I collect Otey Crisman's and some of the preceeding comments are correct. Otey Sr. was a touring pro in the 1930's and ended up making his own putters with hickory shafts. Some of the other players liked the quality and asked him to make one for them. The rest is history as they say. He found he could make more money making and selling putters than he could as a pro. Over the years his putters were used by famous pros to win Majors. Then as the major club manufacturers began to pay big endorsements, the handmade hickories fell out of favor by the pros. OteyIII is the current President of the company but the Otey Crisman trademark and inventory was sold to Mitchell Golf of Dayton OH in the early 2000's. Since those early models are no longer made and hickory shafts are easily broken/burned, they become more rare as time passes. If you can get them, buy them and keep them. They are collectors items now and yet still can get the ball in the hole with a nice solid feel. OteyIII is still making clubs but can't use the original logo name "Otey Crisman" so they are called OteyIII's and are marketed by U.S. American,Inc in Selma, Alabama. I own two of the newer clubs and they are truly handmade gems.