Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - Black Body

Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - Black Body

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3.2 (10 reviews)
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Can a Rotring 600 become any better? Yes, add a retractable tip and you have the incredible Rotring 800. Rotring mechanical pencils are highly sought-after and requested at JetPens. The weight and feel are exactly what many people expect for professional drafting pencils. The Rotring 800 has a 4 mm lead sleeve that fully retracts, an all-metal brass body, a traditional knurled grip, and a clip. The lead sleeve is smoothly retracted by twisting the knurled section near the top of the pencil. This feature is wonderful for protecting the tip of this weighty pencil and your pockets. Engineers admire this pencil for its solid construction, lead advancement mechanism, and long guide pipe that provides an excellent view of the lead. A refillable eraser sits at the top, concealed by a cap.

The pencil is stylish, with a technical look and high-quality parts. Its hexagonal form is reminiscent of traditional wooden pencils, and accents include the iconic Rotring red circle below the eraser.

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1st (1996) Rotring Newton...
February 22, 2016
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1st (1996) Rotring Newton Mechanical Pencil 7mm (Matte Black - No Knurling.) 20 years later and works perfectly. Now lives in my Tamrac Expedition 7x camera bag.

2nd (2016) Rotring 800 Drafing Pencil 7mm. Reading & watching some of the YouTube videos reviews, i.e. Tolerances not being tight where the nib extends from the inner sleeve... I don't know what they're talking about. Their isn't any wobble, looseness, nor movement. This pencil is a pleasure to write with. My only complaint is, for some reason, the pencil lead that is currently feed down the shaft, keeps snapping in two, withinside the pencil itself. Odd. But, I'm still keeping the pencil. Lead being use is the, "Pilot Neox High-Purity Graphite Pencile Lead 2B". Not an issue with the above mentioned Rotring Newton.
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I really want to love...
December 20, 2015
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I really want to love this pencil. It's beautiful and it's among the most enjoyable pencils to hold. The gold accents are great; the matte black finish is super cool; the red accents are a nice touch. If only the pencil worked.

On the positive side, apart from its looks, the pencil is weighted nicely. It's easy to write with and easy to keep a firm grip on. The knurled grip is gentle enough on skin without sacrificing grip strength.

The retractable tip is a nightmare. Twisting the top to move the tip works well enough, but designing the pencil around this function causes a lot of problems. For some reason, the barrel of the pencil has almost 0.2 cm of slack when clicking, so the cap and the tip wiggle a lot. After pushing through the slack, advancing the lead feels like using a miniature air pump. There is absolutely no click sound and no vibration in the pencil. It's super weak.

Another problem is that the barrel snaps the lead frequently while writing. I don't mean the lead breaking from me writing hard or from advancing too much lead. I mean the lead inside the barrel, but still near the tip, breaks all the time. It's very annoying. However, that problem went away as soon as the pencil stopped advancing lead entirely. Maybe the plastic parts inside the pencil warped from heat, but lead doesn't go through the pencil anymore. It has become completely and literally unusable.

This pencil is not worth the money, especially with a masterpiece like the 600 series that costs less. Don't buy this thing.
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Update from Feb. 22,...
March 20, 2016
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Update from Feb. 22, 2016

Only complaint. The pencil lead keeps breaking from, with inside the pencil itself. It's such an annoyance. The pencil itself is a pleasure to write with, jot notes, etc. But, I can no longer recommend this pencil.

I'll keep this pencil on my desk and my old Rotring Newton in my camera bag.
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Love this pencil with...
November 30, 2015
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Love this pencil with the exception of the fact that the "Pilot Color Eno Neox Mechanical Pencil Lead (red and purple)" continues to break in it. When I say break in it I don't mean that when writing the lead snaps forcing me to advance more lead. No. What I mean is that when I write the lead in the barrel (that has not protruded from the shaft) somehow breaks forcing the lead into very short sections which -- as anyone can tell you -- is a waste. Also, I find that he pencil is a bit thin and gives me cramps sometimes. I still give the pencil 4 stars because it is really well made AND because I am unsure if this breaking problem is caused by the pencil or the lead. I have purchased a fair amount of the colored lead and when that runs out I will get some others and see. . . wait! I actually have some older red lead that I can test now that I think of it. . . . off to do some testing!
I'll start by addressing...
October 31, 2015
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I'll start by addressing the two primary concerns people have with the 800.

The first is potential lead breakage. I purposely got the 0.7 mm variant as a stop gap to see if a thicker lead would not result in breakage, and so far that is not the case. No breakage here.

The second gripe people have is in the squishy nature of the lead advancement mechanism and the motion of the lead sleeve itself when you click. This issue DOES exist, but you have to decide if that matters for you.

At the end of the day, the 800 has almost exactly the same writing experience as the 600, but with the convenience of the retraction. Same length, same weight, same knurling. Precision-focused professionals may detect some play in the lead sleeve, but for daily writing it is barely noticeable. The 600 is a fabulous pencil, and the 800 nearly matches it, if not for some minor gripes.

You basically have to decide if the retraction is worth another 20 dollars. If you just want a solid writing piece and portability is not a concern for you, go with the 600. If you need to be able to take your pencil on the go, the 800 is a fine variation.
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