Palomino Unveils the Blackwing Slate

Today, Palomino finally took the wraps off of the latest addition to the Blackwing family, the Blackwing Slate, with a full photo preview. Here are the main points:

  • Wear-resistant polymer hardcover
  • Dual-sewn binding (sewn bound twice for extra durability)
  • Smooth, matte-black finish
  • Durable black canvas spine
  • High-grade elastic pencil holster
  • 100 GSM ruled or plain paper

And the best part? Every Blackwing Slate comes packaged with a Blackwing 602 pencil.

This journal is slick. But, don’t take my word for it. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Blackwing Slate

Blackwing Slate

Blackwing Slate

Blackwing Slate

Blackwing Slate

You can check out the full photo preview on Palomino has promised more info in the weeks leading up to the product’s release. No formal release date has been announced, but you can bet you’ll find a review here when the Blackwing Slate hits our shelves.

What do you think? Are you excited for the Blackwing Slate? Let us know in the comments!

15 replies
  1. Tom Morrisey
    Tom Morrisey says:

    Will be interested in learning price point and country of origin. And Alexander, I think a far more fitting companion pencil would be the Blackwing Pearl. But then again, you know how partial I am to the feel and writing quality of that pencil.

    • Alexander Poirier
      Alexander Poirier says:

      Hi Tom,

      The notebook is manufactured in Turkey, and has an MSRP of $22.95. We’ll be posting more info as we get closer to launch!


      P.S. I love the Pearl too!

  2. Jake
    Jake says:

    Stoked! Can’t wait to get this. I’ve always had to fashion my own pencil holder onto my sketchbooks and love how it’s built into the spine. When’s the release date?

  3. VxGx
    VxGx says:

    Looks great and I’m def. trying one. Judging from the photos it opens flat 180º which is possibly its most important features… No mention of this here or in the video — am I mistaken?

  4. Martin de Madrid
    Martin de Madrid says:

    I congratulate Palomino on reintroducing the iconic BlackWing pencil, and producing a plethora of pencil products related to it. My main concern is the “LL Beanization” of the pencil, with an attendant pricing. You are certainly “selling the sizzle, not the steak” now, which is fine, the goal of all merchandising, however, both the BlackWing Slate Journal and the BlackWing Pencil Roll are priced for the 1%! SAt sxty dollars for the Pencil Roll, I would expect it to be made of kid glove leather, not canvas. The BW Slate Journal is more reasonable, for it is assembled from multiple components of different materials, has special double stitching, pencil retainer, etc. I would have liked to see the BW Slate Journal accept paper refills, to reduce enviornmental contamination. Also I would make a plea for partnering with an artist’s paper manufacturer (I would highly recommend Fabrino, the oldest commercial paper manufacturer, and one of the most respected, or a small American manufacturer — also there is a very good Spanish company, whose name escapes me now), to offer some really good sketching paper for the product. Artists tend to keep their sketchbooks, and the protection the BW Slate Journal offers would make it a natural pairing.

    No matter that the pencils are incredibly expensive, they are available again, and much less than the $20 they used to sell for on EBay. Just for this feat I will always be a loyal Palamino customer. Oh, and your KUM lead pointers are absolutely the BEST in the world. Now all we animators need is a desktop, heavy, motorized version!

    • Nick Sese
      Nick Sese says:

      Hi Martin!

      Thanks for being a fan, and I appreciate your criticisms! I would like to note, however, that in terms of pricing for those notebooks, I think they are competitively priced, since many high-end notebook manufacturers sell from anywhere between $18-$25. With regards to the roll, they are handcrafted in San Diego, and the intricate nature of the multiple pockets, plus the leather accents, the pricing can be justified.

      I do like the idea of replaceable paper inserts for the notebooks. I think that would be really rad!


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