Average Customer Review
(76 customer reviews)
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
, December 8, 2011
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.
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
- 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
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
, May 23, 2012
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 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
I don't really have much...
, February 17, 2012
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 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to like...
, October 5, 2011
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 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
A precisely engineered...
, July 18, 2011
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.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you do not want attention...
, March 4, 2011
If you do not want attention from the peasants using cheap mechanical pencils,
do not buy this. In my engineering classes and in the library, SOO many
comments. The simplistic design and solid construction are next to none. Unreal
little peice of engineering in my hand. I could think of way worse ways to spend
$30. My pencil before this was an alvin draft-matic. Huge difference in quality.
When I would spin the draftmatic with one hand on the tip, and the other on the
eraser, I could definitly tell it was not spinning true. The rotring 600 is
perfect in all aspects. It takes a little getting used to the weight
distribution as the rotrings full body is metal, but its well worth it.
The only draw back is that jet pens does not stock .7mm. That is definitly my
lead size of choice, but I can deal with .5 i suppose.
Lots of people use qualifiers...
, April 23, 2013
Lots of people use qualifiers in their reviews for this pencil such as "yeah,
it's heavy, but it's not meant to be used for writing. It's a drafting pencil."
It's definitely well-built, and some areas are solid brass. But it's
prohibitively heavy. If the body and grip were a bit larger in diameter (like
the Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic) the weight would be more managable. It's just too
thin and heavy to be usable, in my opinion.
It's a beautiful pencil and extremely well made, but it's too unwieldy to be
used as a daily writing or drawing instrument. After using this pencil for 15
mins and then picking up another drafting pencil, you'll notice the difference
in weight immediately. It's substantial.
The lead sleeve is also the weakest area of this pencil, being bested by the
Pentel Graphgear series in quality. I really want to like the 600 series, but
the weight keeps it off my list.
Feels great, nice weight...
, September 5, 2012
Feels great, nice weight and great finish on the silver body. Order was
processed quickly by JetPens.com , I would highly recommend if you are looking
for a good mechanical drafting pencil.
, July 31, 2012
I really did not expect much, after using so many different mechanical pencils,
I really did not expect much from Rotring except an overpriced but pleasant
looking pencil. I was wrong.
Writing with this pencil just exudes pure joy from your hand. The knurling on
the grip is very fine yet very precise, no sharp edges and no mismatching in the
pattern at all, very uniform and very nice. The quality of this pencil can be
immediately seen and felt in your hand.
Quality & Writeability:
Even the knurling at the top where the lead indicator is, has been well done,
albeit of a rougher pattern. The cutout for to display the lead hardness is also
nice, it has clearly been beveled or grinder to remove sharp edges (a nice touch
which I would not expect to ever be done by a cheap pencil or any pencils which
have not explicitly been designed for quality). The smooth action from turning
the indicator and the apparent tight fit also attest to the quality of this
The clip is very strong, even a little tight, but well made and should not bend
out easily from use, and the subtle Rotring imprint is a nice touch.
There is no play in the lead sleeve, so you do not need to extend the lead far
away from the pencil to write with it. In fact, it seems to write finer and more
clearly than other mechanical pencils I have, due to the way it holds the lead.
I have not used it long, but there has been no breakage and I expect none.
The eraser is small and for emergencies as with all professional
drafting/mechanical pencils, but still larger than the competition (Pentel, Uni)
which is nice. The diameter of the loading sleeve is also fully open, with no
restrictions, so it's easy to load without trying to feed in each piece of lead.
It also came preloaded with x4 pieces of lead which was a nice touch (it appears
to be HB lead). The cap is also finely engraved with 0.5, again no glaring
paint, and is quite strong so should not bend easily by accident (e.g. with some
Stylistically this pencil is top of the line. No glaring nickel plated plastic,
faux aluminum coating, or stickers of any kind. Everything is subtle, no glaring
display of the brand, or giant lead size labels: this pencil screams
professional, and I'm proud to display it in my pocket of engineering geekiness.
You will create the immediate impression of professionalism and no-nonsense
business by using this pencil.
Nevertheless, due to the all metal construction, this pencil is also
significantly heavy. Because I rest the pencil in the cradle of my thumb and
index finger, the weight does not bother me much. If I were a writer that holds
the pencil upright, this might be fatiguing with extended use. The weight is
also an advantage though, if you are used to ultra light pencils which you have
to physically press downward to write with, this will definitely be a
pleasurable experience for you. No pressure at all is needed with this pencil,
allowing finer control and less hand fatigue initially.
Durability? This pencil should last forever. There is nothing to show
rubbing/wear either. The only part that could possibly wear off is the 0.5 red
printing near the clip on the side, but your hand never rubs here and the
printing is with a thicker almost embossed ink, so there is really no chance of
I have had no issues so far with this pencil poking through my pocket either. I
can only assume this is because the barrel length to clip top is somewhat
shorter than the majority of my other pencils and pens (Uni, Pentel, Namiki,
Parker, were all longer by comparison of what I have off hand)
I have tried other $30+ pencils, and I can truthfully say this is the first one
which I can say is well worth the price, with which the quality is clearly
appropriate to its cost, if not above it's price bracket. I could easily value
this pencil at $50+.
I only wish other manufacturers paid as much attention to the design, detail,
writeability, style, and finishing touches as Rotring. This is my new favorite
pencil, without a doubt.
I bought a Rotring 600...
, July 23, 2012
I bought a Rotring 600 about half a year ago because everywhere I turned, I
found that it was the benchmark against which all other drafting pencils are
judged, and I was curious to see just how good a pencil could be.
I had previously been using Petel Graphgear 500s as my go-to pencils for both
writing and technical drafting, and they had never left anything to be desired,
so this pencil, at a price comparable to five of the Graphgears, was staggering
to me at the time for a single unit.
Today, after using the Rotring for months in regular rotation with my other pens
and pencils, I have arrived at a few conclusions. First, my initial impression
of the Rotring was and still is that it is the finest pencil in terms of
construction and fit & finish I have ever owned. The looks of the pencil are
clean and striking, and small touches like the ubiquitous red ring and an
embossed lead diameter indicators on the side of the barrel and eraser cap are
nicely understated yet still enough to give the product as a whole a feel of
luxury. It's solid brass construction is reassuring and makes the overall feel
of the 600 rock-solid and hefty. This pencil feels substantial and precise in
your hand, never flimsy or delicate. In fact, after using the 600 for a day and
switching back to my trusty Pentel GG500, I began noticing very small amounts of
play in the parts, especially of the lead within the sleeve. This is a testament
to just how solid the Rotring 600 is. Internally, the lead 'hopper' is
constructed of a thinly rolled steel, which is nice, and a brass clutch held in
place by a molded plastic surround. The lead indicator works very well, and the
mechanism delivers about a millimeter of lead with each operation, the "sweet
spot" for either drafting or writing, neither too generous nor miserly.
As much as I wanted it to be, however, the Rotring 600 is not the perfect
pencil. Small qualms include the inclusion of some internal plastic parts and
its very thin-walled and relatively weak lead sleeve, which, especially
considering the weight of the brass construction, means that it is highly
vulnerable to drops (some also fault it for being non-retractable, but this is
to be expected in quality drafting pencils, and if a Rotring 600 with a
retracting sleeve is desired, the Rotring 800 is just that, and is as finely
styled and constructed, if not more so). I had this problem perhaps a week after
receiving my 600. It was easily fixed, but for a pencil of this quality and
price, it should not be an issue. Also, the included eraser are very short, even
by drafting standards. It is hard to count this against the 600 though, as some
drafting pencils do not include an eraser at all, the ones included are meant
for emergencies only, in favor of more capable, separate erasers, and the fact
that they can be swapped out with the longer and admirably-performing drafting
erasers of Pentel.
My one legitimate problem with the pencil is the grip. The pencil is already
slim at the barrel, a mere 9mm. The grip steps the diameter down further,
(understandably as it is circular and the barrel is octagonal), and this makes
for a very slim grip indeed. For my medium-sized hands, this combines again with
the pencil's natural weight to create a very disjointed grip in everyday
note-taking or general writing tasks. Most of the time, writing becomes
uncomfortable after just a page or two. I have wrapped masking tape around the
grip area to alleviate this single gripe of an otherwise phenomenal pencil. For
this reason, I cannot recommend it for persons with large hands or who naturally
prefer large-bodied pencils. I will not detract from it, however, because it
must be remembered that this is first and foremost a drafting pencil, perhaps
the purest and most refined example thereof, and thus not to be judged as an
everyday writing utensil (when drafting, the pencil's thinner grip and knurling
are both superb, and in that capacity, are the best I've experienced).
In the end, I feel the Rotring 600 is a phenomenal pencil, but that it may not
be worth it to many. In comparison to $5 Pentel Graphgear 500 pencils, it is
certainly, markedly better, but for a price over six times higher, it is
difficult to justify this markup (though the Rotring is of limited availability
in the United States, and so this likely contributes much to the price).
However, if you are looking for the epitome of pure drafting pencils, look no
I was really excited...
, July 19, 2012
I was really excited at first to get this pencil. It seemed to be everything
everyone said about it....solid, well made...a precision writing instrument.
However, I soon noticed a little looseness between the barrel and the grip. No
big deal. I just gave it a little twist and tightened it. A couple weeks
later, the play returned. Tightened it again. An hour ago, it happened again.
This time when I tightened it, the barrel failed to cinch down and just kept
spinning. I thought that maybe I had overdone it and stripped the threads.
Upon removing the barrel, I noticed that inside of the barrel, there are no
threads cut!!!! There are threads on the actual inner mechanism that the barrel
and the grip mate with...but there are no threads inside of the barrel. Closer
inspection revealed that the barrel was being held in place with glue as I could
see the dried residue.
Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed with this. I love everything else
about this pencil. But it's very tough for me to give it an A+ rating on
quality when it obviously has a serious problem that was "jury rigged" as a fix.
I really hope this was just a problem on the manufacturer's end with my
particular pencil and not indicative of their overall design. I want to love
this pencil because other than this problem, it is a very well made pencil.
A solid well constructed...
, April 7, 2012
A solid well constructed pencil. Looks great in silver or black. No rattling, no
looseness at contact point with paper, click action is nice and tight.
This is a sharp, tough,...
, April 5, 2012
This is a sharp, tough, and pretty little pencil. After nearly a full year of
continuous daily use, my first 600 finally died last week when the threaded area
conjoining the knurled component and the pencil body was shorn.
But I'm going to buy another.
My work is tough on all my tools and this one tool has been a continuously
abused favorite. This pencil has been in and out of all of my pockets as I
climb, crouch, crawl all over the place, sketching, making notes, marking for
exact cuts on various material surfaces. All day, every day. It speaks well of
Rotring's construction and product durability that the pencil sustained roughly
2500 hours of my abuse before just giving out.
I've dropped this non-retracting from model on its tip and bent everything back
into place numerous times. I've used it creatively, for tasks it both was and
wasn't designed to do. Gouging, prying, you get the idea. Buy two.
Amazing pencil. Nice...
, November 11, 2011
Amazing pencil. Nice weight. I draw with it, take notes, etc. daily.
The Rotring 600 drafting...
, September 12, 2011
The Rotring 600 drafting pencil is awesome. I have the 0.7 mm model and it's
used for writing. It's smooth and the balance is perfect. Oh, it also looks nice
too. This also writes nice with colored lead.
This pencil is a tank....
, March 22, 2011
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.
I wrote a review for...
, February 16, 2011
I wrote a review for the matte black model of the 0.5 mm Rotring 600 drafting
pencil yesterday. But, who is to account for taste? These pencils (the matte
black model and the silver model) are identical, aside from the finish.
So, here is the another review of this great pencil, with a little bit of
editing for grammar and content:
I have both the matte black and silver versions of the 0.5 mm Rotring 600
drafting pencil. I use them for technical drawing, mostly. Writing with these
pencils is a pleasure, also. Some reviewers have posted reviews indicating minor
issues with the weight / balance of this pencil. They might have a point (um, no
pun intended), but I write with my silver model regularly, and I love the way it
feels and handles. I use 2B lead when I am writing. In my opinion, hard lead
with a heavy pencil is cumbersome for writing. So, the softer lead does the
trick. But, my primary use for these pencils is technical drawing, with drafting
implements. In this application, the Rotring 600 is my favorite pencil, without
a doubt. The balance is perfect for hand positions and pencil angles related to
accurate drawing. Like another reviewer said, the Rotring 600 might just be the
best mechanical drafting pencil that jetpens offers.
A Rotring 600 drafting pencil makes a great gift, even if the one receiving it
doesn't own a drafting table.
Please restock. Thanks for the fair price, Jetpens. Other online sellers seem to
gouge buyers on the price for this pencil.
representative of Japanese...
, January 29, 2011
representative of Japanese engineering. solid design, no loose parts. an eraser
holder that bites the eraser in place.
minimalistic design, just a red 0.5 and red ring. looks like a surgeon's tool.
exact and trusted.
Great shipping and price from JetPens!
It feels like a $30 pencil,...
, December 29, 2010
It feels like a $30 pencil, excellent build and quality, BUT it is not very good
for writing. The weight is dead center, which makes an awkward writing balance
and caused my hand to hurt and cramp after a few sentences. Yes I know it is a
drafting pencil, but it should write a little well too. Lead breakage was a
problem as well, the lead broke more than my uni pencils and ohto pencils, maybe
a weight issue? All in all though, fantastic build that gets a lot of
complements, but not perfect for writing
Beautiful, durable, robust...
, December 26, 2010
Beautiful, durable, robust drafting pencil. Thank you JetPens for an uplifting
addition to your catalog. Now look for the matching knurled ballpoint pen
Holy Crap this thing...
, December 16, 2010
Holy Crap this thing is Awesome!! Solid, balanced, comfortable and just plain
sweet! I just got myself a new favorite, jet pens I can't say enough how much
love you guys and your awesome fast shipping. i will never spend less than $100
here again. I also bought the rotring800 from another place, when i get that
I'll let you know. Two new favorites is this and the Pentel Smash. Can't decide,
both so awesome!
This is an excellent...
, December 11, 2010
This is an excellent pencil I've ever had. The grip and weight are well
balanced. This pencil is a masterpiece!!!
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you think that this...
, February 17, 2011
If you think that this pencil is not all that you are playing yourself.
15 out of 16 people found the following review helpful
Just got a new Rotring...
, June 19, 2011
This review is from Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body
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
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!
10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful
Creates instant jealousy...
, March 1, 2011
This review is from Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body
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