Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, Palomino drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking a more natural existence.

Today, Blackwing pencils are back and available in three styles. The Blackwing features a matte black finish and soft graphite ideal for artists and musicians. The Blackwing Pearl features a pearl white finish and balanced graphite that is great for letterers and line-work illustrators. The Blackwing 602 features a gunmetal grey finish and firm graphite that is perfect for writing and everyday use. A portion of every Blackwing sale also benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.