Palomino Volumes by Blackwing
Palomino Volumes by Blackwing
The Palomino Blackwing was launched by California Republic Stationers in October 2010 as a modern version of the iconic Eberhard-Faber Blackwing pencil that was favoured by artists such as Stephen Sondheim and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Available in packs of 12 are the following graphite formulations in fabulous special editions:
Vol. 205 - In 138 BCE, Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out on an expedition west. The journey lasted more than 13 years and laid the foundation for the Silk Road, a trade route that was instrumental in opening up communication between Asia and Europe. One of the most prominent goods traded along the Silk Road was jade. The number 205 references the molecular weight of jadeite, the most sought after form of jade. Each set contains 6 green jade pencils and 6 white jade pencils, all featuring a gold ferrule, black eraser, gold imprint and a firm graphite formulation.
Vol. 1 - The 1970s outlaw country movement that paved the way for what many now refer to as Americana music had many influences. Perhaps none were more important than legendary raconteur Guy Clark, whose debut album “Old No. 1” is regarded as one of the most influential ever made. Blackwing’s first round pencil features a matte grey washcoat finish that lets the wood grain show through, a “blue collar” eraser, and a balanced graphite formulation perfect for songwriting.
Vol. 54 - Surrealist artists used an exercise known as Exquisite Corpse to create collaborative poems and works of art composed of pieced-together words and images. The same exercise was used to design this set, with the pencil first being seperated into five components, then the design of each component being blindly selected and assembled. The finished pencil features a rose barrel, teal imprint, silver ferrule, blue eraser and an extra-firm graphite formulation. The number 54 is a nod to 54 rue due Chateau in Paris, the birthplace of Exquisite Corpse.
Vol. 530 - In 1848 The Gold Rush became California’s defining moment, a moment immortalized by the state’s motto “Eureka! I have found it!” What California found, however, went beyond gold. The state found its identity as a melting pot of people, cultures and ideas that persists to this day. This moment of self-discovery was California’s true “eureka moment.” 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, featuring a gold barrel, striped gold ferrule, black imprint, black eraser and an extra-firm graphite formulation. The model number 530 is a tribute to Sutter’s Mill, California Historical Site No. 530, where gold was first discovered.
Vol. 16.2 - This set is a tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace. The pencil features a matte white finish, grey imprint, white eraser and matte black ferrule inspired by the simple styling of early personal computers. It features a firm graphite formulation which is ideal for both writing and mathematics. The number 16.2 is a nod to the Analytical Engine’s storage capacity of 16.2 kB and the backside of each pencil bears a binary pattern stamp of Ada’s initials AAL, the same initials she used to sign her work.
Vol. 725 - This set pays tribute to Newport as it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1965 festival, when Bob Dylan took center stage, and its impact on music and culture. The pencil’s unique lacquer is inspired by the sunburst finish on the Fender Stratocaster that fueled what Rolling Stone Magazine called one of “50 Moments that Changed Rock n’ Roll.” The pencil also features a white imprint, black eraser and a balanced graphite formulation. The 25th day of the 7th month marks the date of Dylan’s memorable set, and also marks the date of the Saturday night showcase at the 2015 festival.
Vol. 1138 - This set salutes A Trip to the Moon directed by Georges Méliès and all things sci-fi. A Trip to the Moon was groundbreaking due to its length, intricate sets, elaborate costumes, and coherent story of six astronomers’ voyage dans la lune. It is not only the earliest example of science fiction film, it also laid the foundation for narrative films of all genres. The pencil’s striped barrel may appear random at first glance, but is actually the movie barcoding of A Trip to the Moon. The pencil also features a silver ferrule, silver imprint, black eraser and a soft graphite formulation.
Vol. 10001 - This set honors innovative math educator Tetsuya Miyamoto, as well as all creative ways of teaching and learning. Miyamoto Sensai invented the KenKen® puzzle in 2004 as a way to inspire his students to apply mathematics, problem solving, and logic in creative ways. Its name is a palindrome in both Arabic numerals and Kanji, and also references one of Miyamoto Sensei's favorite equations. The pencil features a red stained barrel that allows the grain of the wood to show through, a gold imprint, gold ferrule, black eraser and a firm graphite formulation. Each box also comes with KenKen® puzzles for you to solve.
Made in Japan with FSC-certified cedarwood, Palomino Blackwing pencils are amazingly smooth and beautiful.
Measures 20.5cm long, 0.75cm barrel diameter