UnknownPhotograph © 2014 James Ward

Thanks to Lexikaliker, I’m told the Blackwing 602 is mentioned (along with Blackwing Pages) in a new book by James Ward called Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case. But it’s not just a book about pencils, rather it addresses all manner of stationeriana—both in terms of their individual histories and the manifold reasons why some seem so passionate about it all.

A quick glance at the Blackwing section revealed a few misstated facts (e.g. “…by the mid-1990s, the company was only producing around a thousand Blackwings per year…”; it was actually about 1,100 dozen, as reported by Doug Martin), but all in all it recounts the 602’s story as we’ve come to know it. Clicking on the photo will take you to the author’s blog.

NB: Blackwing Pages is not affiliated with the author or publisher of this book and receives no compensation for referrals or purchases.