Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm

Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm

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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 set includes one Kuru Toga pencil, two eraser refills, and a case of 0.7 mm HB leads. The lead is Uni's diamond-infused Nano Dia lead, which is particularly strong and resists breakage.

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I started with the .3mm...
February 27, 2015
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I started with the .3mm lead model. I can't imagine who writes so softly they don't break these tiny leads on a regular basis. I then moved up to the .5mm model. It was better but still caused too many breaks for a heavy handed writer such as I. I am now using the .7mm that you see here. It has not broken once. The rotating point really does work at keeping the point sharp. I think it is the best available mechanical pencil I have been able to find to date. My one complaint is that there is no on-board storage for the erasure cap so it is very easy to lose.
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I think I'd actually...
January 15, 2016
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I think I'd actually give this a 4.5. Not for any real reason though. I don't know why I don't absolutely adore this pencil the way others do. Don't get me wrong, I really, really like it. It's just not my go-to the way I expected it to be.

I haven't tried the leads which came with this as I purchased the pencil specifically for using with my sketchbook. Instead, I have some Pilot non-photo blue lead in it. I like the 0.7 mm size for loose work. It's great for taking notes in the margins too. The eraser is a bit small for artwork, but works very well and is perfect for correcting notes in class.

It really does keep a sharp point using the rotating mechanism. I was a little skeptical and pleasantly surprised to find it did just this. The pencil feels light in hand and the grip section fits nicely. I find I don't get fatigued as much as I do with a standard pencil as I'm not constantly rotating my grip. Which is excellent as I'm always writing and sketching ideas out.

Overall, this is a great pencil and one well worth keeping in my toolkit.
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Perfection with the Pentel...
May 28, 2015
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Perfection with the Pentel Stein Enhanced Silica Pencil Lead - 0.7 mm - B! Where has this pencil and lead been all my life?
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The lead never rotates,...
June 7, 2016
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The lead never rotates, i still get the flat side of the lead. However the lead is supported well and that keeps breakage to a minimum.
Good complete set. Don't...
May 16, 2016
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Good complete set. Don't have to buy led and erasers. Writes great.