I don't get all the hype...
, December 3, 2011
I don't get all the hype over this pencil, or its "Kuru Toga" mechanism... First
off, the pencil's action is kinda sloppy: there a lot of dead play when you push
the cap before it engages the clutch and moves the lead out. You feel and hear a
cheap spring compressing at the top of the movement. Its *click* sounds thin,
cheap and imprecise. You're far from the positive action characteristic of well
The barrel is not bad, but I wish the top part were also metal. The tiny bit of
plastic surrounding the lead pipe looks out of place in a $16 pencil.
As for "Kuru Toga", it's more of a novelty gadget than a useful feature, in my
opinion. It's picky about the angle at which you hold the pencil: too shallow
and the mechanism won't engage, too steep and the benefits of a rotating lead
are negated. It never seems to keep up with my writing and I need to rotate the
pencil myself anyway. My particular pencil will also always stop rotating after
3/4 turns, requiring me to push the lead with considerable pressure to restart
it. However, I suspect this latter problem is a very rare issue.
I'm giving this one away. On the plus side, the lead this pencil comes loaded
with is fantastic. I'll be buying some to use in other pencils.