With the slogan “Half the pressure, twice the speed” Blackwing pencils were developed initially for stenographers in 1938. The pencils quickly gained popularity among illustrators and cartoonists for having the long lasting nature of an HB but with the same capabilities of a 3B pencil. A favourite of the animators at Walt Disney, Blackwing pencils unfortunately ceased production in 1998. Illustrators bid voraciously to buy up what little remained of the legendary pencil. Luckily they resumed production 2011 and are now available for purchase once again.