September 2022: The 30th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 7 is a tribute to animation and the incredible stories it lets us tell.
DEC 2015 The 3rd release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 1138, features a silver imprint and black eraser, the soft graphite found in the Palomino Blackwing and the first silver ferrule on a Blackwing pencil.
June 2022: The 29th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 55 celebrates the Golden Ratio. It’s a reminder to slow down and savor the beauty around us. These pencils sport a balanced lead.
December 2017: The 11th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 16.2 is a tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace. The pencil features a matte white finish, matte black ferrule, and firm graphite.
JUL 2016 The 5th in the “Volumes” series of limited edition Blackwing pencils, the Blackwing 56 pays tribute to the Yankee Clipper during the 75th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s infamous streak. The pencil features a firm graphite core…ideal for scoring a ballgame.
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.
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 October, 2022. This list is refreshed on a regular basis, so check back often to see what’s changed. — Bobby
|Blackwing Volumes 7 Animation||Sept. 2022||$4.00||10|
|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.
The perfect gift! Now is the time to stock up and save on rare and collectible Blackwing Volumes edition pencils that are no longer in production. Long gone, in fact! Five different value packs are available for sale here at BNP.
The Blackwing Volumes SOFT value pack includes five pencils: Volumes 73 (Lake Tahoe, June 2017), Volumes 4 (Mars, December 2018), Volumes 155 (Bauhaus School, November 2019), and Volumes 6 (neon open signs, December 2020).
The Blackwing Volumes BALANCED value pack includes four pencils: Volumes 1 (Guy Clark, September 2017), Volumes 33 1/3 (vinyl records, September 2018), Volumes 42 (Jackie Robinson, August 2019), and Volumes 840 (Duke Kahanamoku, March 2020).
The Blackwing Volumes FIRM value pack includes four pencils: Volumes 56 (Joe DiMaggio, July 2016), Volumes 205 (jadeite, March 2017), and Volumes 16.2 (Ada Lovelace, December 2017).
The Blackwing Volumes EXTRA FIRM value pack includes four pencils: Volumes 24 (John Steinbeck, March 2016), Volumes 530 (Sutter’s Mill gold discovery, December 2016), Volumes 10 (journalist Nellie Bly, June 2019), and Volumes 3 (Ravi Shankar, June 2020).
And finally, here’s a pack of four different graphite hardness levels: Volumes 24 with extra firm graphite (John Steinbeck, March 2016), Volumes 344 with firm graphite (Dorothea Lange, September 2016), Volumes 1 with balanced graphite (Guy Clark, September 2017), and Volumes 73 with soft graphite (Lake Tahoe, June 2017).
Here we have four Blackwing Volumes pencils with ONE OF EACH graphite. Buy the set and save some $!
Volumes 24 with EXTRA FIRM graphite (March 2016): The 4th release in Blackwing’s Volumes series, the Blackwing 24 pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck and was designed under the guidance of his son, accomplished author Thomas Steinbeck.
Volumes 344 with FIRM graphite (September 2016): The 6th in the “Volumes” series of limited edition Blackwing pencils, the Blackwing Volumes 344 celebrates the 80th anniversary of this historic photo and the artistic legacy Dorothea Lange left behind.
Volumes 1 with BALANCED graphite (September 2017): The 10th in the “Volumes” series of limited edition Blackwing pencils, the Blackwing Volumes 1 is a nod to Guy Clark and his perfectly imperfect style.
Volumes 73 with SOFT graphite (June 2017): The 9th in the “Volumes” series of limited edition Blackwing pencils, the Blackwing 73 celebrates Lake Tahoe and other landmarks that have had a comparable impact on arts and society.