In addition to the popular Kuru Toga lead rotation mechanism, this Pipe Slide pencil features a sliding lead sleeve that protects the lead as you write. As you write and the lead gets shorter, the sleeve (guide pipe) slides into the pencil, getting shorter along with the lead. This means that you can write continuously without clicking to extend more lead, all the way until the sleeve gets too short. The lead sleeve can also be fully retracted, protecting it from getting bent or poking a hole in your pocket or pencil case. Also, the lead rotation mechanism has been updated for the Pipe Slide pencil to rotate the lead twice as quickly as other Kuru Toga pencils. Standard Kuru Toga pencils rotate the lead once every 40 strokes, while the Kuru Toga Pipe Slide rotates the lead once every 20 strokes. There’s a real problem that affects almost all mechanical pencils—bear with us as we explain. As you use a regular mechanical pencil, the lead wears down on one side, forming a slanted wedge-shaped tip. Each time you put the lead to the page you end up using a different lead surface (pointy, flat, wide, thin) depending on how you hold the pencil. This can cause dramatic and unsightly variations in line thickness as you write or draw.
The Kuru Toga eliminates this problem with the use of an ingenious lead rotation mechanism that continually rotates the pencil lead as you write. A spring-loaded clutch twists the lead incrementally every time you lift the pencil from the paper. This allows a uniform wearing of the lead to create a conical tip shape that provides a fine, consistent line.
This pencil has a glossy black finish and a black-colored plastic nose cone. Ridges in the grip area support your fingers as you write, making writing more comfortable. The capped eraser is refillable.
Note: To retract the lead sleeve completely, hold down the top push button, apply pressure to the lead sleeve, and release the push button. The lead sleeve should slide into the nose cone of the pencil after you release the push button.