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March 2021: The 24th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 223 is a tribute to Woody Guthrie and his immutable optimism. Each pencil features a design inspired by This Land’s “ribbon of highway”, “endless skyway” and “golden valley”. The pencils feature a black ferrule, black imprint, and balanced graphite.

December 2020: The 23rd release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 6 celebrates independent businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit. Each boxed set from the factory comes with six neon red and six neon blue pencils inspired by the iconic neon “Open” sign. The pencils feature a black ferrule, black imprint, and soft graphite. The number six is a nod to the six Noble Gases which give neon lights their distinct colors.  NOTE:  I am offering them as a pair here.

August 2020: The 22nd release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing XIX is Palomino’s tribute to the 19th Amendment and the ongoing fight for voting rights in the world. It features a purple barrel and three-sided white and yellow imprint inspired by the suffrage flag, striped silver ferrule, and purple eraser. The firm graphite is perfect for writing a letter to your Representatives, or practicing for your mail-in ballot.

June 2020: The 21st release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 3 is a tribute to Ravi Shankar on his 100th birthday. It features a matte turmeric finish accented with a pattern inspired by one of Ravi’s iconic sitars.  The pencils gold imprint and ferrule are a meditation on the light he brought into the world through his music and spirit. The graphite is extra-firm…just the way I like it!

March 2020: The 20th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 840 is a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku and the enlightened lifestyle he helped cultivate through surfing. It features a sea green barrel with a gold foil accent in the shape of the California coastline.  It also features a balanced graphite and a gold eraser clip.

Nov. 2019: The 19th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 155 is a tribute to the Bauhaus School and its legacy of craftsmanship. Each pencil features a soft graphite core and design inspired by the simple shapes and colors that have become a hallmark of the Bauhaus style.

Aug. 2019: The 18th release in Volumes series is the Blackwing 42. Jackie Robinson……….You set the world on fire! The Blackwing 42 is a tribute to Jackie Robinson and those who pursue their passions, creative or otherwise, regardless of the obstacles in their way. It features Palomino’s balanced graphite, a blue imprint and eraser, road gray ferrule, and iconic red 42.

June 2019: The 17th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 10 is a tribute to Nellie Bly — and investigative journalists like her. It features a matte grey newsprint finish, dark grey imprint, silver ferrule and dark grey eraser. Its extra-firm graphite is ideal for capturing notes in a reporter pad or completing a newspaper crossword. The number 10 represents the ten days Miss Bly spent undercover to investigate a story that has impacted countless lives. As always a single Blackwing Volumes 10 is available for my collector and user friends alike.

March 2019: The 16th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 811 is a tribute to libraries and the hope they represent. It features an emerald gradient finish and gold ferrule inspired by the iconic green lamps that light the halls of libraries around the world. Contains a firm graphite.

DEC 2018: The 15th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 4 is a tribute to Mars and the recent rover mission. It features a rust-colored lacquer and sand textured finish inspired by the surface of the fourth planet. It also features the first ever dune bronze ferrule, a cream imprint and eraser, and soft graphite.