This is the single nicest mechanical pencil I have ever used. The Pentel Graphgear 1000, another amazing pencil, was my go to writing implement and I have used it happily for years. The rubber grips on the Pentel were wearing down so I decided to look for another one. I happened to come across the Rotring Rapid and decided, on a whim, to give it a shot.
The weight and feel of this pencil is excellent. It has a nice feel in the hand, the grip knurling is very fine and feels nice to the touch. The finish and quality of the pencil is superb. More than anything else, I now look for any excuse to use this pencil.