Very happy and impressed with the Rotring 600 lead holder. Does the job it's
designed for and does it very well. there are lots of metal lead holders out
there, and i own a fair few, but this is possibly the nicest of my collection.
it's no nonsense straightforward approach, makes it a tool i reach for everyday.
it's fairly light weight, but feels solid and well balanced. the clutch holds
the lead in place, and does not allow for any spinning as some can do. the
knurled grip which appears rather rough in the photos ( which was the reason i
hesitated ordering it sooner) is in fact very comfortable to hold. not at all
harsh, and has a enough grip to prevent slippage without making the drawing
experience uncomfortable in any way. has a satin black finish and fits into a
standard rotary lead pointer.Will a lead holder of lesser price do the job as
well as this one does? absolutely, but if you want one that is solid, well
balanced, and just looks pretty darn cool, you might want to give the Rotring
600 a try.
I haven't had any issues with the clip marring the pencils body. It functions
well, looks nice, and has a clean and so far durable finish on the body. This
thing is really heavy though. be prepared. heavy and the smooth body really
offers no grip, not that it slips out of your hand, but offers an odd feeling in
your fingers as you hold it. it also suffers from the same issue mechanical
lead holders seem to have, the mechanism within the body is free floating, so it
has a tendency to spin the lead and the clip when you try and sharpen it with a
uni or kum lead pointer. I've had other older mechanical lead pointers that held
the lead in place without any problems, but all these modern designs don't seem
to address that issue. strange considering how it's the most basic of dilemmas
that should be addressed. overall it's a nice pencil that functions well, but
you should take into consideration the weight and no grip of the body when
making your purchase.
Yet another lead holder that doesn't fit a standard rotary lead pointer. it's a
nice pencil, the knurled grip isn't as harsh as the 600, has nice weight to it,
and it looks nice. those are it's good points, but the bad points seem to
outweigh the good. the the interior is plastic. everything inside the pencil
except for the jaws are plastic. the male threads that hold the knurled grip to
the body are plastic, and that's never good, especially for the price of the
pencil. the pencil isn't very responsive, has a harsh click that scraps the body
as you advance the lead. the jaws that hold the lead in place seem weak. i
placed the pencil in a pierce electric lead pointer and the lead itself would
just spin. the jaws don't provide the hold needed to sharpen the pencil. if we
look at the staedtler 925, ( which doesn't fit into a rotary lead pointer either
) it does the same job this one does, but a lot better, and for a lot less. all
the components are brass, no plastic in the assembly, has a strong clutch and
operates very smoothly when advancing the lead. you would think that the rotring
would do a much better job considering it's price, but unfortunately it doesn't
. unless you want to just buy this piece to add to a collection, i say pass this
one by, and jet pens, you should really buy one standard rotary lead pointer at
an art store, and test the pencils to make sure they fit before telling your
customers that they do.
worth the money? not sure. I purchased the Kaweco special a week ago from
another supplier and have some time using it. don't get me wrong, it's a nice
lead holder, and functions just as intended. It has nice weight to it, balanced
and looks sleek. like a caran dache fixpencils older brother. the issue i have
with it is it's size. it's about as thick as a platinum pro-use II
which works great for a mechanical pencil, but not so great for a lead holder.
trying to sharpen it can be a chore. you'll have to push out a lot of lead in
order to use a standard rotary lead pointer, and you have to be extremely
carefully not to snap your lead as you sharpen because of how far you have to
extend the lead in order to reach the blades. you can give the tiny uni lead
pointer a try, but that thing is more of a novelty than a reliable sharpening
tool. this might not be a deterring factor for some, but if your an artist, you
want to be focused on what your drawing, and not on trying to sharpen your
pencil. Ive found myself distracted and taking time away from my work simply
trying to sharpen this thing.
I'll say it again, it's a nice pencil, sleek balanced and comfortable, but all
that doesn't matter much when it can be a chore to use. if you like a larger
sized lead holder, then this might be the one for you. if your looking for a
nice balanced lead holder you can reach for and sharpen without thinking about,
then you might want pass this one by and look at another model. i'll be trying
the rotring rapid pro next, which jet pens assures me will fit into a standard
rotary lead pointer. i'll have to wait and see for myself once it arrives.
i've owned several of these over the years, mainly because there weren't many
choices around. the design remains unchanged, and it does work as it's supposed
to. the problem with this pencil is the knurled grip. it is abrasive, extremely
so. it definitely hurts your fingers after using it for awhile. It's also
readily available at most art stores here in the states, so you might want to
try out one of the other pencils jetpens has available before purchasing this
copic markers may seem overpriced, but when you break it down, they're really
economical. the initial investment is always a bit high if you buy the sets, but
when you add the refills and replaceable nibs into the equation, you start to
see that you save some money in the long run. I use copic for my work. have sets
of the greys and colors. when i run out of ink, i just reach for a refill and
i'm ready to keep working. the refills cost about 5 dollars each, but you can
refill a copic anywhere between 5-7 times with a single bottle of various
refill. you might think that it makes more sense to buy a cheaper marker, but
what sets copics apart from their competitors is how saturated they are. you
can blend them into each other because they're so wet. that leads to a uniform
coat and less streaking as happens with most other markers. I'm hoping jet pens
will begin carrying refills and nibs for the original copics. that will make
them a one stop shop for anyone using copics on a daily basis.
after a few weeks of use i think it's best to redo the review.
I still really like the body shape and the way your fingers fall into the flat
grip comfortably. like this pencil so much , that i own three.
now for the bad part:
manufacturing seems very inconsistent. even contacted lamy use regarding some of
the issues and their reply is " oh...i'll talk to my pen tech" there is a lot of
play in the guide pipe, more precisely in the lead itself. the bushing that
should be in the pipe to secure the lead is wider than it should be, and that
allows the lead to move around too much within the guide pipe. the yellow safari
i use is perfect. no problems so far, but my red one had a lot of play. the
problem became worse the more i used it. to the point where the lead was no
longer being held in place, every click would let the lead fall out completely.
ordered a blue one and the problem was not as severe but still there. I have to
point out that this is in no way jetpens fault and they were as helpful as
always regarding problems with the merchandise, and it's replacement. I'll still
use the safaris, for me the comfort is hard to match, and thats enough for me to
overlook some serious design flaws, but at the price, you may want to carefully
think it over before buying one.
wasn't sure how this particular pencil would work out, but it's great.
Interesting grip, triangular, provides a comfortable hold. there are no grooves
or a knurled grip, or anything that would prevent slippage, but i have not had
any issues with that.
Keep in mind though that it is plastic and if your hand sweats a lot, then this
might not be the best choice. that said, the plastic does not feel cheap in any
way. there is one seam going down the side where the piece was molded together,
but is very smooth. sliding sleeve is a plus, although i have noticed from time
to time that the sleeve doesn't extend completely, but that has not affected
the eraser is small, as are most mechanical pencil erasers, and it's a little
tricky to take out, I have to get a firm grip on the eraser itself just to pull
it out. Makes me wonder how tough it would be to remove with a worn down eraser.
on the plus side though, at least it's not going to slide out on its own.
Overall it's a nice pencil. With assorted colors and a really nice finish, it
makes it a nice addition to any collection, or artist tool
Ink works great, I haven't run into any problems with it. it provides good
coverage and goes on smooth. It dries very quickly and I have had no issues with
smudging. Best of all it works with copic markers. I prefer working with a
brush, but inks just didn't seem to get along with alcohol based markers, so i
had to rely on just a pen. with the kaimei ink i'm able to use a brush on all my
commission work, and not have to worry about the line bleeding once i hit the
piece with the copics.