Retro 51 Hex-o-Matic Mechanical Pencil Video Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfAkWgONUTo

The Retro 51 Hex-o-Matic is a high quality writing device with positive qualities that far outweigh any drawbacks.  Click the link for the complete review.

Writing Experience: Great

Quality: Great

Features: Great

Cost: Expensive (28-35 USD Amazon, JetPens, specialty shops)

Pros: Weight, nearly all metal construction (including clutch), retractable sliding sleeve makes it pocket safe, cheaper than both the Rotring 800 and Rapid Pro, solid pocket clip and hexagonal upper body so it won’t role off desks

Cons: drafting eraser, clutch catching issues with harder leads (2B works fine), needs cleaning to fix, periodic problems with undesired sleeve retraction

The verdict?  The Hex-o-Matic’s drawbacks can be overcome with a little TLC.  I feel very comfortable giving it a solid tie with the Rotring 800, which also suffers from slight mechanism issues.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m nit-picking here.  The Hex-o-Matic is particularly noteworthy being less expensive than the Rotring 800 and Rapid Pro, and lighter than both the Rapid Pro and the TWSBI Precision.  The Rotring 600 still reigns supreme, in my eyes, but the Hex-o-Matic rates a very close second!

The Top Ten:

1) Rotring 600

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Superb, Features: OK+, Price: Moderate-Expensive

2) Rotring 800 / Retro 51 Hex-o-Matic

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Luxury / Expensive

3) Rotring Rapid Pro

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Superb, Features: Good+, Price: Expensive

 4) TWSBI Precision

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

5) Pentel Sharp Kerry

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

6) Lamy 2000

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: OK, Price: Expensive/Luxury

7) Pilot S20

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Good, Price: Expensive

8) Pentel Sharp P20X

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: OK, Price: Cheap

9) Pentel Twist Erase GT

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Great, Price: Cheap

10) Lamy Safari

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good+, Features: OK+, Price: Moderate

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):

Alvin Draft/Matic, Parker Jotter, Pentel Energize DeluxePentel Quicker Clicker (vintage),  Pilot RexGripStaedtler Mars micro 775Tombow Zoom 505shUni Kuru TogaUni Shift Pipe-lockZebra Delguard

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