Oh how I love this pen!...
April 19, 2016
Oh how I love this pen! Elegant, balanced & sleek -- crafted to unite beauty &
function, a "tool" in the best kind of way. This Rapid Pro Ballpoint replaces
my first Rotring love, a similar but not identical black Rotring 600 ball point
that I'd probably describe using similar words. I lost that beloved pen while
doing research work in Nepal this past fall -- it had been with me for years &
now it's gone on some trail by the Tibetan border.... Ah well, I thought, a new
search in the offing.
I knew that the 600 series pencils were back and available at JetPens (I own a
number of these) & thought just maybe our friends at Rotring would bring back
the 600 ballpoint, too. Checked with JetPens & was delighted to discover this
close approximation in the Rapid Pro. Now that I've checked it out with daily
carry and varied use I'm happy to report my delight.
Sure it's different from the 600 -- less pronounced ridging in the octagonal
edging, red band down the shaft, the plastic joint where that new rotring lies,
and maybe just a hair lighter than the 600. But the full metal body, the
knurled grip, and the overall feel is so close as to make me feel my 600 has
come back to me in a new incarnation that completely satisfies. The blance is
superb, the heft just right for long writing forays without tiring, the size and
shape narrow like a fine wood pencil is perfect for my hand, and the quality
crafted feel makes writing as much a pleasure as before. No wobble in the
refill & I'm good with the feel of the click. Like many I swapped out the
Rotring ink cartridge for another of my preference, but I always did that
before, too. And I don't mind that the barrel joint is plastic at all (think
about it -- all those plastic joined pens before Rotring worked just fine for
years of service -- this feels like much higher quality than those 5 dollar
I use this pen for writing and I use it hard. Fieldnotes in my pocket
notebooks, constantly scribbled; jottings on my notepads when I put things
together at the office; note-taking in lectures & meetings; doodles all the
time; and more. It's constantly with me & I expect will soon have the black
color worn in spots (softening the visual edges just like in my old 600s) -- I
cherish that wear, too, as testimony to the close relationship between a worthy
tool and its user. I not only write with it, I also hold it in my hand while
I'm thinking out an essay or a letter, or just to hold meditatively. A good pen
is to think with even beyond the writing.
And, too, it still pleases that this is the kind of pen that gets noticed.
People always look twice & often ask about it. I happily tell them about
Rotring & JetPens. Worth the price! And the JetPens service!
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