I wrote about the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 pencil, which hasn't been made since 1998. It's slogan, "Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed," is stamped in gold foil on each pencil. They cost 50-cents when they were being manufactured. Today, you have to fork over $20 for a new one on eBay. Last year, Ninth Wave Designs started looking around for a pencil that matched the awesomeness of the Blackwing 602.
In my search for a replacement of what I consider the best pencil ever manufactured, I needed to find a pencil that had at least these qualities established by the Blackwing 602:
- Dark smooth graphite with a slightly waxy feel to it.
- Graphite that doesn't smudge easily (eliminating most grades over 4B).
- Reasonably priced (i.e. not so rare that you have to buy at collctor's prices).
- Produced by a company with commitment to pencil quality (to avoid future heartbreak should they stop production on a whim).
And the winner is: California Republic Palomino: HB & 2B! A tie really between the 2 grades -- both possessing smoothness in writing that compares equally to the Blackwing 602.
The Blackwing 602 will never be replaceable, really. It possesses a certain inimitable quality, the combination of unique elements that make it impossible to reproduce exactly. Now that I have found Palomino pencils I am much happier having a day-to-day writing instrument of such high quality without the concern associated with using a rare and collectible pencil. The Blackwing may be gone, but long live the Palomino!
It would be neat if someone started taking Palominos and used them as basis for home-made Blackwings, complete with distinctive square eraser. A tall order for sure, but a guy can dream, can't he?
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
LA Makerspace co-founder Tara Tiger Brown shares a project that her kid-friendly maker workshop is trying to make a reality.
Today and tomorrow only we are offering an additional 15% off the entire Boing Boing store (some exclusions may apply). Simply use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout! Below are a few of our favorites from the store: First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera: The First Consumer Camera to Capture the Entire Light FieldAdobe Training Videos: Lifetime Subscription: 6,000+ Adobe […]
Today only in the Boing Boing Store we are offering an extra 15% off of the below VPN deals just use coupon code: VPN15 at checkout. proXPN VPN: Premium Lifetime Subscription Surf the web with ultimate peace of mind – both at home and on the road – over proXPN’s fully-encrypted, lightning-fast servers. Your lifetime premium subscription […]
These knitted gloves are here to save the day (and your hands) with an ultra-comfy, double-layer that will allow you to stay warm and use your phone. Now you can take photos on the fly, text, Tinder, and more without letting freezing temperatures get in your way. Plus they work with all touchscreens, so no […]