Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P205 Metallics

After the success of the P205 Marble series, Pentel started to release metallic colors for their most popular size, the P205.  In 2012, Pentel released 12 or possibly 13 pencils.

One thing that made identification of these pencils easy is that with 1 exception, all of them came with labels on the bottom with their color codes and barcodes.

P205M-BX (Gen 6) - 354P205M-BX – Red Metallic

P205M-CX (Gen 6) - 381P205M-CX – Blue Metallic

P205M-DX (Gen 6) - 351P205M-DX – Green Metallic

P205M-KX (Gen 6) - 366P205M-KX – Light Green Metallic

P205M-K1X (Gen 6) - 402P205M-K1X – Mint Green Metallic

P205M-PX (Gen 6) - 342P205M-PX – Pink Metallic

P205M-P1X (Gen 6) - 345P205M-P1X – Rose Pink Metallic

P205M-SX (Gen 6) - 330P205M-SX – Sky Blue Metallic

P205M-VX (Gen 6) - 354P205M-VX – Violet Metallic

P205M-X (Gen 6) - 366P205M-X – Gold Metallic

P205M-Z (Gen 6) - 351P205M-Z – Silver Metallic

P205-WX (Gen 6) - 357P205-WX – White – Not a metallic, but it was released with the rest of the series, so I count it as such.

P205M-YX (Gen 6) - 351P205M-YX – Rose Gold Metallic – I am not for sure if this pencil came out with the rest of the 2012 metallics, but I found it and purchased it in 2014.  I may have overlooked it in 2012, mistaking it for the P205M-X, since unless you see them side by side, it could be mistaken for Gold.

The above are the 12 or 13 that were released in 2012.  There are three more pencils that I count as part of the metallic line as well as some that were re-released.

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In 2015, Pentel America celebrated 50 years in business.  As part of this celebration, instead of their standard 2-pack (P205BP2-K6), they released a 3-pack (P205BP2F) with 2 P205A with a bonus pencil.  Both of these packages have the same 5 digit number on the front (04490), which corresponds to the UPC.50 Years of Pentel America

P205M-X50 (Gen 6) - 357P205M-X50 – 50th Anniversary Gold – This is the only pencil in the P205 metallics that did not come with a label, so I made the above designation to keep track of this in my collection.

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In 2016, Pentel released two 3-packs of P205 pencils.IMG_1104These are the P205MBP3M (left) and the P205MBP3M1 (right). The one on the left included 2 new pencils.

P205MNX (Gen 6) - 363P205MNX – Metallic Graphite – 2 of these are included in the 3-pack.

P205MZX (Gen 6) - 354P205MZX – Silver

The 3-pack on the right contained 3 colors that were released back in 2012.  But, they issued them with slightly different color codes (took out the “-“) and a new barcode.

P205MBXP205M-BX (2012 – 884851008237) vs. P205MBX (2016 – 884851025739)P205MCXP205M-CX (2012 – 884851008244) vs. P205MCX (2016 – 884851025746)P205MDXP205M-DX (2012 – 884851008251) vs. P205MDX (2016 – 884851025753)

I am not sure why they reissued these with different codes and barcodes, but they also re-released at least one other that I know of.

P205MVXP205M-VX (2012 – 884851008275) vs. P205MVX (2016 – 884851025760)

To my knowledge, these are all of the P205 metallic pencils that have been released, at least in the United States.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Updated Pentel Countertop Lights

A few posts ago, I showed off the Pentel Countertop case with the lights I installed.

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Now, I wasn’t really happy with this light setup for a couple of reasons.  First, the top tray really looked great, but the second tray and the items on the bottom had a hard shadow across them, so they did not look that great.  Second, the way I routed the wiring, interfered with the door at the back; it would close, but it was pushed out a bit.

So, I really wanted to get this re-wired with a better lighting arrangement, not just adding lights to the bottom of the trays, since that does not fix the second issue.

So, my wife was out of town this week, so I decided to do some lighting projects for the above display and the shelves where my collection is displayed, which I installed about a month ago, when my wife was on another trip.

I used the strip LED lights, as I have used in several other projects, and aluminum corner brackets that light at a 45 degree angle, for both the display and the shelves.  Over 3 nights, I worked on the lighting and got it done the way I like now.

Here is the new lighting setup for my pencils (and other odds and ends):

2017-06-10 19.57.39This shows off the new shelves to the left, the Pentel display below the cabinets, and the packaged pencils mounted on the cabinet doors.  The pieces of acrylic laying on the counter will normally be put over the pencils in the travel cases to keep the dust out, while making them available to view.

2017-06-10 20.00.35Here is a closer shot of the shelves and their new lights.  I mounted the angle brackets at the front of the shelf above, so it lights the shelf below and the back of the area.  Since the bottom shelf currently just has books under it, I have that light unplugged.

2017-06-10 20.01.40And here are the new lights for the Pentel Display.  I took black corner brackets and mounted them running up the sides.  This lights up the pencils much more evenly and also, gives the display a more framed look (it comes with black trim along the top and bottom).  I had to drill a hole on the bottom front left to run the wire out, so it does not interfere with anything on the inside of the case.  The white wire on the bottom left is for the IR receiver that works with the remote sitting there to turn on the lights on the shelves and the Display.

So, now, I am much happier with my collection on display.  I will try to get back to posting about my collection in a couple of weeks.

Posted in P200, Pentel

The Marble Pencils

I first saw these pencils back in 2010, when they first came out.  I am not positive, but these were probably released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the P205, back in 1970.  What I do know is that it was the start of the release of all sorts of colors for the P205 and later P207s & P209s, at least here in the United States.

P205MB – Red Marble

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P205MC – Blue Marble

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P205MD – Green Marble

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P205ME – Brown Marble

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I got my first set of these directly from Pentel of America in March 2010. It was nice to see Pentel adding a variety to a line that has been around for 40 years. I really liked the way the body looked with the black sprayed over a base color, giving it a marbled look.

At this time, I was collecting various different mechanical/drafting pencils. Seeing these come out, helped me make my decision to concentrate on the P200 family of pencils. I had already picked up several other pencils in the family, but now having colors made the decision easy.

These pencils and, as far as I know, all other color pencils released are still a part of the 6th generation of Pentel Sharps. This would be a great break point for a new generation, except that other than the colors, there is nothing distinct between Generation 6 and these. A Generation would need to have a distinct change across the entire line of pencils for me to classify it separately, and I find nothing in a P205A that would say it was made after 2010 versus 2000, where I can tell you if it was made around 1970, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1988 or 2000, as these are points within the different generations.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P205D & P205B Sharp Pencils

In this blog I will go over the P205D Green and P205B Burgandy pencils that I own.

I don’t know when the P205D was first released, but I have back to Generation 3, which places it in the mid-1970’s.  The only image I have of pencils from that era is a 1975 German Pentel Catalog cover, and it does not show up there, but that really doesn’t say anything, since it looks like the P203, P205, P207 & P209 are Generation 2 (no text on the side) on the cover but the other variations are Generation 3.

Pentel of Germany - Catalog 1975 Cover

One thing I have seen in various places around the internet, but have personally never been able to verify, is that originally the P200 Green was a 0.4mm pencil, instead of the current 0.5mm.  It was said to only be available in Japan, but again, I have never seen anything substantial about it (i.e. pictures), only hearsay.  It does make some sense, since Pentel does use green for 0.4 mm pencils even today, for example the Graphgear 1000 (PG1014) and Graphgear 500 (PG514).

P205D Generation 3

P205D (Gen 3)

This is a recent acquisition for my collection, which as I said above, pushes the original release date for this pencil back into the mid-70’s.

This generation is the first to have text printed on the side, but still has the molded size on the bottom.

P205D Generation 4

P205D (Gen 4)

I have had this pencil for a couple of years and up until January of this year, it was the oldest I had found for the P205D.

The only difference between this generation and the previous is they stopped molding the size into the bottom of the pencil.

P205D Generation 5

P205D (Gen 5)

I purchased this off eBay last October.  The hard part of finding the different generation of pencils is that unless you can see the cutout with the mark (as in the picture above), or they remove the cap and you can see a green eraser, it is hard to tell if you are getting a Generation 5 or 6.  Even telling the difference between a Generation 3 and 4 is hard, since most photos concentrate on the text, not the other areas of the pencil.

Again, this is the first generation with the current text on the side, dropping the / in the mm.

P205D Generation 6

P205D (Gen 6)

This is the first of the green P205s that I purchased back in 2009.  This was before I started collecting only P200s, and definitely before I realized the evolution of the pencils.

This model is the current version of the green pencil, as far as I know.

P205B Generation 6

P205B (Gen 6)

I picked this pencil up at the same time as the Gen 6 P205D above. I had just started to collect mechanical pencils in general at that time, but only did so for about a year before I specialized in the P200 Sharp Family.

As far as I know, this is the only generation available for this pencil.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

New Display

New counter top display case I just received with a selection of P200 family pencils.  The case was missing one of the trays, but this allows me to display some box sets and collections.

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I also added LED lighting to the display.  I may need to add some more beneath the trays to cut out the shadows and show off the pencils better.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P205A Sharp Pencil

In this post, I will talk about the P205A and the 9 versions of it that I own.

Generation 1

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This, as far as I can tell, is the earliest version of the P205A, released in 1970. The distinctive traits of this pencil, starting from the left are the short 2mm Guide on the tip. It is hard to see, but in the cutout plate, the bottom line reads “P205 JAPAN 3”. This was the only mark identifying the size and part number of the pencil at this time. The next distinction (that carries over to Generation 2) is that there is no text in the area where modern pencils show the size, Pentel and model.  The last distinctive feature is the clip, which has Pentel written down the clip, rather than on the wrap-around band.  Nothing else is printed on the band.

I got this pencil for my collection back in 2012 from http://stores.ebay.com/ANDREYS-PENCILS.  Andrey’s Pencils is a great source for hard to find pencils, and several of mine have come from there over the years.

Generation 1b

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Along with Generation 1a (which will be covered in the post about P207s), I consider this to be a sub-category of Generation 1. This pencil still has the 2mm Guide on the tip. With this generation, the cutout has dropped the “P205” from the cutout. On the bottom of the pencil, opposite the cutout, the size is printed, in this case, “0.5 m/m”. The clip is the now standard clip with Japan stamped on one side of the band and Pentel on the other, with nothing on the clip itself.

This is a relatively new pencil in my collection.  I only received it in the last months of 2016.  Before this pencil, I thought that they dropped the “P205” from the cutout only with Generation 2.

Generation 2 (Twins)

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The two pencils shown above are both Generation 2.  The only difference between them is that one is earlier in the production run when they were still using the 2mm Guide for the tip, and the other one is later, once they switched to the 4mm Guide that is still used today.

The only other change between Generation 1b and Generation 2 that I know of is on the bottom of the pencil (opposite the cutout). They no longer print the size there, it is now molded (it is kind of hard to see in the picture for the 2mm Guide pencil, but the bottom is fairly clear).

I have had the Gen 2 with the 4mm Guide since 2012 (again from Andrey) but purchased the 2mm Guide pencil late last year.

Generation 3

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With this generation, the pencil starts to look like what you purchase in the stores now… but not quite.

The pencil still has the molded size on the bottom, but Pentel started printing information on the side where it is currently printed today.  The size is printed with the “/” in the m/m, then Pentel and last the model.

I am not sure when I got this pencil, but it was probably before 2012.

Generation 4

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The only change to this generation of pencil is that they dropped the molded size off the bottom of the pencil.

With the purchase of this pencil in late 2016, I completed my collection of generations of P205A pencils.

Generation 4, wait, no… 5

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For a while when I received this pencil in September of 2016, at first I thought this was a counterfeit pencil, but I have come to the conclusion that it is probably a very early production from Generation 5.

When you first look at the pencil, the text makes it look like a Generation 3 or 4, and then looking at the bottom of the pencil and not seeing the molded size, makes it appear from the outside to be a Generation 4, which is why I purchased it, since at that time, that is the only one missing from my collection of P205As.

But, when I received this pencil and took it apart, everything else, said that this is a Generation 5.  If you look at the teardown above, the Inner Body is the Crimped Plastic Body with Molded Cap Stop, that was started to be used on Generation 5.  In the above picture, looking at a side-by-side comparison of the cap end of the outer body, you can see the difference between the real Gen 4 (bottom) and this one, with this one being thinner walled and not having the beveled edge.  Also, looking down the inside of the Outer Body at the retainer, you can see that it has 12 points.

At first I thought someone had printed the older text on a new pencil to make it look older, but I have come to the conclusion that it is probably factory produced before they made the change to the text.

Generation 5 (for real this time)

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This is the pencil that started my collection.  My dad gave this to me back in the mid-80’s, and I have kept it since then.  The only thing I have replaced is the clip, since back then I did not like having it on a pencil I was using.  But for collecting, I needed to have it.

Here is where the big changes were made for production streamlining and cost reduction. The outer body is thinner without beveling at the cap end and the retainer (inside the outer body) is now a 12 point vs. the 6 point of Generation 4 and before. The Inner Body has dropped the brass spring rest in favor of a molded body, including a molded in cap stop, which negated having to insert a stop inside the cap.  The eraser is still the green Z2-1 that had been used since 1970.

With very minor changes (see Generation 6), this model has been in production for over 30 years, vs. Generations 1-4 being produced for 13-14 years (1970 to 1982 or 1983).

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This pencil is the currently produced model and is the basis for all the variations that have been produced since around 2010.

The only changes that I can identify are the cutout now includes a letter in front of the mark. It is a little hard to see in the image above, but it says B35. Another change is that during the production run of this generation, they Inner Body when from a Crimped Plastic Body to a smooth Molded Plastic Body, and they changed the erasers from Green to White, while keeping the same part number (Z2-1).

You can pick up this generation of pencil at just about any office supply store or art supply store.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

My Collection

Before I start getting into looking at the specific pencils I have, I decided I would go ahead and show an overview of my current collection.  I currently have 3 cases that can each hold up to 48 pencils.

The first case contains most of my P205 collection (it overflows into case 2).

Case 1a
Overview of Case 1
Case 1b
Top – 8 -P205A, 4 – P205D, 1 – P205B, 1 oddball P205A, 4 Marble P205s & 6 – Metallic P205s
Case 1c
Bottom – 4 more Metallics, 1 White, 2 more Metallics, Carbon Fiber, 50th anniversary P205, Metallic Graphite and new Silver P205, 5 Gilded series, 5 Singapore releases and 3 from Brazil

Case two contains the remainder of my P205 collection, as well as the P203s, P207s and P209s.

Case 2a
Overview of Case 2
Case 2b
Top – 5 P200’s for Boys and Girls from Japan, 4 Neon P205s from Switzerland, 4 Retro P205s from Switzerland, 3 P203Es and 1 P203 from Brazil, and lastly 5 P207C variations
Case 2c
Bottom – 1 P207C and an oddball P207C, 7 Metallic P207s and the Metallic Graphite P207, 2 P207s from Brazil, 4 P209Gs, 3 Kirari XP209s from Japan and 2 P209s from Brazil

The last case contains all of the non-P200 series pencils that are based on the same body.

Case 3a
Overview of Case 3
Case 3b
Top – 2 variations each of P215, P217 & P219, 5 Stein P303Ss, 3 P323 variations, 1 P327 and 1 that I was sold as a P327 that has no markings
Case 3c
Bottom – 2 P533s, 3 PF335s, 3 PF337s, 2 PF339s, 5 PS315s and 3 PS523s, none of these are the same variation

I have a few more pencils on order that I hope to receive in the next few weeks.

I will be writing more blog posts about these groups of pencils over the next few months.  I hope that you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoy collecting them.