The Blackwing 725 pencil pays tribute to the famed Newport Folk Festival which takes place every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. This limited edition pencil celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 festival and its impact on music and culture.
The Newport Folk Festival served as a setting for groundbreaking performances by artists like Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf, and it helped launch the careers of iconic artists such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Perhaps its most memorable moment came in 1965 when Bob Dylan took center stage with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and played a controversial electric set that included the first known performance of "Like a Rolling Stone."
The pencil's unique lacquer is inspired by the sunburst finish on the Fender Stratocaster used by Bob Dylan on stage at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25th, 1965. That moment fueled what Rolling Stone called one of "50 moments that changed rock n' roll."