Ok I know that Ticonderoga have the worlds best pencils. (or are they). I am not sure if I keep getting the bad boxes or what. I have sharpen in both electric and hand crank sharpener. Must of the time when we sharpen the pencil lead has a tiny crack in it and it breaks off. This will happen a few times. This is the 3rd week of school and my pencil are almost nothing. Grrr. That's all.