Grip is less grippy than...
, May 16, 2013
Grip is less grippy than the Rapid Pro and far less grippy than the 600. It is
the least grippy of all Rotring MP's.
There is a lot of play. Side to side, and up & down. When the mechanism is
extended there is 2mm play before each lead click and when applying the eraser.
It's annoying. there is also a bit of "flexibility" in the tip. It's just
unstable. I was hoping for better tolerances and little to no flexion.
The twist to advance mechanism can easily be worn out or break. I have a similar
mechanism on my manual typewriter, and when it wears out, it won't hold in the
locked position. This mechanism feels the same, a sort of hook-spring. When the
hook wears, the spring will push it back into the body. The difference is that I
can file the hook on my typewriter, because I can access it by taking it apart.
The 800 mechanism won't separate from the body as far as I can tell, so once
that mechanism wears out or breaks catastrophically, the pencil will be
unuseable. When that time comes, I'll do my best to figure out a fix for it, but
I don't want to tamper with the pencil while it works just to see the internals.