Behind the Brand: Blackwing 602

Go behind the brand of the only pencil with a cult following, the Blackwing 602 pencil. Premium Japanese graphite encased in California genuine incense-cedar; these are the greatest pencils in the world.
Behind the Brand: Blackwing 602 - Autotype
Blackwing’s roots go back to the 1930s when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil with the unique rectangular eraser became synonymous with quality. The 602 was the preferred writing instrument of author John Steinbeck, composer Leonard Bernstein, and animator and Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones.


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.

Chuck Jones Sketch

Every pencil is made of graphite and wood. Only Blackwing pencils combine the best graphite in the world, the best wood in the world, and generations of craftsmanship to create an exceptional pencil. Whether you're a composer, a journalist, a poet, a draftsman, an architect, an animator, or just a dreamer; Blackwing is for you.

architectural renderings in pencil
Premium Japanese graphite crafted with clay for strength and wax for smoothness.

Cased in Genuine Incense-cedar wood from California and Oregon that sharpens evenly and easily.

We love that a Blackwing pencil is easy to identify. The aesthetic is minimal and unique. 

With a host of brightly-colored rectangular, replacement erasers, Blackwing makes each pencil more functional, more stylish, and more individualized. 

What’s a great pencil without a notebook to fill with ideas and inspiration? Leave it to Blackwing to craft a journal that opens completely flat for easy note-taking and sketching, and to craft a notebook that holds your cherished Blackwing pencil. Holster you 602 right in the binding of your Slate Journal, throw on a point guard and you’re ready to roll.


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