Got all these while running a bunch of errands last week. Had to pick up some watercololor brushes and paint so popped into the art store and office supply store to see what kind of black markers they had in there. Was getting something printed out at Fine Art Print Studio and spotted some nice old ones in a cup, so I asked William for them and he said yes.
BUFFALO 88 - Nice metal jacket marker. Coincedentally, Buffalo Stance came out in 1988.
FABER CASTELL PITT 199 - A nice, elegant looking brush pen. Works quite well, as one would expect. Made in Peru, as one would not expect.
MR.SKETCH - I have two older versions of this black marker with different label design. I saw this version at the store and thought I should buy the set. The older set used to come cased in styrofoam. The new version is just a cardboard box. These markers are a true classic ! The odor is black licorice, but unexplainably, the label features a graphic of a scared looking slice of watermelon.
CRAYOLA TWISTABLES - Well you twist the base, and the marker nib comes out the top. So there’s no cap to lose. It has got a see through casing that houses a barbershop pole looking silver and black ink cylinder, so when you twist, it spirals. Has the same Crayola “black” ink, that is more of an indigo color. Nice marker.
CARTERS MARKS-A-LOT - I am so happy to have gotten this marker. I have another older model Marks-A-Lot, but this one seems to predate that one. I love the bevelled cap design with those elongated triangles. The body is a simple sleek black with a nice shiny metallic sticker label and proper looking metal clip. Made In Canada.
OFFICE CENTRE PERMANENT - A nice retro looking metal jacket marker fabricated for a store called Office Centre. Nice yellow jacket color, thick and smelly ink. I don’t remember Office Centre chain of stores at all when I was growing up, but I’m pretty sure it was a Canadian company because the label is bilingual.
LAURENTIAN DOUBLE ENDED - What a poorly designed marker. This one is really slender, which I find visually unappealing. And they named it “double ended”, instead of twin-tip. And BOTH marker nibs are exactly the same, instead of one side being a chisel tip, and the other a bullet tip. These markers should have been designed to look like a fatter version of their pencil crayons.