The animators' pencil of choice for seven decades.
The Blackwing's roots go back to the 1930s when it was first introduced by Eberhard Faber. In 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
Today, the Blackwing brand has been revived in the form of the firm and smooth Palomino Blackwing 602 (formulated to match the original, and also available at Stuart Ng Books) and the soft and smooth Palomino Blackwing (softer than the original). This Blackwing Pearl is the midpoint between the two.