BLACKWING PENCILS & HISTORIC LUCIFER MATCHES
BLACKWING: THE STORY OF THE $40 PENCIL
THE RISE AND FALL
Legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created with the Blackwing 602 pencil. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Leonard Bernstein, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, and Disney animator Shamus Culhane who requested he be buried with his Blackwing 602.
Blackwing’s roots go back to the 1930’s when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil with the unique rectangular eraser became synonymous with quality. Then, in 1998, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
Blackwing was revived in 2010 using California Genuine Incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. In the last few years, Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture. It’s a culture that encourages and empowers creativity in all forms, especially in our nation’s schools. In fact, a percentage of every Blackwing product sold benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.
Box of 12, $24.95
The best sharpener: 10.00
Historic “Lucifer” Matchbox- the first commercially available match, mid- 19th century
3.00 the box
$10.00 – $24.95