I’m a pencil geek, I’m not going to lie, and I love using mechanical pencils at school. I recently got a chance to look at the Uni-ball Kuru Toga mechanical pencil from JetPens.com.

What makes this pencil special? That’s the first thing I thought when looking at it for the first time. From the back to the middle, it looks like any other mechanical pencil you’ve seen. When you take a look at the grip though, you’ve got a whole new story.
The Kuru Toga is fitted with an “auto-rotating engine” just under the clear-plastic grip. This basically turns the leads round as you write, to always give you optimal angle on the lead while you write. I have to say, it does make a big difference. No longer do you have to turn the pencil round with your hand to avoid writing on the sharp point of the lead, because the Kuru Toga does it all for you. And the best part? It’s not battery powered, it uses the pressure of pencil on paper to turn the lead round inside the pencil. It works very well, and I’d like to see this technology used in more mechanical pencils. (This image does a good job at showing how the Kuru Toga engine works, even if you don’t speak Japanese :)

Apart from that though, you’ve got a pretty basic all-around mechanical pencil. I personally use the Kuru Toga on my trombone stand at school, because it’s very light and relatively small, perfect for an instrument case. That being said though, you can use the Kuru Toga pretty much wherever you write. I’ve used it for homework, notes in class, and notes at my desk. It also takes the standard .5mm lead which shouldn’t make it a problem to refill, although it also comes in a 0.3 flavor.

For $7.50, you’re getting a pretty-well rounded pencil. It’s lightweight, comes in many colors, and uses the Kuru Toga rotating engine (which I absolutely love). The only drawback that I’ve found is that it can almost be considered “too light”, which may be a problem for longer writing sessions. For the average user though, I highly-recommend taking a look at the Kuru Toga. It’s available in many different colors over at Jetpens.com for $7.50.

What do you think of the Kuru Toga? Tell me in the comments below.

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