Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - Black Body

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5.0 (7 reviews)
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.
Model NumberSANFORD 1904442
Weight1.1 ounces
Body Color Black
Body Material Metal
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Diameter - Grip 8.1 mm
Diameter - Max 9.1 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Black
Grip Material Metal
Knurled Grip Yes
Lead Grade Indicator Yes
Lead Size - Diameter 0.7 mm
Lead Sleeve Length 4.2 mm
Length - Body 14.1 cm
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable Yes

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purchased this pencil...
July 13, 2012
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purchased this pencil to use at my drawing table and love it. As I do not walk around with pencils in my pocket, I have no fear of “dropping it” and bending the tip. The heavy weight offer more control and consistence pressure onto the paper.
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I got this pencil a few...
June 18, 2012
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I got this pencil a few weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The pencil feels perfectly balanced and it's an absolute joy to write with. The Rotring 600's design and construction is minimalism at its finest. The pencil is very slim, and very comfortable. The metal clip is very unlikely to break off unlike on so many cheaper pencils. The lead indicator is smooth to rotate, and the metal sleeve enclosing the eraser has zero play. I chose the black model in 0.7 as the somewhat shiny silver model wasn't quite to my taste. Over time, I anticipate the coating wearing in some places- but that's hardly an issue. My only "complaint" is the fact that the metal nib does not retract. As someone mentioned earlier; if you drop it the nib may bend, rendering the pencil useless (I have not had experience with this). The 800 series, as far as I can tell is EXACTLY the same thing with a retractable front section; a feature that I would quite enjoy. The only "problem" with the 800 is that it uses more pressure-fit plastic parts, and costs $50 more. The nib on the 800 is also likely to have slight play, which I would find more than slightly annoying. Between the 500, 600, 800, and Rapid Pro I would suggest either the 600, or Rapid Pro. The RP is slightly longer (about 1/4 of an inch), and has a retractable nib. Overall I'm going to give this product a 4.6/5 for the non-retractable tip. On the plus side, that's one less moving part you have to worry about, and eliminates any chance of it having any play. I would highly recommend this product- it's a little pricey, but it's worth every cent. :)
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July 15, 2015
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"Neither a borrower or a lender be."

I purchased this drafting pencil to replace the one that I had borrowed from a friend and lost. It is a great pencil. It has some weight to it which I like and it fits my hand well.

After approximately three weeks I found my friends pen. It must have slipped out of my bag and rolled onto the ground near my driveway. It is a bit skuffed up but still works fine. I use it nearly everyday and it is a constant reminder to me about borrowing things from others.
Overall, the pencil is...
December 1, 2014
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Overall, the pencil is obviously great, and for 30$ it should be. However, I really wish the lead sleeve were retractable. Also, the eraser is quite unexceptional; I might even go as far, as to say it's just plain bad.
I've had a few other...
May 2, 2014
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I've had a few other pencils of similar pricepoints and found this is a perfect compromise of many aspects. I've had pencils too heavy and found them to strain. I've had pencils with metal grips me too 'sharp' and dig into your skin after writing too long. I've had expensive mechanical pencils absolutely fall apart on me for no apparent reason.

What the 600 is, is a realization of all aspects of making a mechanical pencil great. It's the right weight, it's got the perfect grip, it's sleek, it holds lead well, and it writes a terrific line. I had the pleasure of trying an 800, which is enticing with it's retractable tip, but somehow in it's wider body manages to lose some weight. This throws the whole system out of balance, and surprisingly, after putting good mileage into both, came to prefer this lower-priced 600!

This is the gold standard of pencils that is finally being encroached on by other manufactures as the realization of what a good quality mechanical pencil should be. Some are close, some came flawed, some may in fact be better than the 600-- but this is the one in which all others are measured. If your default writing instrument is a mechanical pencil, this is where to start when seeking writing bliss.