The rotring line of drafting...
November 14, 2014
The rotring line of drafting pencils have always been a favorite of many due to
their good looks and great quality. Though now under new management the quality
of the rotring products has been upheld. The rotring 800 as currently produced
is still a beautifully engineered, high quality pencil that is a pleasure to
write with and lovely to behold. With the 800, rotring's premier drafting
pencil, they have tackled the age old problem of how to carry a drafting pencil
with it's 4mm lead sleeve, in a shirt pocket without stabbing oneself in an
elegant fashion. The tip of the 800 hides inside the bottom of the pencil until
needed. Then, with a twist of the top of the pencil, the tip is reviled and
locked in place under spring tension. When finished a simple twist in the
opposite direction once again sends the tip safely into hiding.
The 800 is almost made entirely of brass with select parts, like the lead sleeve
and pocket clip, being made of steel with some internal parts being made of
space age plastic, for strength and flexibility. This makes the 800 a
heavyweight among drafting pencils yet because of it being well balanced it does
not fell heavy while feeling solid. There is no need to push the 800 across the
paper, simply guide it. The 800 is a pleasure to use due to it's engineering.
Due to it's elegant design and construction it is also a pleasure to look at.
The MSRP of the 800 makes it a little pricey, but as they say, you get what you
pay for. But in the case of the 800, and most other rotring drafting pencils,
you get a little more.