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The pen body is just...
April 30, 2014
The pen body is just like the rest of the Rapid Pro set, stunning to look at and solid. The ink is only adequate, and I'll be looking to try different refills in it when I have the time. The one thing that I find annoying is they finished the knock button with the same textured finish as the rest of the pen, which causes a mild grating sound whenever I click the button. As a result, I find myself reaching for the silver one instead, which is very smooth.
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I've had my Rapid Pro...
February 27, 2012
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I've had my Rapid Pro for about a month now and am, overall, quite pleased. I was not overwhelmed by the ink the pen came with. I replaced it with a Parker Gel refill and am much happier with the writing. The pen is a joy to write with. Great weight. Lovely texture. Looks sharp. I have a few minor complaints. The first is that the clicky on the top of the pen feels a bit loose. No real problems with it yet, but it doesn't give the most confidence for long-term durability. The second is that the Rapid Pro is just not as nice feeling a writing implement as the Rotring 600 pencil. I miss the crisp lines and narrow styling of 600. The Rapid Pro is just slightly larger in diameter and the hexagonal shape is slightly rounded at the edge. Otherwise, I anticipate this being a pen that I will use for years to come.
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Oh how I love this pen!...
April 19, 2016
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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 papermate refillables).

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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Dakota Writer
It feels so great. Very...
October 26, 2015
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It feels so great. Very dark, matte, finish. Feels like it came from the movie Tron, which is exactly what I wanted. Also really recommend the Rotring 600 mechanical pencil, which is even cooler.
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I love this pen! This...
April 23, 2014
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I love this pen! This is my new everyday pen that I will obsess over, and it is replacing my Fisher AG7, which replaced a slew of Parker Jotters. I've always liked the style of drafting pencils, and that probably dates back to finding them at my grandparents' house, and this is about the best pen in production to fit that style.

I had never actually seen a rOtring before a month ago, but I ordered a Tikky pen and and a Tikky II mechanical pencil to test out the brand, and it immediately became clear why people liked these. I chose to give my beautiful yellow Tikky away to one of my gawking coworkers, as it was a bit larger than my small hands could appreciate, and I bought this in hopes that it would fit my hands a bit better, and thankfully it does. Its knurled grip barrel is no wider than the body, although the hexagonal shape makes it seem as though it would be in some of the pictures.

I immediately understood why people obsess over the rOtring 600, and getting one of those is now on my long-term grandiose things-to-buy-if-I'm-ever-not-poor list. The weight of this pen is perfect. It is hefty, but not cumbersome, and the bulk of the weight is centered in the grip and above the tip, so it feels very solid and balanced when writing. (One of my few complaints about the AG7 was how top-heavy the pen is.) The feel of the black coating is nice, but if I forget to click the tip out, it will mark up paper.

I use this pen at work, so it is with me and use about 60 hours a week at minimum. The pen itself was made in Japan and comes in a nice little cardboard (100% recycleable!) box. The included ink cartridge listed France as its place of manufacture, so I suspect it is just a rOtring rebranded typical Parker ink cartridge, which isn't really good or bad. I replaced it with my preferred Fisher pressurized ink cartridge immediately. Overall, I love this pen, and I will definitely be getting a silver one soon.
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My wife bought me this...
December 26, 2013
My wife bought me this pen for Christmas (2013) at my request and I absolutely love it!!!!!!! The hefty wieght of the pen feels very nice in your hand while the ink itself (it comes with blue) is extremely smooth and brilliant in color. I'm using it on Field Notes that have waterproof/synthetic paper and it is 100% smudge-proof. Along with my Fisher space pen, this is now my newest EDC pen. BOTTOM LINE - you want this pen in your writing quiver.
I purchased this pen...
March 22, 2012
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I purchased this pen about 3 months ago, and since then it has become the pen I go to for everyday writing. Prior to this pen, I was using the Retro 51 Hex-o-matic Black Ballpoint pen. My main complaint about this pen was that it felt scratchy when I moved the pen across the page. This is not the case with this pen.

The ink quality is smooth and bold. The weight is perfect, and the textured grip feels great between my fingers. My only complaint is that it takes a moment for the ink to start flowing. Whereas, the ink immediately began to flow from the Retro 51 Hexomatic.

The speed at which the ink begins to flow from the pen is less of an issue with me as is the feeling of moving the pen across the page.

I confidently give this pen 5/5 stars!
I loved this pen when...
September 25, 2015
I loved this pen when i got it, but after dropping it one time from a standing height, it no longer works. The mechanism will not allow you to retract and stay retracted in order to write. Sad because I really loved this pen.
Super nice I love it...
May 7, 2015
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Super nice I love it
So worth it!...
November 18, 2014
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So worth it!
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