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purchased this pencil...
, July 13, 2012
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
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. :)
| I've had a few other...
, May 2, 2014
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
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
| I am not a drafter but...
, June 22, 2013
I am not a drafter but I write a lot and want a professional pencil that will
last and do a great job at the same time. Everything I read about this pencil's
quality is true. The well made body is perfectly balanced. I spend at least 5 or
6 dollars on cheap pencils, so over time I will be saving money. $33 is not much
to pay for this kind of quality. I feel like I am holding something important in
my hand. Its more of a tool than a plastic toy. If you like your pencil you will
write more, do more work, and learn more. I put 2B Nano Dia lead and it creates
the ultimate dark line with out smear or breakage. I don't think I am going to
need to buy another pencil again. I recommend the Campus 2B eraser to works like
a charm. I use this for my chemistry math, graphing, and geometry.
| I have been using various...
, February 22, 2013
I have been using various 0.7mm mechanical pencils with coloured "lead" for
drawing comics for some time. None of them had a perfect fit between the guide
pipe and the lead, and the lead would constantly break into half-centimetre
pieces just behind the back of the pipe. I would go through two or three pieces
every couple hours, which is quite wasteful and can get relatively expensive. I
switched to the Rotring 600 about a month ago (to match a 0.5mm pencil I've had
for over a decade), and I haven't had a single piece of lead break. Not once.
The not only is the guide pipe perfectly snug to the lead, but the advance
mechanism ensures that the lead dosn't get pushed out so far that it will break
off. Everything about the pencil feels great, from the knurled grip to the
weight and the mechanism inside; this is by far my favourite mechanical pencil.