Stencil Pen + Nibs
Ref. : See the refs. at the end of this post
Production Date : 1960’s
The Rotring Stencil pen may, in all its features, be considered as a tubular point technical pen, like any Rapidograph or Isograph – albeit a crude one. It consists of a shaft ending with a two-parts metal holder into which you plug the nib. The holder can be rotated to adjust the angle of writing. Supplied with the shaft is a small yellow plastic piece where you can plug the shaft and which acts as a prop. The nib itself is a two metal pieces affair. The first one is a cylinder where you screw the nib. Once fully screwed you can push on the end of the nib, and a small spring located inside allows you to move the nib back and forth into the cylinder. The big hole on the cylinder is for filling the nib with ink. I’ve joined pictures of the full instructions at the end of the post, so that you can refer to them for detailed operating instructions.
I have seven different nibs size, but the full line had 13 different nib sizes. These pens were intended to draw letters via the Rotring template (just like the Varioscript line), so you could find the same nib sizes as in the Varioscipt line. By the way «nib size» is an inadequate term, the writing on the nibs says : 7mm, 8mm… up to 20mm. Of course this is not the width of the produced line but the height of the letter in the corresponding template.
These pen and nibs where produced in the mid-late sixties, as the two retail packaging suggest. The first one is a small plastic case, the other is the classic 1960’s Rotring cardboard packaging which as been adapted to many Rotring products during that time.
These items are not frequently seen. Standardgraph (a German competitor of Rotring) offered the same kind of pens, and they are far more common than the Rotring ones. You can find plenty of them on the Internet, but the one branded by Rotring are much more difficult to find. I don’t know if Rotring produced a lot of these items, as they where a direct internal competitor to their much modern [and much expensive] Varioscript pen line.
I include a scan of a Dutch ad published in 1968 displaying the full line. It present the line as an economical alternative to the Varioscript line. Note the custom Rotring logo, translated in Dutch « Roodring » means « Rot ring » a.k.a « Red ring ». To my knowledge this is a unique case of translating the brand name to local speaking.
I’ve got a bunch of spares of these pen/nibs and would gladly trade if someone has got the one I am missing. I am searching for nibs ref. 2202, 2203, 2204, 2205, 2206. I have for trade : 3 pens + holder in plastic packaging, 5 x 8 mm nib, 5 x 10 mm nib, 8 x 14 mm nib, 5 x 12 mm nib, 2 x 20 mm nib. You can contact me via the small rectangular menu with 3 horizontal lines, on the left of the page.
Thanks to JFWinter for the English proofreading
2270 : Pen
2201 : 1.4 / 1.6 mm Nib
2202 : 2 / 2.5 mm Nib
2203 : 3 / 3.5 mm Nib
2204 : 4 mm Nib
2205 : 5 mm Nib
2206 : 6 mm Nib
2207 : 7 mm Nib
2208 : 8 mm Nib
2210 : 10 mm Nib
2212 : 12 mm Nib
2214 : 14 mm Nib
2216 : 16 mm Nib
2220 : 20 mm Nib