Monday, July 26, 2010

Uni-Ball Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil

What do you get when you mix awesome with awesome? You get an EPIC WIN!!! And that's what the Uni-Ball Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil is! (Try saying that five times fast...) This pencil is the lovechild combination of the Alpha Gel and the Kuru Toga models. Uni-Ball was smart and combined two great pencils into one. Actually, if you compare this with the two, you can even tell which parts of the pencil were taken from which model!

First things first, the design of this pencil is a hybrid of the Kuru Toga, Alpha Gel, and the Dr. Grip (despite the fact Dr. Grip is made by Pilot). This pencil is entirely made of plastic, which was probably a trait carried over from the Kuru Toga line. Then we move down to the grip, which isn't as squishy as the Alpha Gel models (probably lacking a chromosome?). The grip feels nearly like a Dr. Grip...grip but squishier. In fact, the upper body seems like a trait carried over by the Dr. Grip as well! You could unscrew the top to reveal an outer barrel and an inner body (the colored part). The clip eerily looks like the Dr. Grip's clip too. The only thing missing to strengthen the similarities is the shaker... Then again, it could all be a coincidence.

Moving back to the Kuru Toga, like in the high-grade series, shows the symbol that displays the Kuru Toga engine in action. As you write, the engine moves to keep the pencil tip sharp, and when the symbol shows orange, it indicates the full rotation of the engine. The eraser cap has the same symbol as the cap on the KT pencils. The tip is not retractable. It extends outward when you press the top, but it does not affect writing or gripping it, as far as I'm concerned.

As far as writing goes, the KT engine keeps the tip sharp and produces a fine line compared to regular pencils. When compared to a regular pencil, the regular pencil shows thicker lines than the KT pencils as shown above. The pencil is relatively lightweight and weighs similar to the original KT pencils than most of the Alpha Gel pencils. One concern was if you didn't screw the silver top tight enough, the transparent barrel could be left spinning around as you write.

So to recap...

Pros: Two great concepts rolled into one
Costs: $12.75 at Jetpens

Overall, I give this a 10/10!


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  3. best pencil i have used in my whole life. I used the dr. grip--> ok not my favorite, shaka shaka alphagel -> i liked it really nice pencil, kurutoga--> writes very well but not very comfortable to hold. However, I would strongly recomment the alpha gel kurutoga

  4. I really liked the regular Kuru Toga, though this one looks cooler and more comfortable because of the grip. On the downside I wanted something I could use for sketching, so this one didn't work out so well for me, as there wasn't enough pressure to activate the mechanism to get it to rotate. Just something to be aware of.

  5. I luv this review. I sort of like the doctor grip, I luv the alpha gel, but I've never tried a kuru toga. But after hearing this review I really really really want one!!!!!!!!:p

    1. Its Awesome! I's sure you will LOVE it!

  6. Great Review, I have the old alpha gels, and this review helped me a lot whether to get the new Kuru Toga or not!

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  8. Hi Ashley, can you compare this and the regular Kuru Toga for me? I have the regular one, and while it works as advertised, there is a lot of side to side play in the tip. It makes it annoying to write with once the novelty of the engine wears off.

    Can you comment on the amount of play in the AG version you've reviewed here? Thanks

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