Praised in the New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and Boing Boing among others, the Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that helps it deliver on its promise of “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.”
Blackwing 602 pencils feature a gunmetal grey finish and iconic square Blackwing ferrule with a pink eraser.
If you order any 12 Blackwing pencils you'll also receive a gift box that doubles as a pencil cup.
Iconic ferrule design
Thick, gunmetal finish and crisp, gold imprint
Cedar casing that sharpens evenly and easily
Specially formulated graphite that writes smoothly
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Best. Pencil. EVER. I know what you're thinking: how good can one bit of wood-encased graphite be over the next? But these are legendary. The wood casing is beautiful, and with a good sharpener with a sharp blade, the pencil will peel in one long snaky strip without flaking everywhere. And (perhaps less important, but still noteworthy) the muted scent of that peeling is *gorgeous*! I've seen artists compare the graphite core of the 602 Blackwing to 2B, 4B and HB, but the 602 isn't graded beyond "firm", and it will lay down dark or fairly light depending on how hard you press, and what kind of paper you're drawing on. On hot press paper, it seems most like a firm 2B or soft HB to me. The pencil draws smoothly, with no graininess, scratchiness, or graphite dust, and blends or smudges smoothly with a tortillon. It's a nice width to hold, and the finish is a lovely, smooth but non-slip matte. The eraser at the end is a nice touch and quite handy (its comparatively large, squared-off shape is more convenient than the little round erasers that other pencils have), and looks very chic. Delivery was quick, and the pencils were well-packaged, and included a handwritten note, which was a lovely personalised touch :) x