Half the pressure, twice the speed.
The James Brand and Blackwing have partnered to create a limited-edition box, showcasing our shared belief that the difference is in the details, and that analog experiences matter.
The pencils feature a pearl graphite, giving it a balanced feel and delivering on the Blackwing promise of “half the pressure, twice the speed”. Once you’ve used a Blackwing, you’ll never go back to standard pencils again.
All day, every day.
We make knives and tools for people who live adventurously - for people like us. For those who aren’t content consuming other people’s stories, and who don’t wait around for other people to fix things. We're with you, from the pocket to the hand, and back again.
About the Partnership
Blackwing pencils built a cult following among famed 20th-century artists, especially authors, animators, and musicians. They combined their iconic design with California Incense-Cedar and smooth Japanese graphite to create a truly exceptional experience.
The James Brand and Blackwing have partnered together to create this limited-edition box, showcasing our shared belief that the difference is in the details, and that analog experiences matter.
History of the Blackwing Pencil
Legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created with the Blackwing 602 pencil. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, and Disney animator Shamus Culhane who, according to animation historian Charles Soloman, asked to be buried with his Blackwing 602.
Blackwing’s roots go back to the 1930’s when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil with the unique rectangular eraser became synonymous with quality. Then, in 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
In 2007, Blackwing introduced their Palomino range of pencils using Genuine Incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. Artists and writers started comparing them to their beloved Blackwing 602s, and folks began asking to revive the Blackwing brand. Blackwing tapped into over 100 years of family-run pencil industry experience to re-introduce the iconic brand in 2010.
In the 10 years since its revival, Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture. It’s a culture that's all about living mindfully and finding balance in our fast-paced lives.
ANALOG EXPERIENCES MATTER
See it in Action
- AKA K.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars1 week agoCool pencils and even better customer service
The pencil set is a very cool concept, and I like the inclusion of three different colours in the set. And let's not forget the flash of green that adds that extra pop. While my first box had a bit of an anomaly the kind folks at The James Brand sent me out a proper box. Many thanks!
- JGJames G.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars1 week agoSmooth Sailing
I was so surprised how smooth this pencil writes. It sharpens well, and is very handsomely packaged.
- TThomasVerified BuyerI recommend this productRated 4 stars2 weeks agoBlacking with the cool of The James Brand
Really love Blacking and now with the TJB coolness, what's not to love!
- CPchristine p.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars2 hours agoThe most gorgeous Blackwings
Loved these! They are so beautiful and make using a pencil everyday a luxury.
- RJRandall J.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars2 days agoVery nice pencils!
These pencils are quite nice. I took a chance with them because there is no indication of their darkness and softness (e.g., 2H, HB, etc.)
I bought them for use in solving math equations. They require little pressure and are dark enough to read easily. The erasers are effective, but like most pencil-end erasers, are pretty small. Best not to make too many errors!