September 15, 2014
Short version: Best. Buy. Ever.
Okay, so I don't use drafting pencils to write, I use them to draw and here in
Mexico, the easiest drafting pencil to come by is the 2.0mm Mars Tecnico, which
I like, but I wanted to treat myself to something better.
So I decided to bite the bullet and fork over my monthly savings to buy this
pencil. I had heard a lot about the Rotring brand ever since I got into fountain
pens ten years ago, but wow, when I got it in the mail I was blown away when I
held it in my hand. It feels so sturdy and it looks amazing in person. The gold
highlights are accentuated even more by the powdery silver finish. My first
question after seeing it on my desk was "it looks great, but how well does it
One thing to keep in mind is that it is heavy if you're used to plastic and
metallic knurled grip pencils. However, like any new tool it just gets some
getting used to. I just sketched for about 20 minutes in my sketchbook to get
the feel and nuances of it and I was set to go. I've spent 3 hours drawing today
and didn't feel any fatigue at all.
One of my main concerns was how much of lead wobble there'd be. My Mars Tecnico
when using Dynagraph or softer leads would need some settling in the jaws of the
lead drop system. I didn't feel any while using it. I was so shocked by this
that I grabbed my BeloMO 20x loupe (which I usually use for my nib grinding) and
checked the sleeve up in detail. How can I say it. It's a PRECISE fit. Rotring
sure takes their quality to a level well-worth the price.
I don't know if the following only applies to my specific pencil, but my only
gripe is that the knurled section easily comes unscrewed with just the littlest
twist or use. It's a minor annoyance that I've discovered how to work around,
but even that doesn't stop me from loving and using this pencil. So I won't
knock it down by one star without any further evidence of this being a
widespread thing or something exclusive to the one I own.
Speaking of the knurled section, the crosshatching is quite well done. There's
enough roughness there to improve your grip, but not enough to inconvenience
you. I guess the closest thing would be some fine grain sandpaper, but that's
not doing it justice. Now, I don't usually have sweaty hands, so I wet my
fingertips in water, grabbed onto the pencil grip and started doodling. There
was some slippage but I still had a good grip on it. Be aware that I really had
film of water on my fingertips while using it, so this was an extreme case
scenario. I can't imagine someone sweating so much that your fingers are... eww.
I'm so happy I bought this product that I'm ordering a Rotring 600 0.7mm this
month directly from Rotring (sorry, Jetpens, but international shipping is less
expensive from them) and in two to three months' time I'm buying another Rotring
800 2.0mm (if they're still in stock, if not, I think I'll die), leads and
erasers directly to from Jetpens to show my support to the company and to make
the international shipping worth it.