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Blackwing Special Edition Pencils for Independent Bookstore Day 2022 — 12-piece Box

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Pretty Things & Cool Stuff and its Book Shop is a proud member of the American Bookseller's Association (ABA), which represents independent bookstores across the United States. Each year the ABA and its member book shops celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. 

The Good Folk at iconic Blackwing enthusiastically support the celebration of indie bookstores and the printed word by creating a limited edition set of its prized and highly sought-after pencils. 

Each Blackwing pencil, which is made from incense cedar and firm graphite, features a special design inspired by the spine of a book and includes a book-loving message. Each box is beautifully designed to match the specially designed pencils and includes a pro-indie bookstore message. Each box contains 12 Blackwing / Independent Bookstore Day 2022 pencils. 


 The Blackwing pencil was the pencil of choice for award-winning authors throughout the 20th century. Legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners created with the Blackwing 602 pencil. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, and Disney animator Shamus Culhane who, according to animation historian Charles Soloman, asked to be buried with his Blackwing 602.

Blackwing’s roots go back to the 1930’s when the 602 model was first introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. Over the years, the pencil with the unique rectangular eraser became synonymous with quality. Then, in 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.

In 2007, Blackwing introduced its Palomino range of pencils using genuine Incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. Artists and writers started comparing them to their beloved Blackwing 602s, and folks began asking that the Blackwing brand be revived. 

In 2010, a small group of people bought Blackwing and brought back its extraordinary pencils (you really have to try one!). 

The group tapped into more than 100 years of family-run pencil industry experience to re-introduce Blackwing pencils.

In the 12 years since its revival, Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture. It’s a culture that's all about learning to unplug, living mindfully and finding balance in our fast-paced lives — which we here at Pretty Things & Cool Stuff encourage and support wholeheartedly!