Blackwing 54 Limited Edition Volume Pencil 12 Packs
The Surrealist movement of the early 20th century sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. From Ernst and Oppenheim, to Kahlo and Lam, Surrealists have constantly sought new techniques that would liberate them from the limitations of lucidness.
One of these techniques was known as automation, or “the absence of any control exercised by reason.” To achieve automation, Surrealists used an exercise known as Exquisite Corpse, creating collaborative poems and works of art composed of pieced-together words and images.
The Blackwing 54 pays tribute to surrealism and creative exercises that force us to look beyond our narrow personal perspective. We designed this pencil using Exquisite Corpse. First, we separated the pencil into five components (graphite, lacquer, imprint, ferrule, eraser). Then, we blindly selected the design for each component and assembled the results. The finished pencil features a rose barrel, teal imprint, silver ferrule, blue eraser and our extra-firm graphite. The number 54 is a nod to 54 rue du Chateau in Paris, the birthplace of Exquisite Corpse.
Palomino is a division of California Cedar Products Company, the world’s leading supplier of wooden pencil slats. Cal Cedar has a rich history of developing extraordinary products through six generations of family stewardship. With pencil industry roots dating back to the mid 19th century, Cal Cedar has built a long tradition of excellence and unique supply relationships that now extend to the Palomino writing, arts and stationery products, the most famous of which are its Palomino Blackwing pencils.
Cal Cedar introduced the Palomino Original graded range of premium pencils to such critical acclaim that many users began comparing their performance to that of the famous Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencil, which had since been discontinued. Cal Cedar soon expanded its Palomino umbrella to revive the iconic Blackwing brand hoping to introduce it to a new generation of emerging artists.
Cal Cedar is also responsible for launching the historic ForestChoice line of eco-friendly products, including the ForestChoice graphite pencil which was the world’s first FSC-certified pencil. Palomino’s spirit of innovation and dedication to quality ensure that all of their products reflect the same creativity they hope to inspire.