Cult Pens & Pencils: Our Top Picks

Blackwing Pencils
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Blackwing Pencils are widely regarded as the finest pencil ever made, having accumulated a cult following since several eminent 20th century writers and artists used them. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones (who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and numerous other Looney Tunes characters). 
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The manufacture of the pencils was sadly discontinued in 1998 but demand was still high as fans began buying single pencils for over £30 on eBay. Artists from across the world soon noticed that Palomino's range of premium pencils provided a comparable performance to the Blackwing and asked them to consider reviving the iconic brand. Palomino founder and CEO Charles Berolzheimer, whose family's roots in the pencil industry date back to the mid-19th century, used his unique supply relationships to re-introduce the Blackwing pencil, both in its original form (the "602") for devotees, writers and everyday users, as well as a modified version with a slightly softer lead for artists.
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Tombow Brush Pens
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Tombow was founded in Japan in 1913 as a pencil manufacturer and in recent years has become an influential designer of fine writing instruments.  Tombow pens make use of aluminium and other lightweight and durable materials to create harmonious designs with a high degree of ergonomic practicality and technical perfection. 

Tombow's Dual Brush pens are available in a dazzling array of colors, and are appreciated by fine artists and crafters alike for good reason. They are wonderful for illustrating, drawing, rubber stamping, and more. Each pen has two tips—a high-quality, flexible nylon fiber brush tip and a fine bullet tip. Use the brush tip to create fine, medium, and broad strokes. It is resilient, retaining its point even after extensive use. For consistent fine lines, the sturdy fine tip is ideal. 

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Kaweco Fountain Pens
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Established since 1883 in Heidelberg, Germany, Kaweco pens are renowned for their retro-style pocket pens, whose designs haven't changed since 1911. These fountain pens are great for on-the-go and the chunky octagonal profile makes them a joy to hold.
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Midori
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Japanese brand MIDORI has been manufacturing goods that combine both aesthetic and functionality since the 1950s. Their brass pens are so compact and write super-smoothly with an incredibly fine line. We love that the brass body will wear over time to develop its own characteristic vintage look.
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YStudio
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Seeking to inspire self-reflection and tranquility, YStudio creates writing implements using traditional processes and raw materials to preserve a vanishing culture in our digital age. Reputed for their elegant and functional stationery, YStudio understands the importance of beauty in everyday objects such as this gold-tone rollerball pen.
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Made from the highest quality brass and copper, YStudio's writing instruments are designed to age gradually with use, so that a rich patina will emerge over time. Without any surface treatment, this pen will develop an entirely unique pattern through consistent use. We love the fact that this pen is weighted yet balanced and provides smooth, clean lines in anyone's hand.