How do the different Blackwings compare?

DOES BLACKWING HAVE LEAD GRADES?

Unlike most pencil brands that use lead grades to describe their pencils, Blackwing characterises their graphite with these terms:

 

  • Soft: The softest and darkest of Blackwing graphite, the soft closely resembles 3B lead. The regular Blackwing (Matte) pencil uses this graphite.

  • Balanced: Blackwing's balanced graphite falls between soft and firm. It can be found in the Blackwing Pearl.

  • Firm: The Blackwing 602 uses firm graphite, ideal for writing. It is smoother than a typical writing pencil and is most similar to B lead.

  • Extra Firm: This is the hardest graphite Blackwing offers, making it great for writing. You can find it in the Blackwing Natural pencils and the special edition Eras.

WHAT'S THAT SMELL?

All Blackwing pencils are made from California incense cedar. This gives them a mild, pleasant smell that persists for a long time. Their smooth and soft cores are made in Japan.

 

COMPARISON OF THE RANGES
 Pencil Graphite Comparable Grade Best for Features
Blackwing (Matte) Soft 3B Drawing

Matte Black Body

Black Eraser

Pearl

Balanced 2B Writing & Drawing

Pearlescent white body

White Eraser

602 Firm B Writing

Pearlescent grey body

Pink Eraser

Natural Extra Firm HB Writing

Natural wood body

Grey Eraser