Surprise! This pen isn't losing a star for it's lack of a converter, use of
proprietary cartridges, or writing performance. Converters and cartridge
compatibility are the least of my worries, because I bought this pen with
intentions of using it as an eyedropper. Isn't that what Preppies are for? I'm
using wetter inks with this pen to compensate for it's dry writing qualities.
I'm really on the fence about how it writes. I wouldn't say it's scratchy, but
it certainly never feels like butter. I haven't had a hard start with it yet and
it feels decent, but there are smoother points out there for the price. Where it
really excels is appearance. It's a very cool looking pen, but that metal cap
and clip are it's downfall. This pen is not balanced. It is extremely top heavy
when the cap is posted and it requires a little more effort than it should to
hold it. It's not the end of the world, but I can't give an unbalanced writing
utensil five stars.
This pencil looks and feels more impressive in person! It looks fantastic in
white. The degree indicator stops at B and doesn't go up to 2B which may
disappoint a fan of soft leads, but Pentel has managed to make a plastic knock
button feel solid which is very impressive. The clip loosens with heavy use like
the ones on several of the graph gear 500s I've had in the past, but with normal
use you needn't worry much about loosing it and having your pencil roll away. It
will roll away without it's clip because the hexagonal body is a thinner
diameter than that of the grip.
It has a metal mechanism and very durable brass clutch. It even has a metal lead
reservoir, which is most likely why each click has a precise mechanical feel. It
has a muffled sounding click so it's a great pencil to have during a test. The
clutch is a ways away from the point so it doesn't conserve leads as well as
some other pencils. This might be the root of one other users problems.
This is a great pen. It's extremely durable. It's ever so slightly top heavy
with the cap posted, but it's not terribly noticeable. The cap posts securely
with a click. The clip isn't too tight or too loose. It's point produces a nice
fine consistent line. I haven't had any hard starts with Diamine inks. It's not
too flashy so I'm not terrified of someone stealing it, and it's probably the
best writing pen here for the price.
I like this pencil, but it's not perfect. It is all metal (except for the lead
reservoir), but the grip and push button have a rubberized coating. This coating
makes clicks feel a bit more substantial and unique, which is a huge plus. It
also collects salt from the sweat on your fingers in the little grooves on the
grip, which is kinda gross. This isn't the end of the world, but it's this one
flaw that keeps me from really swooning over this pencil. Otherwise I like that
"Pro Use" is printed on the barrel; it looks very dorky in a good way. The
barrel and grip screw together to hold the lead indicator in place very tightly
like they do on a Pentel Smash.
I bought this pencil for the unusual mechanism, and it was completely worth it.
Not only is the mechanism very convenient and entertaining, it is all metal. It
was a real surprise to find a brass clutch and shiny metal lead reservoir in
this pencil. A metal tip would be nice but unnecessary for comfortable general
writing. Sadly, the eraser is made of great stuff, but it's way too small to be
useful, but that's my only peeve.
These are excellent. In fact, they are even better than I expected. Only one
side of each page is lined, the back side is blank. For a writer this could be
bothersome, but I'm an artist and I appreciate the blank space. The paper is
white, has good weight, and doesn't bleed easily. The binding is nice sturdy. I
really like the looks of these notepads too. They hold up well and wear nicely.
Excellent notebooks! The paper is weighted nicely, is very soft, and is very
white. It doesn't bleed with the use of a wet gel/roller ball pen. The lines are
a nice shade and the dots are subtle. It's great in my many intensive
engineering/math classes. The first page is glued in well but everything after
that tears out nicely. It's worth every penny.
I feel uncomfortable buying a pencil that costs more than $20 when I intend on
really using it. That prevents the Rotring 600 from being an edc option for me.
Thankfully, the Rotring 500 exists. Everything that you touch on this pencil is
made of metal. The mechanism is metal, and the knurled metal grip is very
comfortable and secure. Clicking the Rotring 500's mechanism requires more
travel than most other mechanical pencils, but it is solid, feels good, and is
very satisfying. Lead is held securely by a 3-jawed brass clutch. The black
finish is fantastic and pictures don't do it justice. The clip is sturdy and
secure, but removing it makes the pencil look funny. Thankfully, I like having a
clip on my pencil. The hexagonal body is wider than the grip, unlike the Pentel
Graphgear 500, which keeps the pencil from rolling away. I prefer clicking lead
indicators, but the lead indicator on the Rotring 500 is secure and clean
looking. It looks great paired with its twin, the Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic.
One note: The eraser cap pictured has the lead diameter imprinted on it, but the
cap on the pencil I received has a hole instead of an imprint. I like both
styles of cap, but not everyone feels the same.
This case is great! I was worried it would be too subdued and boring for my
taste, but every time I go to find a zipper I forget my assumptions. (I will
admit I lost it in plain sight once since getting it.) The zippers are a nice
grey color. They are durable, quiet, and without any annoying frills. The case
itself is a color which will prevent it from getting dirty, and even the orange
insides don't attract lead dust easily. It has a total of 4 separations capable
of holding pens. 1 of which (the largest which has a zippered grey mesh pouch in
the middle of it for pens) is long enough to keep un-sharpened pencils in. Two
decent sized loose, but secure mesh pockets are devoted to holding erasers,
lead, sharpeners, or whatever else. In person it appears small, but it holds a
lot of stuff. It looks and feels like a quality bag, but thanks to it's smart
green color I don't fear that anyone will steal it unless they see its awesome