rOtring 800+ Erases the Line Between Pencil and Stylus

05.15.14 | By
rOtring 800+ Erases the Line Between Pencil and Stylus

It wasn’t long ago the full metal barrel of a rOtring mechanical pencil was standard issue amongst design professionals, a tool synonymous with the creative accuracy required of architects, industrial and graphic designers since 1928. The satisfying heft and solid machined in-hand feel made it an ideal tool for drawing that first perfect line, and every subsequent stroke.

Even today many great ideas still begin with a humble sketch before being completed on a computer screen. The rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil Stylus could be considered an evolution of those precursor digital design tools, bridging the era of pencil-to-paper to today’s tablet touchscreen toolkit.



Inside the technical pencil’s hexagonal barrel a precise lead guidance sleeve prevents breakage while in use, while a “Twist and Click“ retractable mechanism eliminates the need to flip ends to access/use the rOtring 800+ soft stylus tip designed to work with capacitive touchscreens of tablets, phablets, touchscreen monitors, and smartphones alike. The 800+ retains the signature tactile in-hand feel and design, right down to the non-slip metal knurled grip, a confident tool whether it’s executed by lead or LED. If memories of design school hold true, plenty of requests to give the 800+ a hold and try will come with the territory of owning one of these dual duty design tools.



Available in silver or black, in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead weights, for about $96.00.

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