Behind the Brand: Blackwing 602
Then, in 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued. Gone, but not forgotten, 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 rebirth of Blackwing has drawn rave reviews.