Beginner No. 2 pencil offers 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 Microban antimicrobial protection that lasts the lifetime of the product. Built-in antimicrobial protection continuously fights the growth of microbes, such as stain-causing, odor-causing bacteria.