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, 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, 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 https://nimrodd.net/2017/12/04/barcodes/.

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 http://www.artwaremail.ch/ 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 https://www.jetpens.com 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, 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, 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.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P209 Metallics

Back in January or February of 2017, I was doing research on Pentel pencils and came across a website (I have since lost the website) that was a catalog listing of office supplies available (looked to be a wholesale distributor site). They had 4 P209 pencils I had never heard of.

In April 2017, I was referred to a website (www.ipenstore.com) where I purchased several of these pencils.

These are the Metallic P209s that have been released in the United States.

P209M-KX (Gen 6) - 309P209M-KX Metallic Blue Green

P209M-NX (Gen 6) - 333P209M-NX Metallic Graphite

P209M-PX (Gen 6) - 318P209M-PX Metallic Pink

P209M-ZX (Gen 6) - 321P209M-ZX

One thing I wish that Pentel would do, is to standardize the color codes for their pencils, as it would make cataloging simpler. For example, the Metallic Graphite is different for the 3 different sizes that have been released. They are P205MNX, P207MN and now P209M-NX. The Silver (with Black text) are P205-MZX, P207Z and P209M-ZX.