Blackwing Volume 223 | The Woody Guthrie Pencil


“All you can write is what you see.” 

On February 23, 1940, Woody Guthrie scribbled these words at the bottom of lyrics he had written. Above them was a song about the inequality he witnessed in his travels across the United States. "This Land Is Your Land" would go on to become one of the most moving and iconic folk songs in history. 

As with so many creators, Woody's talents were evident across several mediums. He filled notebooks with sketches, poems and paintings from his countless journeys; art that was playful and vibrant, despite its often gritty content. He described his fusion of old compositions and new ideas as a mashup of “what is” and “what could be.” Woody believed we could be better and used his creations to inspire people to believe the same. 

The Blackwing 223 is a tribute to Woody Guthrie and his immutable optimism. Each pencil features a design inspired by "This Land is Your Land's"  “ribbon of highway,” “endless skyway” and “golden valley," the matte black ferrule and earth-toned eraser are a nod to the many miles Woody traveled. Graphite is Blackwing's balanced formulation (used in the Blackwing Pearl) which works well for both writing and sketching so you, too, can fill your pages with what you see.

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