This pencil is not for jittery or active writers. I have a tendency to wag my
pencil back and forth nervously when deep in thought, or click the retract
button at the top of the pencil twice out of nervous habit. This pencil does not
take kindly to those habits, as the lead is extracted from either of those
actions. So I'm left with a bunch of lead sticking out of the pencil, and then I
have to break off the lead in order to get back a manageable length of lead. I
could probably live with just the shaking activating the lead extraction, but
because both the shaking and the retract button activate the lead, I'll be
burning through a lot of lead writing with this.
I have two gripes about all mechanical pencils: the uneven wear of the point,
and the stabbing that I have to endure every time I try to find it. The Kuru
Toga solves the first problem beautifully. Other pencils solve the second
problem, but no pencil (that I know of) solves both. Of all the Kuru Toga models
that Uni sells, they don't have a retractable, pipe-locking, or, for God's sake
a bloody cap to prevent the completely unnecessary stabbing that happens when
clumsy hands try to pick it up. Still, I love this pencil.