Ticonderoga® has a tradition of fine quality writing instruments in the US for over 100 years. The exclusive graphite core features a proprietary formula focusing on graphite mined from carefully controlled sources to deliver extra smooth performance. Top-quality latex-free erasers remove marks completely without smudging. Premium wood harvested from responsibly managed sources provides smooth, even sharpening with minimal breakage. Teachers prefer Ticonderoga® for its dependability and craftmanship. When only the best will do, choose Ticonderoga® brand pencils.