These high quality pencils provide beautiful, rich coverage on a wide variety of surfaces including paper, cardstock, wood and fabric. Water-resistant, smudge-proof colors lay down with buttery smoothness and can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and smooth transitions. Each pencil is labeled *** (very good fade resistance), ** (good fade resistance) or * (reasonable fade resistance). A patented resin-bonding process keeps the thick 3.8 mm leads firmly secured to the cedar shafts, improving the sharpening capabilities and preventing the leads from snapping. This set comes in a metal tin.