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Blackwing 602 Pencil


Originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s, the legendary Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil has been the choice of such luminaries as writer John Steinbeck and legendary artist/cartoonist and creator of Bugs Bunny, Chuck Jones. It has also been praised by the New Yorker and the Boston Globe, among others, and features a graphite core that helps deliver on its promise of “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.”

There was a time when supply was so limited that some paid $40 per pencil to acquire them. Now, the Blackwing, with its iconic gunmetal-gray finish and its square ferrule with a pink eraser, is back and available at the AAM Shop in packs of twelve. A portion of every sale is donated to supporting K–12 music and arts education. Go ahead, write or even rewrite history with the only tool you really need besides the paper.