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Palomino Blackwing Pencil

The Palomino Blackwing is a very popular general-use wooden pencil. Its original form, which stopped being made in the 1990s, is considered by many to be the best pencil ever made.

Palomino Blackwing pencils are a boutique brand of pencils that are made in the USA. In their current form they have been around since 2012 and have become a favorite among artists, students, and those who love writing with pencils.

The original Blackwing, which is no longer manufactured, was produced from 1934 to 1998 by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. The pencils can often be found on Ebay and other used marketplaces but sell at a significant premium relatively to their original pricing — between $50 and $75 per pencil is the going rate in 2021.

The Palomino Blackwing pencils are considered to be a premium brand of pencils. They are higherend pencils that dont come cheap and are sold both in standard models and limited editions, known as “Volumes.” They are made of cedar wood, have a hexagonal shape, and have a removable eraser that sits inside a clip.

Blackwing are sold in packs of 12 pencils. Some of these packs are “Blackwing Editions” which are numbered, limited editions which are mainly sold to subscribers. Difference versions will vary by the paint on the wooden body, the color of the eraser, and the color of the ferrule that hold the eraser. The company has not changed anything else, like pencil shape, lead color, eraser style, etc.

Palomino Blackwing Or Blackwing?

While the “Palomino Blackwing 602” was the name when the pencil was first introduced, it has since been rebranded as simply the “Blackwing 602.”

The Palomino brand pencils still exists and are still manufactured and sold, but the Blackwing brand has been removed from the Palomino family. PalominoBrands.com, which used to be the home of the Blackwing, now has a message stating that the  new home of the pencil is “Blackwing602.com”.

Blackwing Models

If the naming wasn’t confusing enough, it’s worth understanding that the 602 isn’t the only Blackwing pencil. There are limited editions, but there are standard models as well. The models include:

  • 602: Standard pencil in dark grey
  • Matte: Matte black finish
  • Natural: Laquered wood with visible grain
  • Pearl: Pearlescent white finish

The lead hardness varies with each model, not just the aesthetics of the pencils. The softest is the Matte, followed by the Pearl, 602, and then the Natural is the hardest.

Who Makes The Blackwing?

The pencils are made by a company by the name of California Cedar Products. This company, who operates Pencils.com, purchased the Blackwing name from Eberhard Faber in 2008. The new pencil has a difference lead formula but is the successor to the original Blackwing both in name and spirit.  

California Cedar Products had a line of “Palomino” pencils, to which it added the Blackwing 602 in 2012.

Palomino Blackwing Pencil Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Palomino
Pencil ModelsPearl, 602, Pack of 12
Barrel ColorWhite, Black, Gray
Barrel MaterialWood
Body Diameter (mm) 7.8
Grip Color
Grip Material Wood
Knurled Grip? No
Grip Diameter (mm) 7.8
Body Shape
Lead GradesHB
Capped or Retractable
Lead Color Graphite
Lead Size (Diameter)
Similar To:
Eraser Refillable?Yes
Clip MaterialNone
Body Length20.1
Pipe Retractable?Yes
Cleaning Rod?No