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My husband and I are getting ready to move house and that means a lot of packing is needed. I wanted all of the boxes to be clearly labelled and done so in a way that wouldn't rub off brown packing tape. My first thought was to buy a Sharpie permanent marker as they have such a good reputation. I had never owned a Sharpie before but was a little bit excited about buying one as I love stationary.
While I purchased my Sharpie permanent marker from my local Sainsbury's, they are widely available online and Amazon especially sell a huge range. For a pack of five black fine tipped permanent markers you can expect to pay around the £5 mark. You can also get larger packs and different coloured pens.
These pens do have a fine tip so they are great for a multitude of uses. Not only do they work really well on cardboard boxes but you can also use them to write on paper, CDs/ DVDs if you're copying them on your computer and really, anything else you can possibly think of. The black pen stands out on everything I have written on so far and although the tip is fine, it still works great when writing big letters. Also, the colour of the pen does not bleed at all so if you are writing something small, you can be sure that the words won't blend into one another. This can happen with a cheaper quality pen so paying that little bit more is really worth it.
It makes me quite sad that I don't really have much use for permanent markers as I would love to buy more of these. Like the Staedtler pens, I love having a collection of most of the colours that are on offer. A large pack of 24 pens with assorted colours only costs £12 on Amazon at the moment and I would definitely be buying them if I could think of something to use them for.
Sharpie pens also last really well. I have written on so many boxes so far and the pen hasn't even begun to fade which is fantastic. With cheaper permanent markers, they tend to run out of ink very quickly, especially when writing on cardboard but this is not the case at all with a Sharpie pen.
I really love my Sharpie pen and I'm so glad that I bought this over anything else.
I love pens and like finding different colours and types of pen, marker pens being something I use quite often. I've used Sharpie pens before and find them to be consistently good (apart from the ones that are double ended but that's another story!).
On my last trip to Staples there was a buy one get one free offer and I bought a couple of different colours and also some from the new metallic range - I'd actually seen the metallic ones on a film when someone was putting graffiti on a toilet cubicle and thought they looked really good, not that I wanted them for that purpose of course!
I find the firm fine tip a bonus on these pens. They are permanent but don't bleed when writing on paper. They also write on other surfaces too so come in handy on CDs or shiny surfaces. I am over the moon with the colour range available in these pens, who needs boring black (although that is available too.) The colour never seems to fade and the pens stay moist for literally years so mine last ages before I have to throw them away.
I love these pens and have them at home and work but I do have to be careful with having young children to keep them out of their sight and reach as these could do some permanent damage to the walls in my home!
I used to think Sharpies were quite expensive but they seem to have come down loads in price now. Mine were on a buy one get one free deal at Staples and worked out around a pound each which I am quite happy to pay for a quality pen. I feel I got a massive bargain with the bronze and silver metallic ones and will probably go back to get the gold sooner or later!
These pens are great value for money, last ages and perform well, you couldn't really wish for more. Try the new metallic range if you get chance, they are really fun to use and have an immense pigmentation so make a real impact in crafting and general creativity.
These pens are chunky permanent water-resistant markers with a fine tip. They are the same length as a standard writing pen (around 12cm long) but thicker, around 1cm. They are light and easy to hold and write with. They come in a huge range of colours, but all the bodies of the pens are grey with just the tops signifying the colour of the ink. They have a clip on the cap for looping over a jacket or shirt pocket.
At the Office
I came across Sharpie pens firstly at the office where I work, where we occasionally need to draw coloured outlines onto architects drawings. It used to be any-old felt tips which would work with varying degrees of accuracy and reliability before we came across Sharpie. These pens last and last and are really first class for their job.
That said, they are so rich in their ink that when using on ordinary paper you do need to be careful not to apply any noticeable pressure, a light touch is needed or there is a danger of the ink 'bleeding' into the paper. This is especially important when a fine line is required, and is worth noting considering that they are actually marketed as "fine point". They undoubtedly have a fine point, but not suited to paper. By the same token as may be expected, when using on normal paper, the colour goes straight through to the reverse - again, something to be very aware of it as it's very pronounced.
They are brilliant for writing on the spines of ring binders, giving a very clear appearance to writing, for easy reading and identification from a little way away. The width of the line drawn with 'normal' pressure applied is about 2mm, but its the clarity, uniformity and depth of colour which makes the difference in my opinion..
Since then I have ordered myself some for home, where they have a number of uses...
...They're perfect for writing on freezer bags and margarine tubs with leftovers going in the freezer. The writing stays put on apparently all surfaces, and the sharp point means that they are easy to write accurately with. This was the problem I'd never managed to overcome - with the freezer bags it seemed to be either a pen wouldn't be permanent enough to stay put on the bags without smudging, or it would be permanent but too thick a nib to be able to adopt anything resembling legible handwriting on a small bag. Sharpie ticks both boxes.
...I have a number of hard plastic power tool cases which are all the same, and I've written on those with Sharpie pens which tool is in which case. Again, great results, and the writing has lasted years without fading at all.
...Another problem area used to be writing on the backs of photos. I still get my photos printed, often sending photos to friends and family, and I always like to pop a note on the back with the date or place. Finding a pen which will write on the back of a photo was always a problem, and again, if you found one it would often smudge, but the ink from these pens is dry almost immediately so again they are ideal.
What I really like most about these pens is how easily the ink flows - if you were into arts and crafts I can imagine they would probably rank quite highly in terms of using them for colouring larger areas as well as for writing. They would also write easily on glazed surfaces or fabric. The thing about the ease of the ink flow, though, is that it also means that it's very easy to accidentally mark things (clothes, worktops) even with just a faint brush of the pen nib. If the ink goes on your skin, it's water resistant so it's tough to wash off!
The pens are available on Amazon for £1.94 for 3 (+P&P) but are available in all sorts of colours and quantities at a whole range of prices. They are sold singly at our nearest Rymans store, for £1.49 each.
My handbag and my car are full of a number of items that "might" be useful. To be honest I am probably a bit of a hoarder. But one item that has been useful on several random occasions is my Sharpie permanent marker. Some of my latest reasons to use it were writing on the t-shirts of my students at work (not as some form of bizarre punishment... they were getting them signed as they were leaving!), labelling CD's and DVD's at a friend's, writing a bold sign which I attached to my car to say "Broken down, waiting for AA" to minimise the number of people that wanted to beep their horn at me for being in their way (how inconsiderate of me to break down in their way) and writing addresses on plastic packages of items I post.
Sharpie permanent markers have been well advertised with celebrities such as David Beckham promoting them. The concept being that they are vibrant and will write on anything. They were the first official pen-style permanent marker. There is now a wide range of Sharpie permanent markers available including mini pens and ones that will attach to a key ring.
The pen itself is round and comfortable to use. Nothing spectacular or but the cap fits on the end nicely which keeps me happy (simple things!) and it is nice to write with. The colour of the cap represents the colour of the ink and the barrel is quite a simplistic light grey colour with the Sharpie logo. Although there are now a range of thicknesses, the most commonly available Sharpies are the "fine point" pens which have a nice rounded nib that allows quite small writing if you want it but also scope for big bold letters. I have to say that I do really like the Sharpie pens. You know that satisfying feeling when you find a biro or a pen that makes your handwriting look nice - well the Sharpie does that for me.
Smell-wise the pens aren't too bad, if you stick it right next to your nose it has the standard chemical "permanent marker" smell but not so much that you feel you are getting high whilst using it. The coloured versions I use quite often at work and find that they are bright, vibrant and stand out. My black Sharpie I have owned for a couple of years now and it still works perfectly every time and is showing no signs of wearing out.
In terms of the "permanency" of Sharpies I have found it to be very good. It has worked on any surface that I have tried (including water bottles, inflatable items (beach balls etc...not dolls!), glossy photo paper and so on). It does seem to stay rather permanent. Although in the event of your "friend" drawing a moustache (or worse) on your face whilst you are sleeping (we've all been there) then it can be removed using acetone or with some serious scrubbing and some standard nail varnish remover. I would imagine this also serves as a way of removing it from some other surfaces. On this note, whilst the Sharpie marker is not intended for skin it does not contain anything toxic enough to harm you.
These Sharpie permanent markers aren't the cheapest option as you can expect to pay at least £1 a pen, often more. A four pack of Sharpies seems to generally be priced at around £5 a pack. Whilst it is undeniable that they are on the expensive side, I do feel that you are paying for the quality. I have brought many a permanent marker from the pound shop that has not lasted very long or isn't comfortable to use so it is nice to know that this is a brand to be relied on.
Overall I have to say that I do recommend the Sharpie Permanent Marker if it is something that you would find a use for - or like me it serves will rolling around in the bottom of my handbag until I need it in some obscure scenario.
This pen is the big brother for the little mini marker and it's just as good except it lasts a hell of a lot longer (2 years and still not run out) and this is available in many different colours. Mine is black but you can buy them in multipacks with a wide variety of colours.
The lid on this one is much bigger too which means this fits a little better of the top of your pockets. The lid clicks into place and stays securely fastened. You can throw this thing about and the lid wont come off. The lid is made from thick plastic so chewing on it makes minor teeth marks but i've never cracked the casing (Yes, i'm a pen chewer sadly.)
The smell from this pen is quite strong - stronger than most permanent markers for some reason, but it's not a bad smell. I actually think its a lovely smell, very sweet and actually quite nice in my opinion! I strongly recommend that you son't sit around sniffing these though, as they are not good for your health. The smell doesn't linger around and almost disappears instantly when you close the lid.
The pen's ink dries almost instantly and writes on literally anything. I haven't written on something where the ink smudged or didn't dry properly. It also dries smooth so you wont get any nasty bumps in your writing which is a bonus.
The felt is very hard but that's good, its incredibly compact and it really takes some force to press it down and squash the end. The felt doesn't fall apart or leave blobs all over your writing and actually keeps it quite neat. Writing with this is not a pleasure over long lengths of time though as it's hard plastic case is not comfortable.
A lot of sweat builds up on this pen due to it's round and perfectly smooth casing so if you're writing with sweaty hands you will slip. I have done this many times myself and while i was writing my hand started at the top of the pen and gradually worked its way down to the bottom.
Overall this is a top quality pen, I will be buying sharpie in the future because their pens are just superb in every way. There is no other permanent marker like them. Their ink is perfect and they last ages. I suggest buying these in a multi pack with lots of different colours though, as buying them on their own is a false economy and very expensive. Much better value in a 4 pack from Staples.
I have a bit of a thing for stationary and it is safe to say that I probably have lots of unnecessary stationary but one purchase that I made and which I use regularly is the Sharpie fine permanent marker and this is my review of it!
I bought the Sharpie pen from a local shop where from memory it cost me around a pound. Having looked online I can see that there are multipacks available and these vary in cost from four pens for £2.99 to twelve pens for £7.20 but as I just wanted one of the black pens I didn't mind paying a pound for it. I did purchase a four pack of these pens from amazon back when my son was returning to school after the summer holidays but the black one has gone walkabouts and so I needed another black one.
The pen is simple to look at really. It had a grey coloured main body with the sharpie brand name on there as well as information which tells us this is a fine point permanent marker. The lid is black and I find this is handy when you have a few of the pens floating around as you know the colour of the lid matches the ink inside the pen.
I specifically purchased the fine point pen as I knew that I would be using the black pen to write my son's name on his water bottle for school relatively frequently but that I would also want to use it to write on CD's too. Now the nib of this pen is just 1mm and so you can achieve perfectly neat writing which in most cases will be permanent. I remember pre Sharpies that permanent ink pens tended to have a really wide nib and you could never really write clearly on something unless it was rather large.
This pen is great for marking on CD's that I may make for when I am in my mum's car and want a bit of a homemade compilation going on and I find that I can even jot down the names of the songs on the disc so that we can easily see what is on the CD. Although some people may wonder why we don't use boxes the reason is simple and that they never seem to be put back in their boxes and so without the writing on the CD it is impossible to know what is on them half of the time! I find I can write in my normal style on the CD's and it is still clear and legible.
I also use the black Sharpie pen to mark my son's name on his water bottle for school. This is an aluminium water bottle and I do find that after a few weeks or months I have to go over the name again as it does come off in the wash a bit so it is not completely permanent ink but I find that this is the only case where the ink does seem to rub off.
I would certainly recommend the Sharpie fine permanent markers. I think they are nice enough to write with normally but you will find that they will go through paper and so you are best using them on other things. They have such a fine nib that you can write accurately without the worry of smudging or things looking messy and for a control freak like me that is essential!
Thank you for reading my review!
A Sharpie fine point permanent marker is basically a fancy felt tip pen that writes with a very nice point and will not come off.
We make a lot of home movies with our video camera (home movies of our kids before anyone with a dirty mind get a bit ahead of themselves!!) and like to make our own DVD's afterwards. In order to mark them and to be able to tell what year, who is on the DVD etc, we bought a Sharpie marker. We found these are the best type of pens to write on an item such as a DVD as they mark properly and really provide you with a solid felt tip line. Other normal felt tip pens just sort of smudge and do not stay on the DVD surface but these pens really do.
The pens come with a nice lid that clicks on and it also has a slit in it so you can attach it to a stack of papers or a folder, something like that so you know where it is when you want to use it. We have it attach to a book in our DVD file so it's always there when we want to write on our DVD's.
I really like the way this pen writes. It has a fine, extremely durable fibre tip, which produces a smooth 1.0mm line. The tip is always moist with ink and I have never had it run out mid line which I hate. Obviously when it is nearly out of ink you can tell but these pens do last a really long time which is nice. As well as writing on DVD's this pen will also write on surfaces such as metal, glass, and most plastics.
The pen is marketed as a fade resistant permanent pen. We have some DVD's now from about five years ago and the ink looks as good as new, there has been no fading, no rubbing off etc. According to an article I read, "The dyes or pigments used, which give the ink colour (colorants), determine how well a marking will resist fading. Pigmented inks resist fading the best. The combination of ingredients used in the ink formulation gives the ink permanent properties.." The pen is also marketed as a quick drying pen and I definitely have to agree with that. It seems almost as soon as you have written with it the ink dries and then it does not smudge afterwards which is nice.
The pen comes in 16 different colours according to their website but I have only ever written with the black marker so I cannot comment on the functionality of the other ones but for us, this black permanent marker works perfectly.
I've been buying sharpie for quite a few years now.
At times I will purchase other brands that are on offer but if someone said to name a permanent marker brand, my mind automatically thinks of sharpie!
Sharpie markers are available in a range of colours.. and I do have a few lying around. They come in red, blue, green, black.. I also bought the metalic gold, bronze and silver that were available over the christmas period.. so there is quite a range of different colours and probably some others i've not yet come across!
The marker itself is quite thick to hold which I like as it is easily held in your hand. The lid comes on and off easily and the marker itself writes of good quality.
As i've tried several different colours of these, I can say that they all work well and i've never encountered any problems with them.
If you are writing on paper with them then they will go through the page - but that is standard with felt tips and most ink pens.
You can use these permanent markers to write on several different surfaces including plastic, metal, cardboard, fabric labels. As they are permanent they do not wash off and have stayed on the surfaces I have written with them on.
I have used them to write on wrapping/gift paper when giving gifts and I used the bronze/silver/gold when writing on greeting cards etc.. I have also used them on plastic boxes and cardboard to label things. The sharpie pens also work well on objects such as cd's and are fine to label them with.
Basically if you're after a permanent marker.. I can't really fault these Sharpie ones. They are of good quality and they have never dried out on me. In terms of retail price i'd say it varies.. I have seen individual ones priced between 50p-£1 for the small sizes.. and you can generally find them sold in single packs or multipacks of different sizes. I managed to get a pack of 4 different colours for £3 which I thought was a reasonable price due to how long lasting I found them.
I also think it is good that you can get the Sharpie pens in a mini pocket size or a standard pen size.
Although the pens are fine, I find you can change the writing of it depending on how you hold the pen.. so holding it from the top would allow you to write with it finely, but holding it slanted would allow a thicker line when writing.
Sharpie pens are sold in most supermarkets and stationery shops.
I give them 5 stars and would recommend them.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be found on ciao)
Sharpie Fine Permanent Marker - available on-line, in stationary shops and supermarkets
Sharpie Fine is the original Sharpie permanent marker. It has a grey body, and the lid corresponds to the colour of the ink contained within. The grey barrel ends under the lid, and the the top f the pen is again the colour of the ink. The Sharpie pen in renowned for writing on almost any surface including glass, plastic, foil, and metal.
The ink is permanent and dries almost instantly. The pen is approximately 13.5 cm long from base to tip, and has a 'clip' on the lid to hold in place on say a shirt pocket. The lid closes up nice and tight and stops the pen from drying out. The nib of the pen looks like a felt tip, but be wary as this ink will not come out of fabric, and the lid has no air holes making it unsafe for a child to swallow (not that I'd advise a child to swallow any pen lid).
I have had my sharpie markers for ages (they were on sale at ASDA for 50p a pack)!! Apart from staining a top I have never had any issues with them they still write like a dream, and have shown no signs of running out. They have written on everything that I have needed them to. I have to admit I have only ever used them on flat / shiny surfaces such as melamine and plastic... I don't think they would work well on textured things - (although they work well on plaster and paint as I found out accidentally - a bit of cream cleaner and some elbow grease removed most of the evidence). With them being under the heading of golf I have to say in my opinion they would work well on golf balls - although the dimples may well make your writing less than neat - but I'd imagine that would be an issue with any pens used. I have used them on surfaces that have gotten wet after the writing was added and the ink withstood this well, and have also used nail varnish remover (acetone based) to remove the ink from plastic boxes that I wanted to relabel with no issues.
They do have a little of the smell often associated with permanent markers but I have never found this to be overpowering - but this may be more to do with regulations about what chemicals they are allowed to contain nowadays.
I'd highly recommend these - although do keep them out of the reach of children. (By children I also should probably include grown men who still feel the need to graffiti pub toilets)...
I've given them four out of five stars as although they are great now I have now thought through the implications of the cap, I feel they have to loose a star for safety (although of all the pens in the world for your child to never get their hands on the best ever permanent marker is top of the list)...
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