Saturday, 19 March 2016

Palomino Blackwing 1138 review

In 1902, while mankind made its way to the most southern of points on the globe, the blossoming film industry presented a vision of humanity reaching a new frontier. Le Voyage dans la Lune, or A Trip to the Moon, became the spectacle to watch: the first science fiction film and one of the greatest film achievements of the 20th century due to its innovative special effects.

Imagine the reactions the filmmakers would have if they knew that just 100 years after their masterpiece, people would be using their film to sketch and write with. While unfathomable to the mind of the early 20th century, Palomino has made it a reality with the release of their Blackwing Volume 1138.

Using a process called 'barcoding', the venerable pencil-maker has distilled A Trip to the Moon down to squeeze onto the barrel of their latest 'Volume' release. 

This is actually my first Blackwing and I've been aching to try one since I first saw a review some years ago, and being a sci-fi fan this version fits me to a tee. 

But what can I say that hasn't already been said? The lead is fast and smooth, requiring only a relatively light touch to achieve a solid line. The ferrule is a shimmering silver that fits in nicely with the 'silver screen' theme, and the black eraser clears the page nicely. 

More than that, the pencil is a story in and of itself. It's a conversation piece - a slice of film history in the form of a tool used to create art. If that's not poetic, I don't know what is, quite frankly. 

For this review I used a Rhodia A4 No. 18 pad.