Blackwing pencils are widely regarded as the finest pencil ever made, and have accumulated a cult following since it became known that several eminent 20th century writers and artists swear by 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 countless other Looney Tunes characters.) Launched in the 1930s, these iconic pencils are made of renewable Californian Incense Cedar in Japan. The replaceable erasers are much more efficient than standard pencil erasers due to their flat ends.
Pencils are 20cm long.
Extra firm and smooth finish.
In 1848, gold flakes were discovered in Northern California’s American River. This discovery sparked what would come to be known as the California Gold Rush, causing hundreds of thousands of business owners, artists, lawyers and people of all trades to leave their lives behind and flock to Northern California in pursuit of fortune and opportunity.
The Gold Rush was California’s defining moment, a moment immortalized by the state’s motto “Eureka! I have found it!” There’s a similar moment in the creative process when the rest of the world fades and the project’s singular objective becomes clear. The Blackwing 530 celebrates these eureka moments of the creative process. Its gold barrel and ferrule symbolize the feeling of “striking gold” when creating. The model number 530 is a tribute to Sutter’s Mill, California Historical Site No. 530, where gold was first discovered. The Blackwing 530 features the same extra-firm graphite found in the Blackwing 24.