While using a stylus and a tablet for sketching is still a cumbersome experience for a lot of designers (particularly in the fine-point tip department), it is still very doable with enough practice…and in some cases, with some spare paper nearby. We’ve seen two-in-one hybrids that pair a stylus tip with a pen in the past, but the more traditionally-styled mechanical pencil/stylus hybrid 800+ from German writing instrument company r0tring just might be one of the best we’ve seen for designers and engineers so far.

Most notably we’ve seen the hybrid done before from Scott Wilson over at MNML under his LunaTik brand as well as through the Solid Titanium and Pen+Stylus project on Kickstarter nearly two years ago.

However despite their functionality, the offerings that we’ve seen thus far are ink-based and lack the charm of collectible writing instruments that you really want to carry around with you…or even one that offers a mechanical pencil for detailed engineering and design ideation.

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The 800+ mechanical pencil offers the well-weighted feel of traditional metal writing tool and offers both a precision stylus tip and a mechanical pencil tip. With a simple ‘twist and lock’ mechanism,the pencil can extend and retract from the same side of the pen as the stylus…creating a nearly seamless writing experience between the physical and the digital.

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Priced at $85 USD (or €70 EUR), the 800+ is currently available in .5mm and .7mm models for all your construction line needs. Check out more over at r0tring.

(Images via r0tring)

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