Reviving the Blackwing: February Update
It’s been almost three full months since my November update so I thought it was about time to bring our fans up to date with a number of interesting and exciting developments with our Palomino Blackwing pencil as well as other Palomino and Pencils.com news.
The “602 Classic” will revive a replica styling of the original Blackwing graphite grey finish as shown above complete with the pink eraser and “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed” slogan. The new pencil will also feature a graphite core that will be closer to our Palomino HB performance providing for improved wear rates for those doing extensive writing. Of course, we will continue to offer the existing Palomino Blackwing with the same graphite core and finish characteristics and only a couple minor finish changes. Thus the dark matt black finish of the Palomino Blackwing will corresond to the rich, smooth and dark performance of the current pencil and the lighter grey finish of the “602 Classic” to a smooth writing somewhat lighter mark more closely matching the original Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602.
I am so excited to hear this! I love the Palomino Blackwings, but they are just too soft for writing–I keep going back to my HB's. Will you be keeping the pencil a little heftier, despite the hardening of the lead? One of my favorite aspects of the Palomino Blackwing is its slightly thicker barrel.
(Do I get a free sampler for first post? 🙂
This looks great everyone! I am sad that I am not around to see the everyday decisions made…it looks like everything is going well and I look forward to checking out the Classic. I am going to head up to Stock-nation for opening baseball weekend…come on out to a game and maybe I'll see you. This is Joey Centanni in case you were wondering… 🙂
Thats great news. I actually preferred the new BW lead look and all and have been using them non stop but since the old BW was such a great pencil I wont be able to resist the classic once you start selling them. You're company makes the best music composing pencils on the planet right now. I hope you keep doing so for a long time to come, I'll keep buying them and using them up.
I am super exited to hear that because I have different kinds of Palomino pencils and love to draw with it, and different paper requiring different softness of the lead. And design matters.
Awesome news! I love the Blackwing just the way it is and now we will have a new one! I just received the Palomino 4B and 6B grades. These have to be the richest blacks I have ever used! Look for some dramatic drawing changes from my drawing board in the near future!!
This is a terrific idea. I'll want both.
The palomino blackwing would look better with a heavy lacquer finish, like the original palominos.
"Thus the dark matt black finish of the Palomino Blackwing will corresond to the rich, smooth and dark performance of the current pencil and the lighter grey finish of the "602 Classic" to a smooth writing somewhat lighter mark more closely matching the original Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602."
Awesome!! This is perfect thinking, and exactly what I want. I eagerly await to purchase your 602's, and use them along with my matte black Blackwings.
Just bought two gross from you. Love these soft lead Blackwings, but very happy that you are going to faithfully reproduce the original. But wait! What's with the weird CANARY YELLOW eraser holder!???? Please tell me you're not doing that!!!
Don't worry the yellow ferrule color is just part of our digital mockup drawing.
JC – Thanks for your feedback. We are getting positive feedback from early responses on the 602 for its firmer writing performance as well as those who also still prefer the softer feel of the existing Palomino Blackwing.
Sorry about dealy in moderating and approving your comments have been very busy and did not see these come in earlier.
Received my new classics on Wednesday- early Father's Day present. Love them!