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The cult Rotring 600 has a more economical counterpart available, the Rotring 500. This model has many of the same characteristics including a traditional knurled grip, fixed 4 mm sleeve, lead grade indicator (with knurled metal casing) and clip. It has a plastic colored body rather than metal, but still has a solid design that will appeal to many technical professionals. The guide pipe gives an excellent view of the lead. The pencil has a 8 mm diameter grip and 9 mm hexagonal body shape. The subtle change in body shape links this modern drafting pencil with its wooden pencil ancestors. Top cap holds an eraser and also features the iconic Rotring red circle. Pen dimensions: 5.63 inch (143 mm) length x .35 (9 mm) diameter. Weighs 0.56 oz (16 g).

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A substantial pencil...
December 6, 2011
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A substantial pencil with a fine black finish. Though metal doesn't feel too cold in winter.

Fed less lead out than Japanese pencils. A favorite.
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I have this in .3mm and...
March 17, 2011
I have this in .3mm and its full blown metal brother the silver rotring 600, which is a .5mm, and I'm loving them both.

What I'm saying is, please restock on this so I can complete my collection of rotring drafting pencils. :D
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This is the same quality...
November 4, 2014
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This is the same quality as the 600, 800 and Rapid Pro; however, since it's not 100 percent metal, it's nice and light to keep clipped onto my travelling notebook for notes and sketches. The fixed sleeve is also nice in that I think it adds stability to the writing process. The only hitch I had with this pencil was the lead it came with -- It wasn't smooth at all, but - rather - scratchy and difficult. I switched it out to a different brand and have had smooth writing since!
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I bought this for working...
October 27, 2013
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I bought this for working math problems, taking notes, and sketching. The first thing I noticed was the flawless build quality. It is has a good weight. It feels durable. The round knurled grip is secure without being too rough, and is slightly smaller than the diameter of the hard plastic hexagonal barrel. The advancement of the lead is positive. There is no way to retract or cap the tip, so it is not "pocket safe". Of the mechanical pencils having a knurled metal grip, the Rotring 500 is my favorite. The Alvin Draft/matic is a close second due to the coarser knurling, round barrel, and cushioned tip. Some pencils I try, but lose interest. The Rotring 500 is a classic pencil that holds my interest.
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I struggled between giving...
May 13, 2015
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I struggled between giving this product a 4 or 5 star. I settled on 5 because I knew what I was buying and it delivered exactly that. It is a plastic bodied Rotring 600, essentially. The grip is comfortable and knurled metal, which is the reason I purchased this pencil. It is balanced more towards the tip , but not noticeably (I estimated .25 inch from center of pencil is the balance point). How light the pencil is shocked me. The knurled grip does not add much weight. I used to use Koh I Noor Rapidomatic 5635 & 5640s but they were stolen and since been discontinued. The Rotring series is the EXACT same design and have been my go to pencil since. Upon unboxing it was the pencil I've always known, but upon picking it up I was shocked at how light it was. Not a bad thing, as I prefer to sketch with lighter pencils and tighten up with heavier. This was purchased for use with Non Photo blue lead, I knew it would be lighter. I was not disappointed.

If you like light weight pencils such as Zebra or Staedtler, this is an amazing alternative. Especially if you are used to the old Koh I Noor Rapidomatics or other Rotring pencils.

If you prefer heavier pencils save your pennies and get the 600. But either way you look at it, this is a great pencil.
Ryan Kirby

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