As expected, this one...
, March 26, 2011
As expected, this one is drastically lighter than its brass cousin, the Rotring
600. It uses what appears to be the same nosepiece, eraser cap, and clip, but
I'm not 100% certain anything else is shared between the two ranges. Granted,
the examples I own are of a different lead diameter, but the advance mechanisms
still feel substantially different. It might simply be the resonant
characteristics of plastic versus brass, it's hard to say. It's still a high-end
feeling and well worth its price point, though. It certainly doesn't appear to
sacrifice anything in terms of overall quality of manufacture in the apparent
step down from its lofty metallic brethren, but it definitely has a different
character simply by its lesser mass. It's no 600, but it is a solid 500, and
it's half the price. Go for it.