The Kuru Toga Roulette is a mechanical pencil in the Kuru Toga family, which means it has Uni’s lead auto-rotation system.
The Roulette is very similar to the other pencils in the family except for its use of a knurled aluminum grip. Most of the other Kuru Toga pencils either have plastic or rubber grips, except for the Kuru Toga High Grade, which swaps the Roulette’s knurled grip for a smooth aluminum one.
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The Kuru Toga High Grade is a mechanical pencil in the Kuru Toga family, which means it has Uni’s lead auto-rotation technology.
The High Grade is similar to the other pencils in the family except for its use of a smooth aluminum grip. Most of the other Kuru Toga pencils either have plastic or rubber grips, except for the Kuru Toga Roulette, which swaps the High Grade’s smooth aluminum grip for a knurled aluminum one.
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The most popular and most desirable pen in the Rotring 400 line is the Rotring 400 “Double Push” mechanical pencil. This pencil, and it’s close cousin the Metallic Tikky Double Push, are prized for their interesting 1990s design and push button mechanism. This is what we today call a “double-knock” design.
The Rotring 400 pencil was sold in gunmetal grey and a lighter matte silver. Both are rare today. The pencil was also sold in a set alongside the Rotring 400 ballpoint pen.
The modern version of this pencil is the plastic Rotring Tikky 3 in 1.
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The Pentel Smash is an affordable mechanical pencil with a very cool, old school style to it. It is known for its rubber cover by the button (which looks like a shock cover from a suspension) and it’s combo-style grip which has a metal body with rubber squares poking out.
The Sakura Slide Sharp S1000E is a vintage mechanical pencil that is considered to be highly collectible. It uses a very handsome design with a number of interesting design elements that aren’t seen in many of today’s mechanical pencils. The pencil was sold through the late 1980s.
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The Energize is the mechanical pencil equivalent of the popular Pentel Energel Deluxe RTX gel pen. It’s a comfortable, affordable ( $9.37 ) link pencil that’s a nice fit against the excellent Energel RTX series.
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The Pilot Sprinter (sometimes called the Namiki Sprinter) is a true historical oddity. First made in the early 1980s, it’s a mechanical pencil whose body is made of a steel coil spring. The body springs when the pen is clicked, making for a design that is both unique and also extraordinarily clever.
The original sticker price of the Sprinter was 1,000 JPY.
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The Zebra Delguard is a highly respected mechanical pencil family and a direct competitor to the Uni Kuru Toga series. This pencil, named the Zebra Delguard (sometimes spelled “DelGuard”), is the base model of the series. The pencil is known for its smooth action, good looks, and “unbreakable” lead technology.
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The Rotring 500 is a mechanical pencil that sits between the Rotring 300 and Rotring 600 in the company’s lineup. The Rotring 600 is all metal, the Rotring 300 is all plastic and the 500 is a hybrid of the two: a plastic body with a metal grip.
The Rotring 600 is a legendary pen and mechanical pencil that has been around since the late 1980s. It’s changed over the years but it remains one of the best drafting pencils sold today, as well as one of the most iconic writing devices ever sold.
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The Rotring 800 is the flagship mechanical pencil in Rotring’s 300/500/600/800 line. It’s the line’s only retractable pencil and the only one to use gold-colored components, which were originally found in the pencil’s predecessor, the highly sought after Rotring 600G.
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The S20 is a executive style drafting pencil. It has a body made of wood with either a Dark Brown or Deep Red finish in the US. This is a popular pen that is respected for its build quality and good looks. In Japan the S20 is sometimes called the Escienti. The pencil is normally sold in 0.5 mm but the red and dark brown colors are also sold in 0.3 mm.
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The Graph Gear 1000 is a premium, double-knock drafting pencil. It’s known for its dual-material grip and excellent construction. It briefly had a ballpoint counterpart, but the Graph Gear 1000 pen is no longer sold.
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The Graph Gear 500 is an affordable drafting pencil that is a cheaper version of the Graph Gear 1000. The GG500 is notable because of it’s $5 price tag, knurled metal grip, and reliable design. It has a brass chuck for holding the lead, but uses a much simpler mechanism than the Graph Gear 1000.
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The Kuru Toga is Uni’s (Mitsubishi Pencil) family of mechanical pencils with auto-rotating lead technology. This Kuru Toga is usually known as the “Standard” model as it’s the base model for the family. Selling for around $5 ($4.99 to be exact), it’s the more affordable of the Kuru Togas.
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