Pentel P209 Propelling pencil: Perpetually purloined prize possession.

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Pentel P209 0.9mm (with 2B lead).

Where and how is it used?

I use it every day for taking notes, sketching things and spinning around during extended periods of contemplation.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

£5:99

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Its subtle clean lines and functionality are infectious. So much so that people keep walking off with it. I don't judge the pencil stealers, I just buy a new one. After all something of such quality should be enjoyed by all. If it were in a museum it could be appreciated by everyone, safely seated behind glass. Until then - please stop stealing my pencil.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

The Pentel Corporation Japan

Who was paid to make it?

An employee of Pentel

What skills does it take to make it?

Quality control

Where was it made?

Japan

What does it cost to make it?

Guess - $0.2

What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Pentel / retailer

Who or what assesses its quality?

Quality control in the factory, and thousands of architects who have used it over the years.

Where is it sold?

World wide

Who or what sells it?

Stationers, art suppliers

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

It came to England on a big boat, and was unloaded at the docks in a big cargo net with all its friends.

Where is it used?

At work

Where is it kept?

In my pocket

How and by whom is it cared for?

I change the lead regularly

How long will it last?

For ever if it is not stolen so often

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Back in my pocket

What is it worth?

It depends on how far away from a suitable alternative I am


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I'm really interested in the idea that people keep stealing 'it' and the owner keeps replacing 'it', as though its the same item regardless of being habitually replaced... like the replacement is restorative of 'the' pencil.

by dcarpenter on April 25th at 2:33pm

I am slightly ashamed to say that i am one of the worlds pencil stealers. My thief habits are rarely intentional, i simply find them in my pockets hours after i have left the scene. It is rare at this stage that i think about the pencils previous owner and simply feel i have gained a new writing impliment. Karma however ensures that before long said stolen item departs from my company and ends up being stolen by someone else. Perhaps all pens and pencils have a life like this?

by kez on May 11th at 3:39pm

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