This is the chalk that bridges the gap between soft and hard pastels. It has the sharp edge of a hard pastel and the soft texture used for sketching and details. The traditional square French pastel has been compressed for greater pigment content. Excellent for portraits, landscapes, or still life. Each square 2-1/8 x 5/16 stick has been compressed for greater strength but retain chalk's soft properties. AP certified non-toxic. Each box includes 12 pieces. Sold as 3 boxes for a total of 36 pieces.