Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P203E Pencils

This post will cover the Pentel P203E Brown 0.3mm pencils.  At this moment, I only own 3 distinct versions of this pencil, but I will cover some of others.

Generation 4
P203E (Gen 4) - 312

This is the earliest version of the P203 that I have been able to acquire for my collection.  This pencil has the m/m in the printed text on the side, but does not have anything molded into the bottom (like a Generation 3 would). The cap still has the metal insert that keeps it from pushing the eraser down into the Inner Body.

Generation 4.5
P203E (Gen 4.5) - 906

When I was trying to buy these pencils online, I assumed they were (what I currently call) Generation 5 because of the text on the outer body. It wasn’t until I received them and found that the inner mechanisms all belong to a 4th Generation pencil.

When I was first categorizing my pencils, I called this “Generation 5” (and later generations were 1 step higher) because I had about 11 out of about 175 pencils, so I thought this was a legitimate full Generation.  But I was getting frustrated, because I could not find a “Generation 5” P205A Black pencil.  It wasn’t until at one point, I looked at what pencils comprised this generation and found that (at that time) only 0.3mm and 0.7mm made up this generation, and for the 0.7mm, it was only the smaller run of pencils (not P207s).

I then decided that this must be an intermediary generation to use up existing supplies.  So I changed “Generations 6 and 7” to the current Generations 5 and 6, and since this is a hybrid of Generations 4 and 5, I decided to call it Generation 4.5.

Generation 6
P203E (Gen 6) - 309

I picked this pencil up with the label (model # & barcode) on it as my example of a Generation 6 P203.  It is hard to tell in the individual pictures, but if you look at the image at the top of this post, you can see that this is a slightly darker shade of plastic that makes up the body of this pencil.

Other Generations

I don’t know when the P203E was first introduced, but I suspect it was at least as far back as Generation 2.  On the cover of the German 1975 Catalog (at least that is where I believe this is from), it shows (bottom row, to the left) the 4 standard P200 pencils (at least I think that is Brown, Black, Blue and Yellow) without text on the side.

Pentel of Germany - Catalog 1975 Cover

If this is the case and that is a P203E on the cover, then it was released in at least 1974 as a Generation 2 pencil.  The other 4 P200 family of pencils appear to be Generation 3 with text printed on the side, so 1975 is where I assume that Generation 3 starts.

I also assume that there are Generation 5 P203s out there, but as of the date of this post, I have not found any.  Each time I have tried to get one, it turns out to either be a Generation 4 (I currently have 4 of these), or a Generation 6 (as it is hard to tell in online pictures).

Hopefully in the future, I will have a more complete collection of this model of pencil and will have to update this post.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

My Collection

Before I start getting into looking at the specific pencils I have, I decided I would go ahead and show an overview of my current collection.  I currently have 3 cases that can each hold up to 48 pencils.

The first case contains most of my P205 collection (it overflows into case 2).

Case 1a
Overview of Case 1
Case 1b
Top – 8 -P205A, 4 – P205D, 1 – P205B, 1 oddball P205A, 4 Marble P205s & 6 – Metallic P205s
Case 1c
Bottom – 4 more Metallics, 1 White, 2 more Metallics, Carbon Fiber, 50th anniversary P205, Metallic Graphite and new Silver P205, 5 Gilded series, 5 Singapore releases and 3 from Brazil

Case two contains the remainder of my P205 collection, as well as the P203s, P207s and P209s.

Case 2a
Overview of Case 2
Case 2b
Top – 5 P200’s for Boys and Girls from Japan, 4 Neon P205s from Switzerland, 4 Retro P205s from Switzerland, 3 P203Es and 1 P203 from Brazil, and lastly 5 P207C variations
Case 2c
Bottom – 1 P207C and an oddball P207C, 7 Metallic P207s and the Metallic Graphite P207, 2 P207s from Brazil, 4 P209Gs, 3 Kirari XP209s from Japan and 2 P209s from Brazil

The last case contains all of the non-P200 series pencils that are based on the same body.

Case 3a
Overview of Case 3
Case 3b
Top – 2 variations each of P215, P217 & P219, 5 Stein P303Ss, 3 P323 variations, 1 P327 and 1 that I was sold as a P327 that has no markings
Case 3c
Bottom – 2 P533s, 3 PF335s, 3 PF337s, 2 PF339s, 5 PS315s and 3 PS523s, none of these are the same variation

I have a few more pencils on order that I hope to receive in the next few weeks.

I will be writing more blog posts about these groups of pencils over the next few months.  I hope that you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoy collecting them.