Using a process known as movie barcoding, we condensed A Trip to the Moon into individual bands of color (shout out to Melvyn over at Arcane Sanctum for his awesome open source movie barcoding program). We then set out to put that onto a pencil.
The easy answer would have been to create a wrapped pencil. Using this process, the image of the condensed film would have been printed onto a wrapping material and that material would have been wrapped around the barrel of the pencil. Instead, we opted for a more intricate method that would better meet the expectations of Blackwing fans. This method is called roll-on printing, and we’ll go into a bit more detail about that in a later post.
The result is the Blackwing 1138. We put a movie on a pencil, and we had a blast doing it.
The Blackwing 1138 features the soft and smooth graphite also found in the Palomino Blackwing. This rich, dark graphite reminded us of space, and that seemed like the perfect fit for a sci-fi pencil. Long-time Blackwing fans will notice that the 1138 also sports the first-ever silver ferrule on a Blackwing. The number 1138 is widely used in the world of science fiction, appearing in numerous films, television shows and comic books.
Subscribers will once again find a little something extra in their subscription boxes. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so we’ll talk more about that once the cat’s out of the bag.