20 Below & Giveaway: Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils

By the time you read this I will be in London, Ontario, presenting my 5 years of PhD work to a conference room of examiners. I’m emotional. I’m nervous, excited, happy, sad, proud, confident, and scared. I’m mostly thrilled. If I am successful then I will change my name to Dr. Jordana. If I am unsuccessful, I will cry. Please send positive vibes my way. A lot of them s’il vous plait!


It seems quite fitting that on this very important day (keep calm, carry on) I write a post about office supplies. I have used SO many different types of office supplies in my 12 years of post-secondary education. Today I’m sharing some news about pencils. Beautifully functioning white pencils. The best. They are the Palomino Blackwing Pearl pencils. Palomino just introduced this line of pencils and anyone who loves design and the smooth writing style will be sure to pick up packages of these!

BlackwingPearlCroppedPalomino Blackwing Pearl pencils, $19.95 for 12, Palomino

For those of you who love history…”The Blackwing pencil was first manufactured in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber, but was discontinued in 1998 when the machine that created the distinctive square ferrule (the crimped metal that holds the eraser) broke and could not be repaired.” What happened next? Well, Palomino bought the brand, sorted out the ferrule manufacturing, and brought the pencil back! There’s more to learn about the Blackwing legend and about who uses this pencil.

The Palomino Blackwing Pearl can be bought online at Pencils. If you’re in the Toronto area, you can buy Palomino at the following supply stores:

1. Phidon Pens Limited (Cambridge)
2. Laywine’s (Toronto)
3. Midoco Art & Office Supplies (Toronto)
4. The Paper Place (Toronto)
5. Wonder Pens (Toronto)

Did I jump at the chance to test these out? Of course I did! And I’m a fan. They function beautifully and the square ferrule stands out in my collection of classic HB2 pencils!

And now – here’s a chance for you to test them out too…


Palomino is offering to send one lucky winner a package of the new Palomino Blackwing Pearl pencils. To enter this giveaway, simply finish the following statement: The last thing I wrote by hand was…. Add your sentence to the comment section below. Contest ends on Monday August 26, 2013. This contest is open to readers in North America. Good luck and happy writing!

Thank you to Palomino & Kim S. for offering this giveaway.


  1. sundeep @ designwali August 20, 2013

    omg good luck! I’m sure you’ll nail it. I’m sending you positive vibes! oh…i would love to win these…the last thing I wrote by hand was my giant to do list!

  2. Jennifer August 20, 2013

    The last thing I wrote by hand was my secret recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

  3. Anita August 23, 2013

    the last thing I wrote by hand was a sweet note in a card for my 4 yr old niece. She loves getting mail.

  4. Anne August 23, 2013

    The last thing I wrote by hand was my first batch of thank you cards for my wedding.

  5. Boba August 23, 2013

    Congratulations, Dr. Jordana! I LOVE these pencils and a whole box of them would make me very happy. The last thing I wrote by hand was a post-it note at work — boring, but true.

  6. Shannon Y. August 26, 2013

    The last thing I wrote by hand were notes at a meeting. 🙂


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