I saw 3-4 different write ups, yours is a nice one too, but all are were wrong how to remove a speedometer needle.
No fork, spoon (two) or house paint opener needed.
Maybe you can get away with those once or twice, but they are very close to destroy the speedometer motor drive axle.
4 counterclockwise turn will do it, holding the needle -carefully- at the center point.
Here is an exploded view: