at this day and age, we hardly touch a stylus (it feels so Palm Pilot), let alone a mechanical pencil, but that does not mean they don’t have their uses. speaking of which, if you doodle quite a bit on both paper and tablet, the rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil + Stylus Hybrid will shave one less thing for you to carry. writing instrument and stylus combo is, of course, not the newest new, but long time German writing instrument maker rOtring’s 800+ does come with a new twist – literally. leveraging on the firm’s expertise in mechanical pencil, rOtring created a beautiful mechanical pencil with a unique “twist and click” retractable mechanism, allowing you to switch between a mechanical pencil and a stylus easily. on the mechanical pencil aspect, it has a brass mechanism “for precision lead advancement” and a fixed lead guidance sleeve that prevents breakage and offer unblock view when using with ruler.
as for the stylus, it is 100% effective at any given angle and the soft rubber is replaceable whenever needed. wrapping up the package is a hexagonal barrel for a comfortable hold, while a knurled portion promotes grip. having a hexagonal body also prevents the 800+ from rolling around when laid down on flat surfaces. being a sucker for all things beautiful, it is only natural that we are drawn to its beautiful form even though we have no need for either. available in black or silver and in 0.5mm and 0.7mm models, the rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil + Stylus Hybrid can be yours for €70, or about US$98.