This is a mixed bag of mini markers which I got from a couple different sources.
EL MARKO (MODERN VERSION)
This is a modern version of the El Marko, which for the longest time was my Holy Grail marker. I had found a similar version to this one at Scrap SF in 2010. I really don’t like the update for obvious reasons. It’s a neutered down version of the OG El Marko, with none of the personality intact. This one came without a cap, but i’m pretty sure I can track down a spare. Nice little compact size. Chisel tip.
MONTANA 4MM SHORT
This is a nice little compact jobber that I spied on Skam’s desk, and later procured for myself. Kinda looks like a Chapstick, with a cap on it. All black, with silver labelling. 4mm chiseltip. Label says its “nonrefiffable”. Somebody at the design studio musta been inhaling some of them neighboring factory fumes to let that typo happen. Makes really nice tight black lines, no bleed. It is pretty well worn in right now and is making nice fades. Nice airy high from the fumes. Made in Germany.
This is an older little model. Has the old Sanfords logo/wordmark. Looks like a shrunken down version of their Expo dry erase marker series. Same cap shape, same tapered down body silhouette, same plastic construction. Nice cap detail - the word “PERMANENT” is featured on raised letters, in a metallic finish. Chisel tip. Bit of a wonky nib shape from use on this one, so the line quality is skewed. Nice mellow marker odor.
This is a dope marker. I’ve always liked the Snowman, ever since I got the jumbo version, and always wondered if there were different variations in the marketplace. Metal body with a pushed in base, that I think provides greater structural support. I’ve seen this feature on a few metal markers, and compared to flat bottom markers, they just seem stronger and more durable. Really nice wordmark, reminiscent of the edding logo, now that I compare it to this recent batch of trades. Made in Japan. English/German/French translations. Solid chisel tip. Makes crispy thick black lines with no bleed. Really good performance. Says “neutral smelling” on the label. *SNIFF*. Mmm. I guess this is pretty neutral. Well put together marker designwise and functionwise. Great addition to the collection.
Dope metal marker, compact size. Has all the familiar brandmarks of edding. Chisel tip. DOA but i’m sure in it’s prime, this one worked its magicks. Edding markers are consistently great performers. Understated classic.
EDDING 500 (PLASTIC)
This is the modern plastic version. Boo. Big UPC label printed on side. DOA. I’m sure it’s a great marker, I just prefer metal construction.