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 :)
ps: We'll keeping adding new Volumes as they come in ...
|Relased||Volume||1. Design||Inspired by|
|June 2015||725||The 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.|
|Released||Volume||2. Design||Inspired by|
|September 2015||211||The 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.|
|Released||Volume||3. Design||Inspired by|
|December 2015||1138||The 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.|
|Released||Volume||4. Design||Inspired by|
|March 2016||24||The 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.|
|Released||Volume||5. Design||Inspired by|
|July 2016||56||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.|
Autumn 2016. New logo & Sans Serif typeface. New improved eraser.
|Released||Volume||6. Design||Inspired by|
|September 2016||344||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.|
|Released||Volume||7. Design||Inspired by|
|December 2016||530||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.|
|Released||Volume||8. Design||Inspired by|
|March 2017||205||The 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).|
|Released||Volume||9. Design||Inspired by|
|June 2017||73||The 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.|
|Released||Volume||10. Design||Inspired by|
|October 2017||1||Guy 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.|
|Released||Volume||11. Design||Inspired by|
|December 2017||16.2||Ada 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.|
|Released||Volume||12. Design||Inspired by|
|April 2018||54||Exquisite Corpse Pencil - Rose finish, Blue dust-free Eraser, Silver Ferrule, Crisp Teal Imprint, Extra-Firm Graphite. The firmest of all pencils.||Pencil pays tribute to surrealism and creative exercises that force us to look beyond our narrow personal perspective. The number 54 is a nod to 54 rue due Chateau in Paris, the birthplace of Exquisite Corpse.|