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This is a great pencil....
January 25, 2011
This is a great pencil. I have it in .35mm (like public, mine is old). Will be getting the silver body.
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Oh wow, I have one of...
December 14, 2010
Oh wow, I have one of these that's about 20 years old, I didn't know they were still made. Superb pencil. I still use mine. It attracts attention, at least from engineers -- a coworker even offered to buy it from me. Then he threatened to steal it. ;)

Weight is good, durability (and lifetime) is mostly excellent. Keep in mind the tip at the end is exposed so, while 95% of the pencil is absolutely bomb-proof, that last 5% is vulnerable to bending. For this reason my pencil sees more use at home than on the road.
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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.
For what it's worth and...
October 23, 2015
For what it's worth and for what it is it's a good pencil. Feels nice in hand, but isn't too heavy. I heard if you drop it the tip is dead forever, although I haven't had that issue (be careful, tho). The swivel thingy is there for show, although I haven't really had to move it. (Unless you're an architect or an engineer I doubt you'll really need it).The eraser runs out easily so make sure to get refills upon buying it.
Perfect! Just like my...
September 30, 2015
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Perfect! Just like my old staedler mech pencils!
I love this product it...
September 8, 2015
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I love this product it has been 4-5 years since I bought it. I use it mostly for drawing so I'm very happy with it
The weight feels perfect,...
July 22, 2015
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The weight feels perfect, the build is solid, I like it.
Heavy and durable, I...
July 6, 2015
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Heavy and durable, I very much enjoy getting this pencil. Technically I didn't need it, but I wanted it so I am biased. I have other similar pencils that are heavy and knurled, but this one is heavier and has the extra advantage of a replaceable tip which is extremely valuable if you have a ceramic tile floor (I have been many a pencil tip past saving by dropping it). Not cheap to replace it, but you have the option.

Heavy, replaceable tip, with a lead indicator, and writes like a dream. Really an excellent pencil for anyone needing something beautiful and useful to work and write with.
This was a gift from...
July 2, 2015
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This was a gift from Jet Pens. I wonderful pencil. I don't do drafting but love this pencil. No wonder they have been making pencils since the 1920s.
Excellent pencil. Absolutely...
June 24, 2015
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Excellent pencil. Absolutely solid construction.
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