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PART 1: A Guide to choosing a Felt Tip Marker Pen by

September 17, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

The felt tip marker is the Renaissance man of pens. Its uses aren't limited to grade school art projects--this sophisticated but affordable pen is used by writers and artists alike. With a huge spectrum of dynamic colors to choose from, it's no wonder that people turn to porous point markers for scrapbooking, lettering, and other everyday writing. It can even improve your penmanship from the way its ink dispenses in one clean swipe to the way its tip hugs the paper and gives you more control. To see our favorite felt tip marker pens for writing, read on!


Tip Material

There are two types of tips in felt tip markers. One is a thin, plastic nib that is usually housed in a metal funnel (left). These are very firm and dispense ink evenly and smoothly. The other is a spongy, fibrous tip, usually shaped like a cone (right). They are more prone to losing their firmness over time, but their shape allows for more versatility. You can use the top of the tip to write finely, or turn it on its side to shade or color.
Tip Size

Like other pens, markers come in various tip sizes. Depending on the ink type and tip material, one brand's definition of a fine tip may not be as thin as another brand's take. We've separated the marker pens featured in this article into fine, medium, and broad based on our own testing.

Ink Quality

Most of our marker pens are pigment or water-based, but we also carry some alcohol (permanent) and oil-based inks. Oil and alcohol-based inks tend to bleed more through paper, since they're meant to be used on other media, such as glossy paper, plastic, metal, or glass. The Pigma ink in the Sakura Micron pens offers a permanent, acid-free ink that is of archival quality, so you can enjoy your work for a long time.

Since markers cover a greater area and are disposed to dispensing more ink than other kinds of pens, bleedthrough is a legitimate concern especially when you're using the marker pen for writing. However, aside from the permanent and oil-based pens, most of our markers do not bleed through paper.


Feathering is a common worry when using markers since the ink flows much more freely than in other pens. How much the ink feathers will depend on the paper you use the markers on. We find that our markers don't feather much during regular writing unless you linger on a word or point.

This is important if you use your markers for art projects where you need to use other tools, such as waterbrushes or Copic pens (alcohol-based ink). An innocent swipe of a wet brush or Copic marker could result in a muddy mess if you're not careful!
People with minuscule handwriting usually don't gravitate toward marker pens, because of their reputation of sporting broader tip sizes that blur the writing together into an illegible mess. However, fine marker tips do exist! The picks below will accommodate even the tiniest of handwritings.
Marvy Le Pen Marker Pen

The sleek Marvy Le Pen marker pen writes smoothly with no feathering and just the slightest show through from the back side. All 18 colors are vivid with a rich, warm tone. The pen is extremely slim and lightweight, perfect for slipping in your pen case.
Sakura Pigma Micron Marker Pen

Although traditionally used for drawing and other art, the Sakura Pigma Micron marker pen is well loved by pen aficionados for writing. Just a tad fatter than the Marvy Le Pen, this compact pen contains smooth flowing ink that is acid-free, permanent, and of archival quality. It comes in 15 colors in the Size 05 (0.4 mm) range, and colors are slightly cooler toned than the colors of the Le Pen. Try not to press too hard on the pen tip, or it may cause small squirts of ink to spit out. If you look closely at "Green" in the writing sample, you will see an example of this.
Yasutomo Y&C Stylist Marker Pen

With the thinnest tip of the bunch, the Yasutomo Y&C Stylist Pen is a great choice for everyday writing. Its patented plastic nib delivers such clean, crisp lines, you'll forget you're writing with a marker. It has 8 beautiful colors with a warm tone, similar to the colors of the Le Pen.
These medium tip pens are just a tad thicker than the fine tip pens. Those with larger handwriting will enjoy the slightly broader line. The thicker tip size and the way the tip grips the paper also hides the little imperfections of an unsteady hand, helping to mask uneven writing.
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pen

Unlike the previous pens, the Paper Mate Flair features a hard, but spongy felt tip. The tip grips the paper firmly, giving you great control over your handwriting. The 16 colors in the line have wonderfully bold pigmentation. The tip does slightly lose its firmness over time, but the change in line width isn't too drastic.
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens

The distinctly hexagonal Stablio Point 88 is a German staple. Like the fine tip pens, this pen has a thin plastic nib; however, we find that it writes slightly thicker than its Japanese counterparts mentioned above. Our favorite feature is the incredible range of colors--with 25 to choose from, you can pick out exactly the shade you're looking for.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen

Another German favorite, the Triplus Fineliner Pen also sports the thin plastic nib, but like the Stabilo pen, it gives a broader line than the aforementioned fine pens. Its slim triangular shape is ergonomic and provides fatigue-free writing. The Triplus also has a nice selection of colors, especially in the blue hues.
Like big personalities, some people's handwritings just can't be contained! Broad markers are also great for poster boards, art projects, presentations, and more. They're also fun to use for lettering or type design.
Stabilo Pen 68 Marker

The Stabilo Pen 68 Marker has a hard, sponge tip that lays a broad 1 mm line. The 20 bold, vibrant colors are great for lettering, decorating your planner, or making important information stand out. Even with the pen's broad tip, its ink does not bleed through paper. The pen has Stabilo's signature hexagonal shape, and is thin and lightweight.
Uni Pi:s Double-Sided Marker

Pronounced like "piece", the Pi:s double-sided markers are double-sided with an fine tip on one end and a broader tip of the other. Unlike the other marker inks which are water or pigment-based, their oil-based ink writes on practically everything, including paper, plastic, glass, metal, and more! The ink has a significant amount of bleed-through, so we would stick to using these on poster boards or other thick paper.
Sharpie Permanent Marker - Ultra Fine Tip

This Sharpie pen features a thin plastic nib, but its free flowing ink creates a thick, bold line. While great for dashing off quick memos or writing in guestbooks or on other thick paper, the Sharpie bleeds through regular paper. It comes in 22 scrumptious colors (boysenberry, anyone?).

Color-coding notes
This is a great way to keep your notes organized. When you're studying for a test, the colored information will jump out at you and help you see what you need to focus on. One reader gave us another helpful tip: write your notes in pencil, and color code them later in pen. She uses the Sakura Micron pens, since they don't budge when you erase the pencil marks under them. For more helpful tips, see our Note-Taking Strategies for Students article.

Creating your own type is a fun way to spruce up your notes, projects, or homemade cards. TheStabilo Pen 68 marker is a good choice to do lettering. Its firm, spongy tip gives you nice control and its broader tip lets you color in letters quickly and efficiently. It also helps that the pen comes in a rainbow of colors!

Decorating planners
Scheduling can be a pain sometimes, but jazzing up your planner definitely boosts the enjoyment factor! We like to use the Staedtler Triplus Finelinerto decorate our planners. Its ergonomic triangular shape means we can decorate for hours, and all the pretty colors are a plus.

Markers and scrapbooks are a match made in heaven. The bold, colorful lines from marker pens are the best way to add personal touches to your scrapbook. The Uni Pi:s markers are ideal for scrapbooking since their double-sided points allow for more versatility in what you can do with them. Their oil-based ink can write on the different media you put in your scrapbooks, such as masking tapes and photos.

Whether you love writing in large bold strokes or are looking to improve your penmanship, the felt tip marker is the perfect pen for the job. With a huge variety of colors, tip sizes, and applications, it will always have a special place in our pen case. Let us know how you use your markers below!
Product NameInk BaseTip TypeLine WidthBleed-throughShow- throughFeatheringWater/ Copic-proof
Marvy LePen Marker PenWaterPlastic0.45 mmNoNoNoResistant / Yes
Sakura Pigma Micron Pen - Size 05 - 0.45PigmentPlastic0.45 mmNoNoNoYes / Yes
Yasutomo Y&C Stylist Marker PenWaterPlastic0.4 mmNoNoNoNo / No
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip PenWaterFelt0.7 mmNoNoNoSomewhat resistant / Yes
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker PenWaterPlastic0.5 mmVery littleSlightNoNo / Yes
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Marker PenWaterPlastic0.5 mmNoVery littleNoNo / Yes
Stabilo Pen 68 MarkerWaterFelt1.0 mmSlightSlightVery littleNo / Yes
Uni Pi:s Double-Sided MarkerOilFelt/Plastic0.7/1.0 mmYesYesSlightYes / Somewhat resistant
Sharpie Permanent MarkerAlcoholPlastic0.8 mmYesYesVery littleYes / Somewhat resistant

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