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

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Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - SANFORD 1858549
  • Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - SANFORD 1858549
  • Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - SANFORD 1858549
  • Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - SANFORD 1858549
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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 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.


Frequently Bought Together
Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - SANFORD 1858549+Uni Boxy Eraser - Black - UNI EP-60BX
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This item: Uni-ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set - 0.7 mm - $4.65

Model NumberSANFORD 1858549
Weight0.9 ounces
Body Color Black
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Plastic
Clippable Yes
Design Style Auto Lead Rotation
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Transparent Black
Grip Material Plastic
Knurled Finger Grip No
Lead Diameter 0.7 mm
Lead Grade Indicator No
Lead Type Graphite
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable No


December 5, 2014
This was my first time...
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This was my first time trying out a pencil with the lead rotation mechanism and I have to say I am very impressed. I'm not sure I'll be able to buy a normal mechanical pencil again. In fact, I am planning to get two more Kuru Toga pencils! I will be getting the Kuru Toga Roulette for drawing and the Alpha Gel for taking notes.
I have used this one for both and although it's better for taking notes, it is pretty useful for drawing too. The mechanism does seem to work better when I press the pencil harder into the paper like I do when I take notes.

November 18, 2014
I feel awesome whenever...
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I feel awesome whenever I pick this pencil up. How many pencils can do that!? The included lead is a bit light for me, and I wish the eraser wasn't an afterthought though.

July 11, 2013
The 0.7mm is my favorite...
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The 0.7mm is my favorite size of Kuru Toga pencil. I found the 0.5mm a bit thin although my son likes the 0.5mm best. As with all Kuru Toga pencils the rotation mechanism works extremely well and is not distracting in the least. If you use a harder lead the line will be a bit lighter/thinner and a softer lead will be a bit wider/darker.

Too bad the eraser design sucks. You have to remove/lose the cap so I've never used it although the tiny eraser may erase just fine. This pencil is too darn good to lose stars for that but it would be a better pencil if it had an easy to use eraser with some bulk to it.

Like many mechanical pencils you have to throw away a lot of lead when you advance a new lead. There are some inexpensive pencils that use all the lead. The "Platinum OLEeNu Lead Breakage Prevention Mechanical Pencil" is available through Jetpens for 0.5mm and I remember seeing some real inexpensive ones for 0.7mm locally.

May 30, 2013
This review is for 0.7mm....
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This review is for 0.7mm. The rotation works well and gives the 0.5mm feel when writing as tip keeps sharp lines. The grip has no rubber - maybe that was the reason, but I got tired writing with it quicker than when I use others. You have to remember not to rotate the pencil by yourself as the pencil itself does the job. The yellow transparent cover on eraser part does not belong to rest of the design.

March 14, 2013
The rotational mechanism...
The rotational mechanism that is the selling point for this pencil did rotate the lead allowing for a constant 'soft edge' to contact the paper - this provides, as advertised, a uniform line.

Since I write in cursive, I'd rather have a sharper point since I'm not pressing as hard with the lead to create a strong visible line in script. For my writing style I wasn't impressed with the effects overall.

Also note, when I purchased this pen earlier on this website it was $14 for the starter set and is now only $5.