I was drawn to the Ohto...
January 31, 2008
I was drawn to the Ohto Body Knock design concept because as much as I love
mechanical pencils I hate having to click the end of the pencil to advance the
lead. I usually use mechanical pencils with a thumb lead advance button, but
this looked like a more sophisticated design. When I received the Ohto Body
Knock, it definitely has a very attractive look to it and a nice weight which
feels like a quality made pencil.
However, I'm VERY disappointed with it's performance, and I agree with the
points made by the previous reviewer. I thought advancing the lead would be near
effortless, but instead you need to have a secure grip of the upper and lower
rubber grip sections which is difficult to achieve. I believe they should have
designed the pencil with more pronounced sections for the fingers to have
something to "hook" onto.
But most disappointing is that in use, it's quite a hassle to even get the lead
to advance! Sometimes the lead will only advance if I hold the pencil rotated a
specific way. Also, now and then, the pencil will get stuck (parts won't move)
in mid-use and I'll have to stop what I'm doing to fix the problem. It's as if
the inner parts have gone rusty. The pencil is really not what I expected to be,
and it actually caused me more frustration than anything else.
Maybe I got a bad apple but overall I don't recommend getting this pencil!