10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10

10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10

Palomino has released their newest pencil in the Volumes series, dubbed the 10. It is named from the Nellie Bly New York World series "Ten Days In a Mad-House", a terrifying look at the Blackwell's Island Asylum in 1880s New York. Bly went undercover to get this exposé, and experienced the deplorable conditions first-hand. She was a pioneer in her field.

Here are my 10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10…

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Blackwing Natural Pencil Review

Blackwing Natural Pencil Review

Palomino has finally released the Extra Firm core in a full-time pencil, aptly named the Blackwing Natural because it has, you guessed it, a natural finish. It’s very very close to perfect, but nothing is so perfect that it can’t be criticized, so while I love this pencil 99.9%, I’ll gripe about a few of the choices they made (while hopefully realizing that I got what I want and not to look a gift horse in the mouth so damn much!)

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2018 Wish List

2018 Wish List

Oddly enough, I got a few things from my 2017 Wish List that I'll quickly recap here. Palomino didn't release a FULL TIME natural pencil with the extra firm core, but they did release one as a subscriber extra. They also brought back the Palomino HB! Field Notes did in fact release a larger edition available full time in the Pitch Black Note Book. All things I asked for in last year's wish list.

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Palomino Blackwing 2017 Recap

Palomino Blackwing 2017 Recap

We're into Year 3 of the Volumes series. Palomino continued to do a few different things with the limited pencils this year, some cool, some not...along with a few head scratchers. Some thoughts on each Volumes series release, then we'll get into the rest of what they did with the line.

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TBT: Blackwing 211

TBT: Blackwing 211

For this week's Throwback Thursday post, I thought I'd revisit one of the most coveted modern pencil releases: the Blackwing 211. Original released as the second in the Blackwing Volumes series, the 211 has become something of a grail pencil for some people. Let's find out why.

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Palomino Blackwing Volume 1 Pencil Review

Palomino Blackwing Volume 1 Pencil Review

When I first saw a spoiler video of this pencil, I was convinced I wasn't going to like it. And while I still don't really care for the idea behind the theme, I really like the pencil itself, its color, roundness, and core. This edition is named for Guy Clark, a country music singer / songwriter from the 70s that had a debut album called Old No. 1 which Blackwing claims is regarded as one of the most influential records ever made.

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Palomino Blackwing Volume 73 Pencil Review

Palomino Blackwing Volume 73 Pencil Review

I grew up in a lake town. Lake Shelbyville is a man-made lake, built in the 1960s to protect some farm land from flooding from the Kaskaskia River. The Army Corps of Engineers bought land from Shelbyville north to Sullivan along the river and bridges were built, a lake was excavated, and a dam was put up. My father, like many young men from the area, worked on those crews when he could, in the summers between school years.

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