I Love Pencils!


These babies are Palomino Blackwing 602s, made in Stockton, CA, and used by the likes of John Steinbeck. As someone who prefers pencils, yes, I am obsessed with them, and yes, I use them down to the last two inches. I’m not the only one, either. They have their own fan club. Really. It has been said that if the moon is just right, and you hold a Blackwing 602 over your paper, and click your heels together three times, words like the following may flow forth: “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath