Some of the world’s most legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created with Blackwing pencils. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters.
Its roots go back to the 1930’s when it was first introduced by Eberhard Faber. In 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
Artists from across the world soon noticed that Palomino’s range of premium pencils provided a comparable performance to the Blackwing and asked them to consider reviving the iconic brand. Palomino founder and CEO Charles Berolzheimer, whose family’s roots in the pencil industry date back to the mid 19th century, used his unique supply relationships to re-introduce the Blackwing pencil, both in its original form (the “602”) for devotees, writers and everyday users, as well as a modified version with a slightly softer lead for artists.
All of Palomino pencils use high quality graphite leads produced exclusively in Japan. In general, Palomino graphite pencils are much smoother than more commonly available pencils due to the special formulation and processing methods used in the manufacturing process. Japanese consumers also prefer a darker and softer laydown so all Japanese-produced leads tend to be a bit softer and darker along the HB grading scale. This leads to differences of up 1 to 2 degrees versus what you might be used to in other pencils.
Pencil cores are rated on a scale that corresponds to the hardness or softness of the graphite. A harder pencil core will make a lighter mark on paper, while a softer core deposits more graphite material on the paper and, thus, leaves a darker mark. Softer pencils will dull more quickly than harder leads and require more frequent sharpening. To find more information about how pencils cores are graded, click here. Blackwing pencils are made out of 100% Genuine Incense-cedar wood. Genuine Incense-cedar sharpens quickly and evenly, giving the pencil a smooth, sharp point (and it smells great too!).
The Blackwing features a black finish, gold imprint, white eraser, and soft and smooth graphite core for artists and musicians. Ideal for musicians, woodworkers and anyone who prefer a soft, dark line, the Palomino Blackwing is the softest of the three core Blackwing models. Blackwing pencils feature a timeless matte black finish, iconic square Blackwing ferrule and white eraser. Blackwing pencils come in packs of 12. (Basically $2.90 per pencil)
The Blackwing 602 features a grey finish, gold imprint, black eraser, and firm and smooth graphite core for writers and everyday users. Praised in the New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and Boing Boing among others, the Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that helps it deliver on its promise of “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.” Blackwing 602 pencils feature a gunmetal grey finish and iconic square Blackwing ferrule with a black eraser. Blackwing 602 pencils come in packs of 12. (Basically $2.90 per pencil)
The Blackwing Pearl features a pearl white finish, black imprint and eraser, and a balanced and smooth graphite core that is softer than the graphite found in the Blackwing 602, but firmer than the graphite found in the Blackwing. Every Blackwing Pearl pencil features the iconic square Blackwing ferrule and white eraser. Blackwing Pearl pencils come in packs of 12. (Basically $2.90 per pencil)
The Blackwing Natural includes our popular extra-firm graphite that works well for extended writing and detailed line work. Each pencil features an exposed Incense-cedar barrel with a subtle clear matte finish, iconic square Blackwing ferrule and grey eraser. Blackwing Natural pencils come in a 12-pack gift box that doubles as a pencil cup.
The Palomino-KUM long point pencil sharpener uses a unique two-step pencil sharpening process.
The Blackwing Point Guard is designed to ensure your Blackwing pencil gets wherever you’re going in one piece.
Replacement erasers for the Palomino Blackwing and Palomino Blackwing 602. Packs of 10 available in pink, black and white.