Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

PF330 Series for Film

This time I am writing about the PF330 (PF335, PF337 & PF339) series of pencils that Pentel put out for writing on plastic film. These pencils are marked so that they can be identified easily that they contain the specific lead for this use, although they can use standard pencil lead as well.

All of the pencils in this series have the same creme color body, with the text and text color denoting the size (brown/dark red for 0.5mm, blue for 0.7mm and orange for 0.9mm).

PF335 Generation 2PF335 (Gen 2) - 504

This is one of the two newest PF series that I have received.  I got it in June 2017 in a collection of pencils. This is the only PF pencil I have that does not have any text on it, but it does have the molded 0.5m/m on the bottom. All of the PF335 models have a sliding sleeve tip. Because these pencils use a special lead, they do not normally come with an eraser, but rather a black rubber stopper.  I received this particular pencil with a standard green eraser instead of the stopper, indicating that it was probably used with standard pencil lead.

I classified this as a Generation 2, but I am not absolutely certain that the text was not removed from the side, since it looks to have been well worn.  I know that there were Generation 3 of these pencils, but this is the only one of these I have ever seen.

PF335 Generation 3PF335 (Gen 3) - 516

Here is a true Generation 3 PF335 with brown text. In this generation, the word FILM is all capitalized in the text, as well as the molded size on the bottom of the pencil.  I picked this one up at the beginning of 2017. I can see this version of the pencil on the cover of the German 1975 catalog (at the bottom right), so it goes back that far at least.Pentel of Germany - Catalog 1975 Cover

PF335 Generation 4PF335 (Gen 4) - 303

One of the earlier pencils in my collection, from 2012, this Generation 4 pencil with brown text is where Pentel dropped the molded size from the bottom of the pencil.

PF335 Generation 4 (with Red Text)PF335 (Gen 4) - Red Text - 360

I received this pencil (and another one) in a batch at the same time as the Generation 2 above. The only difference between it and the Generation 4 above is the color of the text.  Even more than the pictures above, when they are sitting side by side there is a very distinct difference in color.

PF335 Generation 5PF335 (Gen 5) - 327

This pencil was in my dad’s effects when he passed away and I took it for myself.  He used regular pencil lead in it at his job, but I have replaced it with the correct Film lead.

Generation 5, as commented about in other posts, was a major changeover in production for the P200 family of pencils.  In this case, the most visible exterior change is the common dropping of the “/” in the mm, and on the PF pencils, the word Film is now in upper and lower case.

PF337 Generation 4PF337 (Gen 4) - 345

I picked up this pencil (as well as the PF339 Gen 4) in 2014. It uses the 0.7mm sliding sleeve for the tip, and does not have a molded size on the bottom. As mentioned at the top, this pencil uses blue ink for the text.

PF337 Generation 4.5PF337 (Gen 4.5) - 846

I picked this pencil up in 2012 and for the longest time, I thought that this generation was a distinct generation, not just a hybrid due to changing the manufacturing process and using up older parts (Generation 5 outer body & Generation 4 inner body & cap).

PF337 Generation 5PF337 (Gen 5) - 309

I picked up this pencil in 2016 and it is a true Generation 5 (as opposed to the Generation 4.5 above). The interior pieces are now all Generation 5 to match the outer body.

PF339 Generation 4PF339 (Gen 4) - 324

The 0.9mm pencils do not have a sliding sleeve available, so the PF339 pencils use the standard 4mm fixed tip on them, as well as orange ink for the text. Otherwise, this pencil is the same style as the other PF Generation 4 pencils.

PF339 Generation 5PF339 (Gen 5) - 309

I am not sure when or where I got this pencil, as I have lost the receipt and the information is not in my database.  It is the standard Generation 5 with the upper and lower case and no “/”.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Pentel Sliding Sleeve Pencils

The two series PS315 & PS523 make up the Sliding Sleeve series of pencils in the Pentel P200 Series of pencils. There are a couple of other pencils with Sliding Sleeves, but they fall into the Film series that will be the focus of my next post.

There are three different sizes of Sliding Sleeve tips that have been used in the P200 Series of pencils. All of these have lead guides that slide in showing a length of 3mm out to a length of 5mm.

0.3mm Sliding Sleeve Tip – This tip was only used on the PS523 Sliding Sleeve pencil.

0.5mm Sliding Sleeve Tip – This tip is used on the PS315 and was used on the PF335 for Film pencil.

0.7mm Sliding Sleeve Tip – This tip was only used on the PF337 for Film pencil.

PS315N Gray – Generation 3PS315N (Gen 3) - Short Text - 460

I have only seen this pencil a couple of times, and managed to get hold of one of them back in November 2014.

I classify this pencil as a generation 3, since it uses the m/m style of print, and it includes the molded 0.5m/m on the bottom. It also uses the early style of print for some of the lower production pencils, where they did not print Pentel, but instead included a “•” in the printed text, in this case 0.5m/m • PS 315.  As far as I can tell, it originally was released in the mid-70’s.

The biggest distinction for this pencil, as opposed to the later generations of it, is that it is Gray plastic instead of the later Blue plastic.

PS315C Blue – Generation 4 (early)PS315C (Gen 4) - Short Text - 323

After seeing this pencil here and there, I finally got one in September 2016.

This pencil falls into the Generation 4, due to the continued use of the m/m print style and no longer a molded size on the bottom.  It was released before the next pencil (also a Generation 4) because it still used the style of print from the Generation 3 pencil, with the “•” in the print. I believe it was originally released in the late 70’s.

With this release, they changed to a Blue plastic which is darker than the P207C plastic, but not as dark as the later P217C.

PS315C Blue – Generation 4 (late)PS315C (Gen 4) - 327

I got this pencil in December 2014.

This pencil is a later version of the Generation 4, still using the m/m print style. The biggest change is they went to the standard style of text for the other pencils with the “0.5m/m Pentel PS315”. I suspect it was changed within a year of the previous pencil being released in the late 1970’s.

PS315C Blue – Generation 5PS315C (Gen 5) - 339

I bought this pencil in September 2016 at the same time I purchased the Generation 4 (early) pencil above.

Released around 1983 to 1984, this was the style that represents Generation 5. This represented a relatively massive redesign of the pencils (see previous post). The most obvious of these is where Pentel dropped the / in the mm.

PS315C Blue – Generation 6PS315C (Gen 6) - 318

This was the first PS315 I purchased back in 2012, when I first started collecting the P200 Series of pencils.

As far as I have been able to surmise, this was first released in the early 90’s. They made a slight change to the plastic and it is slightly darker. It is hard to tell in the individual photos, but if you look at the picture with all of them at the top of the post, you can see a slight difference. The other change is that the mark in the cutout, now has a letter before the numbers.

PS523D Light Green – Generation 4 (early)PS523D (Gen 4) - Short Text - 327

I got this pencil about 1 year ago in November 2016.

It appears to have been released about the same time as the PS315C Generation 4 (early) above, since it has the same print style.

PS523D Light Green – Generation 4 (late)PS523D (Gen 4) - 303

This was the first PS523 I got back in 2012 at the start of my collecting.

As with the PS315 above, it represents the changeover to the standardized print style with the Pentel in the middle of the print, replacing the “•”.

PS523D Light Green – Generation 4.5PS523D (Gen 4.5) - 837

I picked this up in September 2016, thinking it was a Generation 5 pencil.  But I later classified this as a Generation 4.5, since it has the outer body of a Generation 5, but the inner components of a Generation 4 (see previous post).

As far as I know, it was released in the early 80’s, and represents the last version of the PS523 that was released. I have never found a true Generation 5 or 6, so I suspect it was phased out of production in the mid to late 80’s.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Retail Packages in the USA, part 2

In my last post, I wrote about the P205 and P209 retail packages, as well as the 2-pack of P207C Blue pencils.  This blog will be about the 5 series of P207 retail packages that are available here in the United States.

These 5 series of packages all use some of these 8 pencils in their packaging: P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic), P207M-K1X (Mint Green Metallic), P207MN (Metallic Graphite; sometimes called Anthracite), P207M-PX (Pink Metallic), P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic), P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic) and P207Z (Silver).

P207 3-Packs

IMG_1224P207MBP3M (26194) and P207MBP3M1 (26195)

The package on the left was the first P207 retail pack I purchased in January 2016. I could not find a local source for this, so I had to purchase it online on eBay. The other package, I found online and purchased in June 2016.

The package on the left (P207MPB3M) contains a P207Z (Silver), P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic), and P207MN (Metallic Graphite) and the package on the right (P207MPB3M1) contains a P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic), P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), and P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic).

P207 2-Packs

IMG_1223P207MBP2 (26225)

I found these pencils at Office Depot in September 2016 (for the left package) and March 2017 for the other two. The left package contains a P207MN (Metallic Graphite) and a P207Z (Silver). The middle package contains a P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), and a P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic) and the right package contains P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic) and a P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic).

P207 Single Pencil, Lead & Eraser Packs

IMG_1229P207MLEBP (26190)

I first encountered these pencils online and purchased them, but later found out that they are available locally at Walmart stores. Each package contains one P207 metallic pencil, a pack of 12 0.7mm HB lead and 2 Z2-1N short white erasers.  This was my first encounter with the short erasers, as I had not seen that Pentel had changed from a 3-pack of the erasers that are shipped with the pencils to a 4-pack of these short erasers.

The four packages contain the following pencils from left to right: P207MN (Metallic Graphite), P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic), and P207Z (Silver).

P207 Single Pencil Packs

IMG_1234P207MBPM (26155)

I was not able to find these pencils in any local stores, so I purchased them off eBay. They each contain one P207 metallic pencil, colors from left to right: P207Z (Silver), P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic), P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), P207MN (Metallic Graphite), P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic), and P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic).

P207 Single Pencil & Lead Pack

P207MLBPT (25919)

I found these pencils at Target in September 2016, and discovered that there were 2 new colors included in this series (P207M-PX & P207M-K1X).  Each of these packages contains one P207 metallic pencil and a 12-pack of 0.7mm HB lead.

The colors from left to right are P207M-PX (Pink Metallic), P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic), P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic), P207M-K1X (Mint Green Metallic), P207M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic) and P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic).

P207MLBPT (25919, 26248, 26249 & 26250, 26251, 26252)

An odd thing happened in 2017; Pentel redesigned the package for the P207MLBPT and re-released it. They also changed the barcode and the number that appears on the front top left of the package. I found these in March of 2017, and they contain the same 6 pencils as the first set.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Retail Packages in the USA, part 1

As part of my collection, I also collect the retail packages, at least from the United States, and a few others.  In this post, I will talk about the P205 and P209 packages, as well as one P207.  In the next post, I will cover the large quantity of P207 packages.

Standard Retail Packages

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The above packages are the current (as of 2017) style of packaging for the P205A (P205BP2F-K6), P207C (P207BP2F-K6) & P209G (P209BP2F-K6) pencils.  At this time you can go to just about any store that sells Office Supplies and find one of these packages.

P205 Retail Packages

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In 2015, this package (P205BP2F) was released for the 50th anniversary of Pentel America.  This package has the same barcode as the above 2-pack of P205A pencils and came with 2 of those, plus the “FREE Limited Edition Pencil”, a gold colored P205 with black text.  Since it was different from all other P205 pencils, I decided to designate it (at least for my purposes) the P205M-X50 (just tacking on the 50 to mark it as different from the P205M-X gold pencil with white text.

Unfortunately, I only managed to get hold of a couple of these pencils, and they are no longer available in stores.

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Released in 2016, these two packages (P205MBP3M and P205MBP3M1) are still available, at least on eBay.  I have never found them in stores, at least not in my area of the US.

The left package contains two P205MNX Metallic Graphite (or sometimes called Antracite) with white text, plus a P205MZX Silver with black text.  The nice thing about these packaged pencils, is that they are also individually labeled with the model number and a barcode, which makes positive identification easy.

The right package contains one each of the P205MBX Red, P205MCX Blue and P205MDX Green pencils, all with white text.  Again, each of these pencils is individually labeled.  What is interesting, is that each of these three pencils were first released in 2012, with a slightly different model number (P205M-BX, P205M-CX and P205M-DX) and different barcodes.  Everything else appears to be exactly the same.

P209 Retail Packages

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In the last two weeks, I have found out about a new line of P209 retail packages.  From what I can determine, there are 4 different pencils in the same packaging (P209MBPM).  The above is one of the images I found on eBay.  I know earlier this year, Pentel America released 4 new P209 Metallic pencils (P209M-KX, P209M-NX, P209M-PX & P209M-ZX), but I am not sure if these are the same pencils, just now packaged. I hope to get some of these in the near future to find out.


The next blog post will go into the multitudes of P207 retail packaging.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P209 Metallics

Back in January or February of 2017, I was doing research on Pentel pencils and came across a website (I have since lost the website) that was a catalog listing of office supplies available (looked to be a wholesale distributor site). They had 4 P209 pencils I had never heard of.

In April 2017, I was referred to a website ( where I purchased several of these pencils.

These are the Metallic P209s that have been released in the United States.

P209M-KX (Gen 6) - 309P209M-KX Metallic Blue Green

P209M-NX (Gen 6) - 333P209M-NX Metallic Graphite

P209M-PX (Gen 6) - 318P209M-PX Metallic Pink

P209M-ZX (Gen 6) - 321P209M-ZX

One thing I wish that Pentel would do, is to standardize the color codes for their pencils, as it would make cataloging simpler. For example, the Metallic Graphite is different for the 3 different sizes that have been released. They are P205MNX, P207MN and now P209M-NX. The Silver (with Black text) are P205-MZX, P207Z and P209M-ZX.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P209G Pencils

This post is about the standard 0.9mm yellow pencil and the changes it has gone through since 1970 or 1971 when it was released.

Generation 1b (Short Tip)
P209G (Gen 1b) - Short Tip - 651

This is a very recent acquisition from March 2017 and in most respects is a standard Generation 1b pencil (see next pencil). The major difference is the short 2mm guide pipe on the tip, as opposed to the standard 4mm guide pipe. Up until this point, I believed that the only tip available for the 0.9mm pencils was the standard 4mm tip.

Generation 1b
P209G (Gen 1b) - 603

This is the standard Generation 1b that I have seen.  It has does not have the P205 molded into the cutout (a characteristic of Generations 1 & 1a of other models). It also has the 0.9 m/m printed on the bottom, with no other printing on the pencil. I picked this one up in September of 2016.

Generation 4
P209G (Gen 4) - 321

This is was the first older P209 pencil I picked up back in 2012.  I got it because of the obvious difference in the text (m/m vs. mm in the size).  This was before I started identifying the different generations of pencils.

Generation 4.5
P209G (Gen 4.5) - 852

I got this pencil in a batch of pencils I purchased for other reasons in May 2017. When I was buying the batch, I did not know this was anything other than a Generation 5 or 6, due to the text on the side. At that time, I did not know that the P209 had any of this generation. When cataloging pencils into my database, I take them apart and identify all of the components of the pencil. When I opened this one up, I was surprised to see the inner body with a brass spring cap. This has happened a few times when I purchase batches of pencils, and it is always enjoyable to find something you don’t have like this.

Generation 5
P209G (Gen 5) - 312

I picked this pencil up in September 2016. When trying to get specific generations of pencils, it is sometimes hard to tell online from the pictures, as they either are not a high enough resolution to see the mark in the cutout, or to see the bottom of the pencils in other cases.

Generation 6
P209G (Gen 6) - 309

This was the first P209 pencil I got when I started collecting mechanical pencils back in 2009. At this point, I do not know where I got it from, only the date, as I did not keep that information at that time, and I cannot find any e-mails concerning this purchase.

An interesting thing about this pencil (as well as my first Generation 6 P203E, P205A & P207C) I just noticed in the past couple of weeks, is that it is of French registration.  The barcode for this pencil is 3474372209007, which is an IAN-13 barcode that is registered to EUROPENTEL SAS in France. As I say, I don’t know where I got this from, it is just interesting that it ended up here in the US, instead of the US barcoded pencils.


Also, as you can see, I skipped over Generations 2 & 3, as those are ones I am still looking for.  I also do not have Generation 1a, but I don’t know for sure if this model exists.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P207 Metallics

This post will be about the eight P207 Metallics that were released in the United States in late 2015 and 2016.  All of these pencils have been released as various retail packages, containing 1, 2 or 3 pencils.  The packages with 1 pencil have also been released as pencil only; pencil and 12-pack of lead; and pencil, 12-pack of lead and 2 of the Z2-1N short erasers.

I first encountered these online and my first purchase of these was on January 20, 2016 as a 3-pack containing the P207Z, P207M-YX and P207MN.  Since it takes a while to make it into the distribution pipeline, I assume that this package was officially released in late 2015.  The next colors I purchased (from the same online dealer) were in June 2016 with the purchase of another 3-pack of the P207M-P1X, P207M-SX and P207M-KX. The last two colors I purchased from the US retailer, Target in September of 2016.

I am not sure if Pentel USA released all of the colors at once, but it took a while to get through the distribution channels, of if the rolled out the colors over time.

P207M-KX (Gen 6) - 297P207M-KX Light Green Metallic

P207M-K1X (Gen 6) - 330P207M-K1X Mint Green Metallic

P207M-PX (Gen 6) - 324P207M-PX Pink Metallic

P207M-P1X (Gen 6) - 351P207M-P1X Rose Pink Metallic

P207M-SX (Gen 6) - 288P207M-SX Sky Blue Metallic

P207M-YX (Gen 6) - 315P207M-YX Rose Gold Metallic

P207MN (Gen 6) - 318P207MN Metallic Graphite

I have also seen this pencil color called “Anthracite”.

P207Z (Gen 6) - 309P207Z – Silver

One thing I liked about the P205 Metallics is that all but one of them came with tags on them that told the color code and the UPC barcode, even when in a retail package.

None of the retail packages of the P207 Metallics have barcodes on the pencils themselves.  I did find a source for the last two (P207MN & P207Z) as single pencils with color codes and barcodes.  This source corrected my designation of the P207Z, which I originally had designated as P207M-Z.