First of all a little 'history':
Everything started about a year ago when I was looking for a mechanical pencil that could last for years and might have some respect when it comes to writing instrument history…
I did not want a simple plastic pencil like my Tikky II what I - lets say - don't like.
So I was searching …. and searching … and searching until I've found the Rotring 600 series.
Then came the mission to find one…I ended up on ebay and bought my first Rotring 600 .5 mechanical pencil. When I got it in my hands, it was love for the first sight/touch/… Then I got two other ones from the 1st series…
They had the heft, the looks and the efficiency what I was looking for…
Then I went back to the bay and there I saw the fountain pens and then found this great place, FPN! AND the addiction began!
Unfortunately the prices of the 600 series fountain pens were way higher then what I was able to spend… I could do nothing but dreaming…(and bought other fps, but leave that for now)
Well until last week! Finally it was there, only 70 kilometers away…almost there where I go to college every day (thank God for the summer holiday).
I could not believe my eyes - here in this little country where it seems like most people don't care about fountain pens – a silver, series 1 with knurled grip and gold fine nib in like new condition. As I've been told it is about a year old so probably a NOS one, but without box or case…
The price ended up ~ $115, and I felt it is now or never so I jumped on it… And here it is now
- 1) Looks, feel and build quality:
It is not a light pen. It is full metal so no surprises…. this is one reason why I love it!
It has the heft, but it is only really obvious when you can compare it with other pens…
My Safari is like feather and my L2k feels cheap (what it is absolutely not) when I use them right after the 600…
It feels like a very well engineered tool, what will do what it should flawlessly for centuries.
Actually it looks like it as well. I would say it was made by engineers for engineers for engineering. (especially the mech pencils)
This one with the gold nib and the gold plating on the cap can be called as a 'luxury edition'.
It is very comfortable and balanced in hand - the last is not true if you post it.
There's no sign of heaviness when you use it - not disappearing in your hand, but the good balance helps it a lot! It is very comfortable to use, and thanks to the knurled grip it won't get slippery so easily.
The cap snaps on with a nice 'click' what I did not expect from a metal body, but a really nice feeling.
It fits tightly enough and needs some force to uncap… I've read it can loose up, we'll see…
I don't use my pens posted so no big deal for me, but it fits a bit loose when you post it. There is a rubber ring what helps but I think it's still not enough. I don't think it would fall off, but it wobbles a bit, what makes you think it is loose. And the newer series don't even have the ring…. I would really miss the knurled grip from them as well…
- 2) Filling
Right now I use a Pelikan TP6 cartridge(it was in it) filled with Diamine China Blue, but I have ordered a Pelikan converter from Writing Desk…
I have no problems with this system if I can use a converter… I don't like cartridges. I use bottled inks so I don't want to fiddle with filling the cartridges… well I did now, but I hope I don't need to do it for long.
- 3) Nib
Good or bad, you can decide. I have no complaints at all.
It writes smoothly with some feedback. It is not butter smooth, I can hear and feel it moving on the paper. No scratchiness at all what both my Safari and Parker 51 has. (the Safari has just a slight, the 51 is worse)
My Lamy 2000's nib is a bit smoother even though it has a noticeably thinner line (it should, it is an EF nib/). That is why it stays on top, but the 600 is just a joy to hold and use and it is not far behind!
It lays down a nice wet line what is a bit thinner then my Safari's fine nib so I'd call it a true fine line.
I can say this Rotring 600 has lived up to my expectations very well. I was a bit afraid after this long hunting.
It feels rock solid. With the gold plating it is like a fancy tank.Like it's gonna run over you and smash you but is looks gorgeous.
Seriously that is why I love my mechanical pencils as well. They were built to last and to be used and they do both pretty well.
I think you can see I'm in love with the Rotring 600 series. Now I love them even more, yes! But I think my purchases are over for a while.
Between the Lamy 2000 and the Rotring 600 I prefer the L2k for it's smoothness and thin line, but the 600 just feels so great, and the nib is not far behind the Lamy so I'd call it a tie!
Thank you vary much for reading!
Edited by attika89, 19 July 2011 - 19:25.