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BLACKWING AUDITION 4-PACK

Blackwing Audition Pack - Set of 4 Pencils

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$15

Try out each of our core Blackwing pencils before purchasing a 12-pack. The Audition Pack also includes a one-time $10 discount for a future purchase of a 12-pack of our core pencils.

HOW IT WORKS:
1. Purchase the Blackwing Audition Pack. (Includes 1 x Blackwing Matte, 1 x Blackwing Pearl, 1 x Blackwing 602, and 1 x Blackwing Natural)
2. Once you receive your Audition Pack, test them out to see which one is best for you.
3. Once you're ready to pick your 12-pack, return to our website to purchase any core 12-pack of pencils and checkout using the email address you used to purchase your Audition Pack. Your discount will be automatically applied. Limit one discount per customer.

Our Tribute to Coffeehouses

Blackwing Volume 200

Blackwing Volume 200 Pencils

In 1948, amidst the uncertainty of post-war America, the Beat Generation was born. This literary movement, rooted in anti-materialism and the exploration of the human condition, gathered in the coffeehouses of New York and San Francisco to recite poetry alongside cups of black coffee. During the '50s and '60s, coffeehouses became synonymous with creativity and intellectualism.

One such example was Caffè Lena in Saratoga, NY. Opened in a former woodworking shop in 1960, Caffè Lena remains the oldest continually running coffeehouse in the United States. That longevity has allowed it to host countless creative icons from the Beatniks to members of the Folk Revival, and established Caffè Lena as a cornerstone of the creative counterculture in America.

The Blackwing 200 is a tribute to coffeehouses like Caffè Lena and the creative culture they help cultivate. Each pencil features a metallic copper design inspired by classic copper coffee roasting machines found in many coffeehouses during the ’50s and ’60s. The roasting process begins when the internal temperature of a coffee berry seed reaches 200 degrees Celsius, transforming it into the familiar coffee bean. These pencils also feature our firm graphite core that is perfect for finding inspiration in a local coffeehouse.

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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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From the Blackwing Community

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.