OHTO will always be my ‘Other’

Not even a ‘ProMecha’ by name but the rubber grip version of the SP-500 series is actually one of OHTO’s most solid and reliable designs.


I think the Needle-Point is unknown to me. Is the grip also kind of rubber or metal?

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The grey grip on that needlepoint BP is rubber. This is where the inconsistency of OHTO infuriates. The rubber grip MPs were in black with black grips. The only black needlepoint pen at that time was the knurled FLAT-C. Any black knurled MP? NOPE :joy:


At first I thought that rubber was kind of attractive and possibly a nice tactile feel. But then I saw an example of a used one in a YAJ listing, and the rubber had started to flare out, exposing a gap. Ugly as sin!

I’ve seen a number of OHTO FLAT-C needlepoint pens come up for auction, but in the silver color. I’ve not seen black as yet. It looks really sharp!

I kept seeing single YAJ listings for just one silver at ¥5000. But on occasion there would be a duo pack of a FLAT-C and 1000M pencil, sometimes a few bundled together and costing about ¥6000. Far better deal! I paid ¥7250 (plus shipping), but worth it. Could probably sell off just one pack on eBay and pay for the whole lot (like so).