Mad Men

The right tool for the right job. This is a still from Mad Men and an office supply geek will notice the Moleskine Reporter and the Blackwing pencil. The Blackwing is one of the most beloved, iconic pencils in the world. Originally produced by Eberhard Faber but was discontinued in 1998. I checked on ebay today and to buy one new-old-stock Blackwing 602 runs about $20-$25. A full box of the originals are listed at a buy-it-now price of $400 for a dozen.

Luckily, the good folks at pencils.com have recreated two versions of this gorgeous writing tool. Created by the California Republic Stationers and following in the footsteps of their Palomino premium pencils, the Blackwing and Blackwing 602 are very close replicas from the very unique wide, flat clinched eraser to the dense, smooth graphite. A box of 12 of these homages to a classic cost $19.95 a box. Replacement erasers are available in white, black or pink rubber for $2.95 for a pack of 10.

(via Blackwing Pages)