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One of the gripes that...
, April 11, 2011
One of the gripes that people have with the Rotring 600 drafting pencil is that
it doesn't have a retractable lead sleeve. They are right. The Rotring 600
doesn't have this capability. So, If you choose the 800, you won't get a hole in
your good dress shirt. And, you won't feel that the pencil is stuck in your
pants pocket, when you are trying to pull it out. The Rotring 800 mechanical
pencil does have this slick capability. So, this is a definite plus for some. I
bought both the black and silver versions of the Rotring 800 drafting pencil.
And, when they arrived here, I compared them with the 600 drafting pencils.
Let me tell you that I really like the 800 series pencils. I know, from my
research, that they are no 'newer' than the Japanese 600 pencils.
But, I must say that the 800 series pencil, with the GREAT added capability of
retracting the lead sleeve, does not quite match up to its 600 series cousin.
Here is the reason:
Somehow, the Rotring 600 drafting mechanical pencil feels like a solid,
through-and-through piece of advanced engineering. It just feels so good in your
hand--like an ergonomic block of metal with lead at your use. This piece of
engineering beckons for you to handle it and write with it. But, maybe
unfortunately, the 800 drafting pencil does not achieve this high mark. This
pencil acquaints you with springs and plastic pressure-fits. The 800 brings you
back to the purgatory between the sublime Rotring 600 the less great pencils,
the ones that are plastic and bouncy in use.
Also, maybe my work-shirt pockets are deeper than everyone else, but my Rotring
600 pencils aren't long enough to puncture my shirt pockets, when they are
stowed with the clip.
I definitely like my new, expensive Rotring 800 drafting mechanical pencils, but
they don't quite match up to the Japanese Rotring 600 drafting mechanical pencil
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This is my first Rotring...
, April 16, 2011
This is my first Rotring pencil. Between me and my husband, we have a number of
Rotring art pens and rapidographs, but this drafting pencil was a first.
Initially I was hesitant to make the purchase due to the price, but in looking
at the retractable tip (by turning the screw near the clicker) and the solid
construction, I decided to give it a shot.
Admittedly, the screw open mechanism takes a little getting used to. The clicker
will not depress if the tip is retracted -- a nice safety mechanism. I need to
remind myself to retract the tip when I put my pencil away.
I do a lot of work with colored lead and I've gone through numerous pencils that
break (and subsequently waste) my lead. This pencil has done an excellent job
Is it worth the price? It's hard to say. I'm a stickler for quality in the tools
I use regularly. I have a Lamy Scribble 0.7 pencil which I equally love, so I'm
not going to say this is a pencil for everyone, but I do recommend it for
drafting pencil aficionados!
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I recently received this...
, April 12, 2011
I recently received this highly anticipated pencil. I spent enough time
evaluating it to conclude that not everyone will be able to notice or appreciate
its built/quality. For starters, it looks rather simple. This is not some fancy
multi-dimensional writing gear. And it doesn't have to be. Rotring formula for
success isn't based on marketing hype. Once you start using it, it will become a
natural extension of you. Its perfect balance and solid grip offer extended use
without feeling tired. Its recessed design not only prevents the puncturing your
shirt's pockets but also a possibility of bending the tip. I only wish they made
the 0.35mm version!
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i do not get the difference...
, August 6, 2011
i do not get the difference between the rotring 800 and the rotring 500, they
both have similar features, and being an owner of both pencils, i literally can
not tel the difference. if i could do it over again, i would just buy the 500
instead of the 800 because of the price
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For all you cheap #2...
This review is from Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body
, May 30, 2011
For all you cheap #2 pencil pushers - please don't waste your time and go
elswhere before dropping down your too hard earned $$$ on this fine writing
instrument. Poor reviews come from those dissapointed geniuses whose
expectations are never met in life.
Now that I said it, this is my 2nd #800. Worth every penny. Flawlessly executed,
extremely comfortable, perfectly balanced - almost natural - extension of your
hand. Give it a try and you will fall in love with it.