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Deconstructing Palomino Blackwing 602 & Blackwing Pencils

20 Mar

Deconstructing a Palomino Blackwing Pencil from the Bottom Up on EuropeanPaper.com/Blog

“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?

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The #1 Holiday Gift for Everyone on Your List

5 Dec

Blackwing Luxury Large Notebook & Folio Cover (7.5 x 10) on EuropeanPaper.com

Packaged in a sophisticated Palomino-embossed gift box, the Blackwing Luxury Large Notebook & Folio Cover (7.5 x 10) is the perfect gift for writers, artists, and designers alike.

The Blackwing logo is subtly embossed across the luxurious front cover of the included ruled notebook with the same prestige and class found in Blackwing Pencils. With 160 acid-free, 100 gsm pages, use it for sketches and drawings, endless writing, and art journaling. The Folio Cover features pockets for storing business cards and other loose papers and a pencil holder that is specially designed to hold a Palomino Blackwing (soft graphite) or Palomino Blackwing 602 (firm graphite) pencils.

All in all, the Blackwing Luxury Large Notebook and Folio Cover brings inspiration and confidence to artists, writers and musicians alike.

PLUS, take 10% off all Blackwing pencils with coupon code WING10 at checkout!

All New from Palomino! Shop the Blackwing Notebook & HB Pencils

19 Sep

Shop What's New from Palomino including the Blackwing Luxury Notebook and HB Pencils

Add to your Palomino Blackwing Collection with the new Palomino Blackwing Luxury Notebook!

Enjoy the same prestige and class found in Palomino Blackwing Pencils. Available in plain, ruled, and squared page stylings, the Blackwing Luxury Notebook can be used for sketches and drawings, endless writing, and art journaling. With 160 acid-free, 100 gsm pages to play on, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this instant classic. Also, check out Palomino’s stellar pencil selection:

Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils (orange & blue sets – each w/ 12 count)

  • Available in brilliant blue or a commanding orange lacquer, Palomino’s Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils come in a perfect package of 12 pencils.
  • Made of genuine incense-cedar
  • High quality Palomino HB graphite core
  • Sleek lacquer finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • White eraser to clear away any mistakes

Graphite Mixed Grade Pencils (8 count)

  • Made of genuine incense-cedar wood
  • Included: 2H, H, HB (2), B, 2B, 4B and 6B Graphite Pencils
  • Sleek finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • Orange Lacquer Finish
  • Set of 8 Pencils

AND as an added bonus, grab the Palomino KUM Pencil Sharpener for 20% off when you also buy any Palomino Pencils!

Palomino-KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener on EuropeanPaper.com

The Extravagant Tale of a Mere Pencil: Palomino & Blackwing

11 Jul

See all Palomino and Blackwing products on EuropeanPaper.com

Let us start out by saying that for the die-hard fans of the original Blackwing pencils reading this, it is not a fully comprehensive post of Blackwing, and we know that. The history, excitement, and controversy that surrounds Blackwing pencils is much too long to begin with. Which makes it that much more enticing to bring on our site! Over time we hope to do justice to the Blackwing story. Sooo (drumroll please … ), we’re thrilled to introduce Palomino products and their Blackwing Pencils (hard & soft lead) to EuropeanPaper.com’s audience!

Blackwing Origins

It all starts with Johann Eberhard Faber (b. 1822; d. 1879), a descendant of the famous Bavarian pencil manufacturing family, Faber. While he ultimately spent his career life in America and established the first lead pencil factory in New York, he kept close ties (and the same level of high quality pencils) with the Faber pencil factories back in Germany. Even though he did not personally see the launch of the Blackwing pencil, as it wasn’t created until the 1930′s, Johann Eberhard Faber’s family standard of pencils was upheld throughout the decades to produce the ‘best pencil ever made,’ as many have dubbed the Blackwing.

When it first launched in the 1930′s, the Blackwing 602 pencil took off in popularity and was celebrated by famous writers and artists such as John Steinbeck, Vladimir Nabokov, and Chuck Jones over the years. The Blackwing 602 became famous in its own right, not just due to the well-recognized names who boasted of the pencil, but for two design reasons: first, the unique lead that seamlessly glided across the page, and second, the now-iconic rectangular ferrule and eraser that could be replaced easily.

Ultimately, Eberhard Faber was bought by Faber-Castell USA in 1988; then in 1994, Faber-Castell was bought by Sanford Corp. (a division of Newell-Rubbermaid). The Blackwing had survived the turnovers, but was destined to eventually run out as the machine that made the clips for the eraser ferrule was broken for years and never fixed.

When the Blackwing eraser ferrule stock ran out in 1998, Sanford decided not to fix the original machine, and with that the Blackwing pencil’s time was over. Granted, it had built such a name for itself that when it ran out, collectors snatched up every last one and Blackwing pencils would sell on eBay for up to $40, creating an even larger reputation.

Palomino Picks up the Pieces

Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencils (12 ct.) on EuropeanPaper.com

Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencils 12 ct. on EuropeanPaper.com

At this point, Palomino, a division of California Cedar Products Company, “the world’s largest producer of wooden pencil slats,” according to their website, picked up the trademark. In 2010, Palomino CEO Charles Berolzheimer, a pencil maker with several generations in the business just like Eberhard Faber, used his unique supply relationships to re-introduce the Blackwing pencil.

However, the “Palomino Blackwing” was slightly modified (made best for artists with an even softer lead) and original Blackwing aficionados balked at the design changes. The power of the Blackwing community pushed Berolzheimer to stick to the trusted Blackwing formula. So in 2011, Palomino came out with the “Blackwing 602,” a homage to the original, best for devotees, writers, and everyday users, for its ability to hold a point.

Form & Function: Why Blackwing Pencils Kick … Butt

Whether you go for the soft or firm lead (or both), the Blackwing pencils from Palomino are guaranteed an instant classic in your daily arsenal.

Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencils (12 ct.) on EuropeanPaper.com

Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencils 12 ct. on EuropeanPaper.com

The Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil is finely crafted from cedar wood and finished with a thick metallic grey coating. It’s embossed with gold lettering on the sides, detailing “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.” Ideal for writers, the firm lead puts down an incredibly smooth line without having to be sharpened after each word. The original, unique rectangular black eraser even pops out so you can replace it after whittling it down after writing your masterpiece. Available in a box of 12 pencils, the Palomino Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil is the classic 602 you’ve been seeking.

Similar, but oh-so-subtly different, the Palomino Backwing Soft Graphite Pencil is also finely crafted from cedar wood, but finished with a thick metallic black coating (instead of grey). Embossed also with the gold lettering on the sides, this time simply reading “Palomino Blackwing.” Made with soft lead (instead of firm lead like the 602), it is best for illustrators and artists, but of course it can still be used by writers and everyday users. It also comes with a white rectangular eraser that pops out so you can replace it after whittling it down after drawing the day away. Available in a box of 12 pencils, the Palomino Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencil is the ultimate go-to for artists and creatives.

Whichever you prefer, we know you’ll fall in love. Check out all Palomino on EuropeanPaper.com here.