Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
Sharpie Stainless Steel Permanent Marker is a high end version of a fine point black Sharpie Marker. It features a high end stainless steel barrel with a laser etched Sharpie emblem. When I showed my husband and neighbors at a picnic everyone was impressed by its sleek styling. It is currently available in black only and it is refillable. Inside it is the same black permanent marker that can be used to label possessions, boxes and address labels. This was by far my favorite product for this review. In the future more colors will be available and I hope an ultra fine tip version.
with a very gloppy and uneven surface and will need to be sealed prior to handling.
I also received two oil based opaque paint markers: medium point black and fine point blue. The blue pen provided more consistent ink coverage. For testing, I “colored” a binder clip, tin foil, matte cardstock, an acrylic shape and a metal embellishment and brads. After an hour of drying time, I tried to scratch the tin foil with a fingernail and the blue ink stayed put but the black smeared and flaked off the foil. The coverage on the acrylic star was gloppy and uneven, as you can see from my photo. The metal frame and brads fared better, but they needed to be sealed.
I also received a red and a gold Poster Paint Sharpie Markers, both with medium points. After shaking them and priming the tips to release the flow of ink, I tried them on a variety of surfaces. Despite numerous attempts to increase the flow of ink, the markers seemed dry at times and pooled ink at other times. I doodled with them on card stock and on a black photo matte. As you can see, neither pen showed up well on the black background. Perhaps if the markers had been fine point, I would have been happier with them. These are labeled as poster paint, and they seem better suited for sign making and the like. Since this ink is water-based, it might need to be sealed as well.
- Stainless steel pen is very attractive and refillable
- Stainless steel version has permanent ink
- Oil-based and poster paint markers available in 15+ colors and points ranging from fine to extra bold
- Labeled as safe for scrapbooking
- Projects created with oil-based and poster paint inks might need to be sealed
- Oil-based and poster paint inks are gloppy and don’t apply smoothly
- Oil-based and poster paint markers are not as widely available as classic permanent ink Sharpie markers and might need to be special ordered
Sharpie Stainless Steel markers list for $6.99 (refills for $1.99)
Sharpie Oil-based markers list from $3.37 (fine point) to $4.84 (bold point)
Sharpie Poster-Paint markers list from $3.37 (fine point) to $7.76 (extra bold point)
These Sharpie Markers are available from these online retailers:
The major US office supply stores carry the Stainless Steel Sharpie markers and their refills. Specialty Sharpies such as the poster paint and oil-based are available from independent art supply dealers.
As a long time Sharpie Marker aficionado, I’ll stick with the basic permanent markers and the stainless steel version. The stainless steel Sharpie Marker rates a 10 for its sleek design and because it can be refilled (and was the envy of my neighbors). The oil-based and poster paint markers had inconsistent ink flow and projects needed to be sealed, despite labeling to the contrary, so I rate them both a 6.
Have you tried these Sharpie Markers? Do Sharpie paint markers compare with other brands of paint markers? Please share your thoughts with our readers.
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!!