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New Blackwing Packaging

Starting today, all Blackwing pencils will come packed in our fresh new packaging. This two piece, set-up box makes telling the Blackwing story easier than ever and gives customers something to hold on to long after their pencils need refilling.



The front of each box features an image of the enclosed pencil model, along with a clear description of the graphite performance.


The back of each box features the story of the Blackwing pencil, along with a description of the features that define the Blackwing experience.



The interior of each box features a pencil-inspired design (and a dozen pencils of course!). 

The Design

Here’s a look at some of the preliminary sketches for the new design.

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Palomino Introduces Blackwing Music

Palomino Introduces Blackwing Music

The iconic pencil brand launches new music collective for emerging songwriters

STOCKTON, CA, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 – After a successful re-launch in 2010, Blackwing is expanding to truly encompass what it means to be creative.  On November 4, 2014, Blackwing Music will launch as an independent music collective that seeks to spotlight emerging songwriters in the folk, roots and Americana genres through live performances and album releases.

The first artist signed to the innovative label is folk musician Willy Tea Taylor, who has been called one of the most important American singer-songwriters of this generation by No Depression. Taylor is the co-frontman of the award-winning band The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. His solo album, 4 Strings, was released independently in 2011 to much critical acclaim. With an affinity and respect for the Blackwing culture, Taylor happily chose Blackwing Music for his first record label.

“I believe in the benefits of living a creative lifestyle. That’s the spirit that Blackwing embodies so it was really a no brainer,” says Willy Tea Taylor. “I’m really pumped about the whole project.”

Recording sessions for the record begin on November 5, 2014 in Nashville at pH Balanced Studio under the guidance of Grammy-winning engineer Phil Harris and producer Michael Witcher. Witcher has worked with the likes of Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, and Dwight Yoakam and many others. Witcher has assembled a group of world class musicians to play on the album. The power players have recorded with superstars such as Harry Connick Jr., George Jones, Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Costello.

“As a strong supporter of the arts, we wanted to give deserving artists a chance to introduce their music to an audience that shares the same passion as they do,” says Blackwing Music’s Grant Christensen. “We are stoked to be working with Willy Tea, Michael Witcher and so many great musicians to produce the first album under the Blackwing Music imprint.

The album is tentatively slated to drop in March2015 with pre-sales beginning November 27, 2014. The pre-order packaging includes a limited edition print hand-signed by Willy Tea Taylor with a Blackwing pencil, and the pencil he signed it with. Orders will ship in time for the holidays.

A portionof proceeds from every album sold with be donated to the Blackwing Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music education at the K-12 level.

For more information visit For a sneak peek of the upcoming recording sessions, visit


About Palomino’s Blackwing

Established in 1930 and revived in 2010, Blackwing pencils are a high-end line of California Incense-cedar pencils made with Japanese graphite cores and a lacquer finish. These pencils have been used by some of the most famous artists and writers of all time including Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners over several decades.


About Willy Tea Taylor

Willy Tea Taylor is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist and co-front man of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Hailing from California’s Central Valley, Taylor spends his time writing, recording and performing for his ever growing fan base. According to, “If you only have time for one name of a songwriter that could change your life, I would go with Willy Tea Taylor.” For more information visit


Video Preview of the Blackwing Slate

Blackwing Slate is more than just a journal, it’s a companion to the Blackwing pencil, and it’s coming 08/04/2014.

Introducing the Chuck Jones Edition Blackwing 602

Over the weekend, What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones exhibit opened at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The exhibit, which has already booked four stops on its six year tour, is the result of a partnership between the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service that seeks to “reveal the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time.”

To coincide with the opening of the exhibit, we’re excited to announce a collaboration of our own: we’ve partnered with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to release the Chuck Jones Edition Blackwing 602 pencil set. This limited edition set includes 12 Blackwing pencils, a print of an original sketch by Chuck Jones (created with a Blackwing 602 pencil in the 1950s), and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity.


The Blackwing 602 pencils included are the same Palomino Blackwing 602s you know and love, but they come stocked with a pink eraser, like the one Mr. Jones used throughout his award-winning career. They also come packaged in a commemorative box that gives some background on Chuck Jones and his history with Blackwing pencils.


These pencils will be available online exclusively at and in portion of the proceeds from these limited edition sets will help the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity continue to recognize, support and inspire excellence in art.

A Look Behind the Design of the Blackwing Slate

Austin Kleon tells his readers to “show your work,” so here’s a look at the development of the Blackwing Slate, from initial concept, to the design, name and execution.

The Concept

The process of designing the Blackwing Slate started in January thanks, in large part, to social media. Every day, Blackwing users show off their latest creations using the #Blackwing hashtag. We were confident we had provided people with a fantastic tool to create with, but haven’t focused enough on a place to capture their creations. We knew we needed to create a journal that made it more convenient to create.

We wanted to design the definitive Blackwing journal and a companion to the Blackwing pencil. We also wanted to create something that would serve as a jumping on point for those who have not yet had the chance to try a Blackwing pencil for themselves. Once we established the initial concept, we started designing. 

The Design

Immediately, we knew we wanted to include a Blackwing pencil with every journal. We also know we wanted to keep the design simple, timeless and un-intrusive, like the pencils it was meant to accompany. Finally, we knew the materials had to be durable to be able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. After several design discussions, we settled on a design.


This design not only fit our concept aesthetically, but philosophically. The backbone of this entire project is the Blackwing pencil. The backbone of a journal is its spine.

The Name

By far, the most challenging part of this project was coming up with a name. The entire team here at Palomino had a hand in coming up with the final name for the Blackwing Slate, and we took many factors into consideration, namely:  we didn’t want to call it a notebook. Blackwing users choose Blackwing for several reasons, not just taking notes and writing in their diaries and we didn’t want them to feel alienated or generalized with this new item. The other big factor is that the name had to inspire something.  

As we look back at the list of names, it’s clear that we  wanted to convey the idea of capturing and storing a users’ creations. In the end, however, we decided that this product was actually much more than that. It was not only a place to capture and store a user’s creations, but something to inspire them, a blank slate with endless possibilities. Thus, the Blackwing Slate was born. 


The Details

After we finalized the name, we began looking at the details. Taking cues from the writing slate, one of the old writing surfaces, we decided to give the notebook a smooth, matte black finish . In keeping with the minimalist style, we left the front cover unbranded, opting instead to have the Blackwing logo debossed discretely on the bottom of the back cover. (To read more about this unique cover, check out our materials post.)


We then designed the bellyband and Blackwing info page found in every Blackwing Slate:



Finally, after settling on the materials (including the journal’s extra-thick paper, but you can read more about that here), we began production.

The Result


We’re still taking pre-orders for the first shipment of Blackwing Slates, so shoot us an email and place your order if you haven’t already!

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Blackwing Slate – The Materials

Here’s a look at the anatomy of the new Blackwing Slate, designed to be the ultimate companion to our Blackwing pencils.

The Cover


True to its namesake, the Blackwing Slate features a smooth, matte black, hard cover that is both distinct and sophisticated. The cover is made out of a wear-resistant polymer designed to absorb the wear and tear of constant use without sacrificing form or function. The front cover is unbranded, while the back cover features the Blackwing logo discretely debossed at its base, and an elastic strap keeps the cover securely closed.

The Binding

BINDINGA journal is only as good as its binding, and every Blackwing Slate is dual-bound to ensure its durability. First, the pages are sewn-bound together, creating a “block” of pages. Then the cover is sewn-bound to the block to create the Blackwing Slate’s sturdy, dual-bound finish.

The Holster

SlateSideThe Blackwing Slate features a black canvas spine that is strong, yet flexible. The spine is equipped with a high-grade elastic loop,  a holster for your Blackwing, that ensures your pencil is always close at hand. Although this loop can accommodate most types of writing utensils, every Slate will come prepackaged with a Blackwing 602 pencil.  

The Paper

BlackwingSlateRuledThe Blackwing Slate features 100 GSM paper.  GSM, or grams per square meter, refers to the paper’s thickness. A paper’s GSM can range from 10 (think tissue paper) to 180 and beyond (think greeting cards and cereal boxes). At 100 GSM, we are able to offer a high-quality, thick paper that pairs well with our Blackwing graphite, but still feels natural for everyday use. As a comparison, most notebooks and journals contain 70-80 GSM paper. The Blackwing Slate is available with ruled or plain paper.

The Interior


Every Blackwing Slate features a placeholder ribbon and a pocket to store any napkin notes or loose leaves from your travels. On the back page, you’ll find the story of the Blackwing pencil, along with 20 places you might find a Blackwing 602. The journal closes with a call for users to show us how they create with Blackwing using the #Blackwing hashtag.

Introducing the Blackwing Slate

We are proud to announce that the newest addition to the Blackwing family, the Blackwing Slate, will be ready to ship later this month in limited quantities. All authorized dealers are able to to pre-order these unique journals beginning today. Because there is a limited number of journals available in the first run, orders will be taken on a first come-first served basis. There will be a 48 unit maximum quantity for all dealers. Minimum order quantity is 12 units.

Every Slate comes prepackaged with a Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil, conveniently nestled in a pencil holster located on the binding of each book.

Available in plain or ruled styles, the Slate is a medium sized, hardbound journal featuring 160 sewn bound, acid free pages on sturdy 100 GSM paper to allow artists and writers alike to create on a clean slate with every turn of the page. To ensure the Slate stands the test of time, the pages are sewn-bound between two matte black, hard covers.

A natural companion to Blackwing pencils, we have taken great care to ensure that this book stands tall with the rest of the Blackwing family of products in terms of quality, performance and uniqueness.


Blackwing Slate – Plain

SKU: 103719
Wholesale: $11.48
MSRP: $22.95
Multiples: 12

Blackwing Slate – Ruled

SKU: 103720
Wholesale: $11.48
MSRP: $22.95
Multiples: 12


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New Palomino Dealer Website Coming Soon

Pardon our (Internet) dust, we’ve been hard at work preparing our brand new dealer site for you. We’re excited to announce that, soon, you’ll be able to utilize in a whole new way.

We’re implementing a slew of new features that we think will make the entire order process easier, from order placement to final delivery. The most important of these features is the ability to place your own orders directly on You’ll also be able to update and change billing and shipping addresses, track orders with the click of a button, and review past invoices, all through your new Palomino dealer account.

We’ve also thought long and hard about ways to streamline the ordering process itself. Our “one page order” system will allow you to select all of the items you wish to order and add them to your cart on one convenient screen, and our “quick order” system will allow you to re purchase any previous order you’ve made in one click. To help you save on shipping, we have also included an option to have your order shipped via the shipper of your choice. Just include your third-party shipping account number during checkout.

Your account will still give you access to the wealth of information on, including info about our growing product line, reviews, press releases, and blog posts. When logged into your account, you’ll also be granted access to exclusive dealer info, including current promotions, dealer newsletters and updates to our dealer guidelines.

We should have a formal announcement for you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Blackwing at Capsule

Next week, we’ll kick off our trade show calendar with a visit to the Capsule Men’s Fashion Show in New York City. We’ll be showcasing our products alongside brands like Filson, Fred Perry, and Red Wing Heritage, and we couldn’t be more excited. You can check out our exhibitor page here and add us to your list of brands to visit.

During the show, we’ll be giving away a Blackwing t-shirt to the first 25 people who take a picture of our booth and post it to Instagram or Twitter using #Blackwing hashtag. Don’t forget to mention @Blackwing602 and @capsuleshow on Instagram, or @Palomino and @capsuleshow on Twitter to get credit. Be one of the first 25 people to show us the picture/post when you stop by our booth, and you’ll have a Blackwing t-shirt in hand when you leave!

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Capsule is the fashion and lifestyle trade event that fuses the best high-end, progressive brands and directional, independent designers. For more information about the Capsule Show, you can check out the Capsule website here. You can also follow @capsuleshow on Twitter and Instagram. We can’t wait to see everyone in New York City next week!




Andrew Combs, Willie Watson and Willy Tea Taylor Headline Orange County Benefit Show

Tickets go on Sale May 23rd; funds support music and arts education in schools

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 – On Thursday, June 27th, Nashville recording artist Andrew Combs, Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson and Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit frontman Willy Tea Taylor will take part in a special acoustic concert at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

The performance will be part of the “Blackwing Sessions” music series in conjunction with the Blackwing Experience, a travelling exhibit honoring creativity and the woodcased pencil. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Blackwing Foundation and its efforts to further arts and music education in schools.

No Depression Magazine named Taylor “one of the most important American singer/songwriters of our time.” Saving Country Music compared Taylor’s songwriting to “those now legendary recordings of Paul Simon in his post-Garfunkel days.”

Watson spent 13 years as lead vocalist and songwriter for Old Crow Medicine Show. Paving the way for other roots bands like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers, OCMS is best known for taking an unfinished Bob Dylan song (“Wagon Wheel”) and turning it into a cult classic. Watson partook in the historic “Railroad Revival Tour”, traveling to concerts throughout the Southwest exclusively by vintage trains and capturing every moment for the “Big Easy Express,” winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

Combs’ “Worried Man” ranked as one of the highest debut albums on American Songwriter Magazine’s annual list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2012.  In their album review, American Songwriter declared, “In a world full of pretenders, the Texas bred, Nashville based Combs is the genuine article.”

Along with individual sets, the evening will feature an “in the round” session, during which all three musicians and other special guests will perform original compositions while discussing the songwriting process.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00 PM PDT at

The Blackwing Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music programs at the K-12 level.

“We have dedicated ourselves to developing and supporting programs that have a sustainable, positive impact on arts and music engagement for children who might otherwise not have these opportunities,” said Charles Berolzheimer, founder of Palomino and revivalist of the Blackwing pencil. “Money from this show will help us continue to build strong partnerships in 2013 and beyond.”

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Grant Christensen

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