Posted in P200, P200 Family, Pentel

Custom Pentel P205 Pencils II

Since I first posted my Custom Pencils back in October 2018, I have more than doubled my collection of custom pencils, and this is going from 5 creators to 9 different creators.  I still have the largest portion of my collection in metal pencils, and 2/3 of those from Spoke Design.

I decided to put all of the pencils in this post, so many of the write-ups below are copied directly from the first post with only minor edits.

Wood Turned Pencils

The first custom pencils I found online were from Turn-of-the-Century but I later found some more on Etsy.  The newest creator contacted me via my website contact page.

Thom Wilson – P205 Wood Turned Teakz0608 - TURN-THOM-TTK - 325

Thom has apparently closed his Etsy store.

This is a very nice looking pencil, but it would never make it into my regular pencil rotation.  This is no fault of Thom, it is just that I like a thin pencil (look at what I am collecting), and his pencil has a grip diameter of almost 11 mm, much to large for me.

One other issue is that the pencil has been sealed or varnished, but the end-grain on the cap end, does not appear to have been sealed.  Either it was not, or the wood absorbed the sealant on the end.

Richard Altenhofen – P205 Wood Turned Bloodwoodz0576 - TURN-ALTEN-TBW - 380

Richard had several pencils in different variety of wood, but I finally decided on the Bloodwood.  Again, this is much too thick for my taste (11.25 mm), but in his description of the pencils he writes, “I make the diameter of my mechanical pencils a bit larger that [sic] the original because I find people like the grip better.”

One thing I do like about this pencil is that he copied much of the detail that is on the standard P200 body.  He has the groove cut out for the clip to sit in, and he has the grooves at the front along the grip, much like the P200 body.

His pencils normally come in P207, but he will change them out to P205 or P209 upon request.

Dale Parrott – P205 Wood Turned Zebra Woodz0609 - TURN-WTC-TZW - 342

This is one of my favorite of the wood pencils.  At the time I purchased this, he had two Zebra Wood pencils, but I like the looks of this one the best.  Another reason that this is one of my favorites, is the shape mimics the P205, and fits my hand perfectly.

It is also very reminiscent of the Brown Marble P205, in the flow of the lines.

Larry Heuvelman – Matched P205 Wood Turned Zircotez1171 - TURN-LHEU-TZI - 372z1170 - TURN-LHEU-TZI - 349

I purchased this set in February of this year.  It is a set of “Book Mirrored Zircote (this means they were made out of the same piece of wood, but mirror each other).” My favorite of the two is the top pencil with the major portion of the pencil being the lighter wood.

Turn-of-the-Century Wood Turning

The next three pencils come from the website Turn-of-the-Century Wood Turning.  They offer several types of items including pens and pencils.  The pencils use either the P205 or P207 internals, and they usually have a couple of dozen pencils available in several different varieties of wood, and three different styles.  I chose one of each style in a different wood each.

P205 Wood Turned High Flare Cocoboloz0607 - TURN-TOTCH-TCO - 350

Turn-of-the-Century carves their flare on the pencils in two different positions.  This one is the high flare, set above the end of the pencil for people who like to hold their pencils further up.

I don’t particularly care for the flare, especially this high up, but I wanted to have one of each style of pencil that they make.  This is the darkest wood of the pencils I have and  is hard to photograph, but it does have some wood grain aspects in a very dark red and brown.

P205 Wood Turned Flare Honduran Rosewoodz0606 - TURN-TOTCF-THR - 355

This flared pencil is made of one of the lighter woods that I have.

P205 Wood Turned Purpleheartz0484 - TURN-TOTC-TPH - 338

This is my other favorite of the wood turned pencil, and is also the first one I purchased back in January 2017.  I really like the purple color to the wood and the tapered shape; it feels really good in your hand.


Resin Turned Pencils

This year is the first time I have purchased one of these pencils.  I found this creator via Reddit, when he posted a picture of a pencil he had done for his daughter.

Dan Cannon – P205 Resin Turned Mineral Sea Alumilitez1166 - TURN-WBW-RCG - 363

I first saw a pencil like this on Reddit, when Dan posted a picture of a pencil he turned for his daughter.  I immediately contacted him about purchasing a resin pencil.  He sent me a picture of some resin blanks he had, and I chose one that was similar in color (primarily blue-orange).

This pencil has a nice feel to it, and I really love the blue in the resin.  He has a few others currently up on his Etsy site and I am tempted by one or two of them.


Metal Pencils

This time, I have purchased metal pencils from 2 other creators besides Spoke, who I have also purchased many more from.

Spoke Design

When I first got on Kickstarter, I backed several makers of pens, but I never found people making pencils out of metal.  Finally in 2012, I came upon a Kickstarter by Brian Conti to design a metal pencil based on the Pentel P205.  And the collection started there.

Spoke One Dotz0568 - SPOKE 1 Dot-QD - 334z0566 - SPOKE 1 Dot-QA - 338

As I said above, I had purchased metal pens (and still use one or two), but had never found metal pencils until the Spoke Mechanical Pencil.

According to the Kickstarter, Brian wanted to design a pencil that was not just another round pencil in metal, and used his CNC machine to make this pencil out of aluminum.  To make it unique and stand out, he carved the slots out of the sides to give it the look of spokes in a wheel.  Since he planned on doing more pencils later, he decided to make a single dot on one side near the cap, and that would be how he designated the pencils, thus the Spoke One Dot was born.

Spoke Solidz0569 - SPOKE Solid-QN - 355

As best as I can remember, after the Kickstarter, Brian set up his website and a couple of months later he offered this limited edition pencil, without the cutouts.  This one still has the One Dot at the top, but also has “SPOKE” stamped on the side, along with the number of the pencil (20 pieces in the limited run), in my case, “6”.  This pencil is made of Gunmetal Gray anodized aluminum.

Spoke Inversez0600 - SPOKE Inverse-QN - 296

This pencil was released in 2013, and was a kind of side pencil from the main Spoke line, and thus does not have the Dot designation and is labeled “SPOKE 2013”.  This one is made from the guts of the Pentel P225 (the only size available at this time).

It is a good thing that Brian did not decide to try to continue to use the P225, as (at least here in the USA) it was discontinued after the 2012 catalog.  Or maybe that is why he did not carry forward with this…

Spoke Two Dotz0582 - SPOKE 2 Dot-QB - 312

I missed this pencil when it was first offered in 2013 and only picked it up in 2018 when Brian posted about having a few left in stock.

Aside from the Two Dot designation, the only difference I see in this pencil is that the slots are cut narrower than the One Dot.

Spoke Three Dot Prototypez0861 - SPOKE 3 Dot-QAL-PROTOTYPE - 300

I picked this one up at the same time as the Spoke Two Dot in 2018. Made of bare aluminum, this pencil marked a complete change of direction for Spoke pencils, and I think it is for the better.  I did like the uniqueness of the prior pencils, but they never fit my hand comfortably due to the flare at the tip end.

This pencil, with the straight grip section that flares out larger into the body where the spokes are is, to me, a fantastic design.  It just fits my hand very comfortably.

The only real downside to this design, is that it no longer has any flat edges to keep it from rolling off a desk.

As I said, this pencil is a prototype for the…

Spoke Three Dotz0570 - SPOKE 3 Dot-QTT - 329

In July 2017, Spoke Design released almost the perfect pencil.

It had the right shape and it was Brian’s first pencil released in Titanium (the only way the Three Dot was released).  It was perfect, except that he kept having issues making these out of Titanium (“the deep bore was difficult in the Ti as well as the slots”).  Thus, only 100 were released, making a limited edition out of what was (I believe) supposed to be an ongoing production.

Spoke 4z0571 - SPOKE 4-QBA - 325z0583 - SPOKE 4-QCTT - 325z0896 - SPOKE 4-QASS - 304z0882 - SPOKE 4-QCBR - 304z0925 - SPOKE 4-QVTB - 314z1208 - SPOKE 4-QDTB-92 - 298z1162 - SPOKE 4-QSTT-INV - 311z1161 - SPOKE 4-QNTB-INV - 313

P205 8.3 mm Black Anodized Aluminum Grip with Red Anodized Aluminum Body
(First Spoke 4 I purchased)
P205 8.3 mm Shiny Titanium Grip with Blue Anodized Aluminum Body
P205 8.3 mm Stainless Steel Grip with Black Anodized Aluminum Body
P205 8.3 mm Brass Grip with Blue Anodized Aluminum Body & Gold Tip and Cap
P205 8.3 mm Blasted Titanium Grip with Purple Anodized Aluminum Body
(This one normally resides on my desk at work)
P205 9.2 mm Blasted Titanium Grip with Lime Green Anodized Aluminum Body
P205 Shiny Titanium Inverse Grip with Cyan Anodized Aluminum Body
P205 Blasted Titanium Inverse Grip with Gunmetal Grey Anodized Aluminum Body

Released on Halloween (October 31) 2017, the Spoke 4 was a departure in several ways.

First, the name.  The dots and Dot designation were dropped for this release, although the 4 is inside a big white dot.  Second, this pencil is made of two sections; the grip and the body.

And these two sections, give you a lot of choices.  The body currently comes in 7 colors; the grip comes in 3 sizes: 8.3 mm,  9.2 mm & Inverse, and 6 choices of materials/colors (Inverse only available in 2 different Titaniums).  Of course it is still available in the three sizes: 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm & 0.9 mm (if you ask very nicely, you can even get it in 0.3 mm).  This gives you 294 different combinations to choose from (392 for those who asked nicely).

Spoke 5

In September 2018, the first of these pencils were released.

Spoke 5-2 – Anodized Storm Grey Aluminumz0854 - SPOKE 5-2-QN - 270

Spoke 5-3 – Anodized Bare Aluminumz0855 - SPOKE 5-3-QAL - 283

Spoke 5-3 (revision 2) – Anodized Gunmetal Grey Aluminumz1064 - SPOKE 5-3-QN1 (v2) - 546

These pencils feature the return of the Dots on the pencil, but not in the name.  They are designated “5” after the Dots and “2” or “3” after the number of slots cut on each side. The smaller grip area (than the Dot 3 or 4) is 9 mm in diameter, but the cap end features the return of 6 flat sides, which will help with rolling on desks. Originally, these were only offered in the two colors above (Storm Grey and Bare Aluminum).

The revision 2 of the Spoke 5-3 added an additional mark to the back side of the pencils (opposite the 5 dots), which you can see in the picture above.  If you cannot see it clearly, the symbol above the 5 is the Spoke logo.  This was also only offered in 3 colors: Gunmetal Grey, Red and Blue.

Due to being made of aluminum, and such a small cross-section, these are very light, and thus won’t make it into my permanent rotation, as I like heavier pencils.


Nicholas Hemingway

I do not remember exactly where I found out about Nicholas Hemingway pencils, but in February 2020, I decided to order 2 of these pencils.

P205 Carbon Fiber in Matte finishz1159 - HEMINGWAY-GAM - 251

P205 Titaniumz1160 - HEMINGWAY-TT - 248

Out of the UK, Nicholas Hemingway offers several different styles of pencils, including some based on the Pentel P205.  He offers them in about 7 different materials (including a Sterling Silver version), but all are made in this straight, plain style that really is not that exciting.  But I want to have custom pencils from all of the different creators that I can find, so I decided to get a couple of the higher end materials.


Lindsay Wilson – Number 9 Pencils

I first saw Lindsay Wilson’s pencils on Reddit last year, then I found his Instagram page and started looking at his handmade pencils.  In October 2019, Lindsay released a Kickstarter to launch his Number 9 Pencils made from Pentel P200 pencils.  After seeing his stuff on Instagram, I was all in and ordered all 4 styles of pencils.

Number 9 Pencil – Low Taper Plain in Aluminumz1133 - NUMBER9-QTLP-AL - 321

Number 9 Pencil – High Taper Grooved in Brassz1134 - NUMBER9-QTHG-BR - 310

Number 9 Pencil – Continuous Knurl in Stainless Steelz1135 - NUMBER9-QKC-SS - 302

Number 9 Pencil – Interrupted Knurl in Stainless Steelz1136 - NUMBER9-QKI-SS - 293

All of the above pencils were purchased in 0.5 mm, and I received them in January 2020 and loved them, although my favorite is the Continuous Knurl.  It has a great feel in the grip and is heavy enough to satisfy my need for a heavier pencil.

Geometric Bamboo Style Pencil with Brass Cap & Tipz1164 - NUMBER9-QBG-BR - BR - 264

Towards the end of his fulfillment of the Kickstarter in January, Lindsay started playing around with making a bamboo style pencil.  A little while later, he made an improvement to the pencil to make each section longer and longer.  This pencil is not compatible with a clip, which is fine, since I don’t think a silver clip would look good with the all brass look.

Titanium Pencilz1163 - NUMBER9-QSC-TT - 255

I purchased this pencil and the Geometric Brass pencil above in February 2020, not even a month after receiving the Number 9 Pencils.  Because I liked the Continuous Knurl on the Number 9 Pencil, I asked for that style when I placed my order.

Now, I do own a bunch of other pencils, both Pentel and other, so when I saw some of Lindsay’s work on other pencils, I decided to order a non-P200 pencil before he ramped up for the Kickstarter.

Pentel PG5 in all Stainless SteelLindsay Wilson PG5

Lindsay does not do this style of pencil (all exposed pieces in SS) any more, as some of the pieces take too long to do and he is too busy now doing other pencils.  I believe he will still do the body, but will use the original PG5 pieces for the end.

This is my everyday pencil I use at home.


Posted in P200, P200 Family

New Pencils for Old Posts

I have some updates here for five previous blogs, where I have purchased pencils that would have gone with these blogs.  In the near future, I will go in and update the previous blogs with these newly acquired, but not necessarily new, pencils.

P205D & P205B Sharp Pencils

Originally published April 29, 2017

P205D (Gen 2) Greenz0456 - P205D (Gen 2) - 532

I purchased this pencil about 2 weeks after I published this blog.  It looks to be a very clean Generation 2 pencil, although it is possible that this is actually a Generation 3 that has had the printing removed. But I can find no traces of the printing being wiped off or scrubbed off, so I am designating it as a Generation 2.

P205B (Gen 5) Burgandyz0521 - P205B (Gen 5) - 334

I found this pencil 2 months after this blog went up.  I am not sure when this was released, but it is not in the 1985 US Catalog, but it is in the 1990-1991 US Catalog, so sometime in that 5 year period.

P207C Pencils

Originally published July 17. 2017

P207C (Gen 1) – Short Tipz0856 - P207C (Gen 1) - Short Tip - 1158

Prior to September 2018, when I acquired this pencil, I had assumed that the oldest version of the P207C was the Generation 1A, since “P205” was molded into the cutout, and they stamped the bottom with the size “0.7 m/m”.  My assumption was that they did that so that there would be no confusion about what size this really was.

Apparently, I was wrong, and they did release the P207C before they started stamping the size on the bottom. This is a very clean pencil that does not look like it ever had anything stamped on the bottom, so I have designated it as a Generation 1.

P207C (Gen 2) – Short Tipz0534 - P207C (Gen 2) - Short Tip - 574

In August 2017, again, 2 weeks after the blog, I got this pencil, which confirmed that Pentel did carry the Short Tip over to the Generation 2 pencils for the P207C, just like they did for the P205A pencils.

Japanese Older Releases & Oddities

Originally posted December 11, 2017

P325A (Gen 3) – Blankz0984 - P325A (Gen 5) - Blank - 588

Prior to this year, I had never found one of these up for sale, although I knew of other people who had one of these.  Then 2 months ago, I found it for sale in Japan, when I was also purchasing some other pencils.

Since this series of pencils does not have any printing on the sides, up until Generation 5, and the molded size is a characteristic of Generations 2 & 3, I decided to go a little conservative on the dating and call this one a Generation 3.

P320 pencils (Valters)Photo from collection of Valter dos Santos Junior of Brazil

The above picture shows a wider variety of the P32x pencils, of which I only have a few.

Pentel Stein P303S / P305S Pencils

Originally posted January 1, 2018

P305S-CW (Gen 6)z0636 - P305S-CW (Gen 6) - 346

P305S-DW (Gen 6)z0637 - P305S-DW (Gen 6) - 340

P305S-PW (Gen 6)z0638 - P305S-PW (Gen 6) - 342

I purchased the above 3 pencils in August 2018, which left me still needing the Orange version of this.

P305S-FW (Gen 6)z0907 - P305S-FW (Gen 6) - 350

In January 2019, I found a full set of these for sale and purchased them, so that I could complete my collection, and also replace the Black version that did not have a sticker, since all of these did.

Custom Pentel P205 Pencils

Originally posted October 14, 2018

As you might be able to tell, I really like the Spoke pencils, especially the Spoke 4.  My original purchase had an Anodized Aluminum grip, and my second purchase was of the Titanium (shiny) grip.

All of the Spoke 4 pencils I have purchased have the 8.3 mm size grip, with 0.5 mm lead.  All Spoke 4 pencils have an aluminum body.

Spoke 4 Blue Body / Brass Gripz0882 - SPOKE 4-QCBR - 304

I purchased this in October 2018 because I decided I wanted to try the heaviest grip.  Once I received it, I decided to change out the Tip and Cap from an extra Gilded series pencil that I had.

Spoke 4 Black Body / Stainless Steel Gripz0896 - SPOKE 4-QASS - 304

In December 2018, I decided to go ahead and get the last of the grip materials that I did not have.  I decided on the Black Body, just to give it a clean look.

Spoke 4 Purple Body / Sand-Blasted Titanium Gripz0925 - SPOKE 4-QVTB - 314

In April of this year, Brian Conti released a new color body and a new grip.  I decided I wanted both.  This is currently my go-to pencil at work.

And, just to show them all together…Spoke 4 Collection