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. The naturally ergonomic, triangular shape helps teach correct pencil grip. Premium wood harvested from responsibly managed sources provides smooth, even sharpening with minimal breakage. Teachers prefer Ticonderoga for its dependability and craftmanship.