Rotring 600 Pencil Review

Jan 8, 2018 | [REVIEW], Posts

An in depth look at one of the most talked about drafting pencils.

Does it live up to the hype?

Review Summary

Price

As of 2018, it’s difficult to find the Rotring 600 under 20 dollars. You can check the price on Amazon here. This puts the pencil in a price range that definitely turns the purchase into an investment. The money does not go to waste, however, as every dollar can be accounted for in quality.

Build

The Rotring 600 is essentially the Honda Civic of drafting pencils. If you keep it around and take care of it, you can expect your grandchildren to write with it. The nearly 100% metal construction, in particular, the interior mechanisms, set this pencil far apart from most other drafting pencils.

Feel

The premium construction allows for a steady and consistent feel when held. The completely metal upper and lower half add a tasteful amount of weight that makes the pencil feel very substantial. The grip on the knurl is light and allows for prolonged writing.

Function

Writing with the Rotring is a serious pleasure.  It’s well engineered construction produces consistent lines and sits in the hand quite comfortably.  It’ss cylindrical and hexagonal body counterparts come together nicely to form a well functioning pencil.

Pros

  • Heirloom Quality Build
  • Metal Interiors
  • Substantial Weight
  • Led Grade Indicator

Cons

  • Large Price
  • Small Eraser (as always on these drafting pencils)
  • No retractable tip

Overall

(5/5)

(Yes, it lives up to the hype)

THE REVIEW

The Review

The Rotring 600, very simply, is a collection of well-designed features all collected into one compact, sturdy unit. You can tell that a significant amount of time and effort has been spent engineering every aspect of this pencil; the box that encloses the pencil is a perfect example of the attention to detail taken.

The Rotring 600, very simply, is a collection of well-designed features all collected into one compact, sturdy unit. You can tell that a significant amount of time and effort has been spent engineering every aspect of this pencil; the box that encloses the pencil is a perfect example of the attention to detail taken.

Metal Interior

The body of this pencil, at around 9mm (.35″), is an agreeable thickness with a forgiving knurl on the aluminum. The plastic is lightweight, and is usually the biggest problem most people have with this pencil. The aluminum feels like quality, however, and the weight difference causes this pencil to be bottom heavy, which some find favorable.

Comfortable Design

The most vulnerable part of any drafting pencil is the tip, so having a retractable tip is a big bonus, and will likely increase the lifetime of this pencil. On top of that, the tip retracts via a very satisfying locking mechanism that has a very definite series of clicks that you can hear and feel.

I really like the way the plastic feels, and if it weren’t for its light weight, it wouldn’t be half bad. The pencils tip mechanism slides the tip out by twisting the top half of the body over, pushing it down, and then clicking it over again in the same direction to lock it in place. To dissassemble the lower half of the pencil you would have to unscrew a section near the tip. These movements of extending the tip and disassembling the pencil are in the same direction, so many experience a loosening of the pencils assembly during use.

With all of this in mind, the Uni-Ball Pipe Lock is a pencil at a competitive price, that’s well designed, satisfying to use and good to look at; all at the cost of just a little character.

Do you have any questions for me about the Uni-Ball Pipe Lock Drafting Pencil? Leave a Comment Below

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