Rapid Fire Review: Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencil

Rapid fire reviews are quick and dirty reviews. Normally I write a bible’s worth of words in each review, so if you prefer shorter posts, here we go.

Palomino Blackwing 602

Palomino Blackwing 602 Review

The Blackwing was a legendary pencil from way back with a cult status as the best ever made. They are so rare that a single pencil can go for upwards of $100, even used. Palomino hoped to recreate this masterpiece in their line of Blackwings, and whilst some would have you believe they’re utter crap compared to the real deal, I think they’re just nice pencils in general.

Palomino Blackwing 602 Review

The 602 is more of a writers pencil, with harder lead than the standard Blackwing which is geared at sketch artists. It requires only a soft touch to get a nice line, which is really what you want in a pencil. It’s also the smoothest pencil I’ve ever used, so you do notice the difference.

The eraser on the back end is, to put it bluntly, shite. You’re better off going with a standalone eraser here as you’ll spend ages using the included one to rub out 50% of your line. The eraser is replaceable, but I think its only function is to look interesting rather than actually rubbing things out.

Palomino Blackwing 602 Review

They’re expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for. The pencil is absolutely massive and will last a while, and the lead and construction are top notch, far beyond any other pencil I’ve used in terms of quality and comfort.

You can grab them in a big box, like I have, or individually. Get ’em on sale as I did and you won’t worry too much about the price.

Palomino Blackwing 602 ReviewUsed one and hated it? Love it? Want to know more? Speak up in the comments below.


  • Gordon

    Hi Jono, thanks for the review – just ordered one of these (and a Pearl) from Notemaker, along with some of their Rhodia Ice pads. Not cheap, though, at $4.95 a pop – do you source these locally (in Aus), or order in from somewhere? Just in case I feel the need to order a few more…