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Just got a new Rotring...
June 19, 2011
Just got a new Rotring 600 for Father's Day! I'm so excited to finally have one, but so scared to use it at the same time! Everything about the pencil is awesome; it's just that sleeve that is oh so fragile that has me watching every move with this pencil.

The weight is a little more than I'm used to with my other plastic barreled pencils, but I'm getting used to it. I absolutely love the metal knurled grip. The pencil is a little thinner than I thought it would be which is a bonus, because I love thin barreled pencils!

All in all this pencil takes the cake. Precision engineering and design, with a quality name.

It's a shame that all the good quality pencils are made and sold in other countries; and all the sloppy plastic crap is sold here in the U.S. I'm so glad Jetpens is there to bridge that gap for us American pen/pencil fanatics.

Keep up the good work JetPens!
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Creates instant jealousy...
March 1, 2011
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Creates instant jealousy from coworkers and fellow students. Holds lead firmly, and feels like it was made with the same precision and attention given to a rifle. Lead extension is solid and consistent, and makes me actually want to do my homework because I get to use it!

Only complaint is the eraser size, but i just carry around a Pentel click erase, and that takes care of that.

Also, i thought is pencil was bigger than it actually is. it's pretty small.

all that said i would buy it again in a heartbeat
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I just received my black...
February 26, 2011
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I just received my black 600 today. I ordered it as soon as I noticed they were back in stock a few days ago. Just got it yesterday! Super fast shipping (I used the free standard).

As for the pencil itself, it's lovely. I disagree with those that said it was too heavy for extended writing and work. I just worked 5 hours of differential equations homework and it was a joy to use. Don't get me wrong, it's not a lightweight pencil, but it sits very comfortably in my hand. It's very solid, and I can just tell it's going to last me years.

I like the finish of the black. It's not smooth metal, it has almost a powdercoat feeling, a slightly rough matte feel. The grip is not overly-rough in my opinion. The points of the knurling are flat, and it feels solidly planted in my hand.

I use Pentel Ain High-Polymer lead in it (HB) and it performs flawlessly. Nice and dark and no breakage. It feeds nice, with a satisfying "snick" as the lead advances. The mechanism feels very solid, and advances consistently.

A quality pencil well worth the money. The only down side I can see would be the guide pipe possibly breaking (as others have said.) I am careful with my things, however, and this shouldn't be a problem.
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Oh my, this is an absolutely...
November 4, 2011
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Oh my, this is an absolutely lovely pencil. Writing with it is pure joy. Really. It's weighted beautifully, it works like a dream. It feels amazing in the hand. It looks sharp. The only problem with the pen is that I'm paranoid about the tip. I leave it in my office and don't carry it with me very often because I would hate (HATE!) to have this tip damaged. I haven't been able to justify the expense of the 800 with a retractable tip yet, but I love this pencil so much that I suspect that at some point I will. Really, if you don't plan on carrying this around in your pocket all the time, you can't do better. This makes every other drafting pencil I have ever used seem like a toy in comparison.
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I just received it today...
July 22, 2011
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I just received it today and its awesome. I LOVE how solid this pencil is. I don't need to press down to write because it weighs enough that I can just guide it.
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Since the artists' POV...
January 16, 2014
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Since the artists' POV seems underrepresented here, I'm throwing in my two cents!

As a comic book artist who does a lot of fine line work, both technical and organic, I'm always looking for solid drawing instruments. The Rotring 600 gave me a creative hard on at first sight. Elegant, yet not flashy, durable and well constructed, reliable in its mechanics: it's a wonderful piece. No annoying rattles, all the pieces seem perfectly machined. It has a solid click and dispenses an appropriate amount of lead. The finish is attractive to the eye and comfortable in the hand, and the knurled grip is just right for my taste.

It also feels like I could successfully use it to win a street fight.

All that being said, I can't use this pencil for real, daily work. It's just way too heavy. I'm no sissy, either - my usual work day involves 8-10 solid hours of drawing. The 600 made my hand cramp up after a mere 30 minutes. And with that lovely, substantial, weighty feeling, you loose the ability to achieve a lot of the fluid, whipping motion I often favor in my pencil work (it gives me a sort of recoil). As a practical daily tool, the 600 is not for me.

Despite it's drawbacks, I have to give it 4 stars. I love carrying it in my road kit to whip out at sketch parties, etc. People are always impressed with it. They don't have to know I never really use it!
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I've never given a five-star...
November 9, 2013
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I've never given a five-star review, but this pencil deserves it.

This is the mechanical pencil you're looking for. I've tried many of JetPens' hundreds of mechanical pencils, and many of them have proven to be great, but none so great as the Rotring 600 -- even its retractable Rotring 800 doesn't match it.

The pencil is perfectly balanced at the middle of the barrel, and the grip at the bottom is fantastic. Personally, I prefer the matte black version, as the silver doesn't have the fantastic grip of the matte black. You can always buy a silver one and buy a separate black 0.5mm tip if that suits you! The grip placement is absolutely ideal.

The only caveat is the tip -- while it's extremely functional, watch out and make sure you don't drop it. I've dropped my 600 before, and it's never broken, but I know it is prone to snapping if dropped from the right height. Fortunately, JetPens sells replacement tips. It's a fantastic pencil, and if you take good care of it, it'll outlast you.

From sketching to detailed math/physics problem solving, this is the mechanical pencil that outperforms every other. I simply don't think it can be improved.

Finally, note that the 0.7mm and 0.35mm versions are the ideal pencils for those two lead sizes as well. While I personally prefer 0.5mm over both of those, choose whichever you prefer!

Do not hesitate -- this is the best mechanical pencil for any amount of money.
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This pencil is a tank....
March 22, 2011
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This pencil is a tank. Its mass becomes more of an issue if I use it for sketching than for laying out lines with straightedges and such, because lively strokes will accelerate that mass to create momentum that can catch me by surprise. While the grip is grippy, enough acceleration can cause it to slip right out, which has happened a few times, thankfully not landing directly on the lead sleeve. I'm glad I bought them (couldn't decide between black and silver), and I'll probably have them forever, but I'm afraid their borderline unwieldy mass, coupled with their price, means I don't find myself using them very often compared to my lighter pencils. Consider this an emotional purchase- they're conversation pieces for sure.
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Like many enthusiasts....
October 26, 2015
Like many enthusiasts. I was very skeptical of the Rotring 600 at the start. We can sometimes get caught up in the "features" of our pencils. Is it a retractable sleeve? Is it a sliding sleeve? Is it a good eraser? The Rotring 600 has the only feature it needs: quality. It is the gold-standard for drafting pencils.

What makes this pencil so great? Three factors. I'm already mentioned quality. It is all brass construction on the outside and mostly metal construction inside. The clutch is metal and dispenses a "standard" 6 mm per 10 clicks. There IS a plastic piece that connects the grip and body of the pencil together. However, you can expect not to take it apart very often (ever?) and I would recommend not doing so. The reason is that the plastic piece has very fine screw heads that I could see getting worn out over time or excessive use. The pocket clip is solid and the lead hardness indicator is a friction system that will not move on its own but also isn't too difficult to move.

The second aspect is the grip. The knurling is, in my opinion, the perfect knurling for a drafting pencil. Not too "sharp" and not too smooth. I feel a secure grip in my hand without it being irritating.

Finally, the overall size of the pencil (on the smaller end) and weight make the writing experience near perfect for me. The weight is substantial at 1.1 ounces, but not too heavy. Many metal pencils suffer from TOO MUCH weight, in my opinion. This one may take some people a little getting used to, but you can write with it for long periods and not get hand fatigue. You might compare the 600 to the Rapid Pro, in this respect, which is considerably heavier at 1.9 ounces. Yikes. I hope people try this before they try the Rapid Pro if weight matters to you.

The grip and lead sleeve can be replaced if it breaks, which is a concern for this pencil but just try to treat your stuff well. Accidents happen, but I would keep this in a case if you can.

The 600 is manufactured in Japan now, not Germany, after Newell/Rubbermaid bought the rotring brand.

Another consideration: The newest (this writing October 2015) versions of the pencil have the full logo: "rotring 600 / 0.X mm". One generation earlier would just say "0.X" on the side. So, keep this mind and maybe ask before you buy to make sure you're getting the iconography you expect. Many enthusiasts pitched a fit when they went to the "0.X" variant because the branding on this is a source of pride for people, I think.

Finally: It is easy to get sold knock-offs and old models of this pencil online. I would recommend that you buy from JetPens because you know that you are getting the genuine article. It is worth the money to guarantee that.
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pros: -sturdy construction ...
February 26, 2012
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-sturdy construction
-not too flashy
-good grip
-no flexing
-smooth writing

-cost: If you don't need it for actual drafting, it might not be worth the money. It is definitely made out of better materials than some of the other pencils out there, but a good portion of the price you're paying is probably going towards importing it from Japan. I bought it for taking notes and doing homework, and while it's nice, I can't help but think that I would have been better off with the cheaper Staedtler 925-25 or another solid pencil.
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