Is this a H-1505?

You ever see something that catches your eye, to the point where you must have it?
This happened to me – bought it on a whim. Is this a H-1505?
I really like the etching. Can you recommend other etched pencils similar to this?

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We don’t know of any model name for this one, AFAIK. Was this your auction? If so, not a bad price. Last one sold for 3,000 JPY higher.

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Yes I think that was mine

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/l1098437540

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As for other etched black line pencils, there is the thinner version made by PILOT that is ubiquitous, super easy to find in good used condition. Platinum made their own version, but not with plain black lines alone, always some additional design work thrown in.

NEWMAN made a phenomenal pencil with black line etching, but… sadly… very hard to find these days.

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Absolutely incredible lineup of etched Newmans there—the 6 pieces on the left are all unobtanium now, and the 7th piece is one I’ve never even seen before.

As far as @Pdunc67’s pencil is concerned, that’s one of the elevated Pilot Clutch Points (but the model number is not H-1505, which is reserved for the etched executive with black paintfill). There are at least 2 etched Clutch Points out there—this one and another with an etched grid of squares.

Pilot also offered a Clutch Point in an all-aluminum executive style (1 tier below the etched pieces).

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I also got this Platinum


https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/f1100338630

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Nice score. IMHO, that’s the best etched steel pencil that Platinum made. There’s a few other variants out there, one being a polished or chromed finish that looks gawdy. I do like their Riviere style etched pencil too… up there with PILOT’s Elite.

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Yes, and I wish I owned all of them!
I have the two in the center (combo of etched lined patterns, and gold trim) and the two zigzag models to the right. You’d not seen the silver version before? I had posted about it a couple of times on Reddit.



I think it’s one of the most elegant looking etched pencils ever made. The black one is nice, but the silver… just has this wonderful subtle contrast. It’s a rather small pencil, though. I wish it was about 0.5" longer. FYI, it is a pipe-slide, not forward clutch.

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I have the zig-zags, but the fourth pencil from the right is new to me. (And it looks like a cross between a couple other hybrids they produced during this same era.)

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Oh, right. Sorry. You said 7th pencil from the left and I was looking at another photo of 7, so I conflated the two. :woozy_face:

Yes, I have seen this one before as well but didn’t bid high enough to win. The pattern reminds me a lot of what’s seen on a black etched Sailor.

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Oh my god, this is porn. And makes me feel like my effort to collecting Newman’s has been lame. I have many low end models but nothing this fancy.

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When I first started deliberately collecting vintage Japanese mechanical pencils, it was all about the big guns. Pilot, Pentel, Platinum, Uni/Mitsubishi, and Tombow. When I scrolled openly through the category I’d occasionally see pencils by brands like OHTO, KOYUKO, Newman, Uchida, LION, Sakura… but it was all the low end stuff. So I just assumed these weren’t brands really worth pursuing. For a few years, I was missing out on the gems! I was majorly PO’ed at myself when later, in the Reddit sub, I began to see signs of the great pencils these brands produced.

Newman was one in particular that caught my eye. There was an account that would periodically dump a bunch of Newmans on YAJ, and then I spotted this one curious model with staggered etched “blocks” on the body. That really grabbed me, as I’d not seen PILOT or Platinum (well known for etched lines steel pencils) produce this pattern. And then the zigzag design. I’d actually spotted the white/silver one first, then later discovered the black one.

Mechanism wise, Newman leans utilitarian. In my experience PILOT, Pentel, and Mitsubishi make superior mechanisms to Newman. It’s not a major difference, but the nuances are enough to be noticed. It’s not just the feel of the click action but also the sound of the click.

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The top 2 pencils in this picture are magnificent :star_struck:

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I found both of mine purely by accident. (Actually I was using the “Pearson Method”). I’m hooked.

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Found this (what model is this?)

https://buyee.jp/mercari/item/m99390922491?conversionType=service_page_search

Not sure about that price given the condition.
Thoughts?

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:eyes: LOOK at that clip :star_struck:

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It’s a pretty common PILOT Custom mechanical pencil. It’s part of a large black striped steel series. There’s even a white / silver striped version too.


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Model number is technically H-1505, but you’re far more likely to see “Pilot etched stripes” (or some variation of that) in a Japanese listing.

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Insane collection—I didn’t even know the brown existed. And your blue specimen is the nicest I’ve seen :star_struck:

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Whoa. Wow. Jesus.

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