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Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body

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Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  • Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
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Spend a few minutes with the Rotring 600 and you'll understand why it has been so frequently requested at JetPens. This highly sought after product has a weight and feel that represents what a professional drafting pencil should be to many people. It has an all metal brass body, traditional knurled grip, fixed 4 mm sleeve, lead grade indicator (with knurled metal casing) and clip. It has a very technical look and will appeal to engineers for its solid construction and lead advancement mechanism. 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.

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Specs
Model NumberSANFORD 1852321
Shipping Weight1.12 oz
Body Color Silver
Body Material Metal
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Diameter - Grip 8.1 mm
Diameter - Max 9.1 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Silver
Grip Material Metal
Knurled Finger Grip Yes
Lead Diameter 0.5 mm
Lead Grade Indicator Yes
Lead Sleeve Length 4.2 mm
Length - Body 14.1 cm
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable Yes

Reviews
9 people found this helpful
  Summary: Overall, I'm..., December 8, 2011
By bon... - See all my reviews
Summary:
Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with the Rotring 600. For my preferences, it hits all the right notes. If you're interested enough in your writing supplies to go a specialty website, then the extra bit of money is worth it for a practically heirloom quality pencil. Great construction, weight, and feel.

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I've been using Pentel GraphGear 500 for the last three years at university, since the coating was starting to deteriorate, I upgraded to the GraphGear 1000 (GG1000). The GG1000 is a solid pencil, and I'm sure some people would prefer it, but I was somewhat dissatisfied. Aside from an old Staedtler Micro, these are the only drafting pencils I have for comparison.

The reasons that I bought the Rotring 600 and enjoy using it boil down to:
- Construction: The pencil is all metal and has a solid construction. If you want a pencil that you can give to your children, then the R600 will fulfill that role.
- Weight: The R600 is a comparatively heavy pencil, but since it's balanced, the weighty nature gives it a precise feel. It is meant to be a drafting pencil, not something that you would free-hand a 100 page monograph in. After using it for a while on physics notes and homework, the weight has become one of my favorite aspects of the pencil.
- Size: Since the R600 is all metal, the balance is very near the center. This feels just right to me, and despite it's weight, and makes it comfortable to hold. I like that the 600 is shorter (about a centimeter shorter than the GG 1000), but I have smaller hands.
- Grip Area: What I especially disliked the GG1000 for was the rubber pads inlaid in the grip, they felt cheap and out of place; I just wanted a pure metal grip area. The grip on the R600 is about a centimeter closer to the lead sleeve than the GG's, and feels more comfortable if you grip the pencil closer in. The grip area doesn't feel sharp or slippery -- about as comfortable metal can be.
- Aesthetic: Come on, the things the Excalibur of pencils. Sometimes I just look at it and think, "Damn."

The lead advance is the one thing that bothers me about the R600. Maybe it gets smoother in time, Maybe mines missed quality control, but it binds somewhat and is noticeably un-smooth. The length of the lead advance is about a millimeter I wish that it was like the GG1000 where it was the same as the lead diameter (0.5 mm).

2 people found this helpful
  This precision-constructed..., May 23, 2012
By wagneric - See all my reviews
This precision-constructed pencil has amazing balance, a solid mechanism with no play, and is altogether a pleasure to use for work and hobbies. The grip is perfect for me, with the knurling not too rough and a comfortable diameter, but -- judging from other reviews -- it clearly does not work for everyone. I think it might be cooler if it were made out of titanium, and if the entire mechanism were stainless, and if the tip were retractable, but at this price it's great! I machined a cap for it out of polycarbonate, just to make it pocket-friendly!
2 people found this helpful
  I don't really have much..., February 17, 2012
By bev... - See all my reviews
I don't really have much else to say about this pencil besides the recurring flattery: solid metal construction, nicely distributed weighty feel, comfortable knurled grip and simple & clean design. I have to admit, I bought this pencil for its looks but it performs just as beautifully. I smile inside every time I pick it up. :-)
1 person found this helpful
  I really wanted to like..., October 5, 2011
By dbajraktarevic - See all my reviews
I really wanted to like this pencil but just could not stand the grip area which I found to be slippery even though it had not so abrasive grip area. I held it in hand for less than a minute and I knew I would not be able to use it due to the grip area. It has a nice heft and feels nice in hand with perfect length but the grip area is just not for me. If the pencil had same shape (octagonal) from top to all the way where the tip is, then it would be superb as I prefer pencils that are octagonal which itself makes them good grippers. But, there are few mechanical pencils at decent quality in that shape.

So, this pencil may be a 5 star if you do not mind the grip area, but that is not me (even though I tried) thus a 3 star from me, pure subjective.

In ending, I much more prefer the Platinum Pro-Use II 05 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm pencil found here on Jetpens. It has incredible groove grip area, all metal and is non-slippery. I had to get me another one and will get one more in the future for backup.

1 person found this helpful
  A precisely engineered..., July 18, 2011
By sha... - See all my reviews
A precisely engineered tool. Superlatives are required in any description. Pick this pencil up and you will understand. The heft, balance and appearance immediately convey the quality of design and materials needed to craft such an instrument. Too heavy for me to want to use all day every day but I really like having the right tool for the job. If you appreciate quality you will be extremely satisfied with this purchase.
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