Blog

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Swiss Limited Edition P205 Pencils

Hello, long time no post.

To the best of my knowledge, in 2013 or 2014, Pentel Papeteriewaren AG (Pentel Switzerland) began to release limited edition P205 pencils. Up to now, they have released 3 sets of 4 pencils. Unfortunately, I found out about these in 2017 after the first set had already sold out.

Druckbleistift Metallic Limited EditionPentel P205 Metallics (Pentel CH)

This set of 4 limited edition metallic P205 pencils did not have any text on them.
The colors available look to be:

P205-MV – Metallic Violet
P205-MX – Gold
P205-MC – Metallic Blue
P205-Z – SilverP205-Z (Gen 6) - Blank - 354

I did get hold of this pencil when I ordered the other two sets below from http://www.artwaremail.ch, but that was all of the metallics they had left.
This is one of those pencils that is registered with EuroPentel in France, but was only sold in Switzerland (as far as I can tell). It is the standard Metallic Silver of other P200 pencils and the barcode is 3474372050012.

 

I am going to skip the 2015 release for the moment and look at the set that was released in 2016.

Druckbleistift Vintage/Retro Limited Edition

These pencils were all molded in white plastic, then painted and then the paint rubbed off on the edges, giving them a well used look. All of these are registered out of EuroPentel, but as far as I can tell, only sold in Switzerland. As I said, this looks to have been released in 2016, and I got mine in January 2017.

P205-RA – Vintage/Retro BlackP205-RA (Gen 6) - 327

This is a black pencil with barcode 3474372150019.

P205-RB – Vintage/Retro RedP205-RB (Gen 6) - 327

This is a red or maroon pencil with barcode 3474372150026.

P205-RC – Vintage/Retro BlueP205-RC (Gen 6) - 315

This is a light blue pencil with barcode 3474372150033.

P205-RE – Vintage/Retro BrownP205-RE (Gen 6) - 342

This is a brown pencil with barcode 3474372150040.

 

Druckbleistift Neon/Flourescent Limited Edition

Now for the pencils that were released in Switzerland in 2015. Again, registered with EuroPentel, and sold in Switzerland (but see below). These again were all molded in white and painted in the bright colors. As I said above, I got these in 2017 when I got the Vintage/Retro set.

P205-FF – Neon/Flourescent OrangeP205-FF (Gen 6) - 372

This is a bright Orange pencil with barcode 3474372050074.

P205-FG – Neon/Flourescent YellowP205-FG (Gen 6) - 393

This is a bright Yellow pencil with barcode 3474372050081.

P205-FK – Neon/Flourescent GreenP205-FK (Gen 6) - 396

This pencil is supposed to be Green, but it is more Yellow with a Green tint. For me, it is hard to tell that this is the green unless I have the yellow beside it.  The barcode is 3474372050098.

P205-FP – Neon/Flourescent PinkP205-FP (Gen 6) - 324

This is a bright Pink pencil with barcode 3474372050104.

 

In 2017, I found out that a company in Australia (http://www.larrypost.com.au/) was selling the Neon/Flourescent Limited Edition pencils, but not only were they selling the 4 that Switzerland sold, they were selling one more.

I have just finally ordered this pencil for myself and will update this blog when I receive it, but here is what I have right now.

P205-FB – Neon/Flourescent RedPentel P205-FB (Australia)

This is a bright Red pencil. According to the information I have collected on it, the barcode should be 3474372050067.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P200 for BOYS & GIRLS

In November 2016, Pentel Japan released a set of P205 pencils, lead and erasers that were apparently marketed to teens.  There were 5 pencils, 3 lead containers (with Ain 0.5mm HB lead) and 3 block erasers with different bands around them.  As of this blog post, you can still see the release on the Pentel Japan website (http://www.pentel.co.jp/special/7711/ ).

P200 for Boys & Girls

To me, this seemed to be strange marketing material.  As far as I know, this was only released in Japan, but the pictures appear to be of Caucasian teens. I am not sure why they would not use Japanese teens to promote this.

I received my first set of pencils in January 2017, and they immediately went into my display cases.  A couple of months later, I found some sets in a package and purchased them as well.D - P200BGPack - P200 for Boys & Girls 5-Pack (BG-C,S,P,P2,W) - 2096

All of these pencils are the same except for the color and the sticker on them.  They all read on the side “Automatic Pencil P200 0.5     P205”.

P205BG-CP205BG-C (Gen 6) - 321

This pencil is Navy and the barcode is 4902506333957.

P205BG-SP205BG-S (Gen 6) - 363

This pencil is Serenity Blue and the barcode is 4902506333988.

P205BG-PP205BG-P (Gen 6) - 336

This pencil is Coral Pink and the barcode is 4902506333964.

PG205BG-P2P205BG-P2 (Gen 6) - 324

This pencil is Baby Pink and the barcode is 4902506333971.

PG205BG-WP205BG-W (Gen 6) - 297

This pencil is Off-White and the barcode is 4902506333995.

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