Blackwing Volumes – Vol. 725 – The Sunburst Pencil

Yesterday, Palomino announced the first Volumes limited edition Blackwing pencil, Vol. 725., exclusively to subscribers of the Volumes program. Today, it’s available to non-subscribers, and we have it here on Below is an excerpt from the announcement detailing the story behind the pencil: “The Blackwing 725 pays tribute to [the] Newport [Folk Festival] as […]

A Look Inside the New Blackwing Packaging

Today, Palomino began shipping Blackwing pencils in their redesigned packaging, and that means we get to start shipping the new boxes to you! The new design signals a departure from the folding, carton-style box that has been used since the Blackwing’s revival in 2010, so we thought we’d take a closer look at the new Blackwing packaging. The Feel […]

Palomino Introduces the Blackwing 602 Chuck Jones Edition – Available Now on

Yesterday, Palomino announced their collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and unveiled the Blackwing 602 Chuck Jones Edition set. Today, we’re excited to announce that it is available online exclusively at, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and their efforts to support and inspire excellence in […]

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 […]

Palomino Announces

Yesterday, Palomino announced the launch of their new Blackwing-focused site (as well of a very interesting new notebook, but more on that later). The site is aimed at fostering the culture of creativity, innovation and excitement surrounding the Blackwing pencil. It will feature articles, videos and profiles of creative people and their processes, and […]

Walt Disney and Blackwing Pencils

Two weeks ago, while on vacation in Walt Disney World, I found myself in the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream gallery. The attraction is described as “a multimedia gallery exhibit of rare artifacts and an inspiring 15-minute film bring the story of Walt Disney to life.”  One of those exhibits, I discovered, is a reconstruction […]

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Palomino Introduces Blackwing Pearl Pencil

Palomino Introduces “Balanced and Smooth” Blackwing Pearl Pencil Yesterday, Palomino announced the Blackwing Pearl pencil, a new addition to their family of Blackwing pencils, notebooks and accessories. The pencil will be available for purchase here at on May 2nd. It promises a “balanced and smooth” graphite performance that falls in between the “soft and […]

Crossword Puzzles That Rock

One of my aspirations in life is to be able to finish The New York Times Crossword Puzzle without succumbing to a Google search, or phoning a friend. So far, I have yet to achieve that goal. Let’s face it, some of the clues are downright sneaky. When I make a more earnest effort to achieve this […]