The Crayola Metallic Color colored pencils are made of thick, soft leads, so they won't break easily under pressure. The smooth colors are perfect for color mixing and blending, and offers shimmering effects. The metallic colors are great for using on sanded shrink plastics. They especially work well on the black shrink plastic film. The colors really pop! The pencils come pre-sharpened. There are 8 pencils in this set in 8 metallic colors. Made in Brazil.