What’s so special about a Blackwing?

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.

OK, but what makes a Blackwing different from the yellow pencils I used in school?

Forget everything you know about pencils. Blackwing pencils are not mass produced in a massive warehouse factory, they’re crafted with care by artisans who are passionate about making the best pencils in the world. The result is a pencil that sharpens evenly, doesn’t break, lays down a smooth, dark line, and hopefully inspires you to tap into your creative side.

How can I become a retailer?

If you want to find out more about becoming a Blackwing retailer, just fill out the retailer inquiry form and we’ll be in touch!

Where can I buy Blackwing products?

Blackwing tools are available online at and at hundreds of retailers around the world.

What is the difference between the three Blackwing models?

Blackwing – Soft. Dark lines. Excellent shading ability.

Blackwing 602 – Firm. Lighter graphite. Great for notes, lists, and outlining

Pearl – Balanced. Graphite is a blend of that found in BW and 602. Firm point, dark graphite. Versatile.

What wood are Blackwings made out of?

Blackwing pencils are made out of 100% Genuine Incense-cedar wood. Genuine Incense-cedar features a fine, straight grain that sharpens quickly and evenly, giving the pencil a smooth, sharp point (and it smells great too!).

Why do you use Japanese graphite?

Japanese graphite is darker and smoother than other graphites thanks to the unique combination of graphite, wax and clay. Plus, our relationship with our graphite manufacturer means we can get our graphites formulated to our exact specifications.

How do you replace a Blackwing eraser?

Remove the handy eraser clip from the pencil, replace or extend the eraser and then return the clip to its nest.

What does "602" stand for?

602 is simply a model number for the pencil. Nothing more, nothing less.