Blackwing pencils were originally introduced in the 1930s and built a cult following thanks to their buttery smooth graphite and the award-winning creatives who used them. Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones and Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck counted themselves among its devotees, along with countless other writers, artists and musicians. In the 1990s, Blackwing pencils fell victim to cost cutting measures and were discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans started spending as much as $40 per pencil to seize the unused stock.
In 2010, we revived Blackwing pencils using Genuine Incense-cedar from the forests of California and Oregon, and smooth Japanese graphite. In the years since, Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture. It’s a culture that encourages and empowers creativity in all forms, especially in our nation’s schools. In fact, a percentage of every Blackwing product sold benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.