Palomino Blackwing Pencils review

A high-quality pencil with a top-notch reputation.

Our Verdict

Blackwing's quite a name to live up to in the pencil stakes, but Palomino has done it proud with these superb offerings.

For

  • Smooth to use, with rich dark marks
  • Quality materials and long-lasting leads

Against

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The name Blackwing has a long history in the pencil world – the brand is know for producing some of the best pencils on the market. Originally made by Eberhard Faber starting in 1934, the pencil soon became a staple among writers and artists. Chuck Jones and many Disney animators were known for their devotion (Shamus Culhane was buried with one). The pencils soon developed a bit of a cult following and when Sanford (who bought Faber-Castell, who bought Eberhard) stopped making them in 1998, they shot up in price on eBay with pencils regularly going for £40 or more. 

Each pack of 12 pencils will cost you £24.95 - money well spent

Each pack of 12 pencils will cost you £24.95 - money well spent

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The Verdict
5

out of 10

Palomino Blackwing Pencils review

Blackwing's quite a name to live up to in the pencil stakes, but Palomino has done it proud with these superb offerings.

Rob Lunn is a self-taught painter, and loves to paint in oils. His influences are Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio and Ilya Repin. He has taught art workshops since 2012 and gets a real buzz from teaching people to draw and paint. He has contributed to Paint & Draw magazine and bookazines, and has also provided traditional art tutorials for Creative Bloq.