Which Are the Best Permanent Markers?


Permanent markers are some of the most versatile pens available at office supply stores. Used for labeling, personalizing, and even making art, almost everyone will be able to find multiple uses for a good set of permanent pens. The best permanent pens have non-toxic ink that resists smearing, smudging, water damage, and fading, and they come in a variety of colors to add a personal touch.


  • Sharpie permanent markers have the most recognizable name in office supplies because they're such excellent pens. Sharpies resist fading and are water-resistant; they're also permanent on most surfaces - including plastics, wood, paper, and fabric. Sharpies are available in a variety of colors - from bright primaries and pastels to "themes" such as '80s glam - and tips, everything from the classic chisel to a retractable pen style, for all your marking needs.


  • Bic Mark-It permanent pens are designed for heavy-duty marking. They work on oily and damp surfaces in addition to those that are dry, and are permanent on paper, plastics, glass, metal, cardboard, wood, and glossy photographs. An additional feature of Bic Mark-It permanent pens is their rubber grip for ease and comfort of use.

Avery Chisel Tip

  • Another non-toxic, fade-resistant member of the permanent pen pantheon, Avery Chisel Tip markers let the writer make marks with different widths and shapes using the same pen. Chisel Tip permanent markers also have a quick-dry formula to minimize smudging and smearing newly marked surfaces. Unlike some other permanent pens, Avery Chisel Tip markers are designed to be low-odor.


  • Prismacolor Art Markers are ideal for anyone serious about creating visual art with permanent ink on a number of different surfaces, including paper, canvas, and cardstock. They're made with an alcohol- and dye-based ink that's non-toxic and formulated to prevent the dreaded "overlapping" look that sometimes accompanies lower-quality markers used for shading. The double-ended markers, with a chisel tip at one end and fine point at the other, are the most versatile of the Prismacolor Art Markers collection.


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