Rotring 600 Review 

The Rotring 600 is widely known among the drafting community as one of the most iconic mechanical pencils ever released. Although it’s design has been modified and tweaked numerous times over the years, it’s basic construction remains the same.


The 600 consists of an aluminum metal frame, removable knurled grip, metal eraser-cap, and an internal mechanism consisting of both metal as well as a bit of plastic.

 

The mechanism itself is fairly reliable, but be warned, as soon as the pencil’s metal tip is bent, the mechanism becomes a pain in the ass.

The metal construction is durable in most situations. However, as an owner of 3 different 600’s to date, I must warn you, the metal tip must be protected at all costs if the pencil is going to live up to its reputation.

The 600 comes in Black and Silver finishes. I have had a great experience with the silver models, but I have discovered that the black edition, my most recent purchase, is prone to chipping and wearing down of the black finish. This reveals the golden/bronze metal underneath.

Enough with the pencil’s flaws. The 600 is a fantastic tool for writing and sketching. The knurled grip is fantastic and the lead mechanism is smooth and consistent. The pencil and its internals feel solid and secure, with no internal shifting or rattling. It is truly a pleasure to write with.

To conclude, here’s my battered black 0.5 mm 600:

 

Thanks for Reading,
John

P.S. Don’t lose the eraser cap, it is essential to the pencil’s fantastic looks!

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Rotring 600 Review 

Leatherman Wingman Multitool Review

In the EDC Community, knives and practical tools play a huge role. I would by no means call myself a knife enthusiast, albeit a knife expert. Although I am not a huge knife junkie, I can relate with the need for one to perform some everyday tasks, and perhaps for the self-defense or peace-of-mind aspects.


My “knife of choice” happens to be a Multitool- The Leatherman Wingman. I found my Wingman in the back of a Lowe’s for a fair 30$.

The Wingman features a ~3 Inch Utility Blade, a pair of minimalist-yet-usable scissors, a variety of common tools, and, ofcourse, a pair of sturdy spring-assisted pliers.

The Wingman feels very well-made and durable when used. Constructed entirely from stainless steel, it lacks any cheap plastic or flimsy materials that could lead to problems.

The knife on the Wingman does its job well. As I stated earlier, I have a fairly limited knowledge on knives, but I feel that this one is sufficient for its function as well as its price.

The pliers on the Wingman serve their purpose to a satisfactory degree as well. Large, spring-loaded, and equipped with wire-cutting capabilities, they feel sturdy and well constructed. The handles feel about as good as they can for a Multitool.

The rest of the various tools and instruments on the Wingman share the same sturdy and well-made qualities with the pliers and knife, although the scissors can be a bit annoying to deploy.

In terms of concerns and issues, the wingman does a have a few. The main nuisance is the rough notches that are used to deploy the scissors and knife. If used a lot, these notches can really do a number on the tips of your thumbs. Other than that, the screwdrivers and files and such can slowly loses over time, causing them to slide out randomly when opening the handles.

The Leatherman Wingman is overall a great product. If your looking for a fairly simple, sensibly prices Multitool to help with everyday tasks, then the Wingman may be the Multitool for you.

Until next time,
John

Note: I received no compensation from anyone for this review. I purchased this product with my own funds.

Photo Credits- BladeMultitool

Leatherman Wingman Multitool Review

Lihit Labs Teffa Pen Case

When most of of think of a pen case, we think of one of the generic single-pocket zippered pen case we see on a day to day basis. While this might suffice for some, other such as myself demand a more OCD-Friendly and micromanage-able product. This is where the Lihit Labs Teffa Pen Case comes into play.

The Teffa features a book-style design with plenty of room and pockets. In my case, it held every writing instrument I use with room to spare. It’s other pockets are perfect for storing small accessories, such as a flash drive or spare lead.

It has some fabulous features and characteristics, although a few small concerns are present as always.

  • The pockets are not elastic, so when the case is stored in a backpack or other place where it tends to shift around, things will fall out of the pockets inside and rattle around.
  • The pen holding strips are also not elastic, so storing pens or pencils without strong clips can be a pain as they become unsecured easily.
  • The outer pockets are great for papers, notes, and small items, but bigger items tend to either not fit or fall out easily.

These flaws can be a pain, but they can be easy to deal with with a little bit of improvising.

Overall, the Teffa Pen Case is a fantastic pen case. It holds enormous amounts of pens and accessories, and keeps them organized while doing so. It looks good, has a high-quality interior and exterior construction, and has been reliable in the time that I have used it.

Until next time,
John

Note: I purchased this item myself and was not compensated or acknowledged by Lihit Labs for this review.

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Lihit Labs Teffa Pen Case

Uni Kuru Toga Review

The Uni Kuru Toga is a pencil that writes like a pen.

The Toga features a cylindrical rotating mechanism that rotates the lead each time you lift your pencil from the paper. This feature results in the lead staying perfectly sharp at all times instead of wearing down on a side and snapping.

I myself, used to using my Rotring 800+, had learned to rotate my pencil manually as I wrote, so when I first started using the Toga, I had to train myself to not rotate it on my own. After I had overcome this task, I fully realized the practicality of the Toga’s “Kuru Toga Engine.” With the mechanism eliminating the need for me to rotate the pencil manually, I was able to write for longer periods of time without my hand getting tired or sore. The Toga also produced more consistent lines that didn’t get thicker and thinner as I wrote.

The Toga has a few flaws to watch out for. Though it has no major flaws in my experience, there are a few things about it that can get a bit annoying.

  • The Erasers are painfully small and last for a very short amount of time
  • At first, the very slight up and down movement associated with the mechanism can feel unusual and be a bit annoying
  • The cheap plastic clip can break easily if pulled on or overextended

All in all, the Uni Kuru Toga is a great choice for non-pencil people who want a good all-around pencil for when the need arises. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a pencil for extensive writing or someone who has used primarily pens in the past.

Until next time,
John

The Uni-ball Kuru Toga Starter-Kit is available here

Photo Credits: The Pen Addict Blog

Uni Kuru Toga Review

Rotring 800+ Review

Hey guys,

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.

Rotring 800+

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.

Thanks for reading,
John

Rotring 800+ Review

About Me

Hey Guys,

I figured for a first-post I might tell you guys a bit about me.

My name is John Sully. I am, or I consider myself to be, a pretty average guy. I like tech, modern gadgets and gizmos, EDC-related stuff, and a bit of gaming here and there. I love the internet and everything it has introduced into the world.

Thanks for checking my and my blog out. I hope you stay for the ride as this blog (hopefully) grows and achieves success, whatever that may be.

See you soon,
John

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