In the United States, Pentel had been distributing alternate colors of the P205 since 2010. The Kiraris were the first size I found after the P205s.
In 2014, Pentel Japan released the Kirari line in 3 colors; Cherry Pink, Violet & Gold. They released Brush Pens, Gel Pens and these Pencils.
I picked up my first set of these pencils in December 2014 from an eBay dealer out of Japan. Finally in 2016, I started to collect the pencils in their original packaging and bought another set in September from a couple of different Japanese dealers.
I am not sure why, but the packages number these pencils as XP209 instead of just P209, as is printed on the pencils.
XP209-P Cherry Pink
XP209-V Violet (Muave)
In my experience, the Pentel color code V has always represented Violet, but for this pencil, I have seen it called Muave.
I apologize for the photos of the pencils themselves, as the color did not turn out very well. I may end up going back and taking these pictures again and replacing them.
3 thoughts on “Pentel P209 Kirari Pencils”
The typeface on the P209 part is different from others P209’s I’ve seen. It is hard to tell about the “P” and the “0”, but the “2” and the “9” are clearly different. Also, they are missing the “mm” after the lead size. So, basically with the exception of the “Pentel” logo, all of the typography is different. Is this a Japan-only model difference?
Yes, this is a Japan only model. The order of the text is also different from the standard P200 series, which is size, “Pentel”, model.
But you are right that the typography itself is slightly different.