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rOtring 800 Retractable Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm, Black Barrel

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  • An iconic tool meant for a lifetime of use. Unique "Twist and Click" mechanism retracts entire lead and sleeve for durability and pocket-safety.
  • The full-metal body has ideal weight balance for fatigue-free writing and drawing. Lead hardness grade indicator provides rapid identification.
  • Hexagonal shape prevents sliding on tilted tables. Design, pattern and size of metallic grip zone enable working for long hours without slipping.
  • Fixed lead guidance sleeve prevents breakage and gives a clear page view for ruler-based drawing. Brass mechanism for precision lead advancement.
  • Limited warranty: guaranteed for 2 years from original purchase date against defects in materials or workmanship.
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Color: Black Barrel | Size: 0.5 mm

An iconic tool meant for a lifetime of use. Unique "Twist and Click" mechanism retracts entire lead and sleeve for durability and pocket-safety. The full-metal body has ideal weight balance for fatigue-free writing and drawing. Lead hardness grade indicator provides rapid identification. Hexagonal shape prevents sliding on tilted tables. Design, pattern and size of metallic grip zone enable working for long hours without slipping. Fixed lead guidance sleeve prevents breakage and gives a clear page view for ruler-based drawing. Brass mechanism for precision lead advancement. Limited warranty: guaranteed for 2 years from original purchase date against defects in materials or workmanship. rOtring 800 Retractable Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm, Black Barrel.

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Color:Black Barrel  |  Size:0.5 mm

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Brand Name Rotring
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.7 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
Item model number 1904447
Color Black Barrel
Material Type Metal
Number of Items 1
Size 0.5 mm
Point Type .5mm
Manufacturer Part Number 1904447

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ASIN B00AZWNS84
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3.8 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,829 in Office Products (See top 100)
#111 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pencils > Mechanical Pencils
#17,132 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available November 23, 2011

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By John Thompson on May 9, 2014
Size: 0.5 mmColor: Black Barrel
Let me start by saying, I have been on the hunt for the perfect feel for quite a while. I'm picky. Very picky. So when i find what i like, I'm loyal to it. Sometimes to a fault. but in this comparison I believe I'm being fair and honest.

Lert's not mince words.. Rotring is the Rolls Royce of functional mechanical pencils. There are of course much more expensive luxury pencils on the market and I've tried a lot of them. I have not purchased the more expensive luxury versions but I have friends that indulge, so I have borrowed some (they're insane letting me borrow a $4000.00 pencil) for a day just to test. FYI That pencil was actually a set. so that dollar amount bought 4 instruments. it was the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Limited Edition set.

Now, the luxury pencils need to be eliminated from this review because they are simply not a viable option for 99% of the planet. I think I'd opt for something much different for that price. but not only that, those instruments are built for style and class, not necessarily function. In fact, I prefer the items I'm listing below to any of the expensive items I've tried.

I narrowed down my search to a handful. The Pentel Graph Gear 500. The Pentel Graph Gear 1000, the Rotring 600 and the Rotring 800.

The Pentel's are nice pencils, and they work great. But frankly they are not in the same class as the Rotrings and that is fairly represented in the price. They don't have the weight and balance.

My primary goal was the feel of the pencil. We know they will all work, and honestly i don't care how they work, as long as they do. the mechanism for making them work while great from an engineering standpoint is largely irrelevant from a usability standpoint. My requirement?
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Size: 0.5 mmColor: Black Barrel
I'm a mechanical engineer who received this product as a Christmas gift in 2013. My immediate impression was that the quality of the craftsmanship was better than any mechanical pencil I had previously owned. However, after using the pencil for roughly 5 minutes I immediately noticed two problems. One large, one small.

The large problem had to do with the widely experienced issue of the lead breaking off inside the tip. I researched Amazon reviews to see if other users were having the same issue and was surprised by the amount that were. I considered returning the product for a refund but got to thinking. As an engineer I asked myself "For such a generally well engineered product, obviously the designers wrote with their product and would notice a huge problem like the lead constantly breaking, right?" So I took the pencil apart and immediately noticed an issue... If you unscrew the knurled grip from the hexagonal body you'll find the lead holder inside. At the end is a brass tip screwed to the lead holder. This brass tip was not screwed to the lead holder securely and was able to wiggle/bend when touched. During shipping or assembly, I guess the two pieces became loose. By screwing the brass tip to the lead holder tightly, I have had no lead break off in the tip.

The small problem I mentioned has to do with the wider than desired tolerance between the retractable tip and the pencil body itself. When writing, the tip has a small bit a play in it and doesn't feel entirely rigid. Others have also noticed this problem. Because this is a manufacturing tolerance issue with the retractable tip option on the 800 model, I can't see a way to remedy the issue. I have a co-worker with a Rotring 600, and it doesn't have this issue. Because of this small tolerance issue for such an expensive pencil, I give this product 4 stars.
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Size: 0.7 mmColor: Black Barrel Verified Purchase
NEW VERSION as of the 800+ release - Summer 2014

So they've really made a lot of changes to this pencil since they released the 800+ serious with the stylus tip, which the 800 is basically identical to, minus the stylus tip.

First off, the internal barrel is 100% metal now so you don't have to worry about it breaking, hopefully.

The tip fits SNUGGLY now. So it doesn't move anymore like the old models. I mean, the tip does wiggle ever so slightly if you grasp the writing tip with your fingers and move it around, but you'll never notice move while you're writing. Well, at least I don't anyway. All things considered, the tolerances are pretty great and there's almost an imperceptible amount of play that won't break your lead. So they did a good job.

The click mechanism to extend the tip is solid and it doesn't seem like it will break anytime soon (hopefully). It gives kind of a dull thunk when you twist it into place. Also, it's spring loaded so when you want the tip to return to the retracted position, it does so with the aid of the spring after unclicking the tip from the extended position. I think it's pretty cool because it ensures the pencil stays in the retracted position while it's in your pocket.

I've been using it for a few months and it has yet to break lead within the pencil.

It's been very solid thus far and it's heavy, but not as heavy as the Rapid Pro. So it's great to write with and it doesn't hurt my hands. It's clear that this is a luxury item and it's built very well. I also really like the brass accents, which I get a lot of comments about.

The balance on this thing is really nice. It just sits very well in the crook of my hand.
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