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Rotring 600 - Information on design, dates and types


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#1 lawrenceg

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 23:19

Hi,

I am looking for information on the Rotring 600 to figure out when the designs came out and what they looked like, identification etc. (I particularly like the pencils).
I know there are pencils, fountain pens, roller balls, ball point (I think).
Silvered, black, lava finishes.

Has anyone put this information in one concise place (or know of a good thread on the FPN).

Does any one know of any good web sites showing Rotring 600 information, dates, photos etc.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 08:52

This is the best I can do:

http://splicer.com/2...ink-on-the-wall

I don't have dates of production or design changes. Those are hard to come by since a lot of that time comes from before the age of instant access to information. Even a dozen years ago new design of pen might take years to make it to stores. Even now pen models get discontinued before they make it to brick and mortar stores. So shopkeepers might tell you that the first non-knurled-end 600s came out anywhere from 1994 to 2001. I hope I'm exaggerating here but I fear I'm not exaggerating by very much.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 11:49

Great information. Much appreciated.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 18:51

Dear all,

Hopefully I have attached 4 A4 sheets detailing some Rotring 600 information.

Thank you to those who have helped me already,

I would welcome additions, dates, any information that may add or correct what I have shown.

I am trying to get as much information as I can in one place so.........over to you

Attached File  Rotring_600_pencil_range_7_9_9.pdf   54.97KB   285 downloads

Does anyone have any old catalogues, brochures etc?

Regards,

Lawrence

Edited by lawrenceg, 07 September 2009 - 20:58.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 18:59

QUOTE (Splicer @ Aug 29 2009, 09:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is the best I can do:

http://splicer.com/2...ink-on-the-wall

I don't have dates of production or design changes. Those are hard to come by since a lot of that time comes from before the age of instant access to information. Even a dozen years ago new design of pen might take years to make it to stores. Even now pen models get discontinued before they make it to brick and mortar stores. So shopkeepers might tell you that the first non-knurled-end 600s came out anywhere from 1994 to 2001. I hope I'm exaggerating here but I fear I'm not exaggerating by very much.


Hello,

Today I have just put another "rotring 600" request on the site but I have attached some information to it.
You may find it interesting and like to add,

regards.

Lawrence

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 19:00

QUOTE (Ernie Wayne @ Aug 29 2009, 12:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great information. Much appreciated.
John



Hello,

Today I have just put another "rotring 600" request on the site but I have attached some information to it.
You may find it interesting and like to add,

regards.

Lawrence

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 19:31

QUOTE (lawrenceg @ Sep 7 2009, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Today I have just put another "rotring 600" request on the site but I have attached some information to it. You may find it interesting and like to add...

Topics now merged.

If the OP wants me to change the thread title, please send me a PM.

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Edited by I am not a number, 07 September 2009 - 19:56.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 19:43

QUOTE (lawrenceg @ Sep 7 2009, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Today I have just put another "rotring 600" request on the site but I have attached some information to it.
You may find it interesting and like to add,


Good information. About the only thing I can expand on is to say that there are examples of "transitional" models between "series 1" and "series 2" as you say that have the knurled section and the spring-loaded cams to hold the cap on. You mentioned the transitional models but not specifically what the differences might be.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 20:46

PDF came through just fine -- thank you very much for your work on this.
I printed it out for my files. It's very helpful.
Thanks again,
John

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 22:28

QUOTE (Splicer @ Aug 29 2009, 02:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is the best I can do:

http://splicer.com/2...ink-on-the-wall

I don't have dates of production or design changes. Those are hard to come by since a lot of that time comes from before the age of instant access to information. Even a dozen years ago new design of pen might take years to make it to stores. Even now pen models get discontinued before they make it to brick and mortar stores. So shopkeepers might tell you that the first non-knurled-end 600s came out anywhere from 1994 to 2001. I hope I'm exaggerating here but I fear I'm not exaggerating by very much.



Splicer, I think you are missing one variation. I just recently sold (which I now regret) a FP/MP set. The pencil was the gold end retractable version, but it did have the knurled end.

Maybe one more version to add to the list?

Here is the post. It is tough to see but you can just barely make out the knurled section (second and third photos):

http://www.fountainp...n...=119705&hl=


Edited by Doug C, 07 September 2009 - 22:34.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 17:22

hi everyone,

just jumped in to ask a question of experienced rotring users.
managed to get myself a NOS lava.
i'm aware of all the scary stories about the catch mechanism for the caps in the 2nd gens.
from uncapping mine, its very firm, and requires some effort.
capping it is even scarier, i need 2 or 3 tries to get it to shut properly.

what i wanna know is...
is adding some grease/oil gonna help? or make things worse.
i understand mine has probably been sitting somewhere for a decade, so maybe that's all it is...
but i'm hoping to be able to do something so the catch won't die on me in time

all said, it's absolutely gorgeous!

Edited by jaspal, 07 October 2009 - 13:27.


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Posted 07 October 2009 - 03:10

you have to align the sides perfectly to get a smooth click. but since that doesn't always happen, what i do (i will not be liable for anything! this is just me!) is that i twist the cap and barrel a little to get the sweet spot for the click. takes some practice but you can get a click with one try once you get the technique. DON'T force the cap in if it won't go. you can damage the catch mechanism that way. i think this is one feature that makes the 600 "indestructible" -- zero moving parts as possible. i don't think you need to add any lubricant to get a smooth click, since as i've said, it all lies with perfectly aligning the sides.

hope this helps. :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 13:26

ok, think i got it... thanks!

magan, i know you're a bit of a rotring fan. did you have problems with the catch?
a colleague of mine has had 5 or 6 rotring 600s all giving the same problem eventually!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 14:20

hi jaspal, i'm a relatively new collector so i have yet to experience any problems with the catch. i actually am hoping i never experience any since, iinm, newell-rubbermaid cannot replace them anymore if they're broken.

maybe other experienced rotring fans can chime in...?

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:28

Went looking for Splicer's link since the board revamp nixed the old URLs. Here's his review of the 600 vs. the Newton:

http://splicer.com/2...ink-on-the-wall
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 13:17

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 15:15

Went looking for Splicer's link since the board revamp nixed the old URLs. Here's his review of the 600 vs. the Newton:

http://splicer.com/2...ink-on-the-wall

Thanks for that--I should have looked further down the thread before I did the same. Hunted around to find September 24th, 2007 by changing page numbers and eventually finding it on page 11. :)

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 16:43

Dear all,

ROTRING 600 SERIES LISTING.

I have now updated my Rotring 600 series listing and have attached a pdf files showing the incorporatng various additions, dates, history etc.

Thank you all for your help, comments, additions etc.

Regards,

Lawrence

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 17:48

Dear all,
Glad to see the pdf is being downloaded,
Hope you find it useful,
Regards,
Lawrence

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 17:52

Dear all,
I have recently updated the Rotring 600 pdf listing so you may want to download the latest version.
Anything to add, suggestions welcome
Regards,
Lawrence

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