Posted in P200, Pentel

P205 Gilded Collection

In 2015, Pentel released the P205 Gilded Collection.  I believe these were released for the 45th anniversary of the P205.

There were 5 of these pencils released and the text on the body is in gold.  Also, the tip, clip and cap are also gold colored. Each of the pencils is marked on a tag with the model and color code and the barcode. These pencils all came in a Gift / Presentation Box that was unmarked.  According to the barcode, these were distributed by Pentel of America.D - Gift Box - Pentel P205 Gilded Pencil Box (XBL5) - 2019

The 5 pencils released are:

P205-XAL5 (Gen 6) - 330P205-XAL5 (884851023438) Black

P205-XBL5 (Gen 6) - 342P205-XBL5 (884851023445) Red

P205-XCL5 (Gen 6) - 351P205-XCL5 (884851023452) Blue

P205-XVL5 (Gen 6) - 342P205-XVL5 (884851023469) Violet

P205-XWL5 (Gen 6) - 336P205-XWL5 (884851023476) White

As of this blog post, these pencils are still available on eBay.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Pentel P209 Kirari Pencils

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 PinkP209-P (Gen 6) - 318XP209-P FrontXP209-P Rear

XP209-V Violet (Muave)P209-V (Gen 6) - 318XP209-V FrontXP209-V Rear

In my experience, the Pentel color code V has always represented Violet, but for this pencil, I have seen it called Muave.

XP209-X GoldP209-X (Gen 6) - 339XP209-X FrontXP209-X Rear

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.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Singapore P205 Pencils

I do not remember when I first saw these pencil, but they were first released in 2013 in Singapore. My first encounter with these was actually the White one that was later released in Canada in a 2-pack with a standard black P205A, when I purchased it in December 2014. This was also the first time I had encountered a P200 pencil with printing, that did not print the model number printed on it.P205BP2

I finally got a hold of a full set of these in September 2016 from a dealer in Singapore.  I ordered them off eBay and received the 5 pencils above.  I later ordered another set and the dealer sent them to me in the original packages, which came with a package of Ain 0.5 2B lead.Singapore Packaged

The original set are in my display cases and the packaged set is on my display board.

P205-BSGP205-BSG (Gen 6) - 327

This is the Red version of the pencil.  As I said above, this set of pencils are the first time I encountered this short style of printed text.

As far as I have seen, this pencil, along with the next two (CSG & GSG), are only available from Singapore.

P205-CSGP205-CSG (Gen 6) - 363

The Blue version.

P205-GSGP205-GSG (Gen 6) - 345

The Yellow version.  I do like the contrast of the red text on the yellow pencil.

P205-PSGP205-PSG (Gen 6) - 345

The Pink version available from Singapore, and supposedly from Canada (as P205-P).  In June 2016, Pentel Canada announced pink versions of several of their pens and pencils in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (http://pentel.ca/news/16).  I have not been able to get one of these, but I believe it should be the same as the Singapore version. As of this post, it still shows as being available on the Pentel Canada website.

P205-WSGP205-WSG (Gen 6) - 345

The white version from Singapore and Canada. As I said, this pencil was released in a 2-pack, but I have never seen any mention of it on the Pentel Canada website.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

Pentel Stein P303S / P305S Pencils

The next several blogs are going to be about P200 family pencils that were not sold in the USA.  Most of these pencils also have a barcode that shows where that pencil was registered.

The Stein pencils were released back in 2012 in 0.3mm (P303S) and 0.5mm (P305S).  I purchased a set of the 5 P303S pencils, but I did not try to buy they P305S pencils until they were already gone.

These pencils were all white bodies with 5 different color inks available, all saying the same thing.  Except for the name STEIN, all of the text reads with the pencil oriented with the eraser on top and the tip at the bottom. From the top (near the eraser), is the size designation with 3 lines on each side of the .3 or .5.  Below that are four lines of text:
Design
Tshirts
Store
graniph
Below this is the word “STEIN x” in the normal orientation for the P200 pencils.  The only place that Pentel appears is in the first line of the cutout.

P303S-AW / P305S-AWP303S-AW (Gen 6) - 342P305S-AW (Gen 6) - 396

These pencils are white with black text.  Even though I did not purchase the set of P305S pencils back in 2012, I managed to get one P305S-AW in July of 2017.

P303S-CWP303S-CW (Gen 6) - 357

This pencil is white with blue text.

P303S-DWP303S-DW (Gen 6) - 340

This pencil is white with green text.

P303S-FWP303S-FW (Gen 6) - 339

This one is white with orange text.

P303S-PWP303S-PW (Gen 6) - 348

The last pencil is white with pink text.

 

I am not absolutely positive, but I believe these were released as one of the first items in the Stein line of pencils that Pentel is now releasing.

Barcodes

This post is really just an informative post about how barcodes work, and what they can tell us about where a product is from. Since this blog is about my Pentel collection, I will be using Pentel barcodes, but this applies to most barcodes in general.

All Pentel pencils that I have seen have either a 12-digit or 13-digit barcode (there are other lengths of barcodes, but I am not going to cover those).

UPC-A Example
12-digit UPC-A (Universal Product Code version A) used in United States and Canada.

IAN-13 Example
13-digit IAN-13 (International Article Number) used in the rest of the world. This is sometimes referred to as EAN-13 (European Article Number) or JAN-13 (Japanese Article Number).

Barcodes can be divided into 3 parts (yes, it is actually more complicated than that, but for simplicity, this works). For the IAN-13 code, the first 7 digits are the assigned Company Prefix and for the UPC-A, it is the first 6 digits. The next 5 are assigned by the manufacturer as a unique identifier, and the last digit is a check digit.

What we are concerned with here is the 6 or 7-digit Company Prefix. This tells us who the manufacturing company is, or in this case, which of Pentel’s regional companies is the primary distribution point.

To find this information, you can go to http://gepir.gs1.org/index.php/search-by-gtin and enter the 12 or 13-digit barcode number, it will return the company associated with the Company Prefix. In some cases, it cannot find a record associated with that code, but will at least return the region it is associated with.

The chart below shows what is returned for an example product barcode from every region that Pentel has barcodes associated with P200 Sharps (that I have seen).

Barcode & Item Company Prefix Country Code Company
065921923739
P205BP2
P205 Black & White Pack
065921 CA Pentel Stationary of Canada Ltd.
5900 No. 2 Road
Unit 140
Richmond, BC V7C 4R9
072512044902
P205BP2-K6
P205 2-Pack
072512 US Pentel of America, Ltd.
2715 COLUMBIA ST
TORRANCE, CA 90503-3861
US
3474372050609
P205-GA
Carbon Black P205
3474372 FR EUROPENTEL SAS
43 RUE FRANCOIS DE TROY
BRY SUR MARNE 94360
FR
4902506304919
XP209-P
XP209 Kirari Pink Single Pack
4902506 JP ぺんてる(株)
TOKYO TO
CHUO KU
1038538
7610924040155
P205-WN
White (Blank Text) P205
7610924 CH This information is provided by: GS1 Switzerland
Response Code: 2 (No record found)
7898419160872
P205-FRPB
Ferrari Red P205
7898419 BR PENTEL DO BRASIL IMP EXP IND E COM LTDA
R DONA MARIA FIDELIS, , 130, PIRAPORINHA
R DONA MARIA FIDELIS, , 130, PIRAPORINHADIADEMA, SP 09950350
884851008244
P205M-CX
Metallic Blue P205
884851 US This information is provided by: GS1 US, INC.
Response Code: 2 (No record found)

As you can see two of the barcodes did not return company information, but did at least return the region they are associated with. This does not mean that these are bad numbers, it may be that Pentel for that region, just purchased a range of barcodes, instead of a Company Prefix.

What does this information tell us? Well, for example, the P205-GA Carbon Black pencil that is sold in a lot of places, such as https://www.jetpens.com/ (a US reseller of pencils from Japan), was not originally released by Pentel Japan, but actually by Pentel Europe in France. Does this really mean anything, probably not in reference to these pencils, but if you find a pencil with the barcode attached, you can at least have a starting point on where to possibly source the pencil.

If you are interested in learning more about this, here are links to a few Wikipedia articles:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Product_Code
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Article_Number
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcode

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Japanese Older Releases & Oddities

This post is going to be about the P320 series and another couple of oddball numbered pencils.

First I will go over the more common P320 pencils (although they are not that easy to find).  Then I will go over some other P320 pencils and another couple numbered P533.

P323E Generation 4.5 (Italic)P323E (Gen 4.5) - Italic Price - 861

This is the pencil you see when you look up a P323.  It is the standard brown (for 0.3 mm) and the text is the short text (size then model) that is seen on other pencils, except the size is in italic.

I am not sure when, nor from whom I actually acquired this pencil, as I do not find the receipt, but it was probably around 2010.  I do know that it was the first of the pencils in this blog that I got.

P325A Generation 5 (Italic)P325A (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 342

Again this is the pencil you see when you look up this model of pencil.  This pencil I picked up in May of this year along with the P327C.  I picked it up on eBay from a seller, who apparently found several sets of these, as he keeps posting a few of them every month or so.

P327C Generation 5 (Italic)P327C (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 354

This is actually the second of these pencils that I acquired.  The first one was in excellent condition, but did not have the price sticker on it, so when this one showed up on eBay, I bought it (along with the above P325A).

P329G Generation 5 (Italic)P329G (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 357

This completes the set of P320 pencils that are commonly seen when looking these up on the internet.  I never did see this come up on eBay, but another collector asked the above seller if he had any of these and he found a couple and I ended up purchasing this one in June of this year.

P323E Generation 4 (non-Italic)P323E (Gen 4) - Price - 354

This pencil and the following one that I purchased are the only times I have ever seen this style of P323.  This is an older pencil than the above series, as it uses the “/” in the size.  Also, it uses the full standard text with size, Pentel and model, as opposed to the short version (size & model) above.  Also if you see, it has a different style (rounded triangle) price sticker than was used on the pencils above (rectangle).  I am not sure if this has any significance, as the price is the same on all of the pencils in this blog, ¥500.

I purchased this and the one below in September of last year from an eBay seller I have purchased many pencils from.

P323E Generation 4.5 (non-Italic)P323E (Gen 4.5) - Price - 903

This is the next generation of the above pencil, where Pentel dropped the “/” from the size along with other changes to the outer body, but still apparently had stock of the previous generation inner body.

P327A Generation 4.5 (Blank)P327A (Gen 4.5) - Blank Price - 864

I identify this pencil as a P327A because that is what I was told that it was by the seller I mentioned above that I have done business with for years (I purchased this in October 2014). The only identifying information is that it is a 0.7mm tip and inner body, and the sticker on it identifies it as a 0.7mm.

There is nothing to identify it specifically as a P327, other than the sellers information, so it was kind of an ambiguous P200 pencil. In doing other research, I came across a sold listing on eBay for a similar P325A pencil that had no other marking other than the triangular 0.5mm price sticker, and it was from a different seller in a different country.

So with two different sources identifying this style of P320 series, I decided to use that designation for my pencil.

From the pencils above, it looks like there may have been as many as 3 different styles of  the P320 series pencils manufactured over the years.

P533A Generation 4 (Short Text)P533A (Gen 4) - Short Text Price - 324

When I saw these pencils online (and purchased it from the seller mentioned in the last 3 pencils), it was the first, and only, time I have seen this model of pencil. [While writing this post, I decided to look to see if I could find any other information on this pencil, and I found a closed auction on Yahoo Japan for one of these pencils.]

This pencil uses a black body with the modified short text with the bullet, “•”, between the size (using the “/”) and model. It also includes a smaller triangular price sticker.

I purchased this pencil in September 2016.

P533A Generation 4 (Standard Text)P533A (Gen 4) - Price - 333

The only difference between this and the prior pencil is the use of the standard text (size, Pentel & model) and the larger triangular price sticker.

I am almost ashamed to admit that when these two pencils were posted for sale online, I did not immediately pick up on the difference between the two, so I only purchased the one above.  Once I received it, I looked back at the auction for this one, and immediately kicked myself for not ordering it, since at that point it was obvious what the differences were.

In my eBay search, I do look for other sizes of these pencils (P535, P537 & P539), but I do not expect to find them, as this appears to have been a one-off. The 535 designation is used on the Pentel PS535, which is a completely different type of pencil from the P200 family of pencils, and I do not expect that Pentel would make both a P535 and a PS535, if only to avoid confusion.  So this will go down as one of Pentel’s pencil oddities.

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I try to post this blog every two weeks on Monday, but since the next day this would post is on Christmas day, I am going to delay it until the following Monday, January 1, when I will have two posts going up that day, one of which is a side post related to the Pentel P200 family of pencils.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P210 Series

This series of pencils is kind of an oddball.  Most other series (besides the original P203/P205/P207/P209 pencils) have a purpose behind them that you can see.  For example the PF330 series for Film and the Sliding Sleeve pencils.  I am not sure what the purpose behind this series was, nor why some of them had the odd short carry clip on them.

Pencil Clips in PocketThis short carry clip, comes out the bottom of the band, which will make the pencil sit almost 1/2″ (12.5mm) higher out of the pocket.  When I first received these pencils, all but one of them used this short clip, so my assumption was that this is what these pencils came with, and someone changed out the clip on the one that used the standard clip.  I have come to find out in corresponding with other collectors, that it looks like some also came with the standard clip, as they received a bunch of them with that.

The time these were available also seems to have been very limited, probably starting around 1990-91 for the Generation 5 pencils (based on the scarcity of these) and probably ending in the late 90’s with Generation 6.  According to some correspondence, it looks like the Generation 6 pencils were released around 1992.

I first acquired all of my P210 series pencils in March 2010 from about 3 different sources.  I could only get 1 each of the Generation 5 pencils, but got a bundle of 5 of each of the Generation 6.  Even now, you can still easily get Generation 6 P215 & P217 pencils off eBay, so this supports my supposition that the Generation 5 pencils were only manufactured for 1-2 years in low volume and the Generation 6 pencils were produced over a longer period and/or at a much higher volume.

P215A Generation 5 BlackP215A (Gen 5) - Short Clip - 309

The first version of the P215 is the “A” version in black that matches the P205.  The only differences are that the text is in gray instead of white and the short carry clip.

P215N Generation 6 GrayP215N (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 315

The common version of the P215 that you can find now is the “N” Gray body with white text.  Mine came with the short carry clip.

P217C Generation 5 BlueP217C (Gen 5) - 339

Of the P210 series I own, this is the only one I purchased that had a standard clip on it.  This Generation 5 uses the same body as the P207C, only with gray text instead of white.

P217C Generation 6 Dark BlueP217C (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 279

Again, the Generation 6 version of the P210 series changed from the color of the P200 series. This P217 is still a “C”, but it is dark blue with white text instead of the lighter blue.  It is even darker than the PS315C.

P219G Generation 5 YellowP219G (Gen 5) - Short Clip - 306

The Generation 5 of the P219 is the same yellow as the P209, but again with gray text and the short carry clip.

P219B Generation 6 RedP219B (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 300

This last P219 pencil really stands out in red (code “B”), with the white text.  Again the change of color from Generation 5 to Generation 6.  The only reason I can think of to do this would be to prevent confusion between the P200 series and the Generation 5 P210 series.