, November 22, 2013
Good: Medium weightiness, lead rotates as advertised, gorgeous design, feels
like you have something unique.
This pencil tries to solve a problem that doesn't exist. I LIKE writing on the
pointed tip of my lead because it creates a gorgeous fine line. Rotating the
lead keeps it sharp and your lines DULL... (if you understand this much and
still want the pencil then I say go for it.) Furthermore, although the pencil is
weighted heavier than the average mechanical pencil, it is very much weighted
toward the grip. I much prefer an even weight where the center of balance is at
the center of the pencil. If the body, and not just the grip, were made of metal
than that would resolve the weight issue. Finally, the lead pipe at the tip
moves in and out of the pencil fractions of a millimeter as the top review here
stated. Not the biggest issue, but when you've used a fixed sleeve before this
pencil feels like it has too much play in the mechanism. I wouldn't use this for
any technical work.
Overall, I enjoy having this pencil in my collection and like to use it on very
rare occasion just to play with it. However, I absolutely am in love with the
Rotring 600 and the Pentel Graphgear 1000. Those two are by far the best
drafting/mechanical pencils available with no competition nearby. If you do
choose to purchase the Kuru Toga, consider all plastic versions as they will
have a more balanced weight. And DO NOT expect an orgasm when you first touch
pencil to paper here! I thought it would be absolutely magical and boy was I
Hope this was useful!