The Eureka Moment – Blackwing 530

In 1848, while working at a sawmill in Coloma, California, James W. Marshall discovered gold flakes in the American River. This discovery sparked what would come to be known as the California Gold Rush, causing hundreds of thousands of business owners, artists, lawyers and people of all trades to leave their lives behind and flock to Northern California in pursuit of fortune and opportunity.

The Gold Rush was California’s defining moment, a moment immortalized by the state’s motto “Eureka! I have found it!” What California found, however, went beyond gold. The state found its identity as a melting pot of people, cultures and ideas that persists to this day. This moment of self-discovery was California’s true “eureka moment.”

There’s a similar moment in the creative process when the rest of the world fades and the project’s singular objective becomes clear. Whether it’s a songwriter finding the perfect melody for a lyric or a painter being struck by inspiration after weeks of aimless brushing, these moments help define both the artist and their work. The Blackwing 530 celebrates these eureka moments of the creative process. Its gold barrel and striped gold ferrule symbolize the feeling of “striking gold” when that moment hits. The model number 530 is a tribute to Sutter’s Mill, California Historical Site No. 530, where gold was first discovered.

The Blackwing 530 features the same extra-firm graphite found in the Blackwing 24.

With sucha a pencil, everything what we create will change into gold 🙂

Explore, Challenge, Inspire – Blackiwng 205

In 138 BCE, Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out on an expedition west. The journey lasted more than 13 years and laid the foundation for the Silk Road, a trade route that was instrumental in opening up communication between Asia and Europe. From around 120 BCE to the 1450’s CE, explorers like Zheng He, Marco Polo and Jorge Alvarez used the Silk Road to trade goods, share ideas, and spread artistic influences throughout a myriad of different cultures.

One of the most prominent goods traded along the Silk Road was jade. Besides its natural beauty, jade was believed to protect its owner in their travels, encourage creativity and stimulate mental agility. The trade of jade introduced people to cultures they were unfamiliar with, an experience that can challenge the mind and inspire the soul.

Each Blackwing 205 set contains six green jade pencils and six white jade pencils. The number 205 references the molecular weight of jadeite, the most sought after form of jade. Each pencil features a gold ferrule, black eraser, gold imprint and our firm graphite formulation.

As impatiently as for new pencils, we are waiting for the story that is associated with them. We try to guess what will be an inspiration to them and what they want to tell the world. We can say that for us Blackiwng pencils are no longer just a writing instrument, but a story behind with some moral.

What morale does Blackwing 205 have?

Be brave, experience and discover. Search for inspiration at every step. Make every day a new thing for you. The world is now open to everyone, and it is up to you to decide how you will use this opportunity.

Few words about MD Paper

Is the quality of the paper importanat?

After all, in the age of technology, more and more often we are forced to type on a computer keyboard than by hand. However, we are those who love and appreciate the hand writing. That is why the paper is important to us and we try to choose the real gems out of all the possibilities available on the market. And this is how we got on Japanese MD paper…

MD Paper is one of the most appreciated papers in the world. It is durable, it does not fray or unravel pierces so that works great with a fountain pen.

Since 1960 MD paper is produced in the traditional way. In this process everything matters. Those are the machines and processes, as well as the eyes, hands, and thoughts of the people who create ‘MD Paper’.

Each piece of paper is being tested, starting from the estimate the thickness, until after the determination of the weight and color. The most time consuming step is examining the properties of the paper while writing. For this many of the tools are used and steps are repeated many times. This test is done to check for quality, including ink smearing, drying speed and to ensure there is no bleed-through. It is also done to confirm the writing feel of how the pen glides or catches in the paper, and to inspect texture, including touch and feel. If the paper will pass all tests successfully, then receives the name MD Paper.

How MD Paper works with different writing instruments is shown here.

What sets notebooks is the cover, and in fact its absence. The standard cover does not affect the well on the quality of the writing, that makes the notebook does not open flat and pages become looser.

That’s why notebooks MD instead of cover have mesh from cheesecloth, which strengthens the spine and provides comfort while writing.

Size range of notebooks is really wide. You can choose between A4, A5, A6, slim and all sorts of formats, from pads, by classic notebooks until after the reporter’s notebooks.

It is worth sometimes to switch, shut down the computer, pull out the paper, pen or pencil, and hone the comfort of writing.

For us, the biggest difference between writing digital and analogue, is our commitment. When we write manually, we carefully select words, because even those deleted, leave their mark on the paper.

And what for you is writing?