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July 8, 2013
These are good leads,...
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These are good leads, but it comes out a bit too light for me. I find they last a long time, and almost never break—it happened when I advanced the lead a couple clicks, but otherwise they're great for heavy-handed writing. I'm using these up first, then I'm going back to HBs. When I bought the black Kuru Toga, I wanted to try a variety, so here are my conclusions for use in writing numbers on spreadsheets at work:

B: Nice dark lines, but a bit on the bold side; the Kuru Toga engine seems a bit too slow to keep up with the wear so the lines look as if they could have been drawn with my old .5mm Papermate.

HB: Still nice and dark but finer. The engine still seems a bit slow to keep up with wear but it's not as pronounced as with the B leads. I suspect this is because I'm writing numbers and not the shorter strokes of Kanji. The spreadsheet is easily readable and copyable, and I can do things like write two lines of printing in the space normally occupied by one. (Whether the home office can read it without a magnifying glass is debatable. Heh heh.)

H: Lines are a little faint but readable and I have to boost the darkness on the copier at work for the reports I do, otherwise it comes out too light to read. The lines themselves are razor-sharp and seem to be in the sweet spot of the Kuru Toga's engine when writing numbers.

 
July 8, 2013
I like these leads, but...
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I like these leads, but I think they're better suited for artistic work than what I'm doing at work. When I bought the black Kuru Toga, I wanted to try a variety, so here are my conclusions for use in writing numbers on spreadsheets at work:

B: Nice dark lines, but a bit on the bold side; the Kuru Toga engine seems a bit too slow to keep up with the wear so the lines look as if they could have been drawn with my old .5mm Papermate.

HB: Still nice and dark but finer. The engine still seems a bit slow to keep up with wear but it's not as pronounced as with the B leads. I suspect this is because I'm writing numbers and not the shorter strokes of Kanji. The spreadsheet is easily readable and copyable, and I can do things like write two lines of printing in the space normally occupied by one. (Whether the home office can read it without a magnifying glass is debatable. Heh heh.)

H: Lines are a little faint but readable and I have to boost the darkness on the copier at work for the reports I do, otherwise it comes out too light to read. The lines themselves are razor-sharp and seem to be in the sweet spot of the Kuru Toga's engine when writing numbers.

 
July 8, 2013
This is my favorite lead...
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This is my favorite lead so far, as I have yet to try any of the other brands. When I bought the black Kuru Toga, I wanted to try a variety, so here are my conclusions for use in writing numbers on spreadsheets at work:

B: Nice dark lines, but a bit on the bold side; the Kuru Toga engine seems a bit too slow to keep up with the wear so the lines look as if they could have been drawn with my old .5mm Papermate.

HB: Still nice and dark but finer. The engine still seems a bit slow to keep up with wear but it's not as pronounced as with the B leads. I suspect this is because I'm writing numbers and not the shorter strokes of Kanji. The spreadsheet is easily readable and copyable, and I can do things like write two lines of printing in the space normally occupied by one. (Whether the home office can read it without a magnifying glass is debatable. Heh heh.)

H: Lines are a little faint but readable and I have to boost the darkness on the copier at work for the reports I do, otherwise it comes out too light to read. The lines themselves are razor-sharp and seem to be in the sweet spot of the Kuru Toga's engine when writing numbers.

 
July 7, 2013
This is a sweet pen!...
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This is a sweet pen! I bought it to use for an emergency/detail whiteout at work, and also to sign the covers for my band's demo that are made of red paper fed through a laser printer. For the latter use, it works beautifully.

As an emergency whiteout, it works very well. Some color comes through as it's not a true whiteout, but for quickly correcting pen mistakes it does the trick.

I'll eventually try the .4mm Gelly Roll as another reviewer recommended, but I'm happy with this one. The heavy plastic construction and white rubber grip make it quite an attention-getter too.

 
July 7, 2013
I work as a night auditor...
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I work as a night auditor in a hotel and an constantly using different color pens. In the past I used a Papermate X-Tend Multi and later their PhD Multi, both of which I had to buy multiple times after they broke down on me after a year or so. Their rotating action is the main weakness.

It was a tough choice for me between this and the Hi-Tec-C. It came down to the refills being less complicated and less expensive, and I like the conical tips that look stronger to me than the thin needle tips. Since I wanted a separate pencil (the black .3mm Kuru Toga) I opted to fill it with five .28mm gels for the finest lines and longer life. The eraser has seen almost no action because of this, but it's the same size as the one in that model of pencil.

This pen is amazing! The barrel could use a grip but the smooth plastic doesn't bother me at all. It's extremely light but not flimsy to me. It takes very little pressure to write, and the superfine gels haven't disappointed me. The lines are consistent, and only once the black started to fade on me due to a bubble I think was caused from dropping it. The blue had one too, but it didn't affect the line at all. The black recovered after a few days of coming out a light gray. I've dropped this pen several times (I have this bad habit of tossing and catching at work, heh heh) and that problem hasn't happened since.

The lever action is very nice too—very light and they click into place easily and securely. The only drawback is it's a little sensitive if another lever is touched. It doesn't take much to make your selection snap back, especially when touching the main lever that is the clip.

I found a nice bonus too: the refills for this pen are the same size as the Papermates I used to use, so after my first red ran out, I popped in the last two (dull brick) red refills I had sitting around. This pen has no trouble using them as it takes a higher pressure to write with medium ballpoints. The second one is almost done and I can't wait to put the next .28 red gel in! I checked and saw the gel refills for this pen work perfectly in the two types of Papermate Multis I used to use, which is nice because fine-point ballpoint refills for those were hard to find, but the Meister is so much better. After using this pen constantly for eight months, it's not showing much wear. The black plastic where I grip it near the end is slightly smoother but not by much.

I recommend this pen highly, and bought a second one for a co-worker last Christmas—she loves it, and from what I've seen, the pencil action is more solid than the old Papermates from my past. I'd like to see them offer pencil inserts in .3mm (one advantage of the Hi-Tec-C,) as well as other sizes, but as I decided to go with a Kuru Toga, it doesn't really concern me.

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July 7, 2013
I work as a night auditor...
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I work as a night auditor in a hotel and have to fill two spreadsheets in pencil (we're stuck in the 20th century apparently!) In the past I used a Papermate X-Tend Multi and later their PhD Multi, both of which I had to buy again after they break down on me. For the pencil in it (a .5mm) I was constantly rotating the body by thirds as I wrote to keep the lines thin. I discovered the Kuru Toga Engine on Wikipedia and landed on this store's site after a little searching.

This pencil works like a charm for me. The .3mm size is fine to begin with, but the automatic rotating action keeps it very sharp. I've tried the Ain leads in three hardnesses, and here's what I found for writing lots of numbers: The B leads are nice and dark, but they seem to wear a little too fast for the rotation to keep up and look almost like the lines from my .5mm without turning. The HB ones come out very fine but not quite as sharp as the H leads. The HBs are my favorites and work the best for me. The H leads are sharpest and seem to be what the Kuru is tuned for, although I suspect HBs work the best for the shorter strokes of Kanji. I don't like the H leads as much because of their lightness and I have to boost the darkness on the HP All-in-One at work a notch, otherwise the copies I make for management are too faint. I'm going through those leads first, and they do last a long time.

The grip on this pencil isn't as comfortable as it could be—makes the side of my middle finger ache a little. The rubber ring is a nice touch though. The black paint on the side has worn away where the barrel meets the side of my hand where the index finger begins.

The sponginess someone else mentioned isn't bad—I adapted easily, possibly after years of dealing with the Papermate multi-pens which have much more give because of the angle the pencil bit emerges from the body and the manual rotating I did with it.

Coincidentally, the eraser for this is the same size as the one used in the Uni Style Fit Meister 5 pen I bought here. It's a bit small but I normally use a black pearl anyway. I avoided the nicer aluminum pencil because of its blue body, but I am tempted to buy one in the future. All in all, I'm happy with this pencil.