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Blackwing has an amazing history. These pencils roots go back to the 1930s, when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil became synonymous with quality. It was known to be used by several important figures, including John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, and Disney animator Shamus Culhane. The Blackwing was discontinued in 1998, but it maintained a cult following, selling for as much as $40 on eBay for a single pencil.

The Palomino range of pencils was introduced in 2007, using Genuine Incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. Artists and writers compared them to their beloved Blackwing 602s and began asking for the original Blackwing brand to be revived. After tapping into over 100 years of family-run pencil industry experience, Blackwing pencils were reintroduced in 2010.