These pencils cannot be beat. Every other wooden pencil I've tried is inferior. The eraser falls off when you try to erase, or if it doesn't fall off, it only adds more smears. The graphite easily breaks. They just don't work. These pencils, however, are fantastic. I can easily make it through several weeks of high school classes with these pencils. Every time I've had to get a new pencil was simply due to losing the previous one. The graphite lasts very long. Much longer than every other pencil I've tried. I'd highly suggest this pencil to anyone who is looking for a good wooden pencil. On a side note, if you're looking for a fantastic mechanical pencil, check out the Pentel P209. And yes, it does have an eraser (it took me a month to realize that) under the silver cap on the top.