Some of the most prestigious recipients of the Academy, Pulitzer, Emmy and Grammy awards have relied upon one writing instrument to create their works of art—the Blackwing pencil. Known as the pencil of choice for award-winning creative individuals, the Blackwing inspired legends such as John Steinbeck, Leonard Bernstein, and Animation Director Chuck Jones who used the Blackwing exclusively to create such well-known characters as Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, etc.
The origin of this pencil dates back to the 1930’s when it was first launched by Eberhard Faber. It remained popular throughout the decades, but ceased production in the late 1990’s when the machine that created the distinctive square ferrule (the crimped metal part that holds the eraser) broke and could not be repaired. When the pencil disappeared, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing.
They asked Northern California-based Palomino founder and CEO Charles Berolzheimer, whose family’s roots in the pencil industry date back to the mid-19th century, to bring it back, which he did. Now, the Blackwing has been resurrected for a new generation of creative minds.
Not only did Palomino figure out how to manufacture a new ferrule, but they produced several versions of the Blackwing: the soft PalominoBlackwing (matte black finish), the firm Blackwing 602 (steel grey), and the brand new balanced and elegant Blackwing Pearl (white). The pencil’s square ferrule not only gives it a unique, high-end look, it allows you to replace its eraser after extensive use or customize your pencil by choosing your own eraser color (available in white, pink, black, green, orange and blue).
Renowned as one of the finest writing instruments in the world, Blackwing has long been famous for the quality of its graphite, iconic shape, replaceable eraser, and the famous folks whose works it has inspired. Now it’s inspiring a new generation to fall back in love with the pencil. And to accompany their pencils, Palomino has now launched an innovative range of sketchbooks, folios and luxury notebooks that offer the same great quality in a variety of products.
Blackwing products are available on Pencils.com. Blackwing pencils are available in a 12-Pack Box for $19.95. Or, for the holidays, The Palomino Blackwing Special Edition Gift Set includes 24 Blackwing pencils and a Blackwing Long Point Sharpener in a special edition wood case, hand-crafted in France ($129.95). Replacement erasers are $2.95 per 10-pack. Notebooks range in price from $16.95 – $99.