It seems like there was no short supply of celebrities who used the Blackwing. Nelson Riddle, in his book Arranged by Nelson Riddle, states:
“My favorite pencil is the Blackwing #602, by Eberhard Faber, but there must be brands equal or superior to the Blackwing.”
Faye Dunaway, in Looking for Gatsby writes:
“I graduated to a Blackwing 602 because it promised me ‘Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.'”
Joan Marshal Mauldin writes in Thomas Wolfe:
“He also had reams of canary-yellow second-sheets and boxes of Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencils.”
There’s a rather colorful exchange in George Tabb’s Surfing Armageddon: Fishnets, Fascists, and Body Fluid in Florida:
“F**k you and your Blackwing #2 pencils. Why don’t you shove them up your ass!”
Celia Gittelson writes in Biography: A Novel:
“I renew the struggle against an indifferent world with an Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencil (“Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed”) and a yellow legal pad.”
Coming back to more well-known artists, here is a quotation from the book Films and Filming:
“A master of the craft, Chuck Jones, defines it as ‘a flurry of drawings created by a Blackwing pencil; animation that dignifies itself as craft—a dying craft of aging men.'”
The Blackwing makes cameo appearances in Truman Capote’s Portraits and Observations, James Purdy’s Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Peter Straub’s Koko, Margaret Case Harriman’s The Vicious Circle, Harry Bruce’s Fables and Foibles of Famous Writers, David Freeman’s It’s all True, and Gene Lees’ Friends Along the Way.
Have a Blackwing reference in either fiction or non-fiction literature? Let me know!