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uni-ball KuruToga Mechanical Pencil Starter Set (1751934)

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  • The most advanced refillable mechanical pencil ever.
  • Exclusive and patented rotating mechanism maintains a continuous sharp point perfect for intricate writing tasks.
  • Reduced dull spots on the lead make handwriting clearer and more precise.
  • Diamond-infused lead resists breakage and creates dark, vivid lines.
  • Set includes mechanical pencil, two eraser refills, and a pack of lead refills.
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Item Package Quantity: 1 | Color: Black/Blue

Say goodbye to dull and frequent lead breakage with the engineered design of uni-ball Kuru Toga! This amazing mechanical pencil features an exclusive rotating lead mechanism that resists lead breakage and maintains a continuous sharp point. Simply put- as you write, the pencil is continuously rotating and sharpening the lead. In a regular mechanical pencil, the lead starts to become dull after a few uses, producing thicker and lighter lines. But our lead stays sharp, so it produces the same thin, dark line that you start out with making your handwriting clearer and more precise. How’s that for an amazing mechanical pencil! What’s even better is that the Kuru Toga contains uni-ball’s exclusive Diamond Infused Lead. It resists breakage and is stronger than the leading lead. It will not only improve your writing experience, it creates dark, vivid lines every time you write. Change the way you feel about mechanical pencils and try the uni-ball Kuru Toga today!

Product Information

Item Package Quantity: 1 | Color: Black/Blue
Technical Details
Brand NameUni-ball
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions0.6 x 3.8 x 7.6 inches
Item model number1751934
Pencil Lead Degree (Hardness)hb
Material TypeN/A
Number of Items1
Point Type.5mm
Line Size0.5mm
Manufacturer Part Number1751934
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #230 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJune 21, 2007
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From the Manufacturer

The Line You Need, the Look You'll Love

From micro-fine to bold tips and a range of ink colors, uni-ball has the writing instrument for you. And with many styles to choose from, you'll enjoy a perfect writing experience.

Grip Series Micro Gel Signo Gel Impact Gel Onyx Kuru Toga
Gel ink option available
Diamond-Infused Lead
Micro-fine tip option available
Comfort grip
Capped models available
Retractable models available
Works with uni Super Ink
Clear barrel for visible ink level

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

169 of 182 people found the following review helpful By B. C Ladd on October 15, 2009
Color: Black/BlueItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
I am an office supply nut. I order imported pens from Japan, know all different paper sizing and weighting measures, and own more than a handful of no-staple paper binders. I offer this as my credentials to evaluate this mechanical pencil.

I cycle between using a mechanical pencil or a modern gel ink pen as my daily writing implement. When I saw the Japanese version of this product, I jumped at it, making it the most expensive mechanical pencil I ever owned (I said I am a nut, not that I am a _rich_ nut). This is an "Americanized" version of the same thing. As with many foreign imports, the resulting mass market product is a bit bland and not quite as nice. Plastic housing feels cheaper (compared to metal on the Japanese version), rotating mechanism is a little bit noisier (compared to silent: it is hardly noticeable), and the pencil is a touch bulkier in my hand.

The plastic is a touch too slick (it doesn't feel properly gripped, like it might pop out of my hand) but otherwise it is comfortable to use (haven't used it for long periods yet). The rotating mechanism works, just as advertised. It makes it easy to write tiny little messages. The 0.5mm lead really does feel like 0.3mm most of the time and I never have a slanted edge that cuts through the paper.

So, 4/5 for not being quite as nice as the one I have been using, but again 4/5 because it is affordable and the mechanism really does improve the writing experience. Honest.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By DR on September 7, 2010
Color: Black/BlueItem Package Quantity: 1
The kurutoga mechanical pencil has actually been out for a while in Japan. I've ordered a few about two years ago. When I first used them I took notice of the clear grip. As you press the pencil and lift it up from the paper, the kurutoga logo revolves around the barrel's axis, confirming the lead actually rotates.

This pencil will not work as advertised if you write in cursive, and you must lift your pencil between letters or numbers in order for it to work. This was engineered to how you write in japanese, but translates decently to writing in english or other languages. I found this most useful when I was in either japanese school or in calculus class.

The nanodia lead has also been out for a few years. It is great lead, hands down. Its slightly stronger than normal lead; however, it takes longer to wear it down. A full pack of 40 leads lasted me for about one and a half years in school.

The only reason I gave this pencil 4 stars instead of 5, is that the mechanism that rotates the lead can get worn out if you mess with the end of the pencil. Also, you must replace the eraser before it becomes flush with the end or it will become extremely difficult to insert lead.

That said, this is a great mechanical pencil that keeps a uniform thickness.
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Andy in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
Color: Black/BlueItem Package Quantity: 1 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
First a disclaimer- I am an engineer, and a little bit picky about lead pencils.

The Highlights:

First off, I like the lead. Not quire sure what diamond-infused lead might mean (probably just fiddle with the heat treatment to change the crystal structure), but I like it. In general, it seems to give about the same level of hardness, but writes with the darkness of lead one grade softer. I did find the lead very resistant to breakage, even when you write with a heavy hand.

The pencil itself has a nice feel and weight, and seems reasonably balanced. It is slightly thicker than a typical lead pencil, which is what I prefer. The mechanical movement seems tight and well made, and the lead advances about the right amount from each click.

The lead rotate feature seems to work ok, but to be honest I found it somewhat distracting since I constantly seemed to turn the pencil without even thinking about it. (I had never realized I was doing it.)

The Lowlights

The lead mechanism does not retract into the pencil when the lead is retracted, meaning you always have the sharp edge of the mechanism protruding from the bottom of the pencil. I hate this, since I have ruined more shirts and stabbed myself more times than I care to remember.

The eraser is quite small. Why can't someone make the little container that the lead comes in big enough to hold extra erasers? The spares are just going to get lost.

The autorotating lead makes it impossible to rotate the pencil to get a sharp edge of lead on demand, something I often due when writing especially small text.


I like the feel and style of the pencil, and love the new lead. I am very disappointed in the non-retracting mechanism, which will probably keep me from carrying this pencil on a daily basis.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kiyo M. VINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
Color: Black/BlueItem Package Quantity: 1 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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Just when you think you can't get any more advanced for... a pencil?! In Japanese, "Kuru" (x2) basically means to turn and "Toga" is short for "To-ga-ru", which means to sharpen. So what this pencil does is exactly that: it basically seamlessly turns the lead to the sharpest point for you, so you'll always get a fine stroke!

It's one of those things where people would go, "Why didn't I think of that?!"

But the concept is only the beginning; you'd have to engineer it really well like this to actually work. It really saves you energy and time without having to rotate to find the sharpest point of the lead yourself; I mean, every small movement/seconds of your life counts!

My video probably doesn't do it justice, but I wrote using another mechanical pencil and with the KuruToga to compare. If you have a good eye/picky about sharpness, you'll definitely notice the KuruToga will have finer strokes every time, while regular mechanical pencils results in thicker strokes as you write.

- It actually really works! Always get the sharpest points!
- Made in Japan
- Can't even tell it's rotating (no sound or anything)
- Comes with extra lead and two extra eraser tips
- Looks professional and feels great

I really can't think of a con, other than maybe it would have been nice if it came with a cap; but then again, it's not really necessary. I was excited to try this out after reading about what it does, and after using it myself, I'm still impressed.
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