Eberhard Faber: First Glance


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This is just a one-off printing for now: 396 pages so far, but much more to go. It begins with a comprehensive history of the Eberhard Faber Company, including a detailed account of their break with A.W. Faber-Castell in Germany. Below are Lothar Washington Faber, and his son, Eberhard Faber III.

It was Eberhard III who created the Blackwing. He had a background in chemistry, which informed his efforts in creating the 602’s unique lead formula.

The Blackwing 602 was nestled between the Van Dyke 601 and the Microtomic 603 (which was actually a re-branding of the Van Dyke).

Here are a few examples of the graphics found in company advertising and packaging.

The quality of the printing revealed that a lot of the older photos I’ve taken need to be re-done, but there are several shots that still hold up under scrutiny.

I still can’t predict a publication date, but this first compilation was a major step forward.



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Thanks to everyone who stopped by in 2018, whether it was to mention a sighting or just to have a look around.

And, best wishes for 2019!

Balki’s Blackwings


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The local DMV from the show Perfect Strangers seems to have preferred Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencils:

But the employees weren’t the only ones to use them: it looks like they were made available to everyone.

But, is anyone else concerned that all of the paperwork was being filled out in pencil?

Thanks to reader Al for the tip!



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© Netflix

From the new Netflix documentary Quincy, a young Quincy Jones can be seen using an Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602.

Thanks to Harry for the tip!

Blackwings For Daisy


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Composer Oliver Wallace (1887-1963) is seen using an Eberhard Faber Blackwing in a Disney film from 1956. His task is to compose a song for Daisy Duck. You can just about see the pencil’s logo here:

Meanwhile, animator Ollie Johnston (1912-2008) is putting the finishing touches on Donald Duck:

However, Donald seems to take exception at this:

All images © Disney.

Laurie Spiegel’s Blackwing in “Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken”



There are a lot of good reasons to watch the short film Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken, not least of which includes this shot of Laurie Spiegel‘s Blackwing in its native habitat.

This short feature was filmed, directed, and edited by Aura Satz, and can be watched here: