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.