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Unboxing the rOtring 800 Mechanical Pencil

rotring800penYou know how much I love rOtring tikky graphic pens? Well, rOtring have noticed and have sent me a rOtring 800 mechanical pencil to try – and it is gorgeous! It’s the top of their range, so its for a serious artist or draughtsman or maybe a gift for the artist/draughtsman who has everything! But let’s unbox it and see what it’s like.

First of all it’s very black! A really deep matt black with a perfect weight and balance. The tip and end are lovely, shiny gold , the end has the traditional red ring inlayed in to it. (rOtring means red ring!)

The barrel is the same thickness and feel of a traditional wooden pencil but it just feels like… well high quality engineering in your hand – a real pleasure to hold!

The drawing end is retracted into the barrel, so you can feel confident putting it in your pocket without stabbing yourself or ruining your clothes. A simple turn off the end of the barrel and out pops the drawing tip, in lovely, matching, shiny gold.

I would worry that a retractable tip might feel a bit wobbly, but no, this feels rock solid when drawing. The Barrel holds spare hi polymer leads so you are unlikely to run out of graphite on a sketching trip or when making notes and designs about your latest project.

With such high quality comes a price tag, but if you are spend half your life with the same thing in your hand, it might as well be beautiful as well as perfectly designed for the job.

You can get the rOtring 800 direct from rOtring here:

My Favourite Pen – The Rotring Tikky Graphic


I’m always asked what pen I use. It’s called a Rotring Tikky Graphic and you can now get them from the Rotring Store. I’m not being sponsored by Rotring, this truly is a great pen and I’m more than happy to tell you why.

The inks is black black and permanent. Most importantly for me, it is waterproof which means you can use watercolour or marker pens over the top and the ink will not bleed and dirty up the colours. The Nib is very responsive – I think you can see in the video that i get a really good “flick” effect with the nib. It can be used for neat equal width lines but you do also get that nice, sharp point with the flick that you would also get with a dip pen.

They are disposable.I find I usually wear out the fibre nib before the ink runs out. They are pretty much the same price as a disposable rollerball pen , but you get such high performance from them that I think they are great value for money.

I generally get my pens from cultpens.co.uk who have an amazing stock of weird and wonderful pens from all around the world and they provide a very fast service in the UK. I think they send stuff worldwide too. Don’t look at their site! If you are a penaholic, you will want to buy everything!

I used to use the Rotring Isograph in the old days. It’s a very technical pen that needs a lot of looking after and cleaning out. It also has a fine metal nib which clogs up easily and I was always breaking them! If you love fiddling with pens and cleaning them out, this is the pen for you!

There you are – I’ve been asked so much about this pen, I hope this tells you everything you need to know. If you need to know more – put your questions in the comments box below!