For a couple of days of usage, I'd give it pretty high marks. First, I don't
think the pictures on the website do it enough justice. I ordered the green tea
version which looks and feels awesome. The thickness is barely more than a usual
pen, while its multi functional design is well hidden. Initially I thought that
replacing pencil leads would be impossible unless you buy a new insert. With
instructions in Japanese and only a few pictures I finally figured it out.
Writing with both ballpoint choices feels smooth. The mechanism for switching
colors is interesting and intuitive. Pencil also works well although a bit
different from a conventional drafting pencil. I really like the overall package
and recommend it to anyone with a need for a high quality multi-functional pen.
For all you cheap #2 pencil pushers - please don't waste your time and go
elswhere before dropping down your too hard earned $$$ on this fine writing
instrument. Poor reviews come from those dissapointed geniuses whose
expectations are never met in life.
Now that I said it, this is my 2nd #800. Worth every penny. Flawlessly executed,
extremely comfortable, perfectly balanced - almost natural - extension of your
hand. Give it a try and you will fall in love with it.
I recently received this highly anticipated pencil. I spent enough time
evaluating it to conclude that not everyone will be able to notice or appreciate
its built/quality. For starters, it looks rather simple. This is not some fancy
multi-dimensional writing gear. And it doesn't have to be. Rotring formula for
success isn't based on marketing hype. Once you start using it, it will become a
natural extension of you. Its perfect balance and solid grip offer extended use
without feeling tired. Its recessed design not only prevents the puncturing your
shirt's pockets but also a possibility of bending the tip. I only wish they made
the 0.35mm version!
Another solid performer in the Staedtler line of drafting pencils. I purchased
this item to use daily as my main writing instrument. So far it met my
expectations for comfort, reliability, and performance. Simply does what's built
for. Highly recommended.
This is a work-horse of drafting pencils. I use it primarily with color lead
(blue, red, and green). It is made of solid materials and it gives a feeling of
assurance when handled. Good compliment to the 0.3/0.5mm set. Highly
This pencil is just lovely. The fine wood finish is as unique as it gets. It is
light compared to most other drafting pencils but nicely balanced/weighted.
Besides the eye catching exterior deep red wood and silver matte aluminum parts,
it seems solid to last a long time. Good addition for collectors.
For anyone considering an investment in a fine writing instrument, this drafting
pencil must be given a serious thought. It is made of quality materials that
should last a lifetime. It is also properly balanced toward the tip which makes
extended use a lot more comfortable. Highly recommended.