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I have mixxed feelings....
November 23, 2012
Verified Purchase
I have mixxed feelings. I've spent a long time with this lead holder to make sure I could write a review with confidence, and after about 6 months with the Rotring 800, the pros have been obvious:

1) I absolutely love the weight
2) the action is perfect
3) the look is great

but the cons are what bring this back to a mediocre score...
The holder has so much mass that it takes very little for it to start unscrewing. This means:

1) I'm overgripping the holder when I want to keep the edge of my lead against the paper
2) The feel of the holder suffers because I get feedback from the swivel of the barrel trying to loosen

Please, someone tell me if there is a way to get this thing to stop being so loose... I've tried a few things, but I almost feel like maybe I got a lemon. For $80, I'd expect this would be easily caught by a quality department.
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Solid well made leadholder....
February 9, 2012
Verified Purchase
Solid well made leadholder. On the heavy side but very well balanced. Knock button mechanism works flawlessly with no rattle. Knurled grip is comfortable with no sharp edges. No lead play (wobble). Can be broken down to gently clean.

Beautiful drawing pencil...

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Nice pencil. Thick lead...
March 30, 2015
Verified Purchase
Nice pencil. Thick lead and feels good in the hand. Worth every penny.
Short version: Best....
September 15, 2014
Verified Purchase
Short version: Best. Buy. Ever.

Long version:

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 work?"

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. Just 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.
not a review, just response...
December 5, 2012
not a review, just response to above. try some loctite on the thread.
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