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There are different types of markers which are made from different materials for different purposes and they behave differently. A marker pen, fine liner, marking pen, felt-tip marker, felt-tip pen, and flowmarker all have an ink-source and a tip made of porous, pressed fibers such as felt. Marker pens have a tip made of porous, pressed fibers (felt), a cap and a reservoir of coloured ink.

“Permanent markers” can write on many different surfaces like glass, plastic, wood, metal, and stone. The ink lasts for a long time and often cannot be removed from the surface by rubbing or water. Depending on surface on which it is used, ink can be removed with alcohol or acetone.

Marker reservoir contains solvent preserving the ink in liquid form. Until 1990s the solvent consist of toluene or xylene. These solvents were harmful, for that reason today; the ink is usually made on the basis of alcohols (e.g. 1-propanol, 1-butanol, diacetone alcohol and cresols).

The traditional marker is continually being enhanced. Markers are available in both indelible and washable formulas. Markers are also produced that can yield changing colours, colour over colours, emit scents, and be used to create three-dimensional drawings. In 1982, Sakura launched its famous "Pigma" marker pen lines which today are still the standard worldwide for most cartoonists and illustrators.

Recently Winsor & Newton introduced the new Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker™ – a pen so revolutionary it will change the way you work forever. Using only the highest grade, lightfast, fine art pigments instead of dyes, there are over 100 beautiful colours to choose from. There's also a unique White Blender that places a limitless palette of tones and hues at your fingertips. This is no ordinary marker. This is creativity without limits, keeping your work fresh and vibrant for a lifetime.

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