| Excellent in all ways....
, April 19, 2013
Excellent in all ways. I'll list my shortcomings:
1. Thin lead like this breaks easily and wears quickly, so I switched from
Rotring HB lead, to Ain Stein 2B. While it is softer and still wears quickly,
the darker line means I don't have to apply as much pressure, and so the lead
doesn't break nearly as often. I'd recommend a 2B lead for this thickness.
2. As with the other Rotring 600's, the weight balance is neutral, and I prefer
more weight near the tip. But this is a matter of preference.
3. I'm always afraid I'll damage the tip.
| This drafting pencil...
, October 7, 2012
This drafting pencil truly lives up to it's hype. It fits comfortably in my
hands and has a nice feel to it. It's heavy and solid, but very well balanced.
I'm heavy-handed and I grip my pencils firmly (almost with an iron grip!) when I
write or draw. I've been looking to break this habit, and surprisingly enough,
the weight of this drafting pencil combats that perfectly. I've only been using
it for a few days since I got it, but I now write and draw with a lighter hand,
as the weighted pencil does the work for me! The tip is strong, and it glides
smoothly across the paper. I haven't had any problems with lead breakage at all
(due to being heavy-handed) so I'm extremely satisfied and am looking to invest
in the other sizes in the future!
| Years ago I had a Japanese...
, May 24, 2012
Years ago I had a Japanese made .3mm Koh-i-Noor and it was the most amazing
pencil I had ever used - it traveled with me for many years. Sadly, I dropped
it and the Chinese made Koh-i-Noor was absolutely no comparison. In the years
since then, I have used old .5mm and .9mm Koh-i-Noors (both Japanese) and
struggled my way through.
I never sought to replace the pencil after the initial Chinese failings because
I had serviceable (though not wholly enjoyable) replacements and my job
requirements took me from pen and ink to keys and mice.
Now, I spend amazing amounts of time with paper in hand: I needed a replacement!
So...I threw caution to the wind and with fear, I plopped down the $33 for the
Now, I said all of that to provide context for my commentary: Wow! The feel of
the pencil in-hand is awesome. If you are a "wooden pencil" kind of person,
this beast will not satisfy. The balance is awesome. If you have delicate
hands, this pencil may not satisfy. The feed is precise and doesn't gum-up with
2B (which can be a problem with other .3mm pencils). For me, the combination of
the .3mm size and the super soft 2B allows me to use a feather-light touch to
get precise, tiny and dark lines.
If you are a drafting pencil junky, you need this pencil. But...you probably
already know that. (-:
| I meant to say that The...
, October 27, 2011
I meant to say that The platinum pro-use II looks much thicker than my rotring's
grip, which I why I just ordered one. But still I really enjoy the look and feel
of the silver .35 rotring.
| I have the .35 mm Rotring...
, October 27, 2011
I have the .35 mm Rotring 600 in black and silver. One thing to note is that the
finish on the silver Rotring is much smoother. Also, the my black knurled grip
tends to get noticeably dirtier than the silver grip, although this is a minor
nuance. The pencil itself is very solid with little play. I've even taken a lit
match to the body of both Rotrings (don't ask).
It is by far the heaviest writing utensil I own, and I wish the grip was a bit
thicker. I find my hand cramping a bit after extended use.....like the Platinum
Pro-Use II which I just ordered. Otherwise, this pencil is very cool yet
professional looking, and should be great for drafting. Personally, I've used it
for detailed Japanese and math work. I don't even bother with the tiny eraser,
as the Mitsubishi boxy eraser does an amazing job.
Overall, this pencil is clean and modern with some serious craftmanship...I'm
hoping to compare it to the Steadtler 925 and Platinum Pro-Use II very soon.
In other words, you should probably get it.