This has been a slow period for the blog, as I have most everything that has been released, and posted about it. There are a few pencils coming in from Brazil in a few weeks that I will post about, but other than that, not much else going on.
This does not mean that I have not been busy with Pentel related projects.
In December 2021 or January 2022, someone on Reddit (I have lost the post) posted a 15-page PDF of Uchida mechanical pencils to help identify them. This inspired me to work on a version of that for Pentel mechanical pencils, from the 60’s up to today. Let me say, that this has been a bigger project than I expected. Originally, I wanted to identify the executive style pencils from the 70’s and 80’s, but it expanded into all of them. Well, not all… but all that I can identify, plus a few others.
I decided to layout this book with one model (or series, such as the P200’s) per page, with a picture to show the pencil, then information about that pencil. Here is an example page.
The above page about the P200 is one of the fullest pages in the book, so I had to shrink the image to make sure all of the information got on there. There are some pages that have a picture, then very minimal information, but most fall in between.
I started out using the catalogs I have access to to create this, but as I went along, I kept finding more and more pencils that were not in any of the catalogs. Also included are several retailers and other entities that Pentel made pencils for, such as Burberry, Disney, Person’s Collection and several others.
At this point, I have put in all of the direct Pentel pencils that I know of, and all of the “Retailer” pencils that I can identify. Right now the PDF is well north of 400 pages. There are also a couple of appendices that have articles, and Identification pictures. More will be added as time goes on.
So, without further ado, here is the current release of the Pentel Pencils Identification Book.
For the moment, as I update this I will post the updates here. I have ideas for a new website dedicated to this project, so at some point it may move, but I will link to that website from here at that point.