Celebrity obsessions are easy to mock, but I was still interested to read this piece about Hollywood’s obsession with the Blackwing 602 pencil, once prized by Nabokov and Kubrick and now out of production… certainly you can’t fault people for wanting good tools. “I have found a new kind of pencil,” raved Steinbeck. “The best I have ever had!”
Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine paying $50 for the privilege. Have you tried the Blackwing 602 or its reissued Palomino counterpart? What did you think?