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Rotring 300 (black)

rotring 300 Series

Sanford rotring Holding GmbH, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 mm (and 2.0 mm, see below)
pushbutton incremental advance clutch
plastic barrel, grip, and indicator; metal mechanism and clip
none
1990s
Germany
 
special features lead degree indicator
Rotring 300 / 2.0 mm

rotring 300 / 2.0

Sanford rotring Holding GmbH, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
c 1994 to present
Germany
 
special features lead degree indicator
see also Koh-I-Noor Select-O-Matic II 5614 drafting leadholder
Sanford 2000 catalog, p 25
This member of rotring’s 300 series has its own gallery entry because it differs in mechanics from the thin lead versions above. This model is to the thin lead rotring 300 (above) as this Koh-I-Noor model is to the thin lead Koh-I-Noor 5630 series. (You'll just have to follow those links to figure out what the hell that was all about.) Until very recently, the rotring 300 series was as close as you could come to having a full set of drafting pencils from 0.3 mm to 2.0 mm that were a matched set. Staedtler has actually fulfiled the promise of a true matches set with their 925 25 series.

rotring 400 Series

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 mm (and 2.0 mm)
pushbutton incremental advance clutch
plastic barrel, grip, and indicator; metal mechanism and clip
none
1990s
Germany
 
special features lead degree indicator
see also rotring, unknown year (1990s) catalog, p 91
rotring 400 (Tikky-style double-push) thin lead drafting pencil
The 400 model number was used for this plastic version of the 500 series for a time. Then at some point, 400 was used for a Tikky “double push” model also known as the rotring esprit.
Rotring 507

rotring 500

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 mm
pushbutton incremental advance
plastic barrel, metal mechanism, grip indicator and clip
barrel color: black, bordeaux, gray
1980s–1990s
Germany
   
special features lead degree indicator
see also rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 18
rotring, unknown year (1990s) catalog, p 91
Koh-I-Noor 5630 series thin lead drafting leadholders



 package reverse
courtesy Andrey Gordenco collection

rotring (500)

rotring Werke Riepe KG

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton incremental advance clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
unknown
1980s
Germany
   
special features degree indicator


rotring 600

rotring Werke Riepe KG, Germany

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.3 (0.35), 0.5, 0.7, or 0.9 (1.0) mm
pushbutton auto advance, fixed sleeve
all metal: brass barrel
barrel finish: black, silver
1980s to 90s (0.5 mm model produced longer)
(Germany)
   
special features lead degree indicator
see also rotring Katalogen, 1988 (Sweden), p 19
rotring, unknown year (1980s) catalog, p 91
rotring 600 brochure ad and concept art, c. 1990
Koh-I-Noor 5640 thin lead drafting leadholder