The Greatest Legends in History, from Stravinsky to Capote, Used These Pencils

Dian Chen

From woodworkers to Broadway legends, artists to Pulitzer Prize winners, one indispensable tool unites them all: a pencil known as the Blackwing 602. Created in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber, this writing instrument, characterized by its unique ferrule design and rectangular eraser, is famous for its smooth-as-silk graphite. “The calligraphy pen of pencils,” according to T&C contributor Will Kahn. “It turns note taking into an artistic experience.”

The fans: John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones.

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