Rotring 600

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Rotring 600
Also called: 600
Manufacturer: Rotring
Pen Type: Fountain Pen



Mechanical Pencil

First released: 1989
Discontinued: Still available
Made in : Germany, Japan
Rotring 600 and 500 pens

The Rotring 600 was first released in 1989 [1].

Rotring descibes the 600 as their "entry into the upscale writing instrument market"[1], "designed with a hexagonal barrell to prevent it from rolling on the architects drawing table. It is machined out of one piece of brass on a lathe, providing it with ample weight to ensure that the architect need not apply extra pressure when creating"[1].

The Rotring 600 was originally made in Germany before production moved to Japan.


The early Rotring 600 pencils used to have a coarser knurling grip with the same pattern as the lead indicator.[2]. At that time Rotring also released a similar Koh-I-Noor branded pen which shared the coarser knurling. One explanation for the transition to the later, finer knurling might be a desire to appeal Japanese tastes [2]. The current (2018) knurling on the grip is the same as the one found on the early 600 ballpoint [2].

Mechanical Pencil

Over the years the mechanical pencil version of the Rotring 600 has been available in the following lead diameters [3]

  • 0,3 mm / 0,35 mm (the current 2018 version is labelled '0,35 mm' and is not available in all countries)
  • 0,5 mm
  • 0,7 mm
  • 0,9 mm / 1.0 (discontinued) According to JetPens 0.9 mm and 1.0 mm leads are interchangeable [4]
  • 2,0 mm (not available in all countries)

References and Notes