Pilot Holder

Pilot Holder

Druck­blei­stift Pilot H-3005 (zum Ver­grö­ßern anklicken)

Pilot Holder

Pilot Holder

Der Druck­blei­stift H-300x1 mit der Arti­kel­num­mer HHP-300S2 war bis vor gut zehn Jah­ren eines der Spit­zen­mo­delle des japa­ni­schen Her­stel­lers Pilot. Er und die güns­ti­ge­ren Modelle H-100x3 (HHP-100R) und H-200x (HH-200K) waren und sind haupt­säch­lich wegen der Dop­pel­druck­me­cha­nik, mit der sich die Spitze ein­zie­hen lässt4, bekannt und beliebt5. So­bald ich mehr über die Geschichte die­ser Stifte weiß, trage ich es nach. – Das Falt­blatt ist hier nur aus­schnitts­weise gezeigt; der Rest folgt.

Anmer­kung: Dem wach­sa­men Auge wird nicht ent­gan­gen sein, dass sich der Stift im Foto und der in dem Falt­blatt abge­bil­dete im Mus­ter und der Beschrif­tung des Griff­stücks, der Spit­zen­fom sowie der Gestal­tung des Rings unter dem Drü­cker unter­schei­den. Das Falt­blatt wurde zwar mit dem gezeig­ten Stift aus­geliefert, aber wohl für die erste Vari­ante des H-2005 erstellt.

Nach­trag vom 19.7.18: Der Reddit-Nutzer cythe­rian bekam von Pilot Europa fol­gende Pro­duk­ti­ons­zeit­räume genannt:
H-1005: 1983–2006
H-2005: 1983–1995
H-3005: 1983–1988

Nach­trag vom 14.4.19: Details zu dem Patent, dass dem Pilot Hol­der ver­mut­lich zu Grun­de liegt, gibt es unter „Dop­pel­druck“.

  1. Mit x = 3 oder 5 für den Minen­durch­mes­ser in ⅒ mm. Von Vari­an­ten mit 0,7-mm-Mine habe ich noch nicht gehört.
  2. „HH” steht für „Hi-Mecha Hol­der“. – Soweit ich weiß, wur­den diese Arti­kel­num­mern um „B“ („black”?) und den Minen­durch­mes­ser ergänzt, so dass der gezeigte Stift unter HHP-300S-B-03 lief.
  3. Außer­halb Japans auch als „Vanis­hing Point“ bekannt. – Den H-1005 gab es zudem in zwei leicht unter­schied­li­chen Aus­füh­run­gen, die sich in der Ober­flä­che und der Mate­ri­al­qua­li­tät des Kunst­stoff­schafts sowie der Spit­zen­form unter­schie­den.
  4. Im Falt­blatt heißt es: „The Pilot Hol­der is the first mecha­ni­cal pen­cil in the world to adopt a mecha­ni­cal lead hol­der with a double-push but­ton sys­tem.“ Inter­es­sant in die­sem Zusammen­hang wäre, wann das Patent erteilt wurde.
  5. Zu die­sen Model­len gehört auch der H-210x (HHR-200R), der auf­grund sei­nes Design jedoch aus der Reihe fällt.

17 Kommentare zu „Pilot Holder“

  1. Thank you! Great to read and see these mas­ter­ful objects. Pen­tel, Pilot, Uni, etc. there were so many beau­ti­ful designs and mecha­nisms from Japan in the past. And though, it seems, less metal is invol­ved these days, they still inno­vate like Zebra Del­Guard for instance. Evo­lu­tion is so fasci­na­ting in man-made products.

  2. Yes, indeed! There have been very mas­ter­ful mecha­ni­cal pen­cils in the past, and it’s all too under­stand­a­ble that these are very much in demand today. For­tu­n­a­tely the deve­lo­p­ment con­ti­nues, and the tech­no­logy used e. g. in the Kuru Toga and the Del­Guard is amazing!

  3. Damals baute Pilot noch schöne Stifte, beim der­zei­ti­gen Fein­mi­nen­stift­pro­gramm ist so gar nichts nach mei­nem Geschmack dabei.

  4. Es ist wirk­lich Geschmacks­sa­che. Viele der aktu­el­len Druck­blei­stifte von Pilot spre­chen mich auch nicht an, aber die Modelle der S-Reihe, vor allem S10 und S20, finde ich ich wirk­lich sehr gut. Prak­tisch ist auch, dass man die Teile kom­bi­nie­ren und sich so z. B. einen S20/0.4 und einen S15 bas­teln kann.

  5. Das Design ist in der Tat zeit­los! Ich weiß nicht genau, wann diese Modelle auf den Markt kamen, aber sie dürf­ten 30 Jahre alt sein und kön­nen sich heute noch sehen lassen.

  6. Martin Orona

    Excel­lent pen­cil. I never thought I could get it in Argen­tina, but after a long search I got an H-2003. It has more weight at the tip than the H-1005, which is more balan­ced and a little ligh­ter. I think that the design of the grip gives it an aspect the 70’s or the begin­ning of the 80’s. I relate it to the elec­tro­nics and the pun­ched cards of the first computers.

  7. I’m happy to hear that you got a H-2003! It’s an ama­zing pen­cil and dif­fers from the flagship H-3003 only in the design. May I ask you which pat­tern your H-2003 has? As far as I know there have been at least three dif­fe­rent vari­ants of that pen­cil: 1. the one in the leaf­let with rect­an­gu­lar dimp­les and the mar­king “HOLDER”, 2. with rect­an­gu­lar dimp­les and without the mar­king “HOL­DER”, and 3. with square dimp­les and without the mar­king “HOLDER”.

    Yes, the grip could indeed resem­ble this tech­no­logy! I am cur­r­ently try­ing to find out when these pen­cils have been intro­du­ced, and I wouldn’t be sur­pri­sed if they really had their ori­gin in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

    Edit (21.7.18): I was wrong with the vari­ants; see below.

  8. Thank you for the photo and the links! Since your H-2003 has square dimp­les and the mar­king “HOLDER” it looks like there was even a fourth vari­ant of the H-200x. – Yes, I know that blog. The num­ber of these pen­cils alone is impres­sive! – I think that the simi­la­rity of these pat­terns is a coincidence.

  9. Lexi­ca­list, thanks for your ter­ri­fic arti­cle and pho­tos about one of my favo­rite mecha­ni­cal pen­cils! I’d seen one H-2005 for sale with such a pam­phlet, but alas the price went too high. I’m glad to finally see the hid­den page, with all the photo details.

    About the engra­ving, the H-200x series had eit­her black squa­res (0.3mm) or rect­an­gles (0.5mm) etched into the metal, dis­con­nec­ted from each other. The H-300x series would have eit­her thin (0.3mm) or thick (0.5mm) black rect­an­gles etched into the metal with joi­ning lines par­al­lel to the body. I have not seen any other etching varia­tion, alt­hough there have been varia­ti­ons on pla­ce­ment of etched lettering.

  10. Cythe­rian, thank you for these details regar­ding the pro­duc­tion dates and the vari­ants! I didn’t know that the etching of the H-2003 and H-2005 was dif­fe­rent from the begin­ning; I thought they have chan­ged the design at some point. – Regar­ding the pam­phlet: Actually it is much lar­ger, and I hope to show it com­ple­tely soon.

  11. Once upon a time I used to view old mecha­ni­cal pen­cils as boring and pretty unex­ci­ting. Back then, I was drawn into Kuru Togas, Del­guards and the like.

    After my encoun­ter with the lovely and mys­te­rious Pla­ti­num pen­cils, I can’t get enough of old beau­ties such as this Pilot. I par­ti­cu­larly like the step down details on the tip, above the grip and just below the clicker.

    The seem to have way more cha­rac­ter than, say, a Pen­tel Orenznero.

    Won­der what it will be like to go over your ent­ire collec­tion of wri­ting tools. I’m sure it would be a magni­ficent ride!

  12. There are still many boring and unex­ci­ting mecha­ni­cal pen­cils, both old and new ;-) Howe­ver, I would con­si­der some of them appe­aling just because they are unex­ci­ting, e. g. the P200. It’s the arche­type of the draf­ting pen­cils, copied many times, and to me it has its own appeal.

    Yes, some old mecha­ni­cal pen­cils are indeed beau­ties, and these Pilot pen­cil clearly belong to that category.

    I’m afraid you won’t be very impres­sed by my collec­tion. It’s quite small, and I don’t have most of these so-called “holy grail” pen­cils all collec­tors are loo­king for (e. g. the unicarbo).

  13. I purcha­sed the Kuru Toga as one of the „holy grail“ pen­cils of today, only to find out that it won’t work with cur­sive and that the tip wig­gles while try­ing to draw, so in my opi­nion „holy grail“ is a little too overrated.

    And then, the Pla­ti­nums I found are pro­bably out­side of collector’s collec­tive radar screens and yet, they appeal a lot to me. The fact that they have been igno­red all these years while being per­fectly func­tio­n­ing items, only seems to add to that value.

    Last but not least, perhaps the most appe­aling side to your selec­tion howe­ver big or small, are the sto­ries behind each object -which is the rea­son a like this blog a lot. I find it quite boring when someone just shows off the hund­reds or thousands of pen­cils, pens or wha­te­ver they have hoar­ded over the years, only to hear where they bought it or how much they went for.

  14. I’m not sure if the Kuru Toga can be con­si­de­red a “holy grail” pen­cil – to me this cate­gory app­lies to pen­cils like the Pilot Auto­ma­tic, the Mitsu­bi­shi uni carbo etc., i. e. to those pen­cils which went out of pro­duc­tion a long time ago and fetch pri­ces above 500 USD. Howe­ver, I don’t think that one should think in cate­go­ries like these.

    The mecha­ni­cal pen­cils from Pla­ti­num may not be as popu­lar as those from e. g. Pen­tel or Pilot but at least the ones I know (and have) are great. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely I don’t have vin­tage ones from that com­pany but I’m sure these are ama­zing too!

    I don’t have many sto­ries to tell ;-) There is a cheap pro­pel­ling pen­cil I got when I was ten, and there are two Staedtler draf­ting pen­cils I have used 18 resp. 19 years. It doesn’t get much more exci­ting, and in most cases I can’t say where I bought the pen­cil and how much I have paid for it :-)

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