Permanent marker – the original edding classic
Almost everyone recognises our classic permanent marker, known to most people simply as ‘edding’. It’s available in a variety of colours and boasts low-odour, waterproof ink that can be used on virtually any surface. Want to make permanent markings on glass, plastic or metal? This pen can do it, no problem! It dries quickly and is resistant to abrasions, light, moisture and heat. Of course, our permanent markers are also available in different models and stroke widths – both individually and as a set.
A waterproof pen for every application
The edding permanent marker is a genuine pioneer! When school friends Volker Leder-mann and Carl-Wilhelm Edding heard about a new type of felt-tip pen from Japan in 1960, they unceremoniously rolled up their sleeves and conquered the German market with their very first edding No. 1. What made this pen so special? It was waterproof. Sud-denly, edding markers could be found in every pencil case and office drawer in Germany – and the company name became synonymous with permanent markers.
Whether labelling a moving box, storage jars, or tiny screws with waterproof markings, no matter what you have in mind, we have the right permanent marker for you with either a bullet or chisel tip. Virtually everyone is familiar with our classic markers, such as the ed-ding 3000, but our range also includes many more permanent markers boasting a variety of special features: practical mini markers, an industrial model designed especially for dusty and oily surfaces, our EcoLine made from 90% recycled plastic, including the ed-ding 21 and, last but not least, our push-button pen, the edding retract 11. The latter is perfect for anyone with a habit of misplacing their edding marker caps – because this model doesn’t have one. So long, dried-out pen tips!
Finding the right permanent marker for you
Our permanent markers are available with bullet or chisel tips, which not only feel differ-ent when writing, but also look different on paper. The bullet tip is especially easy to use and produces even, harmonious lettering. In contrast, the chisel tip’s flattened edge lets you decide for yourself if you want fine lines or broad strokes – depending on whether you write with the tip or the edge. Our tip for especially even lettering? Hold the chisel tip at a 45° angle to your writing surface for perfect results every time.
In addition to deciding which tip you need, you also have to choose your stroke width. Generally speaking, the smaller your desired marking, the finer the marker tip should be. A marker with a fine tip, like the edding 404, is ideal for small objects. For larger markings, for instance on cardboard boxes in warehouses, we recommend an XXL marker like the edding 390. Our range includes stroke widths to suit every need – from extra-fine (0.75 mm) to extra-thick (15 mm).
All that remains is choosing your favourite colour. Almost all of our markers are available in black, red, blue and green. Some pens, like the edding 3000, are also available in many other colours that are worth trying out. How about olive green or carmine red for a change?
When alcohol is a solution
Our permanent markers are waterproof and designed to last permanently on almost all surfaces. However, we know that sometimes ink residues still need to be removed. That’s why we’ve developed a biodegradable cleaning paste that contains no abrasive sub-stances, alcohols or acids. You can use the paste to gently remove markings from smooth surfaces like aluminium, glass and metal.
For porous surfaces and fabrics, alcohol-based solvents like isopropanol and nail varnish remover can also help in an emergency. However, be sure to exercise extreme caution; these solutions can damage not only the colour, but also the material itself. We therefore recommend you first conduct a spot test in an inconspicuous place. And how do you re-move permanent marker ink from the skin? The same applies here: anything containing alcohol. We recommend alcohol-based disinfectants for the hands to protect the skin.
Have you accidentally written on a whiteboard with your permanent marker? We'll tell you a little trick that will give you big results: colour over the lines of the permanent marker with a whiteboard marker, then wipe it away. The solvents in the whiteboard marker can remove permanent marker ink. The faster this trick is used, the more effective it is!
Correct storage, refilling and disposal
Our permanent markers can be long-lasting companions if you look after them. They are best stored lying down at room temperature, ensuring that the ink is always evenly dis-tributed. Stored like this, the markers can be easily refilled as soon as they’re empty. You can use either a manual or automatic system for this. Click here to find out which refill system you need. The linked YouTube videos explain how each system works. In addi-tion to refillable ink, the tips of many models are replaceable. This means that if a tip breaks, you don’t have to throw away the entire pen.
If a marker is permanently damaged, you can simply dispose of it with your general household waste. Companies that experience a lot of edding ‘wear and tear’ will love our return boxes, which can be ordered from us free of charge. The broken markers are recy-cled to enable us to make new products from pre-used materials. Alongside our EcoLine, we are making a further contribution to sustainability borne out of our love for the envi-ronment.
We’re now taking a closer look at the ingredients in our markers. The core is a filter made from plastic fibres, which is then soaked in ink. This ink consists of genuine pigmented, alcohol-based ink and humectants. Special resins ensure that the ink is waterproof. Inci-dentally, the typical ‘edding’ smell used to come from solvents like toluene and xylene. We are constantly developing our products by optimising their ingredients. We’ve now been using more health-friendly, alcohol-based alternatives like isopropanol for over 15 years, for example.