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rOtring 600 Series Mechanical Pencil, 0.35mm 0.5mm 0.5mm Black Body
- An iconic tool meant for a lifetime of use. The full-metal body provides ideal weight balance for fatigue-free writing and drawing.
- Brass mechanism allows precision lead advancement. Lead hardness grade indicator for rapid identification when working.
- Hexagonal shape avoids sliding on drawing tables. Design, pattern and size of metallic grip zone enable working for long hours without slipping.
- The fixed lead guidance sleeve prevents breakage and gives you a clear page view for precise ruler-based drawing.
- Limited warranty: guaranteed for 2 years from original purchase date against defects in materials or workmanship.
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Since its founding in 1928 among the modernist thinkers of Germany, rOtring has dazzled the technical writing world with products that unite art and industry, creativity and exactitude. Drawing inspiration from Bauhaus thinking and aesthetics, rOtring products are designed for technical precision and functionality with an eye for minimalist form, so you can focus on what matters: getting your work done right. Whether in architects’ offices, universities, schools or artists’ studios, rOtring products enable you to transform your long hours of work and years of use into real ideas that stand out on the page.
rOtring 600 Mechanical Pencils
Ultimate in precision
The iconic rOtring 600 Mechanical Pencil is the ideal professional tool for technical writing, drawing and sketching. True to rOtring’s original design, the 600 features a full metal body and comfortable non-slip knurled metal grip. The ergonomically enhanced barrel provides an ideal balance of weight and feeling, so that you can work for long periods without discomfort or fatigue. The pencil’s unique hexagonal shape means it won't slide when you set it down, so it’s there when you need it. For precise ruler-based drawing, the sliding sleeve provides a high level of break resistance and an unimpeded view of the page.
- Iconic technical writing instrument designed for a lifetime of use
- Lead hardness grade indicator for rapid identification while working
- Brass mechanism allows for guided lead advancement to prevent breakage
- Available in .5mm and .7mm in black or silver finishes
rOtring Pencil Technology
We focus on precision, so you can focus on your work. The rOtring 600 features precision lead advancement with a fixed lead guidance sleeve to prevent breakage. With an unimpeded view of the page, you can execute precise ruler-based drawings.
Ergonomic Metal Barrel
Achieving an ideal balance of weight and feeling, the rOtring 600’s ergonomically enhanced full metal body and comfortable non-slip knurled grip fit perfectly in your hand for long periods of time. The hexagonal barrel ensures fatigue-free writing and drawing. Plus, it’s shaped so that it won’t roll when you lay it down.
Lead Hardness Indicator
Each rOtring 600 Mechanical Pencil comes fitted with a lead hardness grade indicator, so that you can rapidly identify lead grades as you work.
Rapid B Eraser
Don’t sweat mistakes with the Rapid B Eraser for polymer and graphite pencil lines. Dust from this eraser brushes easily off the media, so the erased surface will stay clean and free of smears or marks. Does not affect ink lines and does not contain abrasives.
With high-polymer, flexible leads available in multiple sizes, you can write, draw or sketch with complete confidence. rOtring lead is strong, easy to erase and comes in packs of twelve.
Grab a collection of spare erasers to fit in your favorite rOtring mechanical pencil. Durable and strong, these erasers don’t leave a mess behind. Just brush the dust easily off your media.
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- Perfect weight and feel in the hand.
- The long tip helps keep the bulk of the pencil out of the way when drawing.
- Strong build quality. All metal (except for the eraser cap). Should last many years.
The downside is that they’re expensive, even if they are worth it. So owning a few for different sized leads just isn’t possible for most peopke.
If you need more options, I highly suggest getting a 0.5 (or whatever you prefer) for the bulk of your work, and a larger lead holder for everything else. That should cover you for most applications.
After getting one of these you'll never need to buy another one again. Buy it for life. They're that good.
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The Rotring 600 0.5mm
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I love the Rotring 600 so much, I am actually updating a review. I don't think that I've ever done that. Anyway, my initial 5 star review was a glowing, no doubt about it, buy this pencil now type of review. Well after 2 years of literal daily use it still looks new (check the pic, i put an updated one out there). Along with my AIN Stein 4B (Mmmmm Dark and soft...) lead, this pencil has been amazingly consistent. It's never had a lead jam. The tip is still straight (I have been extremely careful too.) There is nothing negative that I could say about this pencil. Multiple Pentel Graphgears, Kuru Toga's and even an Alvin Draftmatic all tried their best to unseat King Rotring. All failed. There are very few sure things in this world. But I know what to expect when I pick up the 600....
Finally got my Rotring 600 0.5mm. With all the problems that I’ve read about with the Rotring 800+, it seems that the 600 is the way to go. Before the Rotring arrived, the Pentel Graph Gear 1000 was my current favorite pencil that I own. On its arrival, the Rotring delegated it to 2nd place before I could even get the pencil completely out of its box (excellent packaging, is just one of many "little things" this product gets right) .It is everything that I hoped it would be. The Black Rotring 600 is easily to coolest looking mech pencil out there. It has an ominous Darth Vader-y feeling to it. To say it’s solidly built is an understatement. Quality German industrial design and construction. You think it looks good though, its performance is even better. The balance is PERFECT for my writing style. It feels so much better than anything else that I have tried before. No wobble at all in the tip. A nice crisp, audible click for lead extension. Signs of good craftsmanship are noted sometimes by the little, almost unnoticed aspects of design. Like the 600’s lead grade indicator. It would be fine if this were just a part of the pencil that indicated the type of lead inside the pencil. But the Rotring takes it a step further making this portion of the pencil knurled metal (same as the grip employs) and tops it like a cherry with its iconic red ring "logo". So yes, it's a lead grade indicator... A lead grade indicator WITH STYLE! Is this a requirement? Certainly not, but it’s these little touches that make me appreciate the thought and care that went into this pencils design.
I’m not going to get into a bulleted list of pro's and con's, simply because there are no cons. I can't find one thing negative about this product. I love the reviews that say "the non-retractable tip is fragile" and then proceed to ding it a star. I'm sorry, but it's obvious that this is a finely engineered product, a certain amount of care is required. Because you are careless enough to drop it is not Rotrings fault. Take proper care, and your tip won't get bent. Simple. (Of course, I have now jinxed myself so that by the end of the day, I’m fairly certain that I will have dropped mine by days end). In such cases, it’s comforting to know you can get a replacement tip for around 11 bucks. Other people say, "The eraser is crappy". Guess what Skippy, every eraser in every mechanical pencil sucks. EVERY one. If you use a mechanical pencil without having a dedicated eraser at the ready (my personal fav is the Uniball Boxy, it's also very Darth Vader-y) you won't using mechanical pencils for much longer. It's just something that you have to do when using a mechanical pencil.
Bottom line. While the Rotring 600 0.5mm is a very expensive pencil. It's worth every penny in my opinion. I can't say it any better than the Amazon product description does:
"An iconic tool, meant for a lifetime of use."
Now I need to grab the silver one so I have a pair right??....
It is heavier than most pencils due to the all-metal barrel (brass, I believe). This makes it more comfortable IMO when writing in a horizontal position (like on a desk or table), but can make it feel a little awkward compared to a plastic or wood pencil when writing in a vertical position.
For sketching I still strongly prefer lightweight pencils (they let my hand "fly" quickly with less effort/concentration), so this is not my favorite there. It is great for outlining though, as something about the weight and balance makes it very good for steady, precisely accurate lines. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising, given it was originally designed for pre-CAD manual drafting.
Black version would get 5 stars. Silver gets one less, as the same quality is all there, save for the finish being slippery.
I wasn't sure if I would be as blown away on first impressions as many of the other reviews implied, but as soon as I opened the Amazon envelope and saw the packaging I was in love. Very, *very* few products can completely amaze you before you even open the box it comes in, but I almost did not want to open it. Sure it is just a paper triangle, but the finish and printing is impeccable, everything is flawlessly aligned and the ink is raised for that incredible high quality feel. Opening the box you are greeted by two leaflets detailing the other rOtring models and a short paragraph in German with the history of the company.
After you lift up the pencil you receive the same text in English and simply do not want to set it down. Looking over it as closely as I can, there is not a single imperfection that I can complain about. The lead grade indicator being knurled metal like the grip is also simply an amazing detail. Hell, the eraser cap is made of metal as well, almost any other company would make it out of plastic to save a few pennies, but it even has the same sparkly black finish to it and just resonates with beauty.
Even the eraser retainer is made of metal, and unscrewing it and opening it up you find that quite a bit of the internals are made of metal as well. It is genuinely a marvel to behold.
I purchased a Pentel GraphGear 1000 at the same time, and while it is a very nice pencil on its own, it just is not even in the same league. The rOtring just makes all of its small imperfections you would not otherwise notice standout like a sore thumb.
This pencil just speaks volumes towards good engineering and design. Just because something is highly functional and well built does not mean it can not be absolutely gorgeous as well, I want to go back and lower everything else I've rated 5 stars down just because nothing can compare to the perfection that this is. Does spending over $20 on a mechanical pencil sound insane? It did before I held this in my hand, and I would pay double and still feel as though that were too cheap.