The Noris is one of the two classic Staedtler pencils, alongside the Tradition. The distinctive yellow stripes will take many of us back, as the Noris and Tradition have been used in schools all over the UK for many years. Much of the Noris line-up is now more environmentally sound, using their Wopex material to make better use of wood. Rather than needing good, straight lengths of wood, Wopex can make use of scraps of wood that would otherwise be wasted, giving a huge improvement in the number of pencils that can be made from a single tree. It also sharpens well, and gives the pencil a nice feel, just a little heavier than wood.