, if you use it to mainly write with, will
not disappoint you!
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