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Retro 51 Hex-O-Matic Or Rotring Rapid Pro Or ...?

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#1 sidpost



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 16:08

I am looking for a matched pair ballpoint and mechanical pencil primarily though a rollerball would be nice as well if it matches the pen and pencil as a complete set.  I prefer silver bodies and a 0.7mm lead with a tip that retracts for shirt pocket carry.


I have read a lot of 'mixed' reviews of the newer rOtring products and must confess I really like the true old German brass 600 series.  Today, the Hex-O-Matic seem to be a worthy competitor to the older rOtrings though, I really don't have any experience with them or the newer rOtring offerings other than some very casual use and handling at various places.


I want a hex body so it won't roll around too much and prefer reasonable knurling where I grip it.  I also like a little weight overall with the balance being slightly biased towards my fingers, though still fairly neutral overall.


I have a couple Caran D'Ache 849 pens but, the refills are a little hard to find for me and while a really good pen, they are a bit too small and slick for my everyday use pen.  I am sure there are some other pens and pencils out there that are worth serious consideration but, I really don't know where to start beyond the Retro 51 and rOtring options.  Ideally, I would like to stay in the $30 each range but, I have some flexibility for the pen and pencil if something presents itself that is truly worthy of a higher price, though I'm not interested in 'bling' for blings sake.




On a quest for better pencils and pens in rural East Texas.   :)

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#2 thx1138



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:50

I have a few of the Hexomatic pens and love them.

They are what I carry on shift. very robust and comfortable to use.

Hexomatic's can be had for about $28 on ebay.

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