The Palomino Blackwing 602 is the modern reincarnation of the famous Eberhard-Faber Blackwing 602. The special-formula graphite lead behaves like a B lead but varies in appearance according to pressure - from HB (firm) lead to 4B (soft) lead.It has a precise point with good point retention and makes a dark grey line. Its motto is emblazoned on the barrel - Half the pressure, twice the speed - and this is a great description of the writing experience. The barrel is long and sleek, with a characteristic rectangular replaceable eraser.
LEAD: Grey special-formula graphite
REFILLS: Replaceable erasers in pink, white & black
MATERIALS: Cedarwood & graphite
SOURCE: Made in Japan
- Palomino makes writing in pencil a joy Review by Yvonne
- I love the feel, colour and response of these pencils. They're even better when sharpened with the two-step Palomino sharpener. (Posted on 20/07/2015) (Posted on 9/09/2016)
- Super-smooth writing experience Review by Cameron
It wasn't until I used a 'normal' pencil again I realised how good Palomino's were - I've even managed to get my non-stationery loving father hooked on them.
As more of a writer than a drawer, the 602 is my favourite. Writing with the 'Pearl' (the white Blackwing) is buttery-smooth and provides a wonderful experience but the 602 writes longer with each sharpening; plus, I personally prefer the touch more feedback it provides. If you're unsure of which Blackwing to buy, get one of each before buying in bulk. Either way, you can't really go wrong.
Bonus Tip: When your Palomino gets down towards 12cm, keep at least one set aside - they make a great partner for a pocket notebook (Field Notes etc) (Posted on 10/07/2015) (Posted on 9/09/2016)