The Ticonderoga is the world's best pencil. Satin smooth finish enhances writing comfort. Exclusive graphite core formula gives you extra smooth performance. Crafted with premium wood from well managed forests. Top quality, latex-free eraser provides easy, clean corrections. Finish contains Microban® anti-microbial protection to inhibit the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria on the pencil. PMA certified non-toxic.