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The Pen I draw with – Rotring Tikky Graphic

RotringTikkyGraphicI’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 used to use the rapidograph 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 I was always breaking.

The Tikky Graphic is disposable – you can’t refill them, but I think they are good value for money compared with other disposable pens and these are so technically superior.

I generally get my pens from Cult Pens 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.

The Pen I draw with – Rotring Tikky Graphic

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RotringTikkyGraphicI’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 used to use the rapidograph 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 I was always breaking.

The Tikky Graphic is disposable – you can’t refill them, but I think they are good value for money compared with other disposable pens and these are so technically superior.

I generally get my pens from Cult Pens 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.

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: