The Blackwing 16.2 is a tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace. The pencil features a matte white finish and matte black ferrule inspired by the simple styling of early personal computers. It features our firm graphite formulation ideal for both writing and mathematics.
The number 16.2 is a nod to the Analytical Engine’s storage capacity of 16.2 kB (0.00005% the storage of the average smartphone) and the backside of each pencil bears a binary pattern stamp of Ada’s initials AAL, the same initials she used to sign her work.
The Blackwing pencil was developed in 1930, and has been used by some of the most legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners to date. This includes John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, and Chuck Jones (who proudly used Blackwing pencils to create Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters). In 1998, the Blackwing pencil was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 per pencil on eBay. Artists from around the world urged Palomino Brands, another premium pencil brand to pick up selling the Blackwing pencil...And they did! Today, many claim the Blackwing pencil to be the best writing utensil in the world.