In my mind, two of the most iconic writing implements in recent times are the Blackwing pencil and the Lamy Safari fountain pen.
The Blackwing 602 pencil was introduced in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber. A very soft pencil with wax added to the lead, it had been advertised as requiring only half of the usual physical effort to produce the marking. “Half the pressure, twice the speed” was their motto.
Artists, writers, and musicians loved the Blackwing 602, including Oscar-winning animator Chuck Jones, author John Steinbeck, and record producer Quincy Jones.
After the Blackwing was discontinued in the 1990′s, fans began paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock listed on Ebay. In 2010, Palomino, whose industry roots were planted over a century ago, revived the Blackwing to much critical acclaim.
The Lamy Safari fountain pen was first introduced in 1980 and initially designed for 10-15 years olds. It was made of olive green ABS plastic in an avant-garde style and was the outcome of extensive research work in the field of youth psychology.
Available in a variety of pleasing colors and nib widths, this durable pen which sells for under $40 has been many people’s first foray into the wonderful world of fountain pen writing. (Including me, A red Safari with a medium nib was my first.)
What other pens and pencils do you find Noteworthy?