In 138 BCE, Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out on an expedition west. The journey lasted more than 13 years and laid the foundation for the Silk Road, a trade route that was instrumental in opening up communication between Asia and Europe. From around 120 BCE to the 1450’s CE, explorers like Zheng He, Marco Polo and Jorge Alvarez used the Silk Road to trade goods, share ideas, and spread artistic influences throughout a myriad of different cultures.
One of the most prominent goods traded along the Silk Road was jade. Besides its natural beauty, jade was believed to protect its owner in their travels, encourage creativity and stimulate mental agility. The trade of jade introduced people to cultures they were unfamiliar with, an experience that can challenge the mind and inspire the soul.
Each Blackwing 205 set contains six green jade pencils and six white jade pencils. The number 205 references the molecular weight of jadeite, the most sought after form of jade. Each pencil features a gold ferrule, black eraser, gold imprint and our firm graphite formulation.
As impatiently as for new pencils, we are waiting for the story that is associated with them. We try to guess what will be an inspiration to them and what they want to tell the world. We can say that for us Blackiwng pencils are no longer just a writing instrument, but a story behind with some moral.
What morale does Blackwing 205 have?
Be brave, experience and discover. Search for inspiration at every step. Make every day a new thing for you. The world is now open to everyone, and it is up to you to decide how you will use this opportunity.