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Palomino Blackwing 602 - 12 Count

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  • One pack of 12 Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils
  • Pencils feature a firm and smooth graphite core that is perfect for writers and everyday users
  • Pencils feature a unique ferrule and allows you to extend and replace the eraser
  • Replacement erasers available in three difference colors
  • Pencils made out of Genuine Incense-cedar
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Technical Details
Brand NameBlackwing
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions2.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
ColorGrey
Pencil Lead Degree (Hardness)Firm & Smooth
Material TypeCedar wood and graphite, Conforms to ASTM 4236
Number of Items12
Manufacturer Part NumberBLACK WING 602
  
Additional Information
ASINB006YYPIUI
Best Sellers Rank #536 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2011
  
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A favorite of artists, animators, writers and musicians around the world, the Palomino Blackwing 602 has been lauded by many who have used it. Praised by Alex Beam of The Boston Globe and Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing among others, the Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that is ideal for writers and everyday users, and helps it deliver on its promise of "Half The Pressure Twice The Speed." Its unique and iconic ferrule allows you to extend and replace its eraser after extensive use and even "hack" your pencil to give it a custom look. 12 Premium Quality Firm & Smooth Graphite Formulation Pencils In Carton - Genuine Incense Cedar

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The writing is smooth and easy and the lines are dark.
David H. Mead
As a bonus, it comes with a very good eraser that can be adjusted and use to the end.
Karlos Ortiz
Now, I never want to write or draw with anything else.
J. Jackson

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By cynthia on September 2, 2012
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My son received a few of these pencils as a Klout reward months ago. He wasn't interested, so they fell to me. Now, I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination. What I am is a homeschooling mom of five who loves(needs)to make lists. I had no idea a PENCIL could give me so much pleasure. These pencils are terrific. They hold a point longer than most,write so smoothly, and never roll away. Imagine that.
We live on a very tight budget and non-necessary items are few and far between so... when I spent my Mother's Day gift card on PENCILS and not some other extravagance...you know they must be good.

Simple pleasures.

Thanks for the great product.
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The glorious Eberhard Blackwing 602, favorite pencil of celebrity authors and composers, was discontinued in 1998. California Cedar acquired the trademark and resurrected the iconic Blackwing style and name, if not the pencil, in 2010. The Blackwing 602 was a creation of Eberhard Faber in the 1930s. Eberhard Faber was bought by Faber-Castell USA in 1988, which was, in turn, bought by Sanford Corp. in the 1990s. Production of the Blackwing was discontinued due to poor sales. When CalCedar acquired the trademark, it produced first one, then two versions of the Blackwing under its Palomino brand. It marketed the new Blackwing, somewhat disingenuously, as a pencil favored by generations of American artists. Well, that was true of the Eberhard Blackwing 602, but the Palomino Blackwing 602 is a different pencil.

But it's a great pencil. It is nicely finished in a shiny dark grey with gold stamping on a hexagonal barrel. It says "Palomino Blackwing 602" on one side and "Half the pressure, Twice the speed" on the opposite side. That's the Blackwing's old tagline. It is topped by the Blackwing's iconic rectangular ferrule, which holds a replaceable, adjustable black eraser. Some people think this bulky ferrule makes the pencil top-heavy. Others absolutely love the thing. I am in the latter category. The ferrule prevents the pencil from rolling. The shape makes it possible to erase in a relatively thin line. And it makes the Blackwing easy to spot. The Palomino Blackwing 602 comes with a sleek black eraser, where its forebear had a pink eraser. The black eraser looks great. And you can always change it for pink, white, blue, green, or orange, available from Palomino.

Blackwing pencils have always been ungraded, but the Palomino Blackwing 602 is comparable to a #1 or a B grade.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Skunk Tabby on April 30, 2013
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I didn't wanna do it. . . I mean, seriously, who pays $24 for 12 pencils? That's two bucks a pencil. You can buy perfectly adequate pencils for $2 for a box of 12. These are TWELVE TIMES more expensive.

I've always had a thing for writing implements, and am very picky about my pencils (don't get me started on the awful office pencils. I buy my own out of pocket). My perfect pencil would be one that held a point without breaking, dark lead, comfortable to hold, an eraser that lasted through most of the pencil, smooth writing. I was happy with my Dixon Ticonderoga Tri-Writes for years. They weren't perfect, but they were. . . adequate.

Then I saw a review for the Palomino Blackwings, and bought them on impulse, not really believing the reviews, thinking I'd debunk them. Even when I hit "Purchase", I couldn't quite believe I'd bought them.

So who pays $24 for 12 pencils? Me, that's who. I'm addicted. The writing is so smooth and easy. The lead is dark, easily readable and doesn't smudge--very important for crosswords!. The lead is probably softer than what you're used to (I think it's #1 vs. the standard #2), but I wound up liking that once I got used to it.

The point doesn't break easily--you really don't need as much pressure with this. It lives up to its slogan. And since they don't break as often as my old pencils, they last longer, so you get some good value for your money that way.

The eraser--the eraser alone is worth the premium. It's extendable so it'll last as long as the pencil. It's rectangular, so you can easily erase fine points or wide swaths--you can even fidget with it like a clicky pen.

I honestly didn't think this pencil was all that great until I tried to go back to my Tri-Writes when I couldn't find the Palomino.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Guy Klucevsek on August 14, 2012
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This is the best pencil I have ever used, bar none. Not only does it never break, but you need almost no pressure to produce a nice, clear, dark print.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Karlos Ortiz on May 4, 2013
As a math teacher I use pencils daily and often. Looking for the perfect one, and after reading many reviews of this and other pencil, I decided to cough up some money and give them a shot. I'm really happy I did, even if I plan never buy one ever again.

These are the smoothest-easiest pencils I've ever used. Both the 602 and the regular Blackwing sharpen perfectly and the graphite is very dark and consistent. They may not keep a point as well as harder pencils I've tried (mostly German), but I really did not mind that when taking in consideration how incredibly well they write. Overall they keep their point better than most "HB" pencils I've used. As a bonus, it comes with a very good eraser that can be adjusted and use to the end. But most of all, it is impossible to ignore the way they rounded it's hexagonal shape which makes for an extremely comfortable writing experience. I've ordered and tried tens of pencils stopping just short of buying Uni ball's Hi-Unis and Graf-von pencils, and these are simply the best.

Why only four stars if they are the best I've tried?

They are good, but they are not $22 a dozen good. Especially when you can find almost identical performance from a pencil costing $10 per dozen less. Now, don't get me wrong, you won't find this kind of quality and performance out of your "high end" Dixon Triconderoga Black or your office supply brand pencil-- not even close. But for about a dollar a pencil you can go with the Palomino "HB" pencil and you will be basically buying the same pencil (minus the cool looking eraser and the name and aura of the Blackwing pedigree) and never, or almost never notice the difference.
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