Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Pentel Packaging

Over the years, Pentel has packaged their pencils in many different ways.  Most everybody is familiar with the different retail packages which we have covered in past blogs:

This post will be about other packaging that I have encountered.

P200 for Boys & GirlsD - P200BGPack - P200 for Boys & Girls 5-Pack (BG-C,S,P,P2,W) - 2096

These pencils were covered in a previous blog (  The first of these pencils I received were shipped as individual pencils, and they went straight into my collection. The next set of these pencils I ordered were shipped to me in the package above.  The package consists of a molded plastic base for the pencils with a plastic cover with Pentel stamped on it.  It is then placed in a Pentel stamped sleeve with a light blue back board and sealed with a strong adhesive strip.

PF337 in SleeveD - PDS-1 - Professional Drafting Pencil (PF337) - 591

I recently (June 2018) purchased this pencil in the protective sleeve.  It came with an instruction sheet. This is a standard Generation 4 PF337 for Film that was manufactured between about 1978 and about 1983.  The sleeve is a brown vinyl sealed to a shorter clear front.  The front is stamped in gold with Pentel and Japan, with nothing on the back.  The insert is a generic Pentel Drop-in Load Mechanical Pencil insert.  It does not mention the P200 series specifically.

Pentel Instruction Sheet

PDS-3 Professional Drafting SetD - PDS-3 - Professional Drafting Pencils (P203, P205, P207) - 1244

This is a set of 3 pencils (P203E, P205A & P207C) that was sold as a set under the designation PDS-3.  Of the sets in this blog post, this is the only one I have seen in a Pentel catalog.  I have a copy of the pencil pages from the 1980 Pentel Catalog, and this one is on page 24.
Pentel 1980, p24

I picked this up in May 2017, but it did not have the P207C pencil with it.  The P203E & P205A pencils are both Generation 4, so I wanted to replace the missing pencil with a Gen 4 P207C.  The problem is, this is the one P207C that I do not have in my collection.  I do not know if they had too many Generation 3 pencils, so did not make a Gen 4 or why I have never found one, so at the moment, it is still without its mate in my collection.

The vinyl pouch has a flap that covers the pencils when not in use, and it is stamped with the text:
P203          P205          P207
0.3mm     0.5mm      0.7mm

I cannot see it in the catalog, but this also came with an insert, which I have scanned below, showing the front and back.
PDS-3 Insert

PS315N in caseD - PentelCase - Single Pencil Case (PS315N) - 1355

The newest package in my collection, I have had this about 2 weeks.  This is the first version of the PS315 sliding sleeve pencil (Generation 3).  According to the page from the German 1975 catalog this pencil was available at that time, and was replaced by the Blue PS315C in about 1978.  This pencil has a little bit of damage to the text, probably from the plastic clip holding it in the case.

This case is a hard brown plastic with a white softer plastic clip to hold the pencil in place.  It comes with a clear plastic cover that has Pentel molded into the top at the pencil tip end in this picture.

Pentel Presentation SetsD - Present 1 - Pentel Presentation Set (PS523, P207, P209) - 2440D - Present 2 - Pentel Presentation Set (P205, P207, P209) - 2452IMG_0064

I purchased both of these sets in late 2016 from a dealer in the UK.  The first one I received had a PS523D (Gen 4.5), a P207C (Gen 5) and a P209G (Gen 5), along with Super Hi-Polymer HB Lead for each of the 3 sizes.  The 0.3mm lead came with 12 pieces, but the 0.7mm & 0.9mm lead both came with 15 pieces.  Also included is a ZEH-05 block eraser.

The second set came with a P205A, P207C & P209G, all Gen 5.  The included lead for each size all had 15 pieces.  Again the ZEH-05 eraser completed the set.

The bottom picture shows the closed case.

Being Generation 5 pencils, these had to have been put together starting in 1983-1984  to 1991-1993.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

Brazilian P200s, part 1

In 2003, Pentel opened a branch in Brazil and began to manufacture pens and pencils there.  At some point they began manufacturing the P200 pencils in the standard sizes and colors (P203E, P205A, P205B, P205D, P207C and P209G). Now all of these (and future releases) were released in Brazil with ‘PB’ (Pentel Brazil) at the end of the model number (in their catalogs, at least), so the P205A was released as P205-APB. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I believe that only the outer body is manufactured in Brazil, and all of the other components are brought in from Japan, as the clip still says Japan on it.

I believe that this was the first time that Pentel manufactured the P200 pencils outside of Japan, and thus, in the second line of the cutout, it does not say JAPAN.  In fact it does not say anything, except for the mark.Brazil CutoutNote, that some of the pencils released exclusively in Brazil were manufactured in Japan and say JAPAN in the cutout.  I will mention that when I cover those pencils.

In 2009, Pentel Brazil began releasing color P200s that are only available in Brazil.  Today I will be covering the biggest selection of these, the COLLECTION COLORS.

Another point is that these pencils are released either as a single pencil with the barcode sticker attached, or they were released as a carded retail package with a different barcode.  Of the 58 pencils I purchased from Brazil (includes some duplicates), I only received 7 in the retail package, so I don’t have complete barcode information for those.  The barcode information below is for the individual releases.

As far as I can tell, for the COLLECTED COLORS, these pencils are shown here in release order.  I may write something later about how I determined this.

P200-WPB WhiteP203-WPB (Gen 6) - 342P205-WPB (Gen 6) - 330P207-WPB (Gen 6) - Blue Text - 339P207-WPB (Gen 6) - 411P209-WPB (Gen 6) - 369

The P205-WPB White pencil was the first Brazilian color released in 2009.  From a blog post I have found, I know the Blue text version of the P207-WPB was released in 2010. The P203-WPB and P209-WPB were then released in 2011, when they started expanding their line to other color pencils.

I have no way to verify this, but I suspect that they were going to make the text the color of the original line of P200s (0.3mm = brown, 0.5mm = black, 0.7mm = blue and 0.9mm = yellow), but when they started releasing other colors of pencils and changed their plans to release the other white pencils with black text. In my mind, this is the only thing that makes sense about why they P207 has blue text.

Up until 2017, they kept making the P207 with blue text, but in 2017, they replaced the blue text version with the black text version.  Replaced is the key word here, as they kept the same barcode for the black text pencil.

All versions of this pencil were manufactured in Brazil.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419156974
P205 – 7898419152440
P207 – 7898419153904 – both versions
P209 – 7898419157032

I received the first four (blue text P207) in the above mentioned April 2017 shipment, with the P205 & P209 being packaged.  In May 2018, I received the black text P207 from anther friend from Brazil.

P200-FRPB Ferrari RedP203-FRPB (Gen 6) - 345P205-FRPB (Gen 6) - 308P207-FRPB (Gen 6) - 345P209-FRPB (Gen 6) - 297

These pencils are a brighter red than any other color released (other than neons).  These were all manufactured in Brazil. These pencils were released in 2011.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419157018
P205 – 7898419160872
P207 – 7898419160889
P209 – 7898419160896

I received these in a large shipment from a friend in Brazil in April 2017.

P200-PPB Light PinkP203-PPB (Gen 6) - 330P205-PPB (Gen 6) - 342P207-PPB (Gen 6) - 333P209-PPB (Gen 6) - 339

This one is a little out of order, but makes sense when looking at the next color.  The colors in these pictures are a little washed out and the actual pencils are a little more pink than shown above.  These were all manufactured in Brazil.

This series was released in 2011, and discontinued and replaced by the P200-PNPB Pink.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419156998
P205 – 7898419160858
P207 – 7898419160865
P209 – 7898419155359

Again, received in April 2017.

P200-ZPB SilverP203-ZPB (Gen 6) - 351P205-ZPB (Gen 6) - 339P207-ZPB (Gen 6) - 324P209-ZPB (Gen 6) - 333

These Silver pencils are a very different color from the other silver P200 pencils, with these not having a metallic component, just a silver/light gray color.  Compare these to the P205M-Z and the P205MZX from the P205 Metallics post or the blank silver P205-Z from the European Oddballs post. These were among the first non-white colors released in 2011.

P205 SilverSilver P200 Comparison – Top to Bottom: P205M-Z, P205MZX, P205-Z, P205-ZPB

These P205-ZPB pencils were all manufactured in Brazil.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419156981
P205 – 7898419156738
P207 – 7898419156745
P209 – 7898419156752

These were the first Brazilian pencils I purchased.  I got them from Andrey543 on eBay in September 2016, before I ever got in contact with anyone in Brazil.

P200-LPB LilacP203-LPB (Gen 6) - 318P205-LPB (Gen 6) - 354P207-LPB (Gen 6) - 324P209-LPB (Gen 6) - 315

These are a light purple in color and were all manufactured in Brazil. These pencils were released in 2014.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419158848
P205 – 7898419158855
P207 – 7898419158862
P209 – 7898419158879

Again, I received these with the large shipment in April 2017.

P200-MTAPB Matt BlackP203-MTAPB (Gen 6) - 345P205-MTAPB (Gen 6) - 339P207-MTAPB (Gen 6) - 339P209-MTAPB (Gen 6) - 339

These are the same matt black that were seen in the European Oddballs post, and like those, were all manufactured in Japan.

I kind of believe that these may have been the latest pencils to be released since unlike most of the others, this has Collection in front of the normal text. They were released in 2014, but later in production than the P200-LPB Lilac.

The barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419159302
P205 – 7898419159319
P207 – 7898419159326
P209 – 7898419159333

Received in the large shipment from April 2017.

P200-XPB GoldP203-XPB (Gen 6) - 320P205-XPB (Gen 6) - 324P207-XPB (Gen 6) - 327P209-XPB (Gen 6) - 357

Like the Matt Black pencils above, these Gold pencils also include Collection before the normal text, leading me to believe the two colors are the latest releases from 2014. The gold of these pencils are different from the P205M-X or the P205M-X50 from the P205 Metallics post or the P209-X Kirari from the P209 Kirari post.

P205 GoldGold P200 Comparison – Top to bottom: P209-X Kirari, P205M-X, P205M-X50, P205-XPB

I received one of these (P207) in a retail package, and it was manufactured in Brazil, but the other 3 were all manufactured in Japan.

The Barcodes for the P200-XPB are:
P203 – 7898419159340
P205 – 7898419159357
P207 – 7898419159364
P209 – 7898419159371

These were received in the April 2017 shipment.

P200-PNPB PinkP203-PNPB (Gen 6) - 351P205-PNPB (Gen 6) - 336P207-PNPB (Gen 6) - 378P209-PNPB (Gen 6) - 339

These are the currently available Pink pencils in Brazil, and were manufactured in Brazil. These replaced the P200-PPB Light Pink pencil in 2015.

I received all of these in the retail packaging, but unusually, one of these (the P203) also had the individual barcode sticker on it, which none of the other retail pack pencils had.

The catalog barcodes for these are:
P203 – 7898419162821
P205 – 7898419162838
P207 – 7898419162845
P209 – 7898419162852

Received in April 2017.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

European Oddballs

A lot of collectors here in the Americas (North and South) have seen the leftmost pencil (P205-GA Carbon Fiber) in the above image, but very few have seen the other five.

I will talk a little about the barcodes associate with these pencils in the post below.  If you would like to know more about barcodes, you can check out my previous post about this subject at

P205-MN Metallic Graphite (Blank)P205-MN (Gen 6) - Blank - 405

This color code is also called Anthracite in other areas of the world. The barcode on this pencil is 3474372050029. This barcode is registered out of EuroPentel in France.  I received it back in April of this year from a friend in Brazil.

P205-MTA Matt Black (Blank)
P205-MTA (Gen 6) - Blank - 336

This pencil, along with the next two were purchased from out of Switzerland when I made my purchases of the Retro and Neon P205 sets, back in March 2017. The barcode on this pencil is 3474372050944, again registered out of EuroPentel.

P205-WN White (Blank)P205-WN (Gen 6) - Blank - 342

This pencil’s barcode is 7610924040155.  This barcode is not registered to Pentel, but is apparently from a block where you can just purchase individual barcodes from a block out of Switzerland.

P207-MTA Matt BlackP207-MTA (Gen 6) - 354

Unlike the P205-MTA Matt Black, this one has the standard text on the side.  The barcode is 3474372207034 and is registered out of EuroPentel.

P205-GA Carbon Fiber
P205-GA (Gen 6) - 360

I picked up this pencil from in 2013.  I really like the look of the interwoven carbon fibers and for the longest time, I assumed that it had been distributed from Japan, but according to the barcode (3474372050609), it is registered out of EuroPentel.

As of this blog post, it is still available from Jetpens and elsewhere.

 P207-GA Carbon FiberP207-GA (Gen 6) - 321

This rarity also came from Artwaremail in Switzerland, and was the last of their stock.  I had never seen, nor heard of this pencil before they said that they had this.  It is the same carbon fiber body as the P205-GA and the barcode is 3474372207010, registered out of EuroPentel.

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, 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/Fluorescent 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/Fluorescent OrangeP205-FF (Gen 6) - 372

This is a bright Orange pencil with barcode 3474372050074.

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

This is a bright Yellow pencil with barcode 3474372050081.

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

This is a bright Pink pencil with barcode 3474372050104.


In 2017, I found out that a company in Australia ( was selling the Neon/Fluorescent Limited Edition pencils, but not only were they selling the 4 that Switzerland sold, they were selling one more.

Update 2018-07-01

Right before I posted this blog originally, I ordered this pencil from Ten days later I received a package from Australia, about 2 weeks earlier than I expected.

P205-FB – Neon/Fluorescent RedP205-FB (Gen 6) - 393

This is a bright Red pencil with the barcode 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 ( ).

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 (  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.