If you want to mark things or boxes permanently, here’s a collection of the best markers you’ll find on the market today. As you’ll see, not only Sharpie makes sharpies.

Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Vivid Colors

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 12 Count

You can’t mention permanent markers without mentioning Sharpies. Afterall, permanent markers are actually called Sharpies! This set of 12 Sharpies come in bright, colorful inks. The tips of these Sharpies are durable and deliver bold, detailed lines. The ink dries quickly, so you avoid smearing. The ink is water resistant and works on almost any surface, also those hard to mark. In the set is included: Black, Blue, Turquoise, Green, Lime, Aqua, Yellow, Orange, Red, Berry, Purple and Brown. If that doesn’t fit your need, Sharpie has a large number of product options.

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BIC Metallic Permanent Markers, 8 colors

BIC Marking Permanent Marker, Metallic, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Count

The BIC metallic marker set of 8 ACMI-approved and non-toxic permanent markers will add sparkle and color to your art and design projects. The ink marks clearly on both light and dark surfaces, gives almost no odor and draws with fine points well suited for detail work. The markers have a soft rubber grip and are American made. Users appreciate them for the continued flow of ink and their good durability.

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Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors

Sharpie 22478 Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count

This Sharpie set set of permanent markers are especially made for flipcharts and are office-friendly. They have a bullet-tip which will reduce the annoying typical “squeaking” of flipchart markers. They leave almost zero odor and a very nice feature is that they won’t bleed through flip chart paper to the next chart. They are waterbased, just in case, and come in sets of 8, in assorted colors or black only.

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Ohuhu 40 Colors Dual Tip Art Markers with carrying case

Ohuhu 40 Colors Dual Tips Permanent Marker Pens Art Markers for Kids, Highlighter Pen with Carrying Case for Drawing Sketching Adult Coloring Highlighting and Underlining

These popular Ohuhu markers come in 3 different box sets of either 40, 60 or 80 vivid colors. The have dual tips (one tip on each end with a cap on it) which allows you to draw with a large slanted tip or a fine-point tip. This allows you to create and in various styles. The ink dries quickly and is built to last. The markers come with color coded caps to avoid confusion, and are stored and transported in a stylish carrying case.

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Prismacolor 3620 Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12-Count

Prismacolor 3620 Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12-Count

These Prismacolor sharpies come highly rated by users. They are high-quality double-ended art markers with both a fine and a chisel tip. Users love these as their preferred marker brand. They are also quite expensive, but for a good reason. Noticeable quote:

“The ink is really great in the sense that it doesn’t look stripey and you can go over the same spot a bit without it leaving steaks / darker areas.”

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What to look for when buying permanent markers

Tip#1: Art or everyday? Sometimes, you just need a black sharpie in the drawer to mark that moving box. For drawing and detailed work, you will appreciate dual-tip, large set markers in many colors.

Set size: Consider if you want a single marker or a set with 10 or 12.

Colors: It’s often a good idea to have multiple colors for markers, but still the most common and used color is black.

Metallic: It’s possible to get metallic permanent markers for a different and more vivid impression. They have a tendency to dry up quickly, so make sure you need the metallic feature.

Style: Ultrafine, fine, medium, large, thick, slanted. It depends on what you need to draw.

Tip#1: Art or Everyday? Sometimes, you just need a black sharpie.

Flip-chart friendly: Some markers like these Sharpies are especially made for flipcharts with wider accented tips and bright but classic colors. This is the type you need for flipchart presentations.

Non-toxic: It’s a good thing to look for non-toxic markers, especially if you want the marker to be around kids who like to draw on their skin, their tongues or your favorite couch.

Dualtip: Some permanent markers like Ohuhu have dual tips. This is very practical if you use the markers for creating artwork and need to do both detail and underlining.

Carrying box or container: Especially for art drawing marker sets, you will quickly appreciate a good carrying box. Read reviews to learn about build quality of the case. The storage and transportation is important for the life of the markers.

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