I'm a chemical engineering student, and I do a LOT of writing - and erasing, and I value having a high-quality, well-balanced writing utensil for doing my homework. I always use a mechanical pencil, and I almost always use 2.0 mm lead, to allow me the greatest variability of lead hardness. I have a rather large collection of 2.0 mm clutch pencils and mechanical pencils, but none were just right. I spent winter break perusing reviews, and kept coming back to this one. I'd already decided that I didn't want the similarly-priced 600, due to the issue of the lead sleeve being unable to be retracted into the pencil. I'd break that within a week. The 800 was the other one I was considering, but I didn't like the lack of a pointer in the cap. I rarely use it, but I've run into situations where it came in handy. Plus, the fact that the 800 cost double the price of the Rapid PRO helped seal the deal for me.
A few days later it arrived. I found the triangular prism-shaped box that it came in to be rather innovative; this seemed to protect the pencil well. I opened the box and held the pencil. I was quite impressed with the heft behind it. I took out whatever lead came in it and put in a piece of Staedtler 4B lead, and wrote a few sentences on a piece of engineering computation paper, since that's the paper that I use the most often (it's slightly thinner than typical copier or notebook paper). I was impressed by how it felt like it was seemingly made for my hand: the weight balance was spot on, the knurling around the grip was very comfortable, not too rough like so many pencils tend to be. I was worried that such a heavy pencil made of metal would be of a somewhat large diameter, which I've learned to live with – I'm a girl with sort of small hands – but don't particularly care for some of the THICK pencils, I almost feel like a little kid holding some of them! I was very pleasantly surprised when this pencil, despite its mass, fit my hand so well. I could write forever with my Rapid PRO. I'm very happy with it, and I can NOW justify the expense to myself and to my friends who say, "You spent HOW MUCH on a pencil?" I have a feeling that a few of my other 2 mm lead holders will be finding new homes with my friends in the next few months. I've found MY pencil. And I just LOVE the matte black finish. It's gorgeous. If you're on the fence, just go for it! You'll be happy that you did.
This long-lasting, smooth, and precise retractable mechanical pencil is a perfect professional tool for sketching and drawing. The full metal body has an ideal weight balance and a comfortable non-slip knurled metal grip. The sliding sleeve and cushioned lead mechanism provide high level of break resistance and outstanding writing and doodling comfort. A unique push mechanism give you controlled lead transportation. There is a built-in sharpener under the push-button cap. Limited warranty: guaranteed for 2 years from original purchase date against defects in materials or workmanship. rOtring Rapid PRO Mechanical Pencil, 0.7 mm, Silver Chrome.