Free Shipping Over $59
Blackwing Walnut Gift Set
Trusted by artists since 2015.
Encrypted, Secure Checkout
Quick & Safe Shipping
✓ Accepted at checkout:
About This Product
Blackwing Walnut Gift Set
A gorgeous gift for any artist or writer. The Blackwing Walnut Gift Set is made from high-quality, round-grain walnut, with a magnetic closure and soft cork lining on the inside and base. Included are 24 Blackwing pencils, mixed between the core models offered in the modern Blackwing family: Natural, Matte, 602, and Pearl.
Also included is the Blackwing One-Step Sharpener, with a compact canister made from anodized aluminum and a German steel blade.
What makes Blackwing pencils so special?
Blackwing pencils are one of the most celebrated products in our industry, with a complex story spanning nearly a century: from their introduction in the 1930s, through the 1990s and 2000s when they were not manufactured, to a modern re-introduction in 2010. Originally manufactured by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Blackwing developed a reputation as the smoothest, darkest pencils on the market. Their square, replaceable, repositionable erasers became a sought-after feature.
Then, Blackwing was discontinued. In the 1990s, during the beginning of the really bad years for office-supply companies, a series of mergers and acquisitions killed this beloved pencil. But, oddly, demand never dried up. Secondhand prices gradually rose until artists had to pay as much as $40 per pencil from the old, leftover Eberhard Faber stock. Professional animators were particularly attached to Blackwing, and many saw it as an indispensable tool.
The savior of Blackwing was another American company, this time on the opposite coast: CalCedar, the world's leading supplier of pencil wood. High-quality pencils around the world are made almost exclusively of incense cedar from forests in California and Oregon. CalCedar was already in the business of making pencil slats (uncut sheets of pencil bodies) for other manufacturers, and they were encouraged by the success of their Palomino pencil brand. So, they purchased the rights to the name and Blackwing design and set about making a worthy successor.
We have never used an original Eberhard Faber Blackwing, but we have used virtually every other pencil sold today. From that experience, we can definitely say that today's Blackwing is in the top class of pencils worldwide. Made in Japan, home of the finest pencils in the world, with a proprietary graphite formula and an American incense cedar body, Blackwing pencils are luxurious and reliable. Artists and writers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief; they've been back since 2010, and they're back for the long haul.