Posted in P200, P200 Family

New Pencils for Old Posts

I have some updates here for five previous blogs, where I have purchased pencils that would have gone with these blogs.  In the near future, I will go in and update the previous blogs with these newly acquired, but not necessarily new, pencils.


P205D & P205B Sharp Pencils

Originally published April 29, 2017

P205D (Gen 2) Greenz0456 - P205D (Gen 2) - 532

I purchased this pencil about 2 weeks after I published this blog.  It looks to be a very clean Generation 2 pencil, although it is possible that this is actually a Generation 3 that has had the printing removed. But I can find no traces of the printing being wiped off or scrubbed off, so I am designating it as a Generation 2.

P205B (Gen 5) Burgandyz0521 - P205B (Gen 5) - 334

I found this pencil 2 months after this blog went up.  I am not sure when this was released, but it is not in the 1985 US Catalog, but it is in the 1990-1991 US Catalog, so sometime in that 5 year period.


P207C Pencils

Originally published July 17. 2017

P207C (Gen 1) – Short Tipz0856 - P207C (Gen 1) - Short Tip - 1158

Prior to September 2018, when I acquired this pencil, I had assumed that the oldest version of the P207C was the Generation 1A, since “P205” was molded into the cutout, and they stamped the bottom with the size “0.7 m/m”.  My assumption was that they did that so that there would be no confusion about what size this really was.

Apparently, I was wrong, and they did release the P207C before they started stamping the size on the bottom. This is a very clean pencil that does not look like it ever had anything stamped on the bottom, so I have designated it as a Generation 1.

P207C (Gen 2) – Short Tipz0534 - P207C (Gen 2) - Short Tip - 574

In August 2017, again, 2 weeks after the blog, I got this pencil, which confirmed that Pentel did carry the Short Tip over to the Generation 2 pencils for the P207C, just like they did for the P205A pencils.


Japanese Older Releases & Oddities

Originally posted December 11, 2017

P325A (Gen 3) – Blankz0984 - P325A (Gen 5) - Blank - 588

Prior to this year, I had never found one of these up for sale, although I knew of other people who had one of these.  Then 2 months ago, I found it for sale in Japan, when I was also purchasing some other pencils.

Since this series of pencils does not have any printing on the sides, up until Generation 5, and the molded size is a characteristic of Generations 2 & 3, I decided to go a little conservative on the dating and call this one a Generation 3.

P320 pencils (Valters)Photo from collection of Valter dos Santos Junior of Brazil

The above picture shows a wider variety of the P32x pencils, of which I only have a few.


Pentel Stein P303S / P305S Pencils

Originally posted January 1, 2018

P305S-CW (Gen 6)z0636 - P305S-CW (Gen 6) - 346

P305S-DW (Gen 6)z0637 - P305S-DW (Gen 6) - 340

P305S-PW (Gen 6)z0638 - P305S-PW (Gen 6) - 342

I purchased the above 3 pencils in August 2018, which left me still needing the Orange version of this.

P305S-FW (Gen 6)z0907 - P305S-FW (Gen 6) - 350

In January 2019, I found a full set of these for sale and purchased them, so that I could complete my collection, and also replace the Black version that did not have a sticker, since all of these did.


Custom Pentel P205 Pencils

Originally posted October 14, 2018

As you might be able to tell, I really like the Spoke pencils, especially the Spoke 4.  My original purchase had an Anodized Aluminum grip, and my second purchase was of the Titanium (shiny) grip.

All of the Spoke 4 pencils I have purchased have the 8.3 mm size grip, with 0.5 mm lead.  All Spoke 4 pencils have an aluminum body.

Spoke 4 Blue Body / Brass Gripz0882 - SPOKE 4-QCBR - 304

I purchased this in October 2018 because I decided I wanted to try the heaviest grip.  Once I received it, I decided to change out the Tip and Cap from an extra Gilded series pencil that I had.

Spoke 4 Black Body / Stainless Steel Gripz0896 - SPOKE 4-QASS - 304

In December 2018, I decided to go ahead and get the last of the grip materials that I did not have.  I decided on the Black Body, just to give it a clean look.

Spoke 4 Purple Body / Sand-Blasted Titanium Gripz0925 - SPOKE 4-QVTB - 314

In April of this year, Brian Conti released a new color body and a new grip.  I decided I wanted both.  This is currently my go-to pencil at work.

And, just to show them all together…Spoke 4 Collection

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

What is a color? A color by any other name…

I had an issue come up this past week when I was asked to purchase some pencils for someone from another country.  He was asking me to purchase some P207 Blue Green Metallic pencils from a retail chain for him, and he would purchase the P207 Mint Green Metallics from a dealer online.

Now, I had no problem with him purchasing some of the pencils from someone else, as I did not have them, and he could not order specific colors from the retail chain, and they are local to me. What I did have a problem with, was him asking me to purchase the Blue Green Metallics, or what I had seen called Mint Green and him ALSO purchasing the Mint Green from someone else. So, I started digging into what he was actually asking for.


web-colour-code-listTo start off with, Pentel assigns color codes to their models of pencils, when there are different colors available.  For example, black is code A, so a black P205 is P205A (or sometimes P205-A), and blue is code C, so the standard blue P207 is P207C, etc.  Above is the standard color code list that you can find around the internet, and applies to most of the Pentel line, although there are more colors than this, such as code K1 (Mint Green).

The good news is that the pencils he is ordering from this other company were Light Green, so we were not ordering the same colors.  The bad news is that the code for these pencils was P207MK1, not P207MK.  I went to my pencils and pulled out my pencil from this company, and sure enough, the Light Green was P207MK1.  I thought about this for a few minutes and then went to my P209 pencils and looked at the Mint Green pencil, and it is coded P209M-KX.

This got me thinking; had I had these wrong the whole time?  And if so, where did I get the information in the first place.  So I started to dig into the database of my pencils, and found that the P205 had these pencils as well.

P205 Initial Release

So, back in 2012, Pentel released a limited run of 13 colored P205 pencils.  These pencils were released singly, and in retail packages, but in all cases, they had a sticker on them with their barcode and the item code, so I know exactly what color went with what code.
P205M-BX (Red Metallic)
P205M-CX (Blue Metallic)
P205M-DX (Green Metallic)
P205M-KX (Light Green Metallic)
P205M-K1X (Mint Green Metallic)
P205M-PX (Pink Metallic)
P205M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic)
P205M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic)
P205M-VX (Violet Metallic)
P205M-X (Gold)
P205M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic)
P205M-Z (Silver)
P205-WX (White)

I believe that they added the X to the end of the color to differentiate the first three colors from the Marble pencils that were released in 2010 (P205-MB, P205-MC, P205-MD) and carried it through the rest of the line.

P205 Later Release

In 2016, Pentel re-released 5 of the original colors (with new item codes), plus a new color.
P205MBX (Red Metallic)
P205MCX (Blue Metallic)
P205MDX (Green Metallic)
P205MVX (Violet Metallic)
P205MZX (Silver)

P205MNX (Metallic Graphite)

P207 Initial Release

In 2016, Pentel released 8 colored P207 pencils.  In this case, they were only released in retail packaging and did not have any stickers on them, but these colors matched the colors of the P205 pencils released in 2012, so I assigned the same color codes, except for the Metallic Graphite and Silver, which I received with stickers and item codes.
P207M-KX (Light Green Metallic)
P207M-K1X (Mint Green Metallic)
P207M-PX (Pink Metallic)
P207M-P1X (Rose Pink Metallic)
P207M-SX (Sky Blue Metallic)
P205M-YX (Rose Gold Metallic)
P207MN (Metallic Graphite)
P207Z (Silver)

P209 Initial Release

In 2017, Pentel released 4 colored P209 pencils.  These were released individually, with stickers having the barcode and item code on them.  There was a limited release of retail packaging, but I have not found anyone who carries them locally.
P209M-KX (Mint Green Metallic)
P209M-NX (Metallic Graphite)
P209M-PX (Pink Metallic)
P209M-ZX (Silver)

P207 Later Release

In 2018, 4 colors were released as individual pencils (along with the P207MN & P207Z).
P207MK1 (Light Green Metallic)
P207MP1 (Rose Pink Metallic)
P207MS (Sky Blue Metallic)
P207MY (Rose Gold Metallic)

 

So, if you look at the above pencils in Bold typeface, these are the ones I am concerned about.

Light Green PencilsIMG_0905

The bottom pencil was the original 2012 release of the P205M-KX, and the top was the 2018 release of the P207MK1.  You can see that Pentel flip-flopped the color code.

Mint Green PencilsIMG_0906

They may have changed the color very slightly, but it is still the Mint Green that started out at the bottom with the K1 code for the P205 and ended with the K code for the P209.  The P207 never had a sticker for this color, but i wanted to show it in the image.

As the P205 in these colors was never reissued with these colors, and a span of 5 years (2012 to 2017) between when the color codes were made public on the pencils themselves, it looks like someone got confused at Pentel USA and assigned the wrong color code in 2017, and has stayed consistent in later releases.

It does make it a pain, as I have to go back and change the codes in my database on all of the P207 initial release pencils that I have, so they stay consistent with the later release. I never caught this, as I did not go back and check the code against the colors on later pencils vs the P205.

 

This is not the only time that Pentel has done this, although this second time was between different divisions.  In 2016, Pentel Japan released the P200 for Boys & Girls, and in 2018, Pentel Brazil released their versions.  But, Pentel Brazil changed the codes to something that I cannot make heads, nor tails out of.

Japan Code Color Brazil Code
P205BG-C Navy P205-BM
P205BG-P Coral Pink P205-SA
P205BG-P2 Baby Pink P205-LP
P205BG-S Serenity Blue P205-LB
P205BG-W Off-White P205-CW

I can figure out some of the Brazil codes, such as LP for Light Pink, LB for Light Blue, maybe Cloud White for CW, and (stretching it), Salmon for SA, but I have no clue for what BM would stand for.

 

But, in any case, after this research, I now know what I am supposed to purchase, and what my friend is purchasing for himself.

Here is a PDF of where I know the different pencils are available in the United States.  United States Availabilty of P200 pencils.pdf

Posted in P200, P200 Family

Custom Pentel P205 Pencils

Over the years, I had picked up some custom pencils, but for the longest time I resisted adding them to my database about my Collection.  I did have some of them on display, but had not decided what to do.

Finally, with the growing size of the collection of custom pencils, I decided to go ahead and catalog these.

For this writeup, I am going to go over these by where I got these from.

Wood Turned Pencils

The first wood turned pencils I found online were from Turn-of-the-Century, but when I was looking for more wood turned Pentel P200 pencils online, most of the sites that came up were on Etsy, so I decided to purchase a pencil from each of the stores I found on there.

Thom Wilson – P205 Wood Turned Teakz0608 - TURN-THOM-TTK - 325

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Thomsturnings

This is a very nice looking pencil, but it would never make it into my regular pencil rotation.  This is no fault of Thom, it is just that I like a thin pencil (look at what I am collecting), and his pencil has a grip diameter of about 1/2″ or more, much to large for me.

One other issue is that the pencil has been sealed or varnished, but the end-grain on the cap end, does not appear to have been sealed.  Either it was not, or the wood absorbed the sealant on the end.

Richard Altenhofen – P205 Wood Turned Bloodwoodz0576 - TURN-ALTEN-TBW - 380

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RichardAltenhofen

Richard had several pencils in different variety of wood, but I finally decided on the Bloodwood.  Again, this is much too thick for my taste, but in his description of the pencils he writes, “I make the diameter of my mechanical pencils a bit larger that [sic] the original because I find people like the grip better.”

One thing I do like about this pencil is that he copied much of the detail that is on the standard P200 body.  He has the groove cut out for the clip to sit in, and he has the grooves at the front along the grip, although his has 13 vs. the Pentel’s 11 grooves.

His pencils normally come in P207, but he will change them out to P205 or P209 upon request.

Dale Parrott – P205 Wood Turned Zebra Woodz0609 - TURN-WTC-TZW - 342

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodTurningCity

This is one of my favorite of the wood pencils.  At the time I purchased this, he had two Zebra Wood pencils, but I like the looks of this one the best.  Another reason that this is one of my favorites, is the shape mimics the P205, and fits my hand perfectly.

It is also very reminiscent of the Brown Marble P205, in the flow of the lines.

Turn-of-the-Century Wood Turning

The next three pencils come from the website http://www.turn-of-the-century.com/write.htm.  They offer several types of items including pens and pencils.  The pencils use either the P205 or P207 internals, and they usually have a couple of dozen pencils available in several different varieties of wood, and three different styles.  I chose one of each style in a different wood each.

P205 Wood Turned High Flare Cocoboloz0607 - TURN-TOTCH-TCO - 350

Turn-of-the-Century carves their flare on the pencils in two different positions.  This one is the high flare, set above the end of the pencil for people who like to hold their pencils further up.

I don’t particularly care for the flare, especially this high up, but I wanted to have one of each style of pencil that they make.  This is the darkest wood of the pencils I have and  is hard to photograph, but it does have some wood grain aspects in a very dark red and brown.

P205 Wood Turned Flare Honduran Rosewoodz0606 - TURN-TOTCF-THR - 355

This flared pencil is made of one of the lighter woods that I have.

P205 Wood Turned Purpleheartz0484 - TURN-TOTC-TPH - 338

This is my other favorite of the wood turned pencil, and is also the first one I purchased back in January 2017.  I really like the purple color to the wood and the tapered shape; it feels really good in your hand.

Metal Pencils

When I first got on Kickstarter, I backed several makers of pens, but I did not ever see people making pencils out of metal.  Finally in 2012, I came upon a Kickstarter by Brian Conti to design a metal pencil based on the Pentel P205.  And the collection started there.

I have not found anyone else online who designs a metal pencil based on the P200, so all the pencils below are from https://www.spokepen.com/.  All of these pencils, with one exception, were available in 0.5mm, 0.7mm & 0.9mm.

Spoke One Dotz0568 - SPOKE 1 Dot-QD - 334z0567 - SPOKE 1 Dot-QB - 346z0566 - SPOKE 1 Dot-QA - 338

As I said above, I had purchased metal pens (and still use one or two), but had never found metal pencils until the Spoke Mechanical Pencil.

According to the Kickstarter, Brian wanted to design a pencil that was not just another round pencil in metal, and used his CNC machine to make this pencil out of aluminum.  To make it unique and stand out, he carved the slots out of the sides to give it the look of spokes in a wheel.  Since he planned on doing more pencils later, he decided to make a single dot on one side near the cap, and that would be how he designated the pencils, thus the Spoke One Dot was born.

You can go see the original Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/690647277/spoke-mechanical-pencil .  As you can see in the above pictures, I backed the 3-pack, including the Kickstarter exclusive green color.

Spoke Solidz0569 - SPOKE Solid-QN - 355

As best as I can remember, after the Kickstarter, Brian set up his website and a couple of months later he offered this limited edition pencil, without the cutouts.  This one still has the One Dot at the top, but also has “SPOKE” stamped on the side, along with the number of the pencil, in my case, “6”.  This pencil is made of Gunmetal Gray anodized aluminum.

Spoke Inversez0600 - SPOKE Inverse-QN - 296

This pencil was released in 2013, and was a kind of side pencil from the main Spoke line, and thus does not have the Dot designation.  It is labeled “SPOKE 2013”, and is also, the only pencil in my Collection that is not one of the P200 family of pencils.  This one is made from the guts of the Pentel P225 (the only size available at this time).

It is a good thing that Brian did not decide to try to continue to use the P225, as (at least here in the USA) it was discontinued after the 2012 catalog.  Or maybe that is why he did not carry forward with this…

Spoke Two Dotz0582 - SPOKE 2 Dot-QB - 312

I missed this pencil when it was first offered and only picked it up this year when Brian posted about having a few left in stock.

Aside from the Two Dot designator, the only difference I see in this pencil is that the slots are cut narrower than the One Dot.

Spoke Three Dot Prototypez0861 - SPOKE 3 Dot-QAL-PROTOTYPE - 300

This is another acquisition from this year. Made of bare aluminum, this pencil marked a complete change of direction for Spoke pencils, and I think it is for the better.  I did like the uniqueness of the prior pencils, but they never fit my hand comfortably due to the flare at the tip end.

This pencil, with the straight grip section that flares out larger into the body where the spokes are is, to me, a fantastic design.  It just fits my hand very comfortably.

The only real downside to this design, is that it no longer has any flat edges to keep it from rolling off a desk.

As I said, this pencil is a prototype for the…

Spoke Three Dotz0570 - SPOKE 3 Dot-QTT - 329

In July 2017, Spoke Design released almost the perfect pencil.

It had the right shape and it was Brian’s first pencil released in Titanium (the only way the Three Dot was released).  It was perfect, except that he kept having issues making these out of Titanium (I suspect in the cutting out the slots).  Thus, only 100 were released, making a limited edition out of what was (I believe) supposed to be an ongoing production.

Spoke 4z0571 - SPOKE 4-QBA - 325z0583 - SPOKE 4-QCTT - 325

Released on Halloween (October 31) 2017, the Spoke 4 was a departure in several ways.

First, the name.  The dots and Dot designation were dropped for this release, although the 4 is inside a big white dot.  Second, this pencil is made of two sections; the grip and the body.

And these two sections, give you a lot of choices.  The body currently comes in 4 colors; the grip comes in 2 sizes: 8.3mm & 9.2mm, and 5 choices of materials/colors.  Of course it is still available in the three sizes: 0.5mm, 0.7mm & 0.9mm (if you ask very nicely, you can even get it in 0.3mm).  This gives you 120 different combinations to choose from (160 for those who asked nicely).

The first one I purchased was the Red anodized aluminum body with the 8.3mm Black anodized aluminum grip in 0.5mm.

Later I purchased a Blue anodized body (I love this shade of blue) with the 8.3mm Titanium grip (I have always been fascinated with Titanium since a certain comic book series I read as a kid), of course in 0.5mm.  This is the first Spoke pencil that I have used constantly since I got it and it resides on my desk at work.

Spoke Five

In September of this year, the next two pencils were released concurrently.

Spoke 5-2z0854 - SPOKE 5-2-QN - 270

Spoke 5-3z0855 - SPOKE 5-3-QAL - 283

These pencils feature the return of the Dots on the pencil, but not in the name.  They are designated “5” after the Dots and “2” or “3” after the number of slots cut on each side. The smaller grip area (than the Dot 3 or 4) is 9mm in diameter, but the cap end features the return of a 6 flat sides, which will help with rolling on desks.

Right now, these are only available in aluminum in two finishes; anodized storm grey (see the 5-2 above) and bare aluminum (5-3).  Due to being made of aluminum, and such a small cross-section, these are very light, and thus probably won’t make it into my permanent rotation, as I like heavier pencils.

 

I look forward to seeing what Brian and Spoke Designs come up with in the future.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P200 for BOYS & GIRLS, Parte Dois

Every year since 2012, at least one division of Pentel has released a new series of P200 pencils, somewhere in the world.  In early August this year it was Japan with the P200 for Clena, then about a week later, it was Brazil with their version of the P200 for Boys & Girls. I just received my pencils from Brazil this past week.

Differences

This post is about the Brazilian version of the pencils Japan released in 2016 (http://www.pentel.co.jp/special/7711/), which were manufactured in Brazil. The Brazilian versions are different in several respects from the Japanese version.
1. The text of the pencils is different between the two versions.  The Japanese version is all new, where the Brazilian version just adds the “P200 BOYS & GIRLS” in front of the standard text:
Japanese: Automatic Pencil P200 0.5   P205
Brazilian: P200 BOYS & GIRLS 0.5mm Pentel P205
2. Brazil changed the color of the text on all the pencils to Dark Blue except the Dark Blue pencil, they left white.
3. Brazil manufactures these in 0.5mm, 0.7mm & 0.9mm, where Japan only released these in 0.5mm.
4. Brazil used the standard black Inner Body instead of the white Inner Body that Japan used on their version of these pencils. P200 for BOYS & GIRLS Inner Body.jpg

Color Codes

When I was entering these pencils into my tracking system, I found that Brazil had changed all of the color codes from those of the Japanese versions.  I started trying to make sense of the codes, but could not from the perspective of Pentel’s color code system.web-colour-code-listHere is the list of P205 pencils with first the Japanese Color, then the Japanese Code, then the Brazilian Code.

Japanese Color Japanese Code Brazilian Code
Navy P205BG-C P205-BM
Coral Pink P205BG-P P205-SA
Baby Pink P205BG-P2 P205-LP
Serenity Blue P205BG-S P205-LB
Off-White P205BG-W P205-CW

I could not figure out these codes, other than the P205-LP and -LB, being probably Light Pink and Light Blue.  My wife suggested that the P205-SA is probably Salmon and the P205-CW is some variant of White, probably Cloud White.  Neither one of us could figure out what the M is on the P205-BM, since it is a Dark Blue (Blue Major?).

The main thing I am wondering is, did they get someone in to Pentel Brazil in charge of these that has never worked for Pentel before, and so they did not know to follow the color codes?  What other reason to use these non-Pentel color codes is there?

For all of the images below of the pencils, they start from top to bottom with the Japanese version, then the Brazilian P205, P207 and then the P209.

P200-BM Blue (Major?) / NavyP200-BM

This is the Dark Blue / Navy pencil version of these pencils.  As you can see very similar other than the text and the Cutout, where the Japanese pencil says Japan and the Brazilian ones do not list a country.  The color of the white is a little brighter on the Brazilian pencils.

The IAN codes are:
P205BG-C – 4902506333957
P205-BM – 7898419167123
P207-BM – 7898419167178
P209-BM – 7898419167222

P200-CW Cloud White / Off-WhiteP200-CW

The White version of these pencils all use a blue text, but the Brazilian versions is a little brighter blue than the Japanese.

The IAN codes are:
P205BG-W – 4902506333995
P205-CW – 7898419167093
P207-CW – 7898419167147
P209-CW – 7898419167192

P200-LB Light Blue / Serenity BlueP200-LB

Here is where the text colors start to change dramatically.  The Japanese version in white is hard to read in this picture, but the Brazilian blue really stands out.

The IAN codes are:
P205BG-S – 4902506333988
P205-LB – 7898419167116
P207-LB – 7898419167161
P209-LB – 7898419167215

P200-LP Light Pink / Baby PinkP200-LP

The text color here are both a blue, but again the Brazilian blue pops here.

The IAN codes are:
P205BG-P2 – 4902506333971
P205-LP – 7898419167130
P207-LP – 7898419167185
P209-LP – 7898419167239

P200-SA Salmon / Coral PinkP200-SA

Here, I agree with the Japanese color choice for the text.  I think the red goes much better with this color than the Brazilian blue.

The IAN codes are:
P205BG-P – 4902506333964
P205-SA – 7898419167109
P207-SA – 7898419167154
P209-SA – 7898419167208

 

 

Footnote: For the English speakers, Parte Dois is Brazilian Portuguese for Part Two.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Pentel Collection PDF

Today my wife and I went to the Dallas Pen Show.  Before we went I put together a PDF of my collection and printed it out.  I also included 3 appendices from my first 3 posts on this blog with the terminology I use, the components of the pencils and the generations.  I did some minor updates to these appendices.

Now, once I have posted about all of my pencils, I intend to put together a book about these pencils that I and others have collected, but that will take a while, and I have not finished my posts on these pencils yet.

I brought the printed book (100 pages) to show to George from https://mysupplyroom.blogspot.com, and I also showed it to Brad Dowdy of https://www.penaddict.com/ and https://nockco.com/. George showed interest in getting a copy of this, so I decided to post the PDF to my blog.

As I said, this is not a finished product, and I am in the middle of retaking pictures of all of these pencils, replacing the ones with a blue background.

Display Cases (Public) – 2018-09-28

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P200 for Clena

On August 8, 2018, Pentel Japan released a news post (http://www.pentel.co.jp/news/9836/) about the Clena Energel pencils and the new Pencils for adult women. They also released a special post, specifically about the P200 pencils (http://www.pentel.co.jp/special/9796/).  Both of these lines were released in the same basic colors: brown, pink, blue and white.

The pencils (which this blog is about) were released in two sizes: 0.3mm and 0.5mm.  They also released 4 sets of Ain Stein pencil leads: a pink and blue package of 0.3mm with 15 pieces of lead each and a pink ad blue package of 0.5mm with 40 pieces each.IMG_0278

P203CL-E – Nude Brownz0639 - P203CL-E (Gen 6) - 360P205CL-E – Nude Brownz0687 - P205CL-E (Gen 6) - 355

These bodies of these pencils are a transparent brown with the text in a darker brown script format saying “P203 for Clena   0.3” or “P205 for Clena   0.5”.  The inner body of this (and all the Clena pencils) is molded in white, instead of the normal black.P200CL-E - 473

The barcode labels for these pencils are marked in the bottom right with a boxed 300, which I take to be the price of 300 yen, which is about what I have seen it going for in Japan.

The barcodes are:
0.3mm – 4902506357304
0.5mm – 4902506357342

P203CL-P – Sheer Pinkz0651 - P203CL-P (Gen 6) - 346P205CL-P – Sheer Pinkz0703 - P205CL-P (Gen 6) - 338

The bodies of these pencils are a transparent pink with the text in a darker pink, reading as above.

The barcodes are:
0.3mm – 4902506357311
0.5mm – 4902506357359

P203CL-S – Clear Bluez0663 - P203CL-S (Gen 6) - 363
P205CL-S – Clear Bluez0719 - P205CL-S (Gen 6) - 364

The bodies of these pencils are a transparent blue, which is why they probably chose to use the S code instead of the C code, which is usually a darker blue than the S codes “Sky Blue”.  The text is a darker blue with the regular Clena text.

The barcodes are:
0.3mm – 4902506357328
0.5mm – 4902506357366

P203CL-W – Silky Whitez0675 - P203CL-W (Gen 6) - 367
P205CL-W – Silky Whitez0735 - P205CL-W (Gen 6) - 375

The last color for the bodies of these pencils, is a transparent white with, this time, gold text with the Clena text.

The barcodes are:
0.3mm – 4902506357335
0.5mm – 4902506357373

 

One issue I have run into with the purchase of these pencils, is that I am now completely out of room in the 4 display cases I have for my pencils.  I have now had to add a 5th case, and need to work out some issues to show off that 5th case, since it is on a highter shelf, and the bottom portion is not easily viewable.  I currently have 201 pencils in my “collection”, plus a few other custom P200 pencils that I will write about soon.

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:
https://nimrodd.net/2017/09/11/retail-packages-in-the-usa-part-1/
https://nimrodd.net/2017/10/15/retail-packages-in-the-usa-part-2/
https://nimrodd.net/2018/02/12/p205-gilded-collection/

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 (https://nimrodd.net/2018/03/19/p200-for-boys-girls/).  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:
PROFESSIONAL
DRAFTING
PENCILS
P203          P205          P207
0.3mm     0.5mm      0.7mm
ITEM NO. PDS-3
Pentel

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.