Palomino Blackwing Pencil And Sketchbook

One of my favorite pastimes is sketching.  I haven’t been able to sketch things from my imagination yet, but I am sometimes able to sketch objects in front of me.  It’s so fun to mimic the image I see in real life as I draw it on paper.  It’s like I’m sharing my perspective of something with the world.  I haven’t been able to sketch in a long time.

Then Bert got in these amazing, new (to me) Palomino Blackwing pencils at the store.  I’ve always enjoyed using pencils of all types, and am always curious to try more.  So, I immediately bought a box of the Blackwing pencils along with a box of the Blackwing Pearl pencils, and a special Palomino sketch book.  I was instantly inspired.  You could even say I was “drawn” to draw something in this new sketchbook!

Palomino Blackwing
Palomino Blackwing

I had spent some time sharpening the pencil with the special Palomino 2-stage Pencil Sharpener to get the perfect, sharpened point on the graphite.  Then I tested both, the Blackwing and the Blackwing Pearl to get a feel for what it would be like to draw with them.  The Blackwing (as pictured above) is versatile.  It’s great for a comfortably smooth everyday writing, yet its softness, similar to a 2B hardness, is great for drawing and shading accordingly.  The Pearl is a slightly harder lead, but that doesn’t detract from its usefulness.  Both are great writers and glide along the paper effortlessly.

blackwing sketch2

The eraser took more getting used to.  It’s a thinner, more flat eraser that adorns the top of the pencil.  There are two things that are most exciting about this eraser:  the first being how easy it is to replace the eraser once it’s worn.  Normally on pencils, both mechanical and wooden, you have to really dig for the remnants of the eraser that once was.  On the Blackwing, there’s a ledge on both sides that serves as a holder of the eraser that you can easily pull out to replace with a fresh new one.  As you can see in the pictures, the second great advantage of having this flat eraser is that you can easily erase details in a drawing without worrying about messing up the overall image.  I’ve found my new “go-to” pencil, and I hope you all enjoy it as well!


You can pick up yours here:

Conklin Word Gauge, Sleeve Filler, and Conklinetta Senior

I’ve got news about 3 amazing new pens from Conklin! I got in these special pens at a great deal, and now I’m passing on the savings to you! Check out the details:

Conklin Heritage Word Gauge Fountain Pen

Conklin Word Gauge


Ink capacity at it’s MAX! Is the best way to describe this pen. Conklin’s Word Gauge was an industry leader back in the day because as with all Conklin inventions this one was loved for holding more ink then any other brand at the time. So much that Conklin put a word count on the side of the barrel so the writer would know approximately how many more words he/she could write before running out of ink.

Conklin Word Gauge

Jet Black Resin with yellow word gauge ink view. Conklin pen was an innovator in the day introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this word gauge.

Get your Conklin Word Gauge here.


Conklin Heritage Sleeve Filler Fountain Pen

Conklin Sleeve Filler

An amazing pen rich in history! Take the pen apart at the nib section and you’ll see a press bar over the rubber sack. A few gentle squeezes and your pen is filled.

Conklin Sleeve Filler

Enjoy the convenience of filling your pen directly from a bottle with almost limitless ink choices. The material is jet black resin with a Vintage Style Sleeve Filling System. Conklin pen was an innovator in the day, introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this Sleeve Filler.

Get your Conklin Sleeve Filler here.


Conklin Conklinetta Senior Fountain Pen

Conklin Conklinetta Senior

This is an amazing fountain pen that has brought back a filling system that was long ago abandoned by the Parker’s and Sheaffer’s of the pen world. The button filler depressed a rubber sack inside the pen which fills with ink.


Conklin Conklinetta Senior

Medium, Fine and Stub two tone steel nib Jet Black Resin with Vintage Style Button Filling system Conklin pen was an innovator in the day introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this Button Filler.

Get your Conklin Conklinetta Senior here.


Pilot 2016 Limited Edition Vanishing Point Guilloche Fountain Pen



The collection above was provided by my friend, Richard.

The current pen:


Since 2003 Pilot has made an annual limited edition Vanishing Point. Various colors and patterns have adorned these pens which have become quite collectible. With the inception in 2003 with a bright yellow pen came a list price well below $200.00.  Today if you can find one expect to pay upwards of over $450.00 for the same pen (be careful because there are other yellow Vanishing Point’s out there which are not as valuable). What Pilot has done which is truly unique in the pen industry is that they only issue the number of pens matching the year it was produced.  In 2003 Pilot made 2003 pens and so on. As a hot commodity in the world markets, one can imagine how quickly so few pens can disperse. The United States for example got 850 pens this year and it’s a struggle to get more, or maintain the same amount year after year. John Lane, the sales rep. and national sales manager for Pilot USA, has for years had the grueling task of diving these pens to the dealers who continually ask for more each year.


2016 is no exception to try to get as many pens as possible. And with a truly new design, this pen has done very well from its initial launch just a week or so ago. 2016 is the first time Pilot has used an old technique called guilloche to create an annual that goes beyond just another cool color, but is a detailed pattern engraved into the cap and barrel of the pen. The precise guilloche engraved  details are distinguished by intricate, paired lines flowing in precise, interwoven curves. This creates a super-smooth, textured and luxurious feel to the Vanishing Point’s premium black barrel.  As with all limited Vanishing Point pens this one comes in a premium gift box, and included are a converter and blue ink cartridge. 


Pilot Vanishing Point Ltd. 2016
Pilot Vanishing Point Ltd. 2016


Here, you can see how incredible the Pilot Vanishing Point 2016 Limited Edition looks on its special limited edition box. The nib is out, and ready for you to write with it.

Get yours here:  Pilot Guilloche Vanishing Point

Pilot Vanishing Point Ltd. 2016