STROKE OF GENIUS: EBERHARD FABER BLACKWING 602 PENCILS
Back to school hype is all about the clothes and next-gen gadgets. But we’re sprung on a throwback school supply that’s been used by a strong lineage of great American thinkers, including Stephen Sondheim, John Steinbeck and Truman Capote: the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602. Yes, it’s a pencil. But it’s nothing like your no. 2.
This sucker writes as smoothly as a gel pen, but deposits a rich, charcoal color and comes with a replaceable eraser that allows for cleanly-presented re-thinks. Bewitched‘s Samantha and Mad Men‘s Kinsey were fans. Still need convincing? Quincy Jones used this pencil to write music (hello, Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album).
Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, $22.95 for a pack of 12