There's a lot of plastics that have been nicknamed "snakeskin" or "lizard skin" by collectors. But Eberhard Faber takes the cake with these:
The pencils themselves are nothing spectacular, just your typical 1940s nose drive, middle joint pencil with a simple press clip. I paid way too much for the brown one at The Ohio Show last November just because I like the color that much, and in Chicago a fellow had the green set from which I was able to peel off the pencil (and again, paid way too much). The color on these is really impressive:
I wonder -- if you squeezed a fat piece of checking lead in these, would they swell up and have to lay in the sun for a while to digest it?