Sharpie pens


in Geek stuff, Rants, Writing

I am particular about my pens. I want them to work reliably, produce nice looking text, and not bleed through pages. For several years, I used Pilot’s excellent line of G2 pens. Unfortunately, these have become harder and harder to find. In fact, they seem to have been displaced by imitators that resemble them, such as the Zebra Sarasa.

I have been reduced to stocking up on G2s when visiting friends and family in the United States (especially the green and red models, which seem to be totally unavailable in Canada). When visiting Vermont a few months ago, I cleaned out a Staples location of their entire stock of four-colour packages of G2s. I only really needed the green ones (for taking notes in books and magazines), but they are only available along with the rest.

Given that awkwardness, I decided to take Emily’s suggestion and try the new Sharpie pens. I have been using the blue and black models for a couple of weeks and am generally very happy with them. They have fine points and ink that dries quickly. They don’t bleed through even thin Moleskine pages, and seem to write well on a variety of surfaces. The only downside I have discovered is that the ink from the blue model looks rather thin and translucent compared with the Pilot G2 blue.

In any event, it’s worth spending $4 to give a couple of Sharpie pens a try.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

emily October 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm

My favorite things about them:

1) They don’t bleed or smudge
2) I like the blue colour a lot, even though it’s not as dark as the G2
3) I’ve been writing what seems like hundreds of pages of notes and cue cards and letters with the one that I bought in September, and it *never* runs out of ink.

One of my main beefs with G2s was that I’d use it for a couple of weeks straight and then I’d need to buy replacement ink cartridges.

Milan October 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for the comment!

I agree that they are good pens. I like that I don’t need to wait too long between making a marginal note on the page of a book and flipping to the next one. G2s sometimes ended up leaving blobs on the facing page – the Sharpies, much less so.

I should try the green and red versions.

R.K. October 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Is the ink in Sharpie Pens toxic?

Milan October 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

The box says: “Water resistant, acid free non-toxic ink formula.”

Ralph October 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Dude, there is no reason to visit Vermont…….not even for a good pen run. Seriously.

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