This Blackwing Volumes is a tribute to Woody Guthrie (223 is a nod to the day he wrote "This Land is Your Land," February 23, 1940). The pencil's artwork is inspired by the song's lyrics "ribbon of highway," "endless skyway," and "golden valley." It has a matte finish, black imprint, matte black ferrule and earth-toned eraser (for the many miles Woody traveled), and the graphite is balanced.
The unsharpened pencil measures 5/16" wide (barrel)/3/8" wide (eraser) x 7 15/16" tall. Pencils are made in Japan with California incense cedar and Japanese graphite. Erasers are made in Vietnam. Comes 12 pencils in a sturdy black box that can double as a pencil holder. Cardstock sleeve fits over the box with info about the pencil theme.
Palomino donates 2% of all Blackwing sales to the Blackwing Foundation at the end of each calendar year. The Blackwing Foundation was founded in 2012 to further music and arts education at the K-12 level.