Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - Black Body

Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - Black Body

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5.0 (10 reviews)
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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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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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Rotring 600 has got to...
December 9, 2015
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Rotring 600 has got to be one of the best mechanical pencils ever. The weight, balance and overall feel is superb. Once you own one you will say it was well worth the price.
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This is an amazing pencil....
November 17, 2015
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This is an amazing pencil. Awesome pencil and hope to find many more pens and pencils from my new favorite website! (Yours XD)
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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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This is easily one of...
August 8, 2015
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This is easily one of the best pencils around. It looks like a precisely machined writing instrument. From every angle, each piece seems to perfectly fit into place. The grainy black finish is only semi-reflective, giving off a nice rugged quality. The signature Rotring hints of red are understated and well placed.

Holding the pencil is a treat. The diameter of it doesn't make gripping too wide or too narrow and the knurled texture near the tip isn't too rough or too smooth. Granted, the knurled texture does vary slightly from pencil to pencil. The length is perfect and weight is evenly distributed, so there isn't an oddly located center of mass making for an equally odd writing experience. In fact, at least on my hand, the center of mass falls right across the saddle between my thumb and index finger, providing uninhibited movement of the tip.

Advancing the lead makes a hearty click and the difficulty when pressing down on the cap is nicely balanced between resistance and ease. Actually writing feels fantastic. Visibility when writing is unobstructed.

It's difficult to say anything negative about the pencil, but if I had to, I would say the the click would be more satisfying if it were stronger and the cap over the eraser rattles slightly if it's actively moved around or if the pencil is shaken aggressively from the tip.

In summary, this is one of the best pencils you may ever purchase.

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