, January 21, 2010
EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE to write with, esp for extended sessions. The mechanism is
reliable and it works as it should. As a bonus, it seems to act as a shock
absorber for the lead, which reduces the incidence of breaks and snapping. Faber
Castell of Germany uses a shock absorber in its much-acclaimed Vario line. The
Vario is made of plastic, too, and costs a lot more than this one does. If you
can live with a non-retractable lead protecting tube (as it's called in US
Patent 3914059), this is an excellent choice for everyday use. The Vario's lead
protecting tube is also non-retractable. If you need the retractable tube, I
suggest either the Pilot Vanishing Point pencil or either of the the A.G.
Spalding mechanical pencils available here at Jetpens. (The white rubberized
body is comfortable too, but the mechanism can play havoc with the lead. I once
had to delay the start of a monthly Library Board meeting I was taking the
minutes for, while I cleaned lead pieces out of the nose cap. That only happened
once, and maybe because of the soft 2B lead grade.) The Kuru Toga has joined the
white AG Sparlding and FC Vario as my favorite everyday mechanical pencils.