“Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed,” is the iconic tagline for Blackwing Pencils and is still true to this day.
If you’ve got a minute, we encourage you to read the intriguing story of the original Blackwing Pencils and the company, Palomino, that revived them in our brand story here. But the short version is that the classic Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil made by Palomino is a tribute to the iconic Eberhard-Faber Blackwing originally popularized in the mid-1900′s by famous writers like John Steinbeck and famous artists like Chuck Jones.
Palomino created the Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencil first, but it was slightly off from the Eberhard-Faber Blackwing Pencil (first made in the 1930′s), thus Palomino designed the Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil to be closer to the original. So you’ll find slight variances between the two. The Blackwing 602 Firm Pencil obviously has a harder graphite core, is best for writers, and has a grey metallic lacquer finish; the Blackwing Soft Pencil has a softer graphite core, is ideal for artists, and has a black metallic lacquer finish. Both are made with genuine incense-cedar wood casings, have gold lettering along the sides, and use the unique ferrule that holds a replaceable eraser.
Have you used Blackwing Pencils before? What do you love (or dislike) most about them?