Founded amidst the Bauhuas design school era in 1928, Germany’s rOtring is known for precision-made writing devices and creative tools, designed and built with the highest sense of form and function. To bring the brand into the modern era, rOtring has officially re-launched their UK and US presence with the unveiling of the 800+, a combined mechanical pencil and stylus. We’re been using a sample device for several weeks now and have found it to be as useful as it is attractive.
The mechanical 0.7mm pencil clicks into place with a firm twist, then swiftly retracts with a mirrored movement. The cold metal body boasts the same iconic hexagonal barrel and knurled grip the brand has become known for, while adding a soft stylus tip for use on all touch-screen devices. Slightly pliable while responsive, the tip has proved useful for digital sketching as well as simply navigating. Find more at rOtring online, where the new 800+ sells for $85.
Images by Graham Hiemstra