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It acts like a pen but writes like a marker. It's the retractable Sharpie!

  • Dec 28, 2009
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Rating:
+3
Pros: No caps to lose, retractable, bold, permanent ink, not messy, smooth application

Cons: More of a medium point than fine, pricier than traditional capped Sharpies

The Bottom Line: I really like Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers! No caps to lose and no drying out of ink. Somewhat pricey but worth it.


Staples was having  a sale on Sharpies where, with a rebate, they were actually free. Loving any writing instrument, I bought a box of Sanford Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black as well as the traditional fat Sharpies.

I really like the retractable aspect of these markers. I can't lose the caps and they write boldly and smoothly.

About the Product

* No cap, no fuss, just click and write
* Same great Sharpie ink, now in a retractable marker that allows easy, 1-handed operation
* Also prevents dry-out
* Fine point


Manufacturer's Info

My Experience

These Sharpies can be purchased singularly or in a box of 12. They're not cheap. A box of 12 costs about $20.00 and single ones vary in price from $1.89 to $3.99.

These retractable Sharpies look like typical Sharpies in that they have gray bodies and black tops. However, rather than a plastic cap, there is a push down "plunger" for lack of a better word, just like on retractable pens.

The Sharpie body is thicker than a traditional pen and the plunger is longer. Although these are labeled as fine point, I feel they are much more medium point than fine. They make a pretty thick line when writing.

The bold Sharpie ink color and the permanent qualities of the ink are the same as the traditional capped Sharpies. The only difference is that, instead of pulling off a cap, you depress the plastic top and the tip descends. Another click makes the tip retract.

I used the Sanford Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers when wrapping Christmas presents to mark my family's gifts. I still misplaced a couple (as I do tape, tags, and even gifts) but I loved the idea that I couldn't lose the tops of the markers and then end up with dried out ink.

The Sharpies performed fine and didn't smear, run, or blur. I didn't get any of the ink on my hands and writing was smooth and bold.

Why didn't Sharpie think of this concept years ago? Now I don't want to use any markers with caps! I can't tell you how many caps I have lost on markers and pens. The retractable system works best for me and I hope that Sharpie keeps making retractable markers in other colors and thicknesses.

As I said, the only thing I noticed was that the point wasn't truly a fine point. It's not like the fat Sharpie tip but it is a thicker line and not one that would make neat letter writing. For other uses though, these markers are great. They have a "safety seal valve design" that prevents ink dry out when not in use. So far, none of my Sharpies have shown any signs of drying out or losing their bold color.

Buying Info

As I mentioned, a box of 12 Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers will set you back at least $20.00 unless on sale. That really isn't a bad price compared to the single price cost of just one of these Sharpies. They last for ages and don't dry out so they actually are a good value. These Sharpies can be purchased at any office supply store on or offline and possibly at mass-market stores and drugstores. I haven't seen them yet anywhere but office supply stores but I'm sure they will find their way onto more mainstream store shelves if they sell well.

Conclusion

I really like the new retractable Sharpie markers. No caps to lose, no drying of the ink, and no leaking. I carried one in my purse for a couple of weeks and it didn't leak or stain anything at all. It was actually safer than carrying a capped marker since a cap can easily come off while retracting the Sharpie takes more effort.

At any rate, I love these new Sharpies and will look for more varieties in the future. 4 stars. One off because they aren't truly fine point markers. They're thicker than that. They're also pricier than typical Sharpies. Still, everything else is 5 stars!

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I am a writer, editor, researcher, and reviewer as well as a fashion and beauty fanatic. I am into fitness and like to switch up things so that fitness is fun and not a big drag like it can often be. … more
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Use fine point retractable marker for easy, one-handed operation. No cap to remove or lose. The Safety Seal valve design provides a superior seal, preventing the marker from leaking and drying out. Quick-drying ink is fade-resistant and water-resistant. Permanent ink marks on most hard-to-mark surfaces. Certified AP nontoxic.
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