Updated look and design! Ideal for musicians, woodworkers and anyone who prefer a soft, dark line, the Blackwing Matte is the softest of the four core Blackwing models. The Blackwing Matte pencil features a timeless matte black finish, iconic square Blackwing ferrule and black eraser. Blackwing Matte pencils come in a 12-pack gift box that also doubles as a pencil cup.
The return of the legendary pencil with the huge cult following: the Blackwing graphite pencil, which was originally produced by Eberhard Faber. The Blackwing was the favored pencil of Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Sondheim, John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, and many others. It was distinctive for its smooth lead and its flattened, square eraser.
Discontinued in the late 1990s, the Blackwing's reputation grew as remaining stock dwindled, driving online prices for boxes or even single pencils up astronomically. In 2010, Charles Berolzheimer revived the pencil for Palomino. Two versions are now produced: the version closest to its original form for devotees is the Palomino Blackwing 602, with a metallic grey shaft. Palomino also offers a modified, softer lead version for artists, known simply as the Palomino Blackwing, with a matte black shaft. Both shaft finishes reflect different eras from the Blackwing's history, the grey shaft being from the pencil's later years.
The original Blackwing was graded at 4B and the Palomino Blackwing 602 seems consistent with that grade. The Palomino Blackwing 'artist' pencil has a different lead formulation and its line is softer, slightly blacker: it lays a softer edge and wears more quickly than the 602.
Sold in a box of a dozen pencils. Eraser replacements available.