Hello everyone, today I decided to do a video review of the Rotring 600 drafting pencil. Enjoy!
This pencil, along with the Rotring 600, set the standard for drafting pencils everywhere. With a 4mm fixed sleeve, solid aluminum body, and knurled metal grip, this syringe lookalike means business.
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Fit/Finish: Exemplary. The pencil is light but feels extremely durable, and everything from the clip to the lead hardness indicator is attached securely. The lead advance mechanism button, though plastic, does not rattle at all when writing, even at speed, and the mechanism itself is consistent and dependable. Branding is prominent but simple, and does not seem to wear off over time. When I got it, there was a bit of loose lead in the package, which got onto the hard-to-clean grip.
Performance: Also excellent. The balance point is a bit closer to the front than the back due to the heavy grip section, making for a very comfortable writing experience. Paired with Pentel's Super Hi-Polymer lead, this is a clear candidate for class notes and the like. The eraser works well, but is an "emergency use only" style drafting pencil eraser. A handy needle is included under it for clearing out lead jams.
Overall: I truly enjoy using the Staedtler 925 25-05, for everything from notes to homework problems. Its precision and traditional yet modern design make it a great deal at $21 (which is what I bought it for) but as of this writing, it's just $13 on Amazon, making it a steal. It's available in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 2mm lead diameters, and is a must-have for your collection.
Normally when you think of a drafting pencil, a knurled grip, metal (or lookalike plastic), and starkly utilitarian design come to mind. But, with their nicely contoured, wood-bodied S20, Pilot has proven that beauty and function can coexist in a drafting pencil.
Fit/Finish: The wooden outer shell is not heavily finished, making it look and feel very natural. Gripping the pencil is comfortable given the very slightly flared out grip section, and the 4mm fixed sleeve ensures precision and reduced lead breakage. Branding is minimal, appearing only discreetly on the clip and center band. I especially enjoy the clip's attachment to the pencil's body - rather than two "prongs" that each go about halfway around the pencil, this one has one prong going nearly all the way, lending it a modern look. The only gripe I have is that the lead advance button is made of plastic - at this price point, a metal cap would have been nice. Eraser is your standard-issue "extreme emergency use only" fare, and can be extended slightly thanks to the metal holder.
Performance: The mechanism is rock-solid, and the three-point metal clutch holds the lead firmly. Using this pencil for any amount of time is a breeze because of its shape and relatively light weight - the balance point is close to the middle, too, making for a comfortable experience though pages of writing.
Overall: This pencil is one I held off on buying for a few months due to its $30+ price point, but when I saw it for $21 on Amazon, I sprung, and I think that anyone looking for an elegant, well-performing, precision writing instrument should too. MADE IN JAPAN.
Rating: 4.99/5 (-0.01 for the plastic lead advance button)
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