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.
Natural - Extra-Firm. The graphite is ideal for extended writing sessions and detailed line work.
Blackwing pencils are made out of Genuine Incense-cedar from California. Incense-cedar features a fine, straight grain that sharpens quickly and evenly, giving the pencil a smooth, sharp point (and it smells great too!).
We use premium Japanese graphite in all of our pencils. 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.
The number 602 originally referred to the pencil's model number. The Blackwing 602 was introduced after the Van Dyke 601 and before the Microtomic 603.
Our long point sharpener is a two step sharpening process. Step one sharpens the wood, and step two sharpens the graphite. First, insert the pencil into the hole labeled "1" and turn clockwise until the pencil spins freely. Then, insert the pencil into the hole labeled "2" and turn clockwise until the pencil is sharp.
Remove the handy eraser clip from the pencil, replace or extend the eraser and then return the clip to its nest.
Volumes is our quarterly limited edition pencil program. Every quarter, we release a new design into the wild and, once it's sold out, we'll never make it again. You can subscribe to Volumes to make sure you don't miss out.
If it's out of stock, that means it's gone for good :(
We release new editions quarterly. Typically, these release dates fall in March, June, September and December.
Yes, we ship all over the world. Shipping costs will apply, and will be added at checkout. We also have retailers all over the world who stock our products. Please note, for any international orders, we are not responsible for any additional duties or fees that may be added.
It depends on where you are. Orders processed here will take 5-7 business days to arrive. Overseas deliveries can take anywhere from 7-16 days. Delivery details will be provided in your confirmation email.
We use all major carriers, and local courier partners. You’ll be asked to select a delivery method during checkout.
We always aim to make sure our customers love our products, but if you do need to return an order, we’re happy to help. Just email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.