Ode to the Palomino Blackwing
Jul 30, 2013
You might have noticed that this fall, we have a passion for the pencil and have infused it into our collection with playful patterns and sketchy lines and drawings. Our graphic designers didn’t work with just any pencil when developing their art—the Palamino Blackwing was their tool of choice. We’re not the only ones who have been swayed by the legendary pencil. Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created masterpieces with the pencils…that’s some good company! We hope you enjoy a few fun facts about the graphite beauty—share your own Palomino passion with us if you, too favor them!
- The Palomino Blackwing pencils were introduced by Eberhard Faber in the 1930s. Although discontinued in 1998, the pencils were revived in 2010 due to a cult following (some fans paid as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing!).
- Why so special? Blackwing pencils are prized for their quality graphite, iconic shape, replaceable erasers, and the people who have used them through history. Some say they are the best writing utensils in the world.
- Who are all those famous people? Blackwing put together a list of some (not all) of the noteworthy innovators and artists who have used their pencils and you can review it here.
- You’ll be less surprised of the Blackwing pencil’s popularity when you watch cartoonist (and Blackwing fanatic) Gary Kopervas as he depicts the story of the pop-culture pencil with a hand-sketched video.
- Want more information? Follow the Blackwing blog for all coverage of the pencils and Palomino brand favorites.
Now when you see our tins, prints, art, and images for fall and you catch some scratchy, sketchy pencil marks, you’ll know what pencil they came from!
Images taken by Fossil