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March. 2022: The 28th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 200 is a tribute to coffeehouses like Caffe Lena and the creative culture they help cultivate. This pencil features a metallic copper design inspired by classic copper coffee roasting machines found in many coffeehouses during the 1950s and 60s. It features a firm graphite core that, along with a good cup of coffee, is the perfect tool in your hand when drawing inspiration at your local coffee shop.

Blackwing and Makers Cabinet have collaborated to create this limited edition set. With a shared passion for quality crafted stationery, Blackwing pencils and Makers Cabinet tools make the perfect combination. These pencils have a soft core with a subtle clear matte finish. Buy all 3 and save 10%.

Here we have the trifecta of modern-era Blackwing pencils featuring Palomino’s original pony logo — before they adopted the three trees logo, and long before they dropped the Palomino branding all together. This collector set of three includes:

Buy the set and save some $!

Limited edition Blackwing X made for Taiwanese brand Eslite.

Limited edition Blackwing X made for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Limited edition Blackwing X made for Death Row Records.

Limited edition Blackwing X made for Daelim Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

Limited edition Blackwing X made for Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

In 2015 the California-based Blackwing company, then known as Palomino, introduced a new line of pencils which immediately caught the attention of writers, illustrators, and pencil collectors alike. Featuring the iconic adjustable tip eraser made famous by Eberhard Faber a generation ago, the modern era Blackwing Volumes pay tribute to “the people, places and events that have defined our creative culture.” Every three months a new Volume is released. However, because they are produced in limited quantities and have grown steadily in popularity, some of the early models are downright impossible to find today.

I’ve ranked each Blackwing Volumes limited edition pencil on a scale of 1 to 10, based on how rare and therefore desirable I believe it to be (1 = most rare). Prices shown here are for a single pencil and will often, but not always, correspond with rarity. Pencils are listed by release date, newest first.

Updated June, 2022. This list is refreshed on a regular basis, so check back often to see what’s changed. — Bobby

Blackwing Volumes 55  Golden Ratio

June 2022$4.0010
Blackwing Volumes 200  Coffeehouses

Mar. 2022$4.2510

Blackwing Volumes 93  Corita Kent

Dec. 2021$4.5010

Blackwing Volumes 651  Bruce Lee

Sept. 2021$4.0010

Blackwing Volumes 64  Comic books

June 2021$4.2510

Blackwing Volumes 223  Woody Guthrie

Mar. 2021$4.2510

Blackwing Volumes 6  Small businesses

Dec. 2020$4.509

Blackwing Volumes XIX  Voting rights

Aug. 2020$4.509

Blackwing Volumes 3  Ravi Shankar

June 2020$4.509

Blackwing Volumes 840  Duke Kahanamoku

Mar. 2020$4.509

Blackwing Volumes 155  Bauhaus School

Nov. 2019$8.505

Blackwing Volumes 42  Jackie Robinson

Aug. 2019$4.758

Blackwing Volumes 10  Nellie Bly

June 2019$4.758

Blackwing Volumes 811  Libraries

Mar. 2019$10.504

Blackwing Volumes 4  Mars

Dec. 2018$7.506

Blackwing Volumes 33 1/3  Vinyl records

Sept. 2018$8.255

Blackwing Volumes 10001  Miyamoto Sensei

June 2018$6.756

Blackwing Volumes 54  Surrealism

Mar. 20184

Blackwing Volumes 16.2  Ada Lovelace

Dec. 2018$9.004

Blackwing Volumes 1  Guy Clark

Sept. 2017$8.255

Blackwing Volumes 73  Lake Tahoe

June 2017$12.253

Blackwing Volumes 205  Silk Road

Mar. 2017$13.003

Blackwing Volumes 530  California Gold Rush

Dec. 20163

Blackwing Volumes 344  Dorothea Lange

Sept. 2016$19.002

Blackwing Volumes 56  Joe DiMaggio

July 2016$16.002

Blackwing Volumes 24  John Steinbeck

Mar. 2016$21.002

Blackwing Volumes 1138  Science fiction

Dec. 20151

Blackwing Volumes 211  John Muir

Sept. 20151

Blackwing Volumes 725  Newport Folk Festival

June 20151

Dec. 2021: The 27th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 93 is a tribute to Corita Kent and her message to slow down and find the gratitude in the everyday.  Each pencil features one of the six colorful brushstrokes that make up Corita’s iconic “rainbow swash.”  Commissioned in 1971, the rainbow swash painting adorns a 140-foot-tall natural gas storage tank along Interstate 93 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The pencils contain soft graphite and feature six different color designs.

Choose your favorite color, or save 10% when you buy the full set of six.