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I bought this Sharpie pen as I had heard very good things about it. I wanted it to write on various materials and from what I had read it was great for doing that. I thought buying one with 2 different size tips would be great as it would give me chance to practice with both before deciding which was best. The thin nib is 0.5m and it really is fine! I found that it almost scratched the material I was writing on. It was fine to write on paper with and had quite a nice finished effect once it had dried but when I wrote on wood with it it was very poor and scratchy. The thicker nib was worse, it was almost as though the nib itself was frayed and it made a very unsmooth line when drawn, you definitely couldn't write/draw neatly with this. Both ink from both sides of the pen took about 10 minutes before it was dry and the smell was very strong, like the smell of a permanent marker only stronger. I do not like this smell at all and so it was really very nice. It says that using this on wood is fine but i found that it bled into the wood and was very scratchy and extremely poor quality. I will not be buying these again. I am really disappointed as the reviews had all been so good and they are not all that cheap but they definitely do not speak of quality. The smell is awful, the actual feel whilst writing with them is not nice, the finished effect is poor and it is just very disappointing.
Sharpie are a now well known brand in the stationery industry, and are particularly well known for their various array of different marker pens. One particular type for which I have had extensive use both in work and at home are the Twin Tip Permanent Marker, or affectionately known by the good old fashioned double entendre name of The Double Ended Sharpie! These twin tip markers are available from most stationery shops as well as from most supermarkets and will cost in the region of £1.50 each, or around £12 for a pack of 12. They are available in both blue and black and are designed to be permanent on a number of different surfaces including glass, metals and erm well paper! They are an iconic design in my opinion in the pen world, being the same length as many other pens but slightly thicker and in a grey colour, like a normal marker pen with the Sharpie logo on it, however they have a cap at either end, which will be either blue or black depending on the colour of the marker. The cap at the top is a large cap, and covers the fine line nib, which is designed to give lines of 1mm thickness, whereas the bottom smaller cap has an ultra-fine nib, and is designed to give lines of 0.5mm. I first came across the "Double Ended Sharpie" in my work in a laboratory. They are used by virtually everyone there, (mainly because they are the ones procurement generally buy in!) and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they write effortlessly on both glass and metal, both of which I've done on many occasions. Both ends work very well initially, and give good sharp lines and produce good clear writing. However, I do have a couple of negative points too, firstly, the larger of the two nibs does have a habit of not staying very fine for long. Although very impressive initially, given a few days use, and the width of line starts to increase quite alarmingly, making writing very much more difficult to actually make out. The ultra-fine nib is also not immune to criticism, with this suffering from "going flat" after a few days usage. Basically you end up having to hold it perpendicular to the surface you are writing on to actually get the ink to come out. Again this makes the writing and general use of the pen a worse experience as time goes on. It should however be noticed that the barrel of the pen is actually very comfortable to use, whichever side of it you are using, which is something which I didn't expect after looking at the rigid plastic design of the pen. I thought it would be a case of style of substance, but in terms of usability it is very user friendly. Despite the above, I still think that they are an iconic design, and to be fair we do give them a bit of a hammering at work, so I thought I would buy a few to put around the house, as I thought they would be good in the kitchen to jot down a shopping list, or write on freezer bags etc. After using them for a good while at home now too, I would have to say that my opinion has improved slightly. They do still suffer the same issued highlighted above, but given the reduced amount of work they are asked to do around the house do last considerably longer. However and here is the big "but" I would say that their life span is at best average compared to other marker pens available, and apart from the twin tip design, I don't really see what makes this slightly more expensive marker any better than a three for a quid packet from the local pound shop, which will do the same things around the house for a fraction of the cost, and will probably last as long. So to sum up the Sharpie Twin Tip Marker, I would say that it is a truly iconic design and definitely looks the part in any stationery set, and to be fair does a decent job. My only quibbles are about the life span of the product compared to its reasonably high price tag. I would definitely recommend it for people in industry who would use a pen such as this to write on various surfaces and materials, as the dual tips make it a useful accessory, hence the reason it is so popular in my workplace, however there isn't really enough of an incentive for me to recommend it for everyday home use, as cheaper options are available, so a solid if unspectacular three stars from me. Thanks for reading this review and it may also appear on Ciao under my same username.