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 http://www.artwaremail.ch, 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/Flourescent 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/Flourescent OrangeP205-FF (Gen 6) - 372

This is a bright Orange pencil with barcode 3474372050074.

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

This is a bright Yellow pencil with barcode 3474372050081.

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

This is a bright Pink pencil with barcode 3474372050104.

 

In 2017, I found out that a company in Australia (http://www.larrypost.com.au/) was selling the Neon/Flourescent Limited Edition pencils, but not only were they selling the 4 that Switzerland sold, they were selling one more.

I have just finally ordered this pencil for myself and will update this blog when I receive it, but here is what I have right now.

P205-FB – Neon/Flourescent RedPentel P205-FB (Australia)

This is a bright Red pencil. According to the information I have collected on it, the barcode should be 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 (http://www.pentel.co.jp/special/7711/ ).

P200 for Boys & Girls

To me, this seemed to be strange marketing material.  As far as I know, this was only released in Japan, but the pictures appear to be of Caucasian teens. I am not sure why they would not use Japanese teens to promote this.

I received my first set of pencils in January 2017, and they immediately went into my display cases.  A couple of months later, I found some sets in a package and purchased them as well.D - P200BGPack - P200 for Boys & Girls 5-Pack (BG-C,S,P,P2,W) - 2096

All of these pencils are the same except for the color and the sticker on them.  They all read on the side “Automatic Pencil P200 0.5     P205”.

P205BG-CP205BG-C (Gen 6) - 321

This pencil is Navy and the barcode is 4902506333957.

P205BG-SP205BG-S (Gen 6) - 363

This pencil is Serenity Blue and the barcode is 4902506333988.

P205BG-PP205BG-P (Gen 6) - 336

This pencil is Coral Pink and the barcode is 4902506333964.

PG205BG-P2P205BG-P2 (Gen 6) - 324

This pencil is Baby Pink and the barcode is 4902506333971.

PG205BG-WP205BG-W (Gen 6) - 297

This pencil is Off-White and the barcode is 4902506333995.

Posted in P200, 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 Family, Pentel

Pentel P209 Kirari Pencils

In the United States, Pentel had been distributing alternate colors of the P205 since 2010.  The Kiraris were the first size I found after the P205s.

In 2014, Pentel Japan released the Kirari line in 3 colors; Cherry Pink, Violet & Gold.  They released Brush Pens, Gel Pens and these Pencils.

I picked up my first set of these pencils in December 2014 from an eBay dealer out of Japan.  Finally in 2016, I started to collect the pencils in their original packaging and bought another set in September from a couple of different Japanese dealers.

I am not sure why, but the packages number these pencils as XP209 instead of just P209, as is printed on the pencils.

XP209-P Cherry PinkP209-P (Gen 6) - 318XP209-P FrontXP209-P Rear

XP209-V Violet (Muave)P209-V (Gen 6) - 318XP209-V FrontXP209-V Rear

In my experience, the Pentel color code V has always represented Violet, but for this pencil, I have seen it called Muave.

XP209-X GoldP209-X (Gen 6) - 339XP209-X FrontXP209-X Rear

I apologize for the photos of the pencils themselves, as the color did not turn out very well.  I may end up going back and taking these pictures again and replacing them.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Singapore P205 Pencils

I do not remember when I first saw these pencil, but they were first released in 2013 in Singapore. My first encounter with these was actually the White one that was later released in Canada in a 2-pack with a standard black P205A, when I purchased it in December 2014. This was also the first time I had encountered a P200 pencil with printing, that did not print the model number printed on it.P205BP2

I finally got a hold of a full set of these in September 2016 from a dealer in Singapore.  I ordered them off eBay and received the 5 pencils above.  I later ordered another set and the dealer sent them to me in the original packages, which came with a package of Ain 0.5 2B lead.Singapore Packaged

The original set are in my display cases and the packaged set is on my display board.

P205-BSGP205-BSG (Gen 6) - 327

This is the Red version of the pencil.  As I said above, this set of pencils are the first time I encountered this short style of printed text.

As far as I have seen, this pencil, along with the next two (CSG & GSG), are only available from Singapore.

P205-CSGP205-CSG (Gen 6) - 363

The Blue version.

P205-GSGP205-GSG (Gen 6) - 345

The Yellow version.  I do like the contrast of the red text on the yellow pencil.

P205-PSGP205-PSG (Gen 6) - 345

The Pink version available from Singapore, and supposedly from Canada (as P205-P).  In June 2016, Pentel Canada announced pink versions of several of their pens and pencils in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (http://pentel.ca/news/16).  I have not been able to get one of these, but I believe it should be the same as the Singapore version. As of this post, it still shows as being available on the Pentel Canada website.

P205-WSGP205-WSG (Gen 6) - 345

The white version from Singapore and Canada. As I said, this pencil was released in a 2-pack, but I have never seen any mention of it on the Pentel Canada website.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

Japanese Older Releases & Oddities

This post is going to be about the P320 series and another couple of oddball numbered pencils.

First I will go over the more common P320 pencils (although they are not that easy to find).  Then I will go over some other P320 pencils and another couple numbered P533.

P323E Generation 4.5 (Italic)P323E (Gen 4.5) - Italic Price - 861

This is the pencil you see when you look up a P323.  It is the standard brown (for 0.3 mm) and the text is the short text (size then model) that is seen on other pencils, except the size is in italic.

I am not sure when, nor from whom I actually acquired this pencil, as I do not find the receipt, but it was probably around 2010.  I do know that it was the first of the pencils in this blog that I got.

P325A Generation 5 (Italic)P325A (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 342

Again this is the pencil you see when you look up this model of pencil.  This pencil I picked up in May of this year along with the P327C.  I picked it up on eBay from a seller, who apparently found several sets of these, as he keeps posting a few of them every month or so.

P327C Generation 5 (Italic)P327C (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 354

This is actually the second of these pencils that I acquired.  The first one was in excellent condition, but did not have the price sticker on it, so when this one showed up on eBay, I bought it (along with the above P325A).

P329G Generation 5 (Italic)P329G (Gen 5) - Italic Price - 357

This completes the set of P320 pencils that are commonly seen when looking these up on the internet.  I never did see this come up on eBay, but another collector asked the above seller if he had any of these and he found a couple and I ended up purchasing this one in June of this year.

P323E Generation 4 (non-Italic)P323E (Gen 4) - Price - 354

This pencil and the following one that I purchased are the only times I have ever seen this style of P323.  This is an older pencil than the above series, as it uses the “/” in the size.  Also, it uses the full standard text with size, Pentel and model, as opposed to the short version (size & model) above.  Also if you see, it has a different style (rounded triangle) price sticker than was used on the pencils above (rectangle).  I am not sure if this has any significance, as the price is the same on all of the pencils in this blog, ¥500.

I purchased this and the one below in September of last year from an eBay seller I have purchased many pencils from.

P323E Generation 4.5 (non-Italic)P323E (Gen 4.5) - Price - 903

This is the next generation of the above pencil, where Pentel dropped the “/” from the size along with other changes to the outer body, but still apparently had stock of the previous generation inner body.

P327A Generation 4.5 (Blank)P327A (Gen 4.5) - Blank Price - 864

I identify this pencil as a P327A because that is what I was told that it was by the seller I mentioned above that I have done business with for years (I purchased this in October 2014). The only identifying information is that it is a 0.7mm tip and inner body, and the sticker on it identifies it as a 0.7mm.

There is nothing to identify it specifically as a P327, other than the sellers information, so it was kind of an ambiguous P200 pencil. In doing other research, I came across a sold listing on eBay for a similar P325A pencil that had no other marking other than the triangular 0.5mm price sticker, and it was from a different seller in a different country.

So with two different sources identifying this style of P320 series, I decided to use that designation for my pencil.

From the pencils above, it looks like there may have been as many as 3 different styles of  the P320 series pencils manufactured over the years.

P533A Generation 4 (Short Text)P533A (Gen 4) - Short Text Price - 324

When I saw these pencils online (and purchased it from the seller mentioned in the last 3 pencils), it was the first, and only, time I have seen this model of pencil. [While writing this post, I decided to look to see if I could find any other information on this pencil, and I found a closed auction on Yahoo Japan for one of these pencils.]

This pencil uses a black body with the modified short text with the bullet, “•”, between the size (using the “/”) and model. It also includes a smaller triangular price sticker.

I purchased this pencil in September 2016.

P533A Generation 4 (Standard Text)P533A (Gen 4) - Price - 333

The only difference between this and the prior pencil is the use of the standard text (size, Pentel & model) and the larger triangular price sticker.

I am almost ashamed to admit that when these two pencils were posted for sale online, I did not immediately pick up on the difference between the two, so I only purchased the one above.  Once I received it, I looked back at the auction for this one, and immediately kicked myself for not ordering it, since at that point it was obvious what the differences were.

In my eBay search, I do look for other sizes of these pencils (P535, P537 & P539), but I do not expect to find them, as this appears to have been a one-off. The 535 designation is used on the Pentel PS535, which is a completely different type of pencil from the P200 family of pencils, and I do not expect that Pentel would make both a P535 and a PS535, if only to avoid confusion.  So this will go down as one of Pentel’s pencil oddities.

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I try to post this blog every two weeks on Monday, but since the next day this would post is on Christmas day, I am going to delay it until the following Monday, January 1, when I will have two posts going up that day, one of which is a side post related to the Pentel P200 family of pencils.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P210 Series

This series of pencils is kind of an oddball.  Most other series (besides the original P203/P205/P207/P209 pencils) have a purpose behind them that you can see.  For example the PF330 series for Film and the Sliding Sleeve pencils.  I am not sure what the purpose behind this series was, nor why some of them had the odd short carry clip on them.

Pencil Clips in PocketThis short carry clip, comes out the bottom of the band, which will make the pencil sit almost 1/2″ (12.5mm) higher out of the pocket.  When I first received these pencils, all but one of them used this short clip, so my assumption was that this is what these pencils came with, and someone changed out the clip on the one that used the standard clip.  I have come to find out in corresponding with other collectors, that it looks like some also came with the standard clip, as they received a bunch of them with that.

The time these were available also seems to have been very limited, probably starting around 1990-91 for the Generation 5 pencils (based on the scarcity of these) and probably ending in the late 90’s with Generation 6.  According to some correspondence, it looks like the Generation 6 pencils were released around 1992.

I first acquired all of my P210 series pencils in March 2010 from about 3 different sources.  I could only get 1 each of the Generation 5 pencils, but got a bundle of 5 of each of the Generation 6.  Even now, you can still easily get Generation 6 P215 & P217 pencils off eBay, so this supports my supposition that the Generation 5 pencils were only manufactured for 1-2 years in low volume and the Generation 6 pencils were produced over a longer period and/or at a much higher volume.

P215A Generation 5 BlackP215A (Gen 5) - Short Clip - 309

The first version of the P215 is the “A” version in black that matches the P205.  The only differences are that the text is in gray instead of white and the short carry clip.

P215N Generation 6 GrayP215N (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 315

The common version of the P215 that you can find now is the “N” Gray body with white text.  Mine came with the short carry clip.

P217C Generation 5 BlueP217C (Gen 5) - 339

Of the P210 series I own, this is the only one I purchased that had a standard clip on it.  This Generation 5 uses the same body as the P207C, only with gray text instead of white.

P217C Generation 6 Dark BlueP217C (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 279

Again, the Generation 6 version of the P210 series changed from the color of the P200 series. This P217 is still a “C”, but it is dark blue with white text instead of the lighter blue.  It is even darker than the PS315C.

P219G Generation 5 YellowP219G (Gen 5) - Short Clip - 306

The Generation 5 of the P219 is the same yellow as the P209, but again with gray text and the short carry clip.

P219B Generation 6 RedP219B (Gen 6) - Short Clip - 300

This last P219 pencil really stands out in red (code “B”), with the white text.  Again the change of color from Generation 5 to Generation 6.  The only reason I can think of to do this would be to prevent confusion between the P200 series and the Generation 5 P210 series.