Vendor Spotlight: Sharpie

Reported by Jo-Anne te Raa

I am a huge Sharpie fan. It’s not a pen we can buy here in Holland so it’s the FIRST thing in my cart when I visit Target! If you understand my Sharpie love then you will know what I thought when this little beauty fell through my door:

In a sleek stainless steel casing, to all intents and purposes it looks like a VERY expensive pen. It looks cool in my bag and funky in my scrap tote! I can’t really judge, from a pricing perspective as to me most things craft wise are cheaper in the USA compared to where I live. Priced at $6.99 and the refills at $1.99, I do think it’s competitive. I do love the idea that it’s refillable, giving the “green” amongst us another reason to buy!

To test it out I decided to go back to my roots – scrapbooking. I started using the Sharpie range, originally, because of my love for photo altering. It’s a great pen to use when you want to put a pen through a little more than you average black marker can handle.

For this layout I scratched the background of my photo away, using a Tonic tool (this works better on cheaper photo prints). I then added color with water-soluble, pastel crayons.
With a baby wipe I smeared the color into the scratches, creating a perfect journaling background. After letting this dry and settle I added my journaling.

The rest of my layout was all based on my “blue” journaled photo.

What I really like about this pen is the amazing ease at which it flowed across, what is in fact a very difficult background. My regular Sharpie wouldn’t struggle but would need a great deal more manipulating and time. I expected that this pen, being a thicker nib, would take longer to dry but it really didn’t. It’s a pen I would order via the internet to have here in Holland. I really have taken to this pen and have used it in a million different scrapbooking tasks. I do hope it comes in different nib sizes as I would like some finer pens too, to use daily at work. This one is too thick for that as it does soak through the paper.
Overall I would give this pen an 11 out of 10!

I also got to play with the paint pens. Well I got to take the lid off!
I was covered in “paint.” So was my table and a layout I was working on. I don’t want to give this a bad review as it might have been the shipping of my pens or even that these were new samples. But I was not happy. I think the review of these, out of commercial fairness I should leave to a fellow reporter!

So based purely on my stainless steel Sharpie:


  • Beautiful casing, sleek, trendy and enviable.
  • Refillable
  • Not your regular Sharpie, so I do think its competitively priced.
  • High performance and long lasting finish.
  • Perfect for altered journaling techniques
  • Efficient and seems to last forever!


  • I hope it comes in more tip sizes
  • It’s so attractive you will need to guard it…..someone may try to steal it!
  • Some might find the price a little steep

Overall I loved this product and was very impressed. It is definitely on my “need to refill” list!

Try it out and let us know what you think! Visit the Sharpie Blog, it’s a great way to keep up with all the new releases….have fun!!!!

Follow up: There was a comment in one of our articles about the Sharpie Water Based pens no longer being available. I am happy to announce from our contact with Sharpie that they are continuing to be made, there was only a packaging change. So go get some today!!
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52 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Sharpie

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    CRYSTAL June 17, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    I use sharpie to ‘autograph’ my paintings…

    I find that they work great for just about everything though.

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    di June 17, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    I use sharpies to make Zentangles – doodling – I go through a couple a month. Di

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    Karen June 17, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    You’ve sold me. I need one of these!

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    Erika M. June 17, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    I haven’t seen the stainless steel ones. Great review.

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    Tammy B June 17, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    whoot whoot i :heart: sharpies! i have one in my van for those moments when something REALLY needs to be labeled: misc. sports equipment, kids clothes, making signs at campgrounds, plastic cocktail glasses…..

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    Jingle June 17, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Just look at that thing! It is GORGEOUS! I need it. My fabulous husband brought home a WHOLE pack of Sharpies in lots of colors to boost my stash yesterday!!!! I love that man!

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings June 17, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    Wow…what a gorgeous pen. I might be autographing the backs of my kids’ medals.

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    Bonnie June 17, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    I would autograph collages, file folders, my kids stuff, well pretty much anything that needs labeling!!

    Love these! Would make a terrific teacher gift too!

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    Axes DesigNs June 17, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    OH! How I can get one!!!!!!!! I love sharpie!!! are they selling in USA?

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    isabel June 17, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    love this pens !!!

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    alexandra June 17, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    great ;;; perfect for all projects
    thanks for the chance

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    vitoria June 17, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    i already use these sharpies… Love them

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    guillauma June 17, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    perfect for all the journaling on layouts
    thanks for the chance to win

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    Bogner's June 17, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    I haven’t used Sharpies for scrapbooking in a while, but have used it to TAG a few items around the house that I want to make sure stay MINE! My hubby makes off with my scissors! I’m big on tagging things! I would love to check out this new Sharpie product. It looks awesome and the report was great. TFS

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    Ezmina June 17, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    What a sleek looking I have to see if I can find in Canada!!!

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    Jenn June 17, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    I would sign my new business checks!

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    Nacho_Momma June 17, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    What can’t you use a sharpie on!?

    This one would match my stainless steel water bottle!

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    cndymkr / jean June 17, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    I would use this pen on all my journalling and card making projects.

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    Nancy Lynn June 17, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I love Sharpies. I use them for everything. I also use them in my artwork. Now I need one some of the water-based paint sharpies and the new Stainless Steel pen. Nancy Lynn

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    Anna June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Oh I could use these in so many ways. I hope I win one. 🙂

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    Kristine June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Absolutely incredible art! Removing the background from a photo is something that I have never done, but now it’s on my must-try list.

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    Carolyn June 17, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I would sign the back of my swap cards and scrapbook pages. I love Sharpie. thanks for the great reviews.

    ceashark at aol dot com

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    Deanna Kroll June 17, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I would use the sharpies to “autograph” my pages of scrapping. 🙂

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    Melissa June 17, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I would autograph my cards that I make and send!

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    Tammy June 17, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    I had not yet heard of either the refillable or the paint pen Sharpies. That’s why I come to this site. I use Sharpies for everything from Sudoku to labeling to cardmaking. Tamryn

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    PattiM June 17, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    First off I’d like to say I love the background technique you used and would definitely use the sharpie like you did. The regular sharpies I use to write food dates on the wrap when put in the frig so everyone knows how long the food is good for. I use them on cards, labeling & my DGS colors with them on occasion. This particular pen in the spotlight would be great on scrapbooking, cards & journaling…

    (Pattie’s passion)

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!

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    Gretchyn June 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Oooh, I am a long-time Sharpie fan. I’d love to give this new pen a try when I doodle on pages or in cardmaking.

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    mel June 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I love my sharpies and am sooo stoked to see them in “stainless”! how cool is that???

    I use them in scrapbooking & altering.

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    Sara-Jane June 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I loved these reviews! Nice to read something new about a tried and true product. I even forwarded it to our art teacher! Thanks

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    DebbieD June 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    I love Sharpies! I have the regular size in lots of colors, the thin line in lots of colors and the mini sharpies in lots of colors. Bring on the Sharpies! Thanks for this opportunity.

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    lbcrafts June 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    I use sharpies to label my punches, and other crafts stuff!! Would love the chance to win one….this is the 1st I’ve seen of the stainless steel ones.

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    Tamikko June 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I have an original black in my purse at all times. Just today I have used one on a cd (purple) and used a black one (I have at least 5 black) to fix another nick on my black desk. I so want one of these for my purse. I would sell everyone on it as I pull it out to use on everything. Love Sharpie’s!

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    Shay June 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    I would autograph my ATC’s that I make monthly. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Nena June 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Wow, the stainless ones are sharp!
    I would use it to sign the back
    of the cards I make. Thanks for the
    chance to win!

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    SueB June 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I keep a ultra fine retractable sharpie by my PC at home to label CDs but think the stainless barrel version is a nice classic touch!

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    Anonymous June 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Ooohhh! This a must for my purse! It will be so much more classier than the original Sharpie currently in my purse.
    I love it!

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    Karen Smith June 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    I use Sharpie’s on so many things. Sharpie’s possiblities are endless! I hope I win 🙂

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    Cindy Andrews June 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Wow! What a “sharp” pen! I’ve got to get one (or two) of these.

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    Linda June 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    OMG this is such a beautuful looking pen!! I love using them all the time. 🙂

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    Chookarooni June 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Looks like a winner to me – would love to give it a try!

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    Btrflywmn June 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    This stainless steel sharpie is cool. I would love to win.

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    twinklescrapbooks June 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    I would autograph my pet’s collar. It’s pink and more permanent than a tag (which could fall off) OR I would totally autograph my Polaroids with fun captions!!!
    🙂 tina

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    Janine June 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    I first saw the silver one at Office Depot and took just a few seconds to justify getting it, because I already have every Sharpie known to man! 🙂

    1) It’s a SHARPIE!!!
    2) It looks so cool and shiny!
    3) It’s a SHARPIE!!!
    4) It’s REFILLABLE!
    5) It’s a SHARPIE!!!
    6) It’s a cool SILVER REFILLABLE SHARPIE!! 🙂

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    Chrisi June 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    I’d autograph Robert Downey Jr.’s rear end (should I be given the opportunity of course, it’s not like I’m stalking him or anything), my ATC’s. I’d use it for baseball players to sign a baseball. Doodling …

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    Rebecca June 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    I cant believe I have never seen that stainless steel Sharpie around yet. If I had you bet I would’ve bought one for me and one for DH. We use them to “autoraph” everything!

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    Jeannine June 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I LOVE Sharpies! I have them literally in every room of my house and will label any and everything that stays in one place long enough. Have the pretty colors on my craft desk.

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    shelleyandmike June 18, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    Believe it or not I just used a Sharpie to “autograph” my boys! We were at a Mariner’s game and there were about a million other little boys in their little league uniforms and I panicked that I’d lose one…so I rolled up their sleeves and wrote my cell number on their arms in case they got lost…I’d love a new one ; )

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    Becky June 18, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    OOOO, stainless steel sharpie?! I’d use it to look cool and then sign a few autographs!

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    CraftyLady June 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    I love Sharpie pens and am thrilled to see all the color choices. My guys would always allocate the black ones to the garage or wherever.

    Would like to try the stainless steel ones.

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    Renee June 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Hmmmm…..I’d autograph a photo and send it to a friend as a joke….cause I’m so famous….LOL!!!!

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    Jennifer June 19, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    I’d love to decorate some container/organizers with the new Sharpies. I’m going to have to go looking for them tomorrow.
    Thanks for the great review.

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    Jamie S June 19, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    What ‘wouldn’t’ I use this on? I use Sharpies for so many things – in art, or every day tasks. I keep Sharpie’s strategically placed throughout my home. I would love to win one of these. They are lovely 🙂