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It is not a fallacy. What I see here is an effort to discontinue our pencil culture. It is an egregious assault on our heritage and our traditions.
Our very culture is being affronted by crazed maniacs out destroy the common mans ability to draw, write and document our lives in an efficient
While millions of dollars were spent on substitutes by agencies like NASA with their gel pens, we have seen counterfeit and bootleg soviet knockoffs
emerge in space and elsewhere. It is my opinion that big business is out to reduce the supply of quality pencils if not outright decimate our stock of
them until astronomical prices are set to even a standard no2. This will effectively make pencil ownership a thing of the ultra rich and powerful.
The greatest of such greedy and treacherous deeds has taken from our hands the most advanced and perfected pencil ever made. The Blackwing 602.
It has been praised by artists, including Oscar winning animation director Chuck Jones and writers, including John Steinbeck, for writing text. So
powerful and smooth was its writ that even an amateur could wield its almost unholy power to fashion everything from an elegant text to a simple line.
TPTB seeing this, ordered an agent to sabotage the machinery of the Eberhard Faber company.
The Blackwing used a special eraser ferrule, which required special clips that could only be manufactured by a custom-made machine. By the time
Eberhard Faber was acquired by Faber-Castell in 1994, this machine was broken; however, a sufficient backstock of ferrule clips enabled Blackwing
manufacture to continue until 1998. At this point, the company ceased production on the Blackwing, claiming it was not commercially
Not commercially viable?
Initially sold for 50 cents each, as of 2012 reproduction pencils, called the "Palomino Blackwing 602" and made by
California Cedar, are available in packages of 12 for 20 dollars.
That is quite the mark up for a bootleg pencil that was probably made in China don’t you think?
It is my belief that the Eberhard Faber company was being coerced into making inferior pencils by Faber-Castell ( a government front business) during
their forceful acquisition and they refused. This prompted TPTB to force their hand and sabotage the machine that made the eraser ferrule clips so
that the supply would eventually dwindle until the factory was forced to cease production.
Here is an excerpt from one of our own,Joseph Finder as he is describes his experience during the first signs of this aggression. It documents his
struggles and the community that was shattered by this act of greed and treachery.
So the right pencil is important to me. Years ago, at a stationery store in Harvard Square called Bob Slate’s, I discovered the best pencil
ever. It was called the Blackwing 602, made by Eberhard Faber. It was perfectly designed, hexagonal so it wouldn’t roll off your desk, with lead
that was creamy soft but not too soft. A great oblong eraser you could pull out to extend its use. Its embossed motto: “Half the pressure, twice the
speed.” (Who wouldn’t want half the pressure and twice the speed?) In a world of yellow pencils it was silvery gray.
and here we see the direct market effect TPTB wanted to see. They crafted this so as to control the supply if they could not control the production.
It is a lesson we must strive to learn.
Then one day I went into Slate’s and learned, to my horror, that the Blackwing 602 was no more. It had been discontinued. Frantic, I launched
into action. I enlisted my assistant to call every stationery distributor, every mom-and-pop stationery store in the country, and buy up as many boxes
of Blackwings as we could find. In time, we’d amassed a closet full of them.
When the terrible news spread throughout the Blackwing Underground, my fellow obsessives began buying them up too. Writer friends of mine who learned
of my stockpile — Andre Gregory (of “My Dinner With Andre”) and Roger Rosenblatt — began calling me to ask if I could spare one . . . or a
box. Soon, Blackwings began popping up on eBay for $20 each. In fact, I just checked eBay and found one for $38.99 — for a single pencil.
So there we have it. This is not about pencils and their danger to the public. It is about the bottom line. It is an effort to control the production
or the supply of ALL pencils so that only the ultra rich and powerful can own them.
What will be the effect of this in the long run? Students going to school with empty pencil cases. SAT scores dropping by over 90%, ? who knows.
What is certain is that if we wish to remain in control of our pencil traditions and maintain our manufacturing ability of them over others like China
and Soviet Russia, we must fight to keep the pencils of all makes and designs in our hands.
Let the pencils flow......
edit on 7-1-2013 by zedVSzardoz because: (no reason given)