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||$4.00||10|
|Blackwing Volumes 200 Coffeehouses||Mar. 2022||$4.25||10|
Blackwing Volumes 93 Corita Kent
Blackwing Volumes 651 Bruce Lee
Blackwing Volumes 64 Comic books
Blackwing Volumes 223 Woody Guthrie
Blackwing Volumes 6 Small businesses
Blackwing Volumes XIX Voting rights
Blackwing Volumes 3 Ravi Shankar
Blackwing Volumes 840 Duke Kahanamoku
Blackwing Volumes 155 Bauhaus School
Blackwing Volumes 42 Jackie Robinson
Blackwing Volumes 10 Nellie Bly
Blackwing Volumes 811 Libraries
Blackwing Volumes 4 Mars
Blackwing Volumes 33 1/3 Vinyl records
Blackwing Volumes 10001 Miyamoto Sensei
Blackwing Volumes 54 Surrealism
Blackwing Volumes 16.2 Ada Lovelace
Blackwing Volumes 1 Guy Clark
Blackwing Volumes 73 Lake Tahoe
Blackwing Volumes 205 Silk Road
Blackwing Volumes 530 California Gold Rush
Blackwing Volumes 344 Dorothea Lange
Blackwing Volumes 56 Joe DiMaggio
Blackwing Volumes 24 John Steinbeck
Blackwing Volumes 1138 Science fiction
Blackwing Volumes 211 John Muir
Blackwing Volumes 725 Newport Folk Festival
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.