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rotring Tikky

The Tikky was introduced in 1979. If you’ve looked at the rotring catalog links, you may have noticed they really milked the Tikky pencil design for innumerable models which differ from each other only slightly or not at all. I’ll try to put some order to the situation.

There have been three generations of Tikkys:

Tikky
A first generation Tikky produced from 1979 to 1996.

Tikky II
A second generation Tikky produced from 1997 to 2007.

Tikky (2008)
A third generation Tikky produced from 2008 to present.

Within the generations there have been an ever decreasing number of variations on the Tikky theme. There is the Tikky standard, Tikky special, Tikky automatic, Tikky double push, Tikky metallic, Tikky metallic double push and surely others. Then there are the non-Tikky Tikkys: the T, the TS slide, and others.

The T and TS slide lines seem to have been the types marketed to professional draftsmen, but all have the elongated sleeve necessary for drafting, so the distinction is only marketing, which as far as I’m concerned isn’t necessarily the best determination of a pencil’s suitability or unsuitability for drafting so I include the non-T types below as well.

For some reason, the Sanford division of Rubbermaid Newell bought rotring in 2000 and turned the direction of the company away from professional products and directly toward the ground, producing such things as the rotring Core, which was obviously designed by an athletic shoe designer who was fired from Reebok for trying way to hard. The Core line seems to have been engineered for the specific purpose of adding color to the clearance bins of stationers and has never been seen anywhere not on sale.

Since then, Sanford seems to have gotten rotring back on track. The current Tikky is a nice design I think. It’s a bit too “designey” for me, but it is a clear homage to the original and is an improvement over the bland Tikky II in every way I can think of. The new Tikky really feels nice in the hand and the oddly sculptural barel has a nice feel of quality.

rotring Tikky Special

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Hamburg, Germany

lead diameters
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, or 0.9 mm
pushbutton auto advance, fixed sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
umm... yes, but it's complicated, see above
1979–1996
Germany
   
 
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring 1984 catalog, p 20
rotring Tekniska Ritinstrument 1984/85 (Sweden) catalog, p 20
rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 17
rotring, unknown year (1990s) catalog, p 94
rotring Tikky II 0.35 (white)

Tikky II

rotring Int. GmbH (up to 2000), Hamburg, Germany;
Sanford rotring Holding GmbH (after 2000), Hamburg, Germany

lead diameters
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, or 1.0 mm
pushbutton incremental advance, fixed sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
barrel color: black, white, 0.5 available in many ugly colors
1997 to 2007
(Germany)
   
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring Tikky II 0.35 (black)

rotring Tikky II 0.5 (black)

rotring Tikky II 0.7 (black)

A set of three black Tikky IIs.

Tikky

(2008 style)

Sanford rotring Holding GmbH, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, or 1.0 mm
pushbutton incremental advance, fixed sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
barrel color: black, white, burgundy; 0.5 available in many ugly colors
2008
(Germany)
   
see also rotring Tikky history

rotring T

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Hamburg, Germany

lead diameters
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, or 0.9 mm
pushbutton auto advance, fixed sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
1979–1996
Germany
   
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 18
rotring, unknown year (1980s) catalog, p 92
 

rotring T (Tikky II style)

Company

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, or 1.0 mm
pushbutton incremental advance, fixed sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
1997 to 2007
(Germany)
   
see also Sanford 2000 catalog, p 25

TS slide

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Hamburg, Germany

lead diameters
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.35, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 mm
pushbutton auto advance, sliding sleeve
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
1979–1996
Germany
   
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 18
rotring, unknown year (1980s) catalog, p 92
rotring TS slide set 529 105

Tikky Double Push

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Hamburg, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.5 mm
pushbutton incremental advance clutch with retractable point
plastic barrel, metal mechanism and fittings
barrel colors: black, blue, red, white, yellow
1980s to 1990s
Germany
   
special features retractable point
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring, unknown year (1980s) catalog, p 93
rotring 400

rotring 400 (retracted)
with point retracted

rotring 400 (Tikky Metallic Double Push)

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Hamburg, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.5 mm
pushbutton incremental advance clutch with retractable point
all metal
barrel colors: black, blue, red, silver
1980s to 1990s
Germany
   
special features retractable point
see also rotring Tikky history
rotring 400 thin lead drafting leadholder (same name, different model)
rotring 1984 catalog, p 20
rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 17
rotring, unknown year (1980s) catalog, p 93