Ink and Pen Notes: Rotring 600 Lava with Noodler’s Plymouth Wilderness

Rotring 600 Lava medium nib with Noodler's Plymouth Wilderness ink bottle

I’ve had the Rotring 600 Lava for over two years, yet this is only the second time I’ve inked it up. I loaded it up with Noodler’s Plymouth Wilderness back on April 29th. Plymouth Wilderness was a special edition for the Boston Pen Show. A converter fill lasted me about a month with is pretty normal for me.

I did experience a little skipping. While I thought this might be from a small sweet spot, a look through a loupe shows the tines are just slightly out of alignment. My aged eyes can’t see the misalignment without the loupe. The nib is extremely smooth and the skipping wasn’t bad enough to be very annoying.

The steel medium nib is extremely smooth. It’s too smooth for my tastes when I use it on smooth paper such as Rhodia or Tomoe River. So I tend to use it on “regular” paper.

The Rotring 600 is too thin for me to use comfortably for long writing sessions. I knew this when I bought the pen but hoped the weight would help a bit. I really love the look of the Rotring 600 Lava. The weight does help a bit, but like other thin pens I tend to grip it too tightly and it becomes uncomfortable after 10 or 15 minutes of continuous writing.

I like green inks and the Plymouth Wilderness is one I like. I hesitate to call it a favorite, since that word gets overused, but a rough guess would put it in the top 25% of the greens I’ve tried.

I really love the look of the Rotring 600 Lava but functionally it’s just not for me. The medium nib, while nice, is wider than I want for an everyday nib and it’s too smooth for my tastes. I have to avoid using it on Tomoe River paper, which is in a couple of my current notebooks. I dislike having to match pen to paper.

So the Rotring 600 Lava will go into the stack of pens to sell off before the Washington DC Pen Show. The Noodler’s Plymouth Wilderness ink will get used in the future.