First, I'd like to start...
April 11, 2015
First, I'd like to start off by saying I have been using Rotring 600 series .35
and .5 mechanical pencils for years. They are by far my favorite pencils and I
use them almost daily. So when I finally decided to replace the Staedtler 2.0mm
Lead holder I use, I figured the Rotring 600 made perfect sense.
Second, I have never written a review for a pencil before. They either work, or
they don't. Yes, some have higher quality than others, but generally I always
get what I expect. The reason I am writing this review is because the quality
aspect is far below what I am accustomed to from a Rotring 600 in comparison of
the other 600 series mechanical pencils, pens and fountain pens I have used.
Feel: 6 out of 10
The holder feels extremely cheap compared to the rest of the 600 series. The hex
body is semi rounded, which just feels terrible to me. I'm not quite sure why
they would use a semi rounded body when the rest of the 600 series uses a sleek
and comfortable fully hex body. It also doesn't have the same sturdy feel that
other 600s do. It has a very cheap almost plastic feel to it (it is not plastic,
just feels that way). The weight is also an issue for me. I use the 600 pencils
because they are heavy. This lead holder feels almost as light as the Staedtler
I am trying to replace.
Build: 7 out of 10
It definitely is a metal body, but it just doesn't feel like quality metal.
However, that said it is far better than most lead holders I have tried over the
years. The knurled grip is also metal, and a bit higher quality than the body
itself. The clip is again, metal, and is to me, the highest quality part of the
build. It is very solid. The tip and end cap are both made of metal, and serve
their purpose well enough. However, the end cap rattles during use. It's not a
lot of play, but there is more than enough to bother me when I use this lead
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
I could go on and on about why this just isn't the quality I would expect from
Rotring based on the other Rotring products I own, but I won't. All in all this
is an above average lead holder that I can see some people enjoying very much.
It functions well, comparable to any other 2mm drop holder. The price is fine,
$50 is fairly cheap and I do think this is mostly worth the price of admission.
But for those looking for a very sturdy and hefty lead holder, You might want to
look elsewhere. This product feels far too light and cheap for my taste.