Beginner No. 2 pencils offer a larger diameter (13/32"), latex-free eraser and smooth outer casing made of premium wood. The barrel is easy for little hands to hold. PMA certified nontoxic pencil also features No. 2 HB lead and Microban antimicrobial protection that lasts the lifetime of the product. Built-in antimicrobial protection continuously fights the growth of microbes, such as stain-causing and odor-causing bacteria.