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
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
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.
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
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.