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

P205 Metallics

After the success of the P205 Marble series, Pentel started to release metallic colors for their most popular size, the P205.  In 2012, Pentel released 12 or possibly 13 pencils.

One thing that made identification of these pencils easy is that with 1 exception, all of them came with labels on the bottom with their color codes and barcodes.

P205M-BX (Gen 6) - 354P205M-BX – Red Metallic

P205M-CX (Gen 6) - 381P205M-CX – Blue Metallic

P205M-DX (Gen 6) - 351P205M-DX – Green Metallic

P205M-KX (Gen 6) - 366P205M-KX – Light Green Metallic

P205M-K1X (Gen 6) - 402P205M-K1X – Mint Green Metallic

P205M-PX (Gen 6) - 342P205M-PX – Pink Metallic

P205M-P1X (Gen 6) - 345P205M-P1X – Rose Pink Metallic

P205M-SX (Gen 6) - 330P205M-SX – Sky Blue Metallic

P205M-VX (Gen 6) - 354P205M-VX – Violet Metallic

P205M-X (Gen 6) - 366P205M-X – Gold Metallic

P205M-Z (Gen 6) - 351P205M-Z – Silver Metallic

P205-WX (Gen 6) - 357P205-WX – White – Not a metallic, but it was released with the rest of the series, so I count it as such.

P205M-YX (Gen 6) - 351P205M-YX – Rose Gold Metallic – I am not for sure if this pencil came out with the rest of the 2012 metallics, but I found it and purchased it in 2014.  I may have overlooked it in 2012, mistaking it for the P205M-X, since unless you see them side by side, it could be mistaken for Gold.

The above are the 12 or 13 that were released in 2012.  There are three more pencils that I count as part of the metallic line as well as some that were re-released.


In 2015, Pentel America celebrated 50 years in business.  As part of this celebration, instead of their standard 2-pack (P205BP2-K6), they released a 3-pack (P205BP2F) with 2 P205A with a bonus pencil.  Both of these packages have the same 5 digit number on the front (04490), which corresponds to the UPC.50 Years of Pentel America

P205M-X50 (Gen 6) - 357P205M-X50 – 50th Anniversary Gold – This is the only pencil in the P205 metallics that did not come with a label, so I made the above designation to keep track of this in my collection.


In 2016, Pentel released two 3-packs of P205 pencils.IMG_1104These are the P205MBP3M (left) and the P205MBP3M1 (right). The one on the left included 2 new pencils.

P205MNX (Gen 6) - 363P205MNX – Metallic Graphite – 2 of these are included in the 3-pack.

P205MZX (Gen 6) - 354P205MZX – Silver

The 3-pack on the right contained 3 colors that were released back in 2012.  But, they issued them with slightly different color codes (took out the “-“) and a new barcode.

P205MBXP205M-BX (2012 – 884851008237) vs. P205MBX (2016 – 884851025739)P205MCXP205M-CX (2012 – 884851008244) vs. P205MCX (2016 – 884851025746)P205MDXP205M-DX (2012 – 884851008251) vs. P205MDX (2016 – 884851025753)

I am not sure why they reissued these with different codes and barcodes, but they also re-released at least one other that I know of.

P205MVXP205M-VX (2012 – 884851008275) vs. P205MVX (2016 – 884851025760)

To my knowledge, these are all of the P205 metallic pencils that have been released, at least in the United States.

Posted in P200, Pentel

The Marble Pencils

I first saw these pencils back in 2010, when they first came out.  I am not positive, but these were probably released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the P205, back in 1970.  What I do know is that it was the start of the release of all sorts of colors for the P205 and later P207s & P209s, at least here in the United States.

P205MB – Red Marble

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P205MC – Blue Marble

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P205MD – Green Marble

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P205ME – Brown Marble

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I got my first set of these directly from Pentel of America in March 2010. It was nice to see Pentel adding a variety to a line that has been around for 40 years. I really liked the way the body looked with the black sprayed over a base color, giving it a marbled look.

At this time, I was collecting various different mechanical/drafting pencils. Seeing these come out, helped me make my decision to concentrate on the P200 family of pencils. I had already picked up several other pencils in the family, but now having colors made the decision easy.

These pencils and, as far as I know, all other color pencils released are still a part of the 6th generation of Pentel Sharps. This would be a great break point for a new generation, except that other than the colors, there is nothing distinct between Generation 6 and these. A Generation would need to have a distinct change across the entire line of pencils for me to classify it separately, and I find nothing in a P205A that would say it was made after 2010 versus 2000, where I can tell you if it was made around 1970, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1988 or 2000, as these are points within the different generations.

Posted in P200 Family, Pentel

P205D & P205B Sharp Pencils

In this blog I will go over the P205D Green and P205B Burgandy pencils that I own.

I don’t know when the P205D was first released, but I have back to Generation 3, which places it in the mid-1970’s.  The only image I have of pencils from that era is a 1975 German Pentel Catalog cover, and it does not show up there, but that really doesn’t say anything, since it looks like the P203, P205, P207 & P209 are Generation 2 (no text on the side) on the cover but the other variations are Generation 3.

Pentel of Germany - Catalog 1975 Cover

One thing I have seen in various places around the internet, but have personally never been able to verify, is that originally the P200 Green was a 0.4mm pencil, instead of the current 0.5mm.  It was said to only be available in Japan, but again, I have never seen anything substantial about it (i.e. pictures), only hearsay.  It does make some sense, since Pentel does use green for 0.4 mm pencils even today, for example the Graphgear 1000 (PG1014) and Graphgear 500 (PG514).

P205D Generation 3

P205D (Gen 3)

This is a recent acquisition for my collection, which as I said above, pushes the original release date for this pencil back into the mid-70’s.

This generation is the first to have text printed on the side, but still has the molded size on the bottom.

P205D Generation 4

P205D (Gen 4)

I have had this pencil for a couple of years and up until January of this year, it was the oldest I had found for the P205D.

The only difference between this generation and the previous is they stopped molding the size into the bottom of the pencil.

P205D Generation 5

P205D (Gen 5)

I purchased this off eBay last October.  The hard part of finding the different generation of pencils is that unless you can see the cutout with the mark (as in the picture above), or they remove the cap and you can see a green eraser, it is hard to tell if you are getting a Generation 5 or 6.  Even telling the difference between a Generation 3 and 4 is hard, since most photos concentrate on the text, not the other areas of the pencil.

Again, this is the first generation with the current text on the side, dropping the / in the mm.

P205D Generation 6

P205D (Gen 6)

This is the first of the green P205s that I purchased back in 2009.  This was before I started collecting only P200s, and definitely before I realized the evolution of the pencils.

This model is the current version of the green pencil, as far as I know.

P205B Generation 6

P205B (Gen 6)

I picked this pencil up at the same time as the Gen 6 P205D above. I had just started to collect mechanical pencils in general at that time, but only did so for about a year before I specialized in the P200 Sharp Family.

As far as I know, this is the only generation available for this pencil.

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.