Sometimes you find a pen that you think is just going to be okay and you end up loving. The Ohto Horizon Needlepoint ballpoint pen is just such a pen. As you’ll see there’s not just one pen in these photos and that’s because Bob bought one at Maker Goods here in Kansas City because he quite likes ballpoint pens and knows they aren’t really my thing. He bought the bright school bus yellow one and when I saw it, I said “Hey, let me try that!” The next thing you know, I was in the car driving down to Maker Goods to buy my own.
First thing to note about these pens is how wickedly fine the refills are. Its a rarity to find a ballpoint pen with a super fine refill so that was a big plus. It also wrote really well. And as well all know, regardless of how much we love our fountain pens, at some point we are required to sign something on shiny receipt paper or fill out some paper in triplicate at a doctor’s office or need ink that is permanent and that’s where having a ballpoint pen comes in handy. So, you might as well make a plan to have one you like and not get stuck using some crappy Bic Stic, unless you like those.
The shape of this pen is a wide hex that smooths to a round at the grip. The hex keeps the pen from rolling around and the round shape makes it oddly dumpling-like in the hand, especially given the needle-like writing tip.
To activate the tip, push the button on the end. To retract the tip, push the button on the side.
I love the refill which is saying a lot considering how much I vehemently despise ballpoints in general. This week, I’m turning a corner. Compared to the crappy “mystery ballpoint” found in a desk drawer, the ink flow was consistent and clean with no blobs or smears. The line of the Ohto needlepoint was finer that the Sailor 1911 by a fraction and considerably finer than the medium Goliath.
The price on Amazon for an Ohto Horizon Needlepoint in the Silver or Yellow is less than $10. There are other colors available as well. If you are in Kansas City though, your best bet is to pop over to Maker Goods and pick one up in person.