Palomino Blackwing (6)
A legend re-created for the modern writer, artist and stationery lover. Every Blackwing features a special graphite formulation lead which gives a writing or sketching experience among the world's best. The Blackwing is incredibly smooth and velvety and it writes a dark black line of unmistakable quality. To complement these incredible instruments, there are the everyday Palomino pencils from 6B to 2H and the colour pencil ranges carry on this quality in a beautiful range of watercolour and wax colours. The favoured tool of many artists and writers, John Steinbeck and Frank Lloyd Wright.
THE STORY OF THE $40 PENCIL
THE RISE & FALL
Legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created with the Blackwing 602 pencil. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Leonard Bernstein, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, and Disney animator Shamus Culhane who, according to animation historian Charles Soloman, requested he be buried with his Blackwing 602.
Blackwing’s roots go back to the 1930’s when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil with the unique rectangular eraser became synonymous with quality. Then, 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 soon noticed that Palomino’s range of premium pencils compared favorably to the Blackwing 602. They began asking Palomino to consider reviving the Blackwing brand, complete with its defining rectangular eraser. Palomino founder Charles Berolzheimer, whose family’s roots in the pencil industry date back to the mid 19th century, used the company’s unique supply relationships to re-introduce Blackwing pencils in 2010 featuring California Genuine Incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. The pencil has drawn rave reviews from users and national media attention.