“All you can write is what you see.”
On February 23, 1940, Woody Guthrie scribbled these words at the bottom of a lyric. Above them was a song he had just written 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 poignant and iconic folk songs in history.
The Blackwing 223 is in tribute to Woody Guthrie and his immutable optimism. Each pencil features a design inspired by This Land’s “ribbon of highway,” “endless sky-way” and “golden valley.” The matte black ferrule and earth-toned eraser are a nod to the many miles Woody travelled. We used our balanced graphite formulation that works well for both writing and sketching so you, too, can fill your pages with what you see.