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November 11, 2011
THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT Palomino Blackwing pencils! This one (in matte black) is the first, which has a soft lead and writes with a dark line. Customers expecting a pencil more like the original EF Blackwing wanted the shiny not-quite-black finish, the Half the Pressure slogan, the pink eraser, and a harder lead that wouldn't dull so quickly. A year later, CalCedar issued the Palomino Blackwing 602, which is closer in appearance and performance to the 90's era EF Blackwings (40's era Blackwings reputedly had softer leads). The Palomino Blackwing 602 doesn't write as dark a line as the Palomino Blackwing, but it holds its point longer. In my opinion, both write better than the original late-era EF Blackwings I've purchased off of eBay. As penciltalk.org's admin wrote in his 7/22/09 EF Blackwing post, "...the past achievements are acknowledged and celebrated, but decades of engineering advancement just can't be overcome."
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I can't relate to what...
March 10, 2013
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I can't relate to what kind of pencils they manufactured 60 years ago, but I can tell you that these ones are beautiful to work with, depending upon what your requirements are. The pencil quality itself is extremely good, and the eraser design pure simplistic genius.

So here are the pro's and con's:

Pro's: Beautiful quality pencil, smart (replaceable) eraser design, very rich, black stroke (pencil marks on paper)

Con's: Very soft lead, and as the other reveiwer noted, this requires frequent sharpening. Also, due to the lead being so soft, it also smudges a bit more easily.

I use them for making general notes when working at my desk and love them for that purpose. I've never owned or used a pencil that generated such a deep, rich, black line. They're unusual and I always get comments when people see them. If I'm drawing or sketching, I use mechanical clutch pencils that were traditionally used for drafting purposes, and in those I can use whatever range/grade of lead hardness I need to fit the purpose.
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I received the Palomino...
November 23, 2013
I received the Palomino Blackwing Gift Box as a gift because I had it in my wish list, and I am glad I did. At first use, what struck me was the smoothness and darkness of the line these pencils produce. I also noted the balance of the pencil with the large eraser. I found it very comfortable to hold and to write with, though after some quick writing it did produce a much thicker line and was in need of sharpening to maintain crisper print. This is in no doubt a product of how soft and dark the lead is. While I found this pencil to be very easy to write with, I do prefer a pencil that lasts longer between sharpening, which of course means I have since added the Blackwing 602 to my wishlist. Though the Blackwing pencils do come at a premium price, I challenge anyone to adequately prove they are not a quality writing tool.
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Astro Chicken
very well made pencils....
October 31, 2013
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very well made pencils. dark lines and smooth gliding on paper. I tried both the blackwing and the 602.

on xerox machine papers they feel the same to me but on smooth surfaced papers on good note books, the blackwing is better than the 602 for me. I compared it with many other pencils like the Hi Uni, tombow mono, staedtler lumograph, caran dache, etc. the blackwing is as good as any of them or better - for the price, I think I will stay with the palomino blue.

the big eraser makes it top heavy. I am not too crazy with that. it is also quite soft, so several of them are needed to avoid frequent sharpening recesses during work.

I wrote a lot with it and compared it with the original palomino blue, they feel nearly the same to me. for a lot of writing, I think I will still go to the palomino blue.
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jerry Lee
I bought the Palomino...
May 20, 2015
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I bought the Palomino 602, and found them to be too soft. These are just perfect. I find I'm not sharpening them as often.
These pencils are wonderful....
April 18, 2015
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These pencils are wonderful. The perfect shade and the eraser works really well as well.
It writes with a very...
December 12, 2013
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It writes with a very dark line and is also very smooth - very much like a 3B or 4B pencil. For me, it is too soft for writing as the sharp point wears way too quickly. The novelty of the unique eraser wears off quickly and its weight makes the pencil feel unbalanced. I much prefer the original Palomino (the version without the eraser) HB for writing.
jerry Lee
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