Super Promecha Pencil Review

The latest in a line of precision pencils from Japan, the Ohto Promecha 1500P series is a newly modeled professional drafting/drawing pencil that’s in a league of its own.

I personally have the 1503P 0.3mm Super Promecha mechanical pencil, I’ve had it for a few months now, and have been meaning to make a post on it, as I love this pencil, and I feel it needs more promotion. So here we are…

Initial Thoughts // Ok I must admit, I initially wanted this pencil, purely for it’s looks alone, lets face it, it looks an awesome design tool, but the flexibilty of customizations this pencil has to offer, out weighs it’s slick looks. A user can customize everything from the length of lead dispensed with each click to the length of the guide pipe.

Weight and Feel // It certainly looks a lot heavier than it actually is from the pictures on the internet, this was one of my main concerns when I was looking into purchasing one, but I didn’t need to be, as it’s perfectly waited. It’s full aluminum body makes this beuty weigh in at about 28 grams (that’s less than a bag of sugar!). I must add that most of this weight is at the front of the pencil, which I personally like, but I know many don’t like front end weighing mechanical pencils. The diamond cut grip is a nice touch and it just feels right.

Key Feature // The all-metal top button contains a lead grade indicator running in 7 steps from B to 4H. Which removes to reveal the replaceable eraser and clearing pin. The clip on the barrel can actually be removed if that’s your preferance by simply unscrewing the top of the barrel. The lead sleeve is fully retractable by turning the grip. It extends up to 5mm for classic drafting uses, or can be set partially extended between 0 and 5mm for writing purposes. This feature makes the Super Promecha reasonably pocket-safe as you won’t have to worry about damaging the lead sleave in transit. Finally, what they have marketted as their “unique killer feature”; the rotary control inset just above the grip adjusts how much lead is dispensed with each click of the push-button – between 0.2mm and 2mm according to preference.

Measurements // The dimensions of the pencil are Length: 153mm, Diameter: 10mm at grip.

Where can I get one // I got mine from for £17.99. Yes it is pretty expensive for a pencil, when a HB will do the job just as well, but hey if I had just said that at the start this review would of been much shorter than I wanted. hehe.

Overall // A serious mechanical pencil suitable for a range of uses due to it’s great adjustable features, with a front heavy balance at a mid to high range price.

So that’s my pencil of choice, what’s yours?



Josh is a multidsicplinary designer who has a love for creativity and design. He enjoys learning and experimenting in all areas of design. Please feel free to follow Josh on Twitter

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  • John

    I just got my Super Promecha 1505p today, it’s a fantastic pencil and the best mechanical I’ve ever owned. The balance of the pencil feels great, especially as the tip end looks like it’s going to be heavy, It’s really not.

    Well worth the £20 I paid for it.

  • Sure is John, I’m still using mine daily after almost a year on.
    Can’t remember the times I’ve dropped it, and bashed it and it’s still running smooth.
    Awesome product indeed.

    Thanks for stopping by and comenting.