Looking for a new gift idea for an architect or designer in your life? The favorite writing utensil of many famous writers, musicians, and artists including John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, and Stephen Sondheim, the Blackwing pencil was once discontinued but has now been reborn by California-based Palomino. The Blackwing comes in three styles with its signature incense-cedar and Japanese graphite cores, complete with the iconic removable flat erasers and ferrules (metal fasteners).
The standard Blackwing has a black matte finish and features the brand’s distinctly shaped eraser in white. Introduced by Palomino in 2010, this pencil is a modern variation of the Blackwing 602 and is great for artists and musicians who prefer soft, dark lines. The Blackwing 602 is a modern duplicate of the original model made in the 1930s. It is finished in a gunmetal grey color and a black eraser, and is known for its firm but smooth performance. The Blackwing Pearl is the latest addition to the Blackwing family with a contrasting white finish and black wording imprint. Pearl has a graphite that is softer than the Blackwing 602 but is superior in firmness to the standard version.
A pack of 12 pencils is $19.95. A special edition gift set is also available, which includes 24 Blackwing pencils and a Blackwing Long Point Sharpener in a special-edition handcrafted wood box for $129.95.
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