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:
This post will be about other packaging that I have encountered.
P200 for Boys & Girls
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 Sleeve
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.
PDS-3 Professional Drafting Set
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.
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:
P203 P205 P207
0.3mm 0.5mm 0.7mm
ITEM NO. PDS-3
I cannot see it in the catalog, but this also came with an insert, which I have scanned below, showing the front and back.
PS315N in case
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 Sets
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.