Many years ago now, I had hand problems as a result of overuse of a computer
keyboard, and it was during the resulting period of physical therapy that I
rediscovered the joys of writing with pens, pencils, and fountain pens. Since
every writing instrument seems to have a different feel and grip, I bought many,
and found that by switching pencils I was able to write for very long periods
without having any pain. I still own most of them.
I bought three Rotring mechanical pencils. A nonretractable, that is now the 600
version, the 800 version, and a very clever one (Rotring Trio) that allowed you
to select between three sizes of lead (0.35, 0.5, and 0.7 mm) and also retracts
the tip. For flexibility, the Trio is my favorite. If I am using only 0.5 mm
lead, which is my most frequent choice, I prefer the 800 over the 600 because of
the retractable tip and the quality feel of the mechanism. The 600 version sees
very little use. I have over 20 mechanical/drafting pencils!
All of the Rotrings that I have, and I also have a ballpoint pen, have held up
tremendously well. They are solid and hefty, and beautifully executed. Although
they are heavy compared to other brandss, they do not tire my hand. I don't know
if this is an issue of balance point or grip, but I can just comment that they
are a joy to write with.
Over the past few years, with the poor dollar/Euro exchange, the price of
Rotrings has gone up considerably. I am reasonably sure that I bought my 800
when it was under $40. We can hope for a better exchange rate. If you are on a
budget, there are other pencils that are certainly enjoyable to use. If you want
to indulge in something special, I would buy this pencil. The craftmanship and
materials are both top-notch.
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