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.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P209G Pencils

This post is about the standard 0.9mm yellow pencil and the changes it has gone through since 1970 or 1971 when it was released.

Generation 1b (Short Tip)
P209G (Gen 1b) - Short Tip - 651

This is a very recent acquisition from March 2017 and in most respects is a standard Generation 1b pencil (see next pencil). The major difference is the short 2mm guide pipe on the tip, as opposed to the standard 4mm guide pipe. Up until this point, I believed that the only tip available for the 0.9mm pencils was the standard 4mm tip.

Generation 1b
P209G (Gen 1b) - 603

This is the standard Generation 1b that I have seen.  It has does not have the P205 molded into the cutout (a characteristic of Generations 1 & 1a of other models). It also has the 0.9 m/m printed on the bottom, with no other printing on the pencil. I picked this one up in September of 2016.

Generation 4
P209G (Gen 4) - 321

This is was the first older P209 pencil I picked up back in 2012.  I got it because of the obvious difference in the text (m/m vs. mm in the size).  This was before I started identifying the different generations of pencils.

Generation 4.5
P209G (Gen 4.5) - 852

I got this pencil in a batch of pencils I purchased for other reasons in May 2017. When I was buying the batch, I did not know this was anything other than a Generation 5 or 6, due to the text on the side. At that time, I did not know that the P209 had any of this generation. When cataloging pencils into my database, I take them apart and identify all of the components of the pencil. When I opened this one up, I was surprised to see the inner body with a brass spring cap. This has happened a few times when I purchase batches of pencils, and it is always enjoyable to find something you don’t have like this.

Generation 5
P209G (Gen 5) - 312

I picked this pencil up in September 2016. When trying to get specific generations of pencils, it is sometimes hard to tell online from the pictures, as they either are not a high enough resolution to see the mark in the cutout, or to see the bottom of the pencils in other cases.

Generation 6
P209G (Gen 6) - 309

This was the first P209 pencil I got when I started collecting mechanical pencils back in 2009. At this point, I do not know where I got it from, only the date, as I did not keep that information at that time, and I cannot find any e-mails concerning this purchase.

An interesting thing about this pencil (as well as my first Generation 6 P203E, P205A & P207C) I just noticed in the past couple of weeks, is that it is of French registration.  The barcode for this pencil is 3474372209007, which is an IAN-13 barcode that is registered to EUROPENTEL SAS in France. As I say, I don’t know where I got this from, it is just interesting that it ended up here in the US, instead of the US barcoded pencils.

 

Also, as you can see, I skipped over Generations 2 & 3, as those are ones I am still looking for.  I also do not have Generation 1a, but I don’t know for sure if this model exists.

Posted in P200, P200 Family

P207 Metallics

This post will be about the eight P207 Metallics that were released in the United States in late 2015 and 2016.  All of these pencils have been released as various retail packages, containing 1, 2 or 3 pencils.  The packages with 1 pencil have also been released as pencil only; pencil and 12-pack of lead; and pencil, 12-pack of lead and 2 of the Z2-1N short erasers.

I first encountered these online and my first purchase of these was on January 20, 2016 as a 3-pack containing the P207Z, P207M-YX and P207MN.  Since it takes a while to make it into the distribution pipeline, I assume that this package was officially released in late 2015.  The next colors I purchased (from the same online dealer) were in June 2016 with the purchase of another 3-pack of the P207M-P1X, P207M-SX and P207M-KX. The last two colors I purchased from the US retailer, Target in September of 2016.

I am not sure if Pentel USA released all of the colors at once, but it took a while to get through the distribution channels, or if the rolled out the colors over time.

P207M-KX (Gen 6) - 297P207M-KX Light Green Metallic

P207M-K1X (Gen 6) - 330P207M-K1X Mint Green Metallic

P207M-PX (Gen 6) - 324P207M-PX Pink Metallic

P207M-P1X (Gen 6) - 351P207M-P1X Rose Pink Metallic

P207M-SX (Gen 6) - 288P207M-SX Sky Blue Metallic

P207M-YX (Gen 6) - 315P207M-YX Rose Gold Metallic

P207MN (Gen 6) - 318P207MN Metallic Graphite

I have also seen this pencil color called “Anthracite”.

P207Z (Gen 6) - 309P207Z – Silver

One thing I liked about the P205 Metallics is that all but one of them came with tags on them that told the color code and the UPC barcode, even when in a retail package.

None of the retail packages of the P207 Metallics have barcodes on the pencils themselves.  I did find a source for the last two (P207MN & P207Z) as single pencils with color codes and barcodes.  This source corrected my designation of the P207Z, which I originally had designated as P207M-Z.