I have this one and the silver version in 0.5 It's a cool looking pencil, and
the metal grip is awesome. Give's it a bottom heavy feel.
If I were going to nitpick, it would probably be on the plastic top portion, but
overall, it's that plastic that gives the bottom heavy feel the pencil. and it's
awesome you can retract the tip and put it in your pocket.
If only they could combine the retractable tip + kura toga mechanism, made out
of metal, that would be the ultimate pencil.
I have this Pentel Graphgear 1000, the Uniball Kurutoga, and the (2) of the
Uniball PipeShift mechanical pencils, all ordered from JetPens.
I have to admit, this is probably the best one of the bunch. I thought the Kura
Toga would be the best, and it is very good, but this one is longer and feels
more precise. It's all made of aluminum I believe, which gives it a sturdy dense
feel, but it's not heavier than the Kura toga. It' super precise and has a
flashy, durable, quality feel to it.
Definitely, one of the best pencils I ever used and I use it for writing.
I just bought this, as well as the Pipe Shift Uni pencil. I actually like the
Pipe shift better kind of, it's really close tie.
This pencil is more evenly balanced, and the mechanism that gives a straight
line is really cool. I had to write and pay attention to notice the feature
though, some may not notice it. But you can see the lines are more consistent
The ONLY reason I give it 4 starts instead of 5 is because it's not 100% metal
body, only the bottom half is. And the "nib" is not retractable, though I know
that would be difficult to do since it already has the other mechanism in it.
This is an incredibly solid pencil, and annihilates any other pencil you would
find in the USA (I'm from Indiana) or wal-mart Etc...
I do prefer the Pipe shift for some odd reason though; i think it's a different
concept and I like the fact that I don't have to worry about breaking the nib.
You really can't go wrong with any of these pencils from Uni. I plan to get some
more in different colors, and maybe try out the Pentel graphgear
This is a great pencil. It has a "bottom-heavy" feel which lessens the force
needed to apply the pencil to the paper. The metal bottom half of the pencil
(knurled) grip is amazing, it's my favorite feature. The upper part is plastic
made, and you can definitely feel that the bottom portion outweights the top
portion by a lot.
Like someone else said, when the pencil is locked and the "nib" in retracted
,the pencil has "loose feel" due to the pipe shift mechanism. But when its
loaded and ready to go, it has a TIGHT feel.
It's a great concept, and great way to protect the nib and allow it in your
pocket. It writes great, and because of the lower weight, you don't have to
apply that much pressure. It's really cool looking too, I purchased the one in
I only give it 4 stars because if the upper body where made from a metal, and
more tight feeling, it would be perfect.