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OUR STORY

Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, our company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking a more natural existence.

Today, a portion of every Blackwing sale benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.

THE BLACKWING FOUNDATION

A portion of the sales from all Blackwing products benefit the Blackwing Foundation, which funds and develops arts and music education at the K-12 level. We believe that participation in art and music programs play an important role in students' creative, academic, and social development.

We are proud to partner with organizations like The Mastheads, Little Kids Rock, TeachRock, and others to provide sustainable, impactful music and arts education programs across the nation.

THE BLACKWING CULTURE

We make pencils, notebooks and tools for creative-minded people, and others looking to unplug once in a while. Whether in the form of vinyl records and print books, or film cameras and worn-down pencils, we think there’s something in the tactile feel of an analog tool that is in our DNA. We try to tap into that feeling in our everyday lives by making things with our hands, and by valuing the creative process as much as the result.

We believe in the power of arts and music, as both a creative outlet and as an educational tool. That’s why a portion of every Blackwing sale benefits music and arts education through the Blackwing Foundation, and why we use projects like Blackwing Music to shine a spotlight on artists who deserve attention.

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Analog is in our DNA

Our story starts with a pencil, but it doesn’t end there. We're a team of writers, artists, musicians, designers, and DIYers who think the world is a little bit better when you slow down. We’re want to inspire people to slow down, unplug and find some balance in their fast-paced digital lives.