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 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
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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.

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.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

PF330 Series for Film

This time I am writing about the PF330 (PF335, PF337 & PF339) series of pencils that Pentel put out for writing on plastic film. These pencils are marked so that they can be identified easily that they contain the specific lead for this use, although they can use standard pencil lead as well.

All of the pencils in this series have the same creme color body, with the text and text color denoting the size (brown/dark red for 0.5mm, blue for 0.7mm and orange for 0.9mm).

PF335 Generation 2PF335 (Gen 2) - 504

This is one of the two newest PF series that I have received.  I got it in June 2017 in a collection of pencils. This is the only PF pencil I have that does not have any text on it, but it does have the molded 0.5m/m on the bottom. All of the PF335 models have a sliding sleeve tip. Because these pencils use a special lead, they do not normally come with an eraser, but rather a black rubber stopper.  I received this particular pencil with a standard green eraser instead of the stopper, indicating that it was probably used with standard pencil lead.

I classified this as a Generation 2, but I am not absolutely certain that the text was not removed from the side, since it looks to have been well worn.  I know that there were Generation 3 of these pencils, but this is the only one of these I have ever seen.

PF335 Generation 3PF335 (Gen 3) - 516

Here is a true Generation 3 PF335 with brown text. In this generation, the word FILM is all capitalized in the text, as well as the molded size on the bottom of the pencil.  I picked this one up at the beginning of 2017. I can see this version of the pencil on the cover of the German 1975 catalog (at the bottom right), so it goes back that far at least.Pentel of Germany - Catalog 1975 Cover

PF335 Generation 4PF335 (Gen 4) - 303

One of the earlier pencils in my collection, from 2012, this Generation 4 pencil with brown text is where Pentel dropped the molded size from the bottom of the pencil.

PF335 Generation 4 (with Red Text)PF335 (Gen 4) - Red Text - 360

I received this pencil (and another one) in a batch at the same time as the Generation 2 above. The only difference between it and the Generation 4 above is the color of the text.  Even more than the pictures above, when they are sitting side by side there is a very distinct difference in color.

PF335 Generation 5PF335 (Gen 5) - 327

This pencil was in my dad’s effects when he passed away and I took it for myself.  He used regular pencil lead in it at his job, but I have replaced it with the correct Film lead.

Generation 5, as commented about in other posts, was a major changeover in production for the P200 family of pencils.  In this case, the most visible exterior change is the common dropping of the “/” in the mm, and on the PF pencils, the word Film is now in upper and lower case.

PF337 Generation 4PF337 (Gen 4) - 345

I picked up this pencil (as well as the PF339 Gen 4) in 2014. It uses the 0.7mm sliding sleeve for the tip, and does not have a molded size on the bottom. As mentioned at the top, this pencil uses blue ink for the text.

PF337 Generation 4.5PF337 (Gen 4.5) - 846

I picked this pencil up in 2012 and for the longest time, I thought that this generation was a distinct generation, not just a hybrid due to changing the manufacturing process and using up older parts (Generation 5 outer body & Generation 4 inner body & cap).

PF337 Generation 5PF337 (Gen 5) - 309

I picked up this pencil in 2016 and it is a true Generation 5 (as opposed to the Generation 4.5 above). The interior pieces are now all Generation 5 to match the outer body.

PF339 Generation 4PF339 (Gen 4) - 324

The 0.9mm pencils do not have a sliding sleeve available, so the PF339 pencils use the standard 4mm fixed tip on them, as well as orange ink for the text. Otherwise, this pencil is the same style as the other PF Generation 4 pencils.

PF339 Generation 5PF339 (Gen 5) - 309

I am not sure when or where I got this pencil, as I have lost the receipt and the information is not in my database.  It is the standard Generation 5 with the upper and lower case and no “/”.