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You could write an epic blog entry about the effectiveness of the below.


James E. Anderson said...

F#$%ing awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you like it. It is a subject close to my heart as for many years I gathered the above only to have computers come along and force me to bin my entire collection in a rash life laundry moment. What does one really do with 10 dried up Rotring pens?

polychroma said...

It's a shame that they are not made anymore and rotring, bought a few years ago by sanford, only produces trash nowadays. I still have a few isographs and rapidographs in good working order but don't use them anymore thanks to the moronic autocad.

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Anonymous said...

damn! didnt know it was hard to find one of those right now... got a clogged pair o rotrings somewhere around my bookshelf. awesome highlight

Anonymous said...

Those drawings are beautiful; where did you find them?

Rotrings are beautiful – both as objects and to work with. It's refreshing to sit down and sketch something out with them, even if it does take a day instead of the hour it would have taken on the computer.

We have a set of Variants along with a battered wooden box of Standardgraph lettering stencils in various sizes. Unfortunately they're not used quite as often as they should be, instead gathering dust on a shelf.

Anonymous said...

"Polychroma".. yes they were bought by Sanford and they did produce crap for a while. The trend has luckily been reversed and both isographs and rapidographs are now sold again. I lived in germany for a while and they were available in most office and drafting stores. Thank god for that because i love them, ad use them al the time. I grew up with an architect as a father and was given many of his pens. I ran out of ink and replacement nibs somewhere along the line and did find that it was impossible to buy any rotring items here in western canada. Vinegar and hot water should clear up most dried pens; if your lucky then even the .18
just take everything apart that you can and soak for a few hours, renewing the hot water. Keep supporting as thats what forced them to go back into production.

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