View Full Version : Rectractable Sharpies

Stephen Tashiro
04-08-2010, 2:17 PM
I've tried some of the retractable Sharpie markers (a recently introduced product, as far as I know). They are OK if I am writing on an absorbent surface and remember to retract them when done. When I write on a surface like acetate or metal for a long time, the tip of the marker dries up. I can revive the tip by dipping it in alcohol ( isopropyl, left over from ancient 5 1/4 floppy drive cleaning kits) and then marking on an absorbent surface.

Edit: I do mean "re" tractable, contrary to the title of the post!

curtis rosche
04-13-2010, 7:05 PM
these have been around for quite a few years. the company my dad works for makes the original ones. sharpie wasnt the original. and as far as i have seen they arent as good

Jack Wilson
04-13-2010, 7:25 PM
I had one of these, but it NEVER worked, I bought it one day, didn't use it, came home, threw my clothes in the washer and the next day it wouldn't write worth a darn. Go figure.

Brian Elfert
04-13-2010, 7:52 PM
Why not use an old fashioned Sharpie where you take the top off? I suppose retractable is easier if you are using the Sharpie often, but not often enough to leave the cap off.

Anyone know how long capped Sharpies will last if unused?

curtis rosche
04-14-2010, 1:39 AM
why not just use soapstone for metal? its easier and doesnt burn off