uni-ball KuruToga Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm, HB #2, 1 Count

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Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

I have owned this Pentel P209 mechanical pencil for exactly 30 years today. It was given to me as part of a set of four on my first day as a trainee Draughtsman. [R]

10 months, 1 week agoTony_Chu posted submission on BuyItForLife.
July 11, 2018
10 months, 1 week agoTony_Chu posted comment on BuyItForLife.
July 11, 2018

No I haven't, but I'm intrigued.

Is this the guy?: https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-0-5mm/dp/B0026ICM1E

Thanks!

When someone borrows your pen, and snaps the clip off it. [R]

10 months, 3 weeks agoeastbaykennyg posted submission on mildlyinfuriating.
June 25, 2018
10 months, 3 weeks agoeastbaykennyg posted comment on mildlyinfuriating.
June 25, 2018

That's the shittiest mechanical pencil there is.

You need to get the uni-ball KuruToga. They make a plastic body for $5 and an awesome metal body for $10.

https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-0-5mm/dp/B0026ICM1E

Pens for lefties who like to write bullet journals [R]

1 year, 4 months agoangelgeronimo posted submission on bulletjournal.
Jan. 2, 2018
1 year, 4 months agoangelgeronimo posted comment on bulletjournal.
Jan. 2, 2018

To add to this, I used to always have black marks on the sides of my palm from pencil lead. Now, I use a combination of a Kuru Toga pencil and its compatible lead, and absolutely no smudging. There are cheaper Kuru Toga pencils that I’ve seen on Amazon (example) without gel grips, but since I’m a student I often need to be able to write for a long time so it’s just for comfort. It’s also helpful for sketching out bujo layouts before going in with pen, if that’s your thing. Hope this helps!

Edit: If you don’t know what Kuru Toga is, it’s a type of pencil with a spinning mechanism inside of it. It spins every time you write a stroke with the pencil (video on how it works), and this ensures even lead usage. Imo, it prevents lead breakage and something about it makes it really non-smudgey.

What's your favorite pen? [R]

1 year, 7 months agoTaintedQuintessence posted submission on uwaterloo.
Oct. 18, 2017

For taking notes, or midterms

1 year, 7 months agoTaintedQuintessence posted comment on uwaterloo.
Oct. 18, 2017

Pencil - The uniball KuruToga is great. The lead it comes with is great and high quality too. Never experienced any breakage.

Pen - Muji Ballpoints are smooth and simple.

How am I suppose to study for FAR when I have this face looking up at me? [R]

1 year, 7 months agoBigdumidiot posted submission on Accounting.
Sept. 27, 2017
1 year, 7 months agoBigdumidiot posted on Accounting.
Sept. 27, 2017

Nothing to do with the dog but, https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-0-5mm/dp/B0026ICM1E try this pencil instead.

[Request] Mechanical Pencil [R]

1 year, 8 months agoramicane posted submission on BuyItForLife.
Sept. 15, 2017

I am looking for a mechanical pencil that is ergonomically friendly and feels substantial when you hold it. I know many fountain pens are great but I haven't seen any erasable (ie pencil) variant. Any suggestions?

1 year, 8 months agoramicane posted on BuyItForLife.
Sept. 16, 2017

What are the best Japanese pencils? [R]

1 year, 10 months agoJune 25, 2017

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1 year, 10 months agohillsonn posted on japan.
June 25, 2017

The Kuro Toga is my favorite:

Japan Amazon

America Amazon

Looking for pen recommendations to make exams more bearable next time around. Have any you like? [R]

2 years agobyfantasy posted submission on UofT.
May 2, 2017

I've purchased 3 types of pens at Staples and Costco but they were all cheaply made. Either kind of loose, have bad contact with the paper, or have bad ink inconsistency. I'm hoping to make my hunt shorter by asking for recommendations here. I want somewhat of a fine point on it as well. Also taking mechanical pencil suggestions. Thanks!

2 years agobyfantasy posted on UofT.
May 2, 2017

I write tests/exams mostly in pencil anyway - this is one of my favourite pencils: Kuru Toga

The pencil operates on a rotating mechanism so the tip never gets dull/overly sharp. Cool in practice, and it usually works if you write stuff in short strokes (I don't write in cursive, and I mostly write numbers and short snippets of code). Bad side is that the pencil tip moves a little because of the rotating mechanism. Took a little while to get used to, but the pencil is very comfy.

Favourite cheap pencil? [R]

2 years, 2 months agoMetroidam11 posted submission on mechanicalpencils.
March 18, 2017

I've heard good things about the Pentel Techniclick, Twist Erase, and P205. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good/interesting mechanical pencils that are cheap and semi-disposable?

2 years, 2 months agoMetroidam11 posted on mechanicalpencils.
March 18, 2017

uni-ball KuruToga Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm, HB #2, 1 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=cmswrcpapa_8EtZybPVSW757

It's pretty much all glossy plastic enclosure bug the fine tips allow for precision writing and the tip doesn't break if you have a reasonable hand. I like that the eraser has a cap, it keeps it looking clean but if you tend to erase a lot, you might need to look elsewhere or buy a big eraser on the side.

Bag Dump/ Pocket Dump [R]

2 years, 2 months agorefswag11 posted submission on EDC.
March 3, 2017
2 years, 2 months agorefswag11 posted on EDC.
March 3, 2017

Bag Dump(starting in top left and moving clockwise): * Macbook Charger

  • MacBook Pro Touchbar

  • Books for Classes: Style and editing and Humble argument

  • Anker portable battery 12,000 MaH (with lightning cable)

  • Sharpie pens

  • Uniball pens

  • Pilot G2

  • Uniball Kuru Toga https://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-0-5mm/dp/B0026ICM1E

  • Generic stainless mechanical pencil

  • Eraser

  • Chapstick

  • Change

  • Deoderant

  • POS bike pump

  • Micro USB cable

  • Adapter for charger

  • Jaybird X2 Headphones

  • USB C -> USB A adapter

Any recommendations on a good pencil? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoSlabb posted submission on math.
Feb. 2, 2017

With the amount of writing that I'm sure many of use do regularly, it is probably extremely worthwhile to get a designed writing utensil rather than whatever 5-pack of cheap plastic I can grab at Target. Anybody use a high quality pencil that they recommend?

I saw on Amazon two pencils with good reviews and pleasing designs:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006OM2RE/ref=twister_B009Y3BANU?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Automatic-Drafting-Pencil-PG1017C/dp/B000GAXKGU/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1486019561&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=mechanical+pencil+.7

If anybody has any feedback or contributions, it would be great to hear!

2 years, 3 months agoSlabb posted on math.
Feb. 2, 2017

Would highly recommend this KuruToga mechanical pencil: https://www.amazon.com/Uni-Ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Pencil-Starter/dp/B0026ICM1E The lead automatically rotates as you write, so you are always writing with a sharp edge. I'm usually the kind of guy to lose writing utensils left and right, but I have held on to this one for over a year now. It writes like a dream.

In your opinion, what are the most important school supplies? [R]

2 years, 5 months agoBoohyabuddha posted submission on college.
Dec. 15, 2016
2 years, 5 months agoBoohyabuddha posted on college.
Dec. 15, 2016

I'll try to be specific with what I recommend, giving brands and models if I can. Bear in mind, I'm from a STEM major, so some of this is stuff I've used for math and other related classes that you might not need.

1) Uniball KURU TOGA Mechanical Pencils - These are hands-down the best mechanical pencils I've ever used. It has a mechanism that rotates the lead as you lift up the pencil (I think? or maybe as you write...) so you get a sharp, clean script nearly all the time. My only gripe is I lose the eraser caps a lot, and if you don't have them on it's difficult to click more lead. The "Roulette" model might be different.

2) TOPS Engineering Computation Pad - I actually take my in-class notes on my Surface Pro (highly recommend it), and use my next recommendation for practice problems, but I use this paper for my hand-in assignments. I don't like ruled paper for any kind of computation work, and with plain paper I tend to veer off and don't get clean lines. With this paper, though, I can see the grid on the backside through the front, allowing me to get a clean look without thick lines muddying up the aesthetics. This isn't necessary, but for me it makes my work easier to read and organize, and it often times is the only green paper in the homework pile so it's easy to pick out as well!

3) NUboard A4 Dry Erase Notebook - My wife bought this for me for my first semester because I was going through so much paper to do practice problems, and because I hated standing up to do work on a bigger dry erase board. It's the size of a normal notebook with transparent sheets overlapping the dry erase panels, and your notes will (more or less) stay on the board until you erase them. By this I mean that you can do some notes or problems, close the book, shove it in your backpack, and when you open it it will be as you left it. This thing changed my studying habits, and I use a lot less paper now.

Here's some other random things I didn't think of before I realized I need them in the moment. I try to keep these things in my backpack most of the time:

Surge Protector - I do all my studying in the library, and if I don't get there early, all the desks with outlets get snatched up quickly (especially near midterms and finals). I ended up picking up a cheap one at Micro Center and keep it in my backpack in case I need to sit somewhere further away. Also, it helps others that aren't close to one either. :)

Noise-Cancelling Headphones - I study in the "absolute quiet" floors, but even then some people make some noise just shuffling papers, zipping-unzipping stuff, eating lunch, etc. You don't need the Bose fancy ones; anything that keeps the noise out (and, I should mention, your own music IN) will work.

Chegg/Wolfram Subscription - These saved my academic butt so many times. Wolfram might not be necessary if you're only taking one math course as a GEP requirement, but if you're taking up to Calc2 or 3 it's great. It can solve integrations and derivatives, but, more importantly, it will also show you a step-by-step solution. Chegg, however, I think is worth it for nearly any class. I've only had one or two textbooks whose answers weren't on there, and for the others it was a lifesaver. Professors will sometimes not post solutions or answers to problems in class or on homework, and books will often only have the answer in the back. Chegg, however, not only has the answer, but, more often than not, has step-by-step solutions. I used this all the time for two things specifically: 1) Check my homework before I turn it in to make sure I understood the processes (and got the answers right), and 2) doing practice problems from the book that the professor didn't address or post solutions for.

Hope this helps!

Look at how small my roomate's handwriting is [R]

2 years, 6 months agoKind_of_Hippy posted submission on mildlyinteresting.
Nov. 13, 2016
2 years, 6 months agoKind_of_Hippy posted on mildlyinteresting.
Nov. 14, 2016

Tell your roommate to get a Kuru Toga pencil. The lead rotates and doesn't develop flat spots. It'll help keep the thickness of the letters even.

Writing Utensils [R]

2 years, 6 months agoroastduckie posted submission on EngineeringStudents.
Oct. 27, 2016

I'm looking to upgrade my writing utensils and am not sure which route to go so I'm coming here; what are some your guys' favorite pencils/pens?

2 years, 6 months agoroastduckie posted on EngineeringStudents.
Oct. 27, 2016

Couple of weeks ago, I got a Uni Kuru Toga 0.5 pencil. The lead auto-rotates, so it's always a fine line. The weight is perfect. Just make sure you avoid the starter kit that they sell, and go straight for the standalone one. The weight of the real one feel sso much better than the dinky starter pencil. Also, invest in one of those retractable pen-style erasers.

What is your one, special accessory you couldn't play D&D without? [R]

2 years, 11 months agoRauthian posted submission on DnD.
June 14, 2016

I'm talking things outside of the standard dice and PHB. For example, mine is a self-sharpening mechanical pencil and a leather bound journal specifically for D&D. It fits the mood, and I can't remember anything to save my life, so I write it down.

What is yours? A dice tower, a special carrying case?

2 years, 11 months agoRauthian posted on DnD.
June 14, 2016

It rotates automatically to stay sharp! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=psdc1069816t2_B0020BKPMK

15/M/Student [R]

3 years agoApril 29, 2016

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3 years agoIcey30Cube posted on EDC.
April 29, 2016

It's coming together. I will be adding more and also exchanging items with better ones in the future, but I'm only 15 I don't need a whole lot.

Need a recommendation for a mechanical pencil. [R]

3 years, 2 months agoclosedrop7 posted submission on EDC.
Feb. 26, 2016

I'm a student and mechanical pencils are really damn useful. I don't have any criteria, but a budget of no more than $20.

Fire away

3 years, 2 months agoclosedrop7 posted on EDC.
Feb. 26, 2016

I prefer pens, but I bought a uniball kuru toga and it has been one of the best mechanical pencils I have used, though I still prefer a good pen but some circumstances dictate the use of pencil. http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1456541777&sr=8-1&keywords=uniball+kuru+toga

Always sharp mechanical pencil [R]

3 years, 3 months agochirag2f4u posted submission on videos.
Feb. 3, 2016
3 years, 3 months agochirag2f4u posted on videos.
Feb. 3, 2016

Not much, only ~$10. I got one from Office Depot
edit, found one for $4.17 http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E

This lead pencil never gets dull [R]

3 years, 3 months agobroadcasthenet posted submission on videos.
Feb. 2, 2016
3 years, 3 months agobroadcasthenet posted on videos.
Feb. 3, 2016

What's your math style? How were you taught to put problems on a page? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoAtlasAirborne posted submission on learnmath.
Nov. 8, 2015

I'm everywhere and anywhere and it is not effective now that I'm in algebra, but I never learned any other method. I can't follow my own steps. Any tips appreciated.

3 years, 6 months agoAtlasAirborne posted on learnmath.
Nov. 8, 2015

Do you have a photo of what you're doing so far?

Personally, I

  • Write in 0.3mm pencil (pencil because I make regular typos, 0.3mm because it makes writing single-line fractions with exponents much easier. THESE are great; they rotate the lead as you write, which stops your lines from thickening)

  • Write each significant step on a new line (perhaps with a blank line in between if I'm working with fractions with exponents or other stuff that uses the full amount of vertical line space.

  • Write simple rearrangements on the same line, eg "= (x+1)(x^(2)-2x) - (x^(2)+x) = x(x+1)(x-2) - x(x+1) = x(x+1)(x-2-1) = x(x+1)(x-3)"

  • If I expand something like a couple of third-order polynomials that I need to sum/subtract, where I have a bunch of variables to different degrees and will need to sum the like terms, I will look for instances of the highest degree term and add them together, striking through each with a thin blue pen as I input their coefficients into the calculator. I'll write the final coefficent/term on the next line, then repeat, with the next-highest-degree term. Doing this helps me avoid missing any terms (because they won't be crossed out at the end).

  • When I have something like ... -3( 2a - 4b + 3), I'll write that down, then reverse all the signs from left to right, replacing the plus signs with minus signs and adding a vertical stroke to the minus signs. (THESE are great as well). I do this because I'm particularly prone to forgetting/messing up sign changes like that in my head, especially if I have to multiply by a term outside the parenthesis at the same time, like the "-3" above.

  • When I cancel common factors from a numerator and denominator, I'll strike through them with a thin red pen. if it's something like 4x^(3)[...]/6x^2[...] I'll strike out all that and add the reduced terms to the end of the numerator and denominator (" ·2x" and " ·3", in this case). That's mostly because I hate writing out long fractions any more than absolutely necessary. Plus it's a quick visual clue that makes it obvious what I've done if the fraction is visually "busy".

I'm not sure if any of this is much help to you, but I've struggled with making silly head-math errors (arithmetic, mixing up signs, forgetting to add stuff) and this is how I ended up working around them.

I also tend to write out more steps than I did back in school - doing too much in my head at once was a huge source of unnecessary mistakes, for me.

When pencils do this garbage [R]

3 years, 6 months agoMuffikins posted submission on mildlyinfuriating.
Nov. 5, 2015
3 years, 6 months agoMuffikins posted on mildlyinfuriating.
Nov. 5, 2015

The uniball kuru toga - just hunt down some 0.5mm 2b graphite for the full experience. And the graph paper if you're serious. I have a pencil & paper philia

What perfectly/overly engineered tools and toys to you have? [R]

3 years, 8 months agoSept. 14, 2015

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3 years, 8 months agotrickyrickyhdpltnm posted on engineering.
Sept. 14, 2015

In the pencil category, I use this as my daily writer: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=twister_B00DHUB23O

It actually twists the lead as I write via a internal mechanism so I get a sharp piece of lead every time. Well worth the $5

This arrived at my office in a manila envelop with no documentation and no one knows where it came from. [R]

3 years, 8 months agoBidiggity posted submission on mildlyinteresting.
Sept. 11, 2015
3 years, 8 months agoBidiggity posted on mildlyinteresting.
Sept. 11, 2015

OH I KNOW WHAT THAT IS! It's a mechanical pencil that rotates the lead every time you touch it to the paper so it wears down evenly and doesn't get that chisel tip. They're super cool and it looks like you got a foreign model.

Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E

What are some small tools or accessories that I can get on amazon for $5 [R]

3 years, 9 months agoAbsentMindedMedicine posted submission on Tools.
July 30, 2015

Have a $5 gift card for amazon and I figure I might as well spend it on tools.

3 years, 9 months agoAbsentMindedMedicine posted on Tools.
July 31, 2015

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1438322150&sr=8-1&keywords=mechanical+pencil+kurutoga

This, out of all $5 mechanical pencils, is decidedly my favorite. The pilot G-2s are almost as good, if you can find them in .7.

[Edit] - As a note, you will find, very high quality mechanical pencils can cost significantly more than $5.

TIL that pencils are yellow because American pencil makers wanted people to know they contained Chinese graphite [R]

4 years, 1 month agostrider_sifurowuh posted submission on todayilearned.
April 11, 2015

I'm an engineer, looking for a good mechanical pencil, reasonable price? [R]

4 years, 2 months agotokenasian1 posted submission on EngineeringStudents.
Feb. 21, 2015

I'm looking for something under $15.00. I don't want to spend $40.00 on a rotring, and I understand I'm not getting a pencil of that caliber for $15.00.

I was hoping I could get something with a non-slip grip (i.e. not a metal grip), preferably an adhesive barrel, but not mandatory. Thanks in advance, guys.

4 years, 2 months agotokenasian1 posted on EngineeringStudents.
Feb. 21, 2015

The Uni-Ball KuruToga has been by far my favorite mechanical pencil that I have ever bought. It's really cool because the pencil has a mechanism that slowly rotates the lead as you write to keep the lead sharp. It comes with this special "diamond infused" lead that does not break. Seriously. I've had the thing for a year now, and I've never had lead break off on me.

I love the thing and I can't recommend it any higher.

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=pdsimop_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0R7ZCZP66CAMD05WSP2C

[Discussion] What is your favorite mechanical pencil? [R]

4 years, 3 months agoFlamingSnipers posted submission on randomactsofamazon.
Feb. 9, 2015

I am looking for a great mechanical pencil for writing essays and such. If this is not an appropriate post for this community let me know and I will take it down! Thanks!!

4 years, 3 months agoFlamingSnipers posted on randomactsofamazon.
Feb. 9, 2015

This guy Couldn't quite justify spending $15 on an impulse buy for 2 pencils... I haven't tried it out yet (It was really the only drafting esque pencil under $10 at staples, they did not have a good selection at all) Tomorrow I am probably going to order a good Staedtler or Pentel, but I want to think on it overnight. I am prone to losing pencils...

Mechanical pencils? [R]

4 years, 3 months agolordofwhales posted submission on fountainpens.
Jan. 26, 2015

Anyone have any suggestions for a mechanical pencil similar in weight and girth to fountain pens? Something i could carry in my pocket every day would be ideal

4 years, 3 months agolordofwhales posted on fountainpens.
Jan. 26, 2015

I'm a big fan of the uni-ball Kuru Toga, which rotates the lead every time the pencil lifts from the page so it stays evenly flattened. Pretty comfy too.

Any recommendations on a reasonably priced mechanical pencil? [R]

4 years, 4 months agotasty-fish-bits posted submission on AskEngineers.
Jan. 10, 2015

My office supplies whatever we need but I was looking to get a nice metal mechanical pencil but have no idea what i should be looking for. I do a lot of hand calculations and sketches so im looking for something that has a little weight and durability. I am also looking for some flat metal straightedge/sclaes as well. Thanks!

4 years, 4 months agotasty-fish-bits posted on AskEngineers.
Jan. 10, 2015

The Kuru Toga spoiled me for every other pencil.

It automatically rotates the lead while writing!

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E#productDescriptionsecondaryviewpageState1420927054246

Things a new maths undergraduate needs for uni! [R]

4 years, 9 months agompetty posted submission on math.
Aug. 14, 2014

Hi! Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, but I'd like to know what you found useful during a maths degree. Things I'm thinkihg about: Maths apps for phones (and which phones will use them) Graphics calculator - necessary? If so which one? Any other weird and wonderful equipment besides the obvious geometry set. Anything else needed? So I got my A-Levels and am going to The University of Bath starting end of September. Thanks for you're help!

4 years, 9 months agompetty posted on math.
Aug. 14, 2014

Pens everyday carry (EDC) - 19/M/College kid (X-post from /r/fountainpens) [R]

4 years, 10 months agoImmovableMover posted submission on pens.
July 18, 2014
4 years, 9 months agoImmovableMover posted on pens.
Aug. 14, 2014

Here ya go: http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1408024173&sr=8-2&keywords=kuru+toga

Physicists of Reddit, what pen do you when doing physics? [R]

4 years, 10 months agoJuly 21, 2014

Or type of pencil, fountain pen whatever you use. What is it and why? And for the ones using pens and fountain pens, blue or black ink?

4 years, 10 months agoContralto posted on Physics.
July 21, 2014

Uniball Kuru Toga!

I bought it specifically for practicing kana and kanji with, but it's become my favorite all-around pencil.

***Best Engineering Student Tools*** [R]

5 years agoN33chy posted submission on EngineeringStudents.
May 12, 2014

In a post earlier this morning I asked for some advice on writing utensils. The discussion covered mechanical pencils, specifically the Rotring 600.

What tools do you use everyday that make being an engineering student easier? This can include Laptops, reference guides, programs, calculators, writing tools, anything. 'Tis the season of a new group of engineering majors being born, so lets help them out!

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edit: Here are the products that have currently been recommended:

Laptops/Tablets:

  • Lenovo Thinkpad -- Great laptop, Windows 7 or 8 preinstalled, runs most Engineering programs.
  • Macbook Pro 15in. --Great for general uses, High Quality, Not compatible with all EGR programs. Use Bootcamp.
  • VAIO Flip 15 --Recommended in comments below.
  • Windows Surface Pro 2 --Popular among Engineering Students, portable, can run Office Programs.
  • iPad 2/3, iPad Mini --Portable, powerful, runs all apps on the Apple App store, recommended use with a stylus.

Calculators:

  • Casio Scientific -- Great Calculator for under $20.
  • TI-36X Pro --Many of the functions of a graphing calculator for a low price!
  • TI89 Titanium Graphing Calculator --Helpful for EE majors, solves systems of equations and complex numbers, +more.
  • TI NSpire CX CAS --Interchangeable Keypads, color display, upgradable.
  • HP 33 --Scientific Calculator, HP button Template, good for high-end calculations.
  • HP 50g --Graphing calculator, good for those looking for something other than T.I.

Writing Utensils:

Programs and Utilities:

  • Solidworks Student Edition --Great CAD software, sometimes offered for free through university.
  • MATLAB -- Program with applications in data processing and computing.
  • Octave --Similar to MATLAB, free to use.
  • LaTeX --Document Markup Language. (Need link)
  • Spyder -- Similar to MATLAB (Need link)
  • EES (Engineering Equation Solver) --Equation Solver for Engineers.
  • WolframAlpha.com --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. FREE to use online, Pro included in the purchase of mobile application.
  • Mathcad --Program for Engineering Calculations.

Msc. Supplies:

  • Hi-Polymer Eraser -- Fantastic tool to always have on hand. Last for a long time, and fairly inexpensive.
  • Engineering Paper --Great for doing calculations on, sketching, assignments. Sometimes required.
  • Graph Paper --Never know when you'll need it, and terrible to have to buy when you do.
  • Backpack with laptop sleeve -- North Face is the most prominent at my university.
  • Tools specific for your major -- Soldering Iron, Socket Set, etc.
5 years agoN33chy posted on EngineeringStudents.
May 13, 2014

I highly recommend this pencil. The tip always stays sharp - great for detailed diagrams.

[Contest] Flash! Something small! [R]

5 years agoautumnfalln posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
May 10, 2014

*** Contest closed! Gifting winner momentarily***

Winner #1 /u/Yllibb currently waiting on the second winner to get back to me since they didn't have a shipping address... If I don't hear back from them in 10 minutes I'll move on to the next person. :)

I had to move on to the next person. :( Happy news is /u/cucu729 is the second winner! :)

Hi everyone! I haven't been able to gift in a really long time but I got a gift card from W and decided rather than using it on myself I'd love to use it on you folks... So I'm doing a few contests and seeing how far I can stretch it! So to that end let's do a contest of inexpensive items on your wish list. Link me an inexpensive item that you would like and I'll random raffle the thread for the winner! I'm really excited to be gifting so don't take too long because this one won't be open long... Also, sorry but I just learned that my gift card only applies to US Amazon.. :( (I still love you other guys though).

5 years agoautumnfalln posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
May 10, 2014

Okay, wow, that's ridiculously super nice and generous of you. =) I see you have a few other contests going on, as well. Gah, you're amazing!

If I happen to win, I'd really really like this! Thank you so much for this contest! <3

With the type of math I have to do in school, it has become impossible to use fountain pens. Can any of you guys recommend a mechanical pencil to an avid Fountain pen user? Should I get a mechanical pencil version of a decent fountain pen? [R]

5 years, 1 month agoApril 6, 2014

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5 years, 1 month agoshit_lord posted on fountainpens.
April 6, 2014

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E

it rotates the lead so you don't have the issue of having a dull side.

There's also this version which I think is better since it has a metal body.

http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-Kuru-Toga-Roulette-Model-Auto-Lead-Rotation-Mechanical-Pencil-0.5-mm-Gun-Metallic-Body/pd/6547

What's your favourite mechanical pencil? [R]

5 years, 2 months agoMarch 9, 2014

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5 years, 2 months agoauthro posted on EDC.
March 9, 2014

For taking to class and writing essays and stuff, you can't beat a Kuru Toga with a rubber grip. For EDC, I like the Zebra M301 because it's sturdy and classy, but you're not going to cry if you lose it either because the thing is like three bucks. I will say, though, that the one M301 I used pretty heavily for a couple of months ended up breaking. Again, though, three bucks.

Amazon Prime Was Too Good to Be True After All [R]

5 years, 3 months agowhomad1215 posted submission on technology.
Feb. 4, 2014
5 years, 3 months agowhomad1215 posted on technology.
Feb. 4, 2014

There are add-on items, which are very small and extremely cheap (thus why they are add-ons). Then they have the same product but not as an add-on, they now cost slightly more and usually have a shipping cost.

For example, not many companies are going to give 2 day shipping on a $2 pack of pencils.

What are some neat gadgets for college students? [R]

5 years, 3 months agoJan. 22, 2014

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5 years, 3 months agolapinsk posted on gadgets.
Jan. 23, 2014

according to amazon, we're looking at $5 vs $55 for more grippy-ness... or $13 for the latter.

Official /r/architecture gift idea thread! [R]

5 years, 5 months agoflobin posted submission on architecture.
Dec. 9, 2013

The holidays are upon us! Every day there seems to be another discussion about what to do for the architecture aficionados in our lives this holiday season.

Let's make a master list, /r/architecture! What's your holiday must-have this year? What have you done in years past?

5 years, 5 months agoflobin posted on architecture.
Dec. 12, 2013

The uni-ball kuru toga is the best mechanical pencil there is. Would be a nice gift.

Another Walmart Story [R]

5 years, 8 months agoSept. 10, 2013

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5 years, 8 months agoTheBullshitPatrol posted on 4chan.
Sept. 11, 2013

My seventh grade homework on the dangers of marijuana [R]

5 years, 8 months agolonginglook77 posted submission on funny.
Aug. 31, 2013
5 years, 8 months agolonginglook77 posted on funny.
Sept. 1, 2013

[CONTEST] Drunk food. [R]

5 years, 9 months agoyayagomo posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 5, 2013

WINNERTravis100

CONTEST CLOSED I will announce the winner soon. Thank you everyone for all of your ideas. I'm planning to incorporate some of these ideas into The World's End exchange gift I am putting together this week. So someone will benefit from your great ideas.

I want to know what you guys think are the best things to eat/ snack on while drinking. I'll select one winner at random. The prize will be around $6.00. I will close the contest when this post is 2 hours old. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

RULES:

  1. Include the Reddit Raffle phrase: "I'm soooo drunk".

  2. Tell me two of your favorite things to eat while drinking or drunk (very different things).

  3. Link an item that is <$6.00 including shipping. I have Prime.

Edited to say, I am really enjoying your favorite drunk foods. I am back and forth taking care of animals so I'm not responding but I am reading everything!

5 years, 9 months agoyayagomo posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 5, 2013

drinking? well, im underage so ill say I enjoy oreos with my nightly drink, milk. I'm soooo drunk i would like this

[Contest] Show me the coolest thing for $10 or less! [R]

5 years, 10 months agoJune 25, 2013

Link me to the coolest/most interesting item on your wish list for $10 or less, including shipping (I have prime). At 12 AM eastern time I will pick which one item I think is the best, and it's yours!

Contest closed! The winners (yeah, plural. I'm a pushover. I couldn't decide!) are /u/tragopanic and /u/KaNikki! Thanks for joining my first-ever contest!

5 years, 10 months agobuttholeclenching posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
June 25, 2013

BUILD YOUR OWN STRAWS! These are the best thing since sliced bread! Perhaps better!

[Contest] Add-on items! [R]

6 years agoMay 10, 2013

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6 years agoMorefunnorule posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
May 10, 2013

[Contest] Random... [R]

6 years, 1 month ago[deleted] posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 10, 2013

I will add a $25 gift card to my Amazon account, and use a Reddit Raffle to begin picking winners. Once I run out of money, the contest is over.

Rules:

1) Please link an item in my entry of a low amount (or don't), I don't care if you just added it to list or not.

2) The raffle phrase will be "boring day."

3) As always, I do have Amazon Prime.

4) Contest will end when the random winners have spent all the money in my account, the $25 gift card, and I think I have like $4 more dollars.

ENJOY!

My $25 is gone. Winners are mjhc, phillmans, salt_addict, and lizzieisrad.

6 years, 1 month ago[deleted] posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 10, 2013

[Contest] It's been a busy week and I got behind on gifting, so let's play 5 x 5 Below. Ends tonight (4/5) at 11:30P US EDT. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMashinfoos posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 5, 2013

It's 11:35P and the contest is new closed for entries. Moving over to Reddit Raffle to draw the winners.

Okay, this is pretty simple. Da rules:

  • Link an item from your WL that costs $5 or less, including shipping if it's not Prime eligible.

  • Amazon Add-on items will not work for this contest.

  • If you have multiple WL's, please note the title of the WL where the item can be found.

  • Include the phrase Five Below for Reddit Raffle purposes.

  • I will select five winners using Reddit Raffle after the entry deadline.

That's it! Have fun and good luck!

6 years, 1 month agoMashinfoos posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 5, 2013

Hey!

Thanks for doing this

What kind of college kind wouldn't love more pencils! Dang friends keep "borrowing them"

http://www.amazon.com/uni-ball-KuruToga-Mechanical-Starter-1751934/dp/B0026ICM1E/ref=wlitdponC?ie=UTF8&colid=1G4DNHBOS92HJ&coliid=I25353U9MIEDLF