This is a very high quality pen. It has a an excellent feel in the hand, feeling substantial due to the solid metal construction. The black colored pen looks especially stunning with the contrasting gold coloring and vivid red lettering.
I've been a fan of Rotring writing instruments for MANY years and this pen evokes fond memories of the fine instruments from Rotring from years ago, all of which are still working perfectly to this day.
This pen pairs perfectly with the 800 series mechanical pencil with the same gold accents and the same style of retractable tip.
It's also nice that it uses the standard Parker type refills which are extremely easy to obtain and available in a variety of point sizes and formulations (standard ink, gel, etc.).
I saw one review that stated "Not worth the money" without giving any reason whatsoever for this opinion. It would be nice to know why the reviewer came to this conclusion, because maybe the reason they have for not liking it may be the very reason someone else loves it.
In my personal opinion, I think it is well worth the price if you appreciate a very well crafted, solid feeling, and good looking writing instrument. If those are not your priorities, then I agree that you may be very happy with an alternative, in much the same way that a large percentage of the population can be happy with a Toyota rather than a Porsche.
The rOtring 800 Ballpoint Pen is the ideal writing instrument, with a medium point and high-quality, refillable black ink. Featuring an ergonomically enhanced full metal body in silver, the 800 provides an ideal weight balance and a comfortable non-slip knurled grip, so you can work for long periods without experiencing discomfort or fatigue. Plus, the unique hexagonal shape means your pencil won't slide when you set it down on tilted tables. With the “Twist and Click” retractable mechanism of the entire sleeve and lead, the rOtring 800 Ballpoint Pen is pocket safe and extra durable.