Mechanical Pencils for Writing (Cursive)

I’ve used mechanical pencils for note taking for decades now, but recently took up cursive and journaling.

Maybe I’m just not used to it, but I find my hand cramps up way more than it ever did when I was printing notes (maybe 1 to 2 pages per day).

I’m curious what other people are using for serious writing. I’ve got my Rotrings (naturally), but for real “heads down” writing sessions I’ve been using either the Kokuyo Fitcurve (a fat and light mech. pencil) or just a plain wooden pencil.

And lately I’ve been using wood pencils more and more, even for note taking. Anyone else dip back and forth like this?


I personally do my long-form writing with a Uni Kuru Toga Advance Upgrade. I don’t think I could get the same writing experience from a wood pencil.


I’ve tried an Uni Kuru Toga (probably a more basic model), but could into it beyond as a novelty. I feel like the tip rotation doesn’t always engage the same way, and I end up missing the finer control I get from a fixed lead (mech pencil or otherwise).

I’m curious if you print your letters individually when writing long-form? I wonder if that’s the major difference in our experiences.


I have a very messy combination of printed and running writing that no one can read, including me.


you should look into the Uni Alpha Gel Switch; it’s a good choice for long writing sessions. it has of course the alpha gel grip which is very squidhy, and you have the choice between a stable hold mode and a mode where it turns the lead for consistent print.

I would use the hold mode for your cusive and the kuru toga mode for when you need legible notes.


Have you tried the Faber-Castell e-motion? Very thick line due to its 1.4mm lead, but very expressive and a joy to hold in the hand.

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