Blackwing Volumes 1 – Review

I have written about the Blackwing Volumes before, and here I am talking about them again! I am not a subscriber to them, so I do not get them as early as some of the other people who have had their reviews up for almost a week. I wait until I see what the edition is, and then decide if I want to order one. When Blackwing posted the teaser photo saying that it was Volume 1, I got really excited. I mean, 1 is a very significant number, seeing as it is the first one.

I saw some of the early reviews of it, and heard that this volume is a tribute to musician Guy Clark. I personally had never heard of him before this Blackwing Volume, but it didn’t really bother me, because I haven’t heard of a lot of people that previous Blackwing Volumes have been tributes to, besides Steinbeck. What really impressed me was the design on this pencil.

It is the first Blackwing to have a round barrel, instead of a traditional hex. That alone was enough to get me to want to order them. Once I received it in the mail though, that is when I began to see the small details that make this pencil great.

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This edition uses the “balanced core” that is used in the Blackwing Pearl, which is my favorite of the standard run Blackwings, so I was very excited about that. I will be doing a review of the Blackwing Pearl soon, so be looking for that review for a review of the graphite core and the way it writes.

It has what they are calling a “matte grey washcoat finish”. I’m not fully sure what that means, but it looks great. The thing that I love about it is that it is coated very thinly, so you can still see the woodgrain underneath it, but this coating doesn’t feel cheap.IMG_6584

It also has what they are calling a “blue collar” eraser, which is a new thing for this edition as well.

Overall, I think this is a great addition to the Blackwing Volumes line. It has a great aesthetic appeal, which is what Blackwing always seems to be going for, and it writes great! If you get a chance, head over to their website, read up about this one, and treat yourself to a dozen of them!

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