This post is in celebration of the launch of the new Palomino Blackwing 602 we release for sale at midnight tonight and as a fun way to share my own poetic creativity this month given our contest themes. Thus I’ve written my own “Ode to Blackwing” shared here below. Not a great literary effort, but I had fun writing it anyway. A more detailed account of this pencil’s history can be found here or here. Anyway I hope it will inspire you to check out and participate in our Drawing and Writing Contests this month to win free Palomino Blackwing and Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils.
Ode to Blackwing Written by Charles “WoodChuck” Berolzheimer
There once was a pencil, it was really the thing. Went by the name of Eberhard-Faber Blackwing Produced a graphite line so smooth and clean No pencil could rival it’s metallic lacquer sheen.
It felt like butter as it slid across the page had an extendable flat eraser, though that tended to age. They called it the 602, said it wrote with half the pressure, twice the speed Some really thought this pencil fit their special need.
Was favored by writers, musicians, artists and more. From whom creative juices would never cease to pour Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe and the poet MacLeish Their creative energies were really unleashed.
Musical numbers from Overton, Sondheim and Riddle To them other pencils were just second fiddle. Animations galore from Chuck Jones and his ilk, with flowing lines that went down smooth as silk.
The old Faber factory sold to one, then another That special graphite formula maybe lost forever When the corporation saw no profit in fixin’ a machine The Blackwing days were bound to get a little lean
The Boston Athenaeum, it’s scholars and librarian Bought up the old stock and started a hoardin’ Selling Blackwings by the pencil for 20, 30, 40 bucks a pop! And a legend began to grow, the 602 was headed over the top
Then along came the Palomino with it’s deep, rich graphite feel The bloggers all said that for a buck a pencil that’s quite a deal The mighty orange pony kept a trotting slow and steady Building up a stable of riders until the time was a ready
And one by one the old Blackwing fans kept asking Won’t you please bring back that extending eraser thing Our 602s are getting scarce and even more costly To be used only when the muses strike us hotly
So Woodchuck toiled and tinkered, thinking how can it be done? There’s just not enough volume, it’ll cost a ton. But he finally got the nerve up to take the big risk Ordered the eraser tooling and prayed business would be brisk
He designed the new pencils to be dark, soft and smooth With a black lacquer finish he thought would really groove He worried some small gold flecks were a bit too profuse So sought feedback from bloggers, and all hell broke loose.
Where’s that gray, metallic finish? What about my pink eraser? No 602? And why did you drop that slogan, Half the Pressure? Yes, it’s super smooth and darker than the Eberhard Faber But boy we sharpen so often, it really takes some labor.
Still they came, they bought and the Palomino Blackwing was born Better than an iPad? asked the Globe as they tooted the horn So Pegasus came down on Mt. Helicon from the heavens Thus creating the spring, where gathered the muses, seven
So writers, artists, musicians and pencil fans Were pleased to have Blackwings back in their hands Their pencil creativity unleashed once again Putting pencil to paper, smooth as gel pen
But, upon Woodchuck his mind still did nag That he did not yet have success in the bag So back to the drawing board to work on version two To refine this pencil for those he wished still to woo.
A new formulation of graphite so firm and smooth It lasts one-third longer and that is the truth Back came the slogan Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed As his customer’s notions he wished to heed
A shiny new finish to match the old Faber With polished brilliance of a brand new sabre So sure to cure those long and weary blues Of those who mourn Eberhard-Faber 602s
I’ve got the Blackwing Blues. Sick of paying 30 bucks for my 602’s. Can’t Draw! Can’t Write! But everything’s gonna be alright Cause the Palomino’s comin’ out tonight!
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