Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Black Rhodia White Blackwing



Earlier this year, Palomino introduced a third member to their Blackwing family. For those who aren’t familiar with these pencils, Blackwing was a pencil first introduced by Eberhard Faber in the 1930’s. The pencil was manufactured until 1998 when it was discontinued but not forgotten. Original Blackwing 602 pencils were selling for upwards of $40 apiece until Cal Cedar worked to reintroduce a modified version of the original Blackwing in 2010. The retro “602” was then introduced in 2011 to be closer to original design and now the Pearl makes three and is said to be somewhere in between the Blackwing and the 602.

I have tried the first two but have not yet had the opportunity to try the Pearl. I like the softer smudgier dark lead of the Blackwing for sketching and the slightly firmer lead of the 602 for writing.

What do you think about these pencils?

Image courtesy of thatsraddude on Instagram


4 thoughts on “Black Rhodia White Blackwing

  1. I like the 602 but found the lead too soft for extended writing. I want to like it – I really do but at $20 a box and a pencil sharpener always at the ready…. I end up grabbing a pencil that holds the point longer.

  2. Like Susan, I too am a huge fan of the orange Palominos. For my tastes, the 602 isn’t dark enough, but its point retention is fine. The Palomino Blackwing is lusciously dark but most find the lead too soft for extended writing. The Pearl may strike the ideal balance, I’ll have to try it. The regular orange Palomino 6B is as dark if not more so than most brands’ 10B.

  3. I adore the Blackwing. I’ve hated pencils since grade school when they stopped selling the originals & I had to suffer with the hard lead torture devices obviously designed for the F nibbed crowd. The Blackwing is to pencils what the OBB nib is to fountain pens & easy on my hands since I don’t have to gouge it into the paper to force it to write like regular hard leads. Immediately invested in a box the minute I knew they were available.

    Only the 6B pencils I special order from Japan are nicer. And they don’t come with erasers.

  4. I’ve been a fan of the orange Palomino pencils for years, so I was delighted when they revived the Blackwing design. They’re beautiful, they write smooth as silk, and I love the replaceable oblong erasers. But I’m hoping they will make one with harder lead. I find even the 602 to be softer than I like for writing.

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