Blackwing Natural Pencils
These American-made pencils are considered to be one of the finest ever made and have something of a cult following. Discontinued in 1998, they soon became hot property on eBay with single pencils selling for $40 each. Brought back from extinction after petitions and protests in 2011, these are still made from the same Californian incense cedar with the finest Japanese-crafted graphite core. They are a dream to write with - "Half the pressure, twice the speed" - is their motto. You really have to try these to appreciate their qualities!
These pencils have a proud heritage, famous users include Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein. Chuck Jones even created Bugs Bunny with his Blackwing Palamino. This is the 602 version - the firmest of the three Blackwing pencils.
The Blackwing Natural features an exposed Incense-cedar barrel with a subtle clear matte finish and the popular extra-firm graphite. Every Blackwing Natural features a gold imprint, grey eraser (flat-ended for accuracy), and the iconic square Blackwing ferrule.
This pencil is described as 'Firm and Smooth'.