In the world of mechanical pencils, few companies hold the same reputation as Rotring. The 800+, their flagship pencil, serves as their step into the digital world while retaining all the characteristics that have defined Rotring for ages.
The 800+ is pocketable, tough, and serves the role of both a stylus as well as a pencil. These features combined with its tough metal build and refined aesthetic appeal make it a fantastic choice for an EDC.
When considering buying the 800+, there are several points to keep in mind.
The 800+ excels in the areas of looks, writing quality, and-for the most part-durability. As an owner of the 800+, I must point out that if dropped or hit hard, the lead inside of the mechanism can easily break. The stylus tip also can be vulnerable to falling apart if it gets cut or damaged in any way, and when this happens you become stuck with no stylus feature and a slightly-unappealing tip. So far, I have yet to find any replacement tip or rubber stylus part to fix this problem.
Overall, when buying the 800+, I would recommend that you keep a few things in mind.
- Be careful not to damage the rubber stylus tip, it isn’t replaceable
- Always retract the tip when your finished with it. Like the stylus, the tip isn’t replaceable either.
- Don’t overfill the lead chamber, filling it with more then 3-4 pieces of lead can lead to dust filling up in the chamber and cause jamming and other problems
All in all, the 800+ is a fantastic pencil. As long it is taken care of, it will serve its owner well.
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