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  1. A simple topic about THE pencil: BLACKWING 602 Eberhard Faber. I managed to fit some original Blackwings in a Traveler's Notebook (this is a passport size) setup. I inserted a Blackwing 602 (in this case a BW of the 7th type, following the lineage suggested by the late Sean Malone on his website Blackwingpages) stub in the Traveler's Company brass bullet pencil. This was planned to record news, history, facts, users and market prices about the magic 602... In this way the Blackwing history, already analyzed and reported by Sean, is recorded and further enlarged and (I hope) studied in deep, following news, documents and images found on the web, papers, magazines (even vintage), catalogs and books. Rarities, images surfaced on the web, and sale prices are also recorded. I plan to then publish a pdf here, on fountainpennetwork (in the present forum, of course), when a final version will be ready. Any contribution is welcome
  2. Blackwing Palomino “Volumes” John Steinbeck Limited Edition 24. Appearance: The packaging on this John Steinbeck Edition is very simple and elegant. Basically the same as the regular 602’s, but with the simple edition of a slip of onionskin detailing the concept behind this limited edition. Lead: I find the lead on these is lighter and harder than on the regular Blackwing Palomino Pencils I have (Blackwing Pearl White 602), which I find to be very soft and closer to charcoal. So much so that I think they are not so useful as a pencil, but more suited to drawing instead, with their shading and smudging capacities. I much prefer the firmer graphite of this John Steinbeck edition to the regular edition. The pencil’s themselves, unsharpened… The onionskin/ tracing paper/ baking paper detailing the concept behind the John Steinbeck Edition… Verdict: Simple, modern and classic. The best a pencil can be in 2016. IMO
  3. Sakura FP Gallery

    Blackwing !

    A young man came into the Boutique and asked me if I wasn’t interested in “Blackwing” ? And not just a Blackwing but a “602” ? A Blackwing is more than a pencil : 'Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture'. I ordered the Blackwing and not only the “602” but all of them ! http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/boutique/blackwing-art-amp-graphics
  4. Blackwing has some really nice looking notebooks in hardbound and flexible covers. They come in medium and large sizes with either plain, ruled or square pages. The paper is acid free and 100 gsm. They can be combined with a rather nice looking leather folio ($89). They are found on pencils.com (like most of us, no affiliation). I'm really curious if anyone has tried these notebooks and if they are fountain pen friendly? http://www.pencils.com/journals-sketchbooks/blackwing-notebooks/blackwing-luxury-notebook-folio-medium http://www.pencils.com/journals-sketchbooks/blackwing-notebooks/blackwing-luxury-notebook-inner-refill-medium http://www.pencils.com/journals-sketchbooks/luxury-journals/palomino-luxury-notebook-hardcover-medium

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