6 single-color pencils and 6 double-sided (with a gold ring marking the mid-point). Suitable for children and adults. Non-toxic. Made of recyclable wood with a 'just right' level of hardness. Lightfast oil-based pigments give a warm and gentle color. Slide-out plastic interior tray keeps pencils organized; exterior case is paper.
A favorite amongst Japanese pencil aficionados, Kita-Boshi is a 5th generation pencil maker. Like many a thoughtful manufacturer, it's a company whose ethos can be read in its aphorisms - from the founder, “A pencil sacrifices itself to serve people. Both humans and pencils need cores,” to the current president, "You can't write with a pencil unless you sharpen yourself. No matter how good the core is, if you don't sharpen it, you can't dream." Pencils made from highest-quality cedar and cypress. Each pencil writes about 31 miles (longer than a marathon!) Made in Japan.