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.

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/Fluorescent Limited Edition

Now for the pencils that were released in Switzerland in 2015. Again, registered with EuroPentel, and sold in Switzerland (but see below). These again were all molded in white and painted in the bright colors. As I said above, I got these in 2017 when I got the Vintage/Retro set.

P205-FF – Neon/Fluorescent OrangeP205-FF (Gen 6) - 372

This is a bright Orange pencil with barcode 3474372050074.

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

This is a bright Yellow pencil with barcode 3474372050081.

P205-FK – Neon/Fluorescent GreenP205-FK (Gen 6) - 396

This pencil is supposed to be Green, but it is more Yellow with a Green tint. For me, it is hard to tell that this is the green unless I have the yellow beside it.  The barcode is 3474372050098.

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

This is a bright Pink pencil with barcode 3474372050104.

 

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

Update 2018-07-01

Right before I posted this blog originally, I ordered this pencil from http://www.larrypost.com.au/. Ten days later I received a package from Australia, about 2 weeks earlier than I expected.

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

This is a bright Red pencil with the barcode 3474372050067.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P200 for BOYS & GIRLS

In November 2016, Pentel Japan released a set of P205 pencils, lead and erasers that were apparently marketed to teens.  There were 5 pencils, 3 lead containers (with Ain 0.5mm HB lead) and 3 block erasers with different bands around them.  As of this blog post, you can still see the release on the Pentel Japan website (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.