The ultimate guide to Blackwing Volumes

Blackwing Volumes

Celebrating a creative culture

Blackwing pencils have inspired a cult following and they are a dream to write with - Half the pressure, twice the speedᅠ- is the brand's motto.

At first the number 602 was the name of the pencil after pencil 601 and before pencil 603. Over time however, as the following grew the 602 became a rockstar of graphite world. An icon that has been a part of creating Bugs Bunny, the Looney Tunes and many more.

“Over time, 602 has become a number with stories to tell...  What other numbers have stories to tell?” ~Blackwing (see more here)

The Blackwing Volumes are special editions that come out 3-4 times a year in limited quantities and tell interesting stories about locations, music & sports legends, film, photography etc. For stationery geeks (like us) the've transcended into a modern art form which we love to collect.  Listed below are all the Volumes that have been issued so far. How many of these can you remember and which one is your favourite?

We admire how creative Blackwing are with their pencils, so this post is an archive for all collectors out there :)

Enjoy! (^_~)

ps: We'll keeping adding new Volumes as they come in ...

Blackwing Volumes 205
Blackwing Volumes 73
RelasedVolume1. DesignInspired by
June 2015725The Sunburst Pencil - Sunburst Finish, Black Eraser, Gold Ferrule, White Imprint, Balanced Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing Pearl pencil.Shiny gradient Fender Stratocaster guitar pencil tribute to Newport Folk Festival.
Blackwing Volumes 725
ReleasedVolume2. DesignInspired by
September 2015211The Natural Pencil - Natural Finish, Brown Eraser, Gold Ferrule, Brown Imprint, Firm Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing 602 pencil.Pencil tribute to John Muir & John Muir Trail.
Blackwing Volumes 211
ReleasedVolume3. DesignInspired by
December 20151138The Sfi-Fi Pencil - Barcode Finish, Black Eraser, Silver Ferrule, Silver Imprint, Soft Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing Classic pencil.Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon - film is condensed on the barcode that is printed on the pencil.
Blackwing Volumes 1138
ReleasedVolume4. DesignInspired by
March 201624The Writer's Pencil - Black Finish, Black Eraser, Black Ferrule, Black Imprint, Extra-Firm Graphite. The firmest of all pencils.Shiny Black on Black pencil tribute to John Steinbeck.
Blackwing Volumes 24
ReleasedVolume5. DesignInspired by
July 201656 The Joe DiMaggio Pencil - Pinstripe Finish, Blue Eraser, Gold Ferrule, Gold imprint, Firm Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing 602 pencil.Tribute to Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and his 56 game hitting streak.
Blackwing Volumes 56

Autumn 2016. New logo & Sans Serif typeface. New improved eraser.

ReleasedVolume6. DesignInspired by
September 2016344 The Dorothea Lange Pencil - Deep Red Finish, Black Eraser, Red Ferrule, Red Imprint, Firm Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing 602 pencil.Dark room (rolls of Film) like pencil, tribute to Dorothea Lange and her famous Migrant Mother photo.
Blackwing Volumes 344
ReleasedVolume7. DesignInspired by
December 2016530 The Eureka Moment - Gold Finish, Black Eraser, Striped Ferrule, Black Imprint, Extra-Firm Graphite. The firmest of all pencils.Gold Rush pencil celebrating Eureka moments.
Blackwing Volumes 530
ReleasedVolume8. DesignInspired by
March 2017205The Jade Pencil - Dual Jade Finishes. Green and White, Black Eraser, Gold Ferrule, Gold Imprint, Firm Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing 602's.First ever Volume that contains two different pencils representing Silk Road (white) trade and one of it's most prominent goods - Jade (green).
Blackwing Volumes 205
ReleasedVolume9. DesignInspired by
June 201773The Tahoe Pencil - Tahoe Blue Finish, Raised Topography Texture, White Eraser, Silver Ferrule, White Imprint, Soft Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing Classic.Inspired by the beauty of Lake Tahoe. 73 is a celebration of conservation success and represents Tahoe’s last measured Secchi depth.
Blackwing Volumes 73
ReleasedVolume10. DesignInspired by
October 20171Guy Clark Pencil - First Round Pencil, Matte Grey Washcoat Finish (Natural wood colour shows through) Denim Blue Eraser, Silver Ferrule, Silver Imprint, Balanced Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing Pearl pencil.Pencil tribute to Guy Clark’s debut album Old No. 1 which is regarded as one of the most influential albums ever made.
Blackwing Volumes 1
ReleasedVolume11. DesignInspired by
December 201716.2Ada Lovelace Pencil - Matte white finish with white binary pattern stamp of Ada Lovelace’s initials, White Eraser, Matte Black Ferrule, Grey Imprint, Firm Graphite. Writes similarly to the Blackwing 602 pencil.Pencil tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace. Each pencil has a binary pattern stamp of the initials she used to sign her work, AAL. The number 16.2 is a nod to the Analytical Engine’s storage capacity of 16.2 kB.
Blackwing Volumes 16.2

Blackwing Volumes are limited editions and they don't hang around for long!

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