Average Customer Review
7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful
I've only had this pencil...
, April 14, 2011
I've only had this pencil for a few days,
but I am already absolutely in love with it!
At fifteen dollars, and perhaps having a previous reviewer's comment in mind,
I thought this pencil would look and feel cheap in person.
However, what I experienced is that the pencil feels great
and vastly more expensive than the asking price.
Moreover, I think it has plenty of weight to it.
I must admit that when I received it, I kept checking the label disbelievingly
to see if they sent me the 600 or 800 by mistake because the material feels like
In terms of design, the rotring series is unparalleled.
6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
For being the little...
, February 4, 2011
For being the little brother to the Rotring 600, this pencil leaves nothing to
be desired. Everything is identical with the exception of the weight, and even
still it's not a huge difference. The pencil gives off this aura of fine german
engineering, it's just plastic instead of metal. They may have used a cheaper
material but they didn't skimp on the fitting. No rattling, no bending, 100%
solid feel while writing. And I just love the very visible tip of the Rotrings.
This is probably one of the best pencils available in terms of quality and
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic value....
, January 14, 2012
This is a fantastic value. I have the Rotring 600, and I actually prefer the
500. It is lighter, yes, but I find the plastic barrel more comfortable in the
hand. This is a solid pencil and I highly recommend it.
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
i just got this pencil...
, December 29, 2011
i just got this pencil a couple of days ago, and i gotta say im loving it, im an
artist and functionality along with style is a must, and this has both.
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this pen on...
, August 25, 2011
I bought this pen on a recommendation and I must say the more I use it the more
I am pleased with this purchase. It sits well in the hand, consistently draws
and writes well on all surfaces and is weighted well for long writing and/or
If it came in another colour, I'd buy another.
I feel uncomfortable...
, August 10, 2014
I feel uncomfortable buying a pencil that costs more than $20 when I intend on
really using it. That prevents the Rotring 600 from being an edc option for me.
Thankfully, the Rotring 500 exists. Everything that you touch on this pencil is
made of metal. The mechanism is metal, and the knurled metal grip is very
comfortable and secure. Clicking the Rotring 500's mechanism requires more
travel than most other mechanical pencils, but it is solid, feels good, and is
very satisfying. Lead is held securely by a 3-jawed brass clutch. The black
finish is fantastic and pictures don't do it justice. The clip is sturdy and
secure, but removing it makes the pencil look funny. Thankfully, I like having a
clip on my pencil. The hexagonal body is wider than the grip, unlike the Pentel
Graphgear 500, which keeps the pencil from rolling away. I prefer clicking lead
indicators, but the lead indicator on the Rotring 500 is secure and clean
looking. It looks great paired with its twin, the Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic.
One note: The eraser cap pictured has the lead diameter imprinted on it, but the
cap on the pencil I received has a hole instead of an imprint. I like both
styles of cap, but not everyone feels the same.
This model does not come...
, June 21, 2014
This model does not come with the all-metal,brass body, such as that on the
Rotring 600,800, and, 800+ models. However, this pencil is not cheap feeling at
all and still has a good weight. Originally, I actually bought the 800 model but
returned it because it was too heavy. After I bought this one I was alot
happier, and although it is not considered the top of the line, it still is a
very respectable drafting mechanical pencil and worth every dollar.
This is easily the best...
, July 3, 2013
This is easily the best pencil that I have used thus far. It's quite versatile,
while remaining in a comfortable price range. I first wrote with this in march
of 2012, and it has remained in my pocket every day since. I use this for fine
writing in notebooks and sketching alike, it stands up to both tasks easily. The
only downside it that, if you plan to pocket it- the metal nib is a tad flimsy.
About two months after I got it, a work accident rendered the nib bent- after a
few minutes of trying to bend it back and attempting to get the graphite to feed
through, I decided that it was dead. In a last act of desperation, I snapped the
nib off; it turns out that was the best thing that I could have done, even after
this (and a few more years) the pencil still writes perfectly.
Love this drafting pencil....
, October 17, 2012
Love this drafting pencil. The grip is nice similar to ALVIN but has a stronger
The pencil looks very...
, October 5, 2012
The pencil looks very cool unfortunately for me it feels cheap. The pencil is
very lightweight I'm used to write with a heavier type of pencil. It does also
feel very fragile especially the tip.
Barrel is high quality...
, August 18, 2012
Barrel is high quality plastic.. metal knurled grip. precise handling. great for
I got 2 of these as a...
, March 4, 2012
I got 2 of these as a replacement for my Koh-I-Noor rapidmatic which finally
broke. This pencil looks awesome but doesn't come close to the koh-i-noor. The
two biggest differences are the lack of the nice low center of gravity and the
knurling grip is slippery in comparison. Wish I had tried the Alvin but still
like it in my "collection".
Ever since I've been...
, February 7, 2012
Ever since I've been retroverting back from typing on a laptop for the past 5
years to writing notes using a pen and paper, I've been on a quest to find a
"fabled" good pencil. In the recent months I've been using some Ohto, Zebra,
Pentel pencils purchased from Jetpens or in the stationary section of Japanese
stores around me. After reading on how well-weighted, balanced and
well-constructed Rotring pencils were on various reviews I decided to jump on
the wagon and try a few of them out. After a few weeks with the 800, 600, and
500 I must say the one I end up using the most is the 500. Why? The 500 is
solidly-built despite the plastic body and I find the weight balanced superior
to the Pentel Graphgear 1000 (my previous favorite). At the end of the day I can
write more without fatigue due it being lighter than the 600 and if someone
decides to steal it...at least they didn't steal my 600 or 800 that I intend
keep strictly at home.
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
what is the difference...
, September 18, 2011
what is the difference between this and the Rotring 600? Plz explain
1 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
The tip is the weak point...
, February 10, 2011
The tip is the weak point on this pen. You will eventually drop the pen,and when
you do you will weaken the tip. When it breaks it will be useless since the lead
snap off no matter how short you draw it out. Rotring makes much better pencils.
If you really like the design, make sure the tip is protected.