edding has become synonymous with permanent markers of all kinds over the decades, even for markers of other companies. edding was founded in Hamburg in 1960. The edding No.1was the first permanent marker on the German market.
In 1967 the range was already about five markers (edding No.1, edding No.2, edding 3000, edding 500 and edding 800). In 1978 the widest marker, the edding 850 was introduced. In the same year, the edding 800, until then the widest marker (therefore labeled “extrabroad” or “superbroad”) and available in the four colors black, red, blue and green started with additional six colors: yellow, orange, brown, purple, pink and pale blue.
I bought my first edding around 1989. Back then, the harmful benzene derivatives toluene and xylene were uses as a solvent for the ink. Accordingly, the markers had a characteristic smell when used. The writing tips were mostly still made of felt at that time and were therefore softer, which was good for rough and uneven surfaces. The bodies of the markers were then still made of aluminum. In the early 1990´s the company changed to plastic barrels. The solvents toluene and xylene were replaced by less penetrating odor substances. Unfortunately, the “new” low-odor Ink has not quite reconciled with the “old”. The whole must have somehow reacted with each other, and in any case the mixture of old and new refill-ink has etched through some of my old markers. Years later, I read a warning of a Japanese manufacturer to refrain from mixing ink that is alcohol-based with ink containing organic solvents such as toluene and xylene to avoid chemical reactions…
The plastic versions of the 1990s were not so incredibly stable; I remember that often the whole upper part of the marker has gone off when I tried to open the cap. Meanwhile, most of the markers from the edding brand are again made of aluminum, but considering the unique vintage design and processing, I still prefer the old ones against the new markers. Anyway, edding is today one of the highest quality producer of permanent markers, paint markers and other writing products.
The edding No.1
The old edding No.1 had a rather unusual, but very stylish shape, compared with most of today’s markers. It was then available in 10 colors. However, the color range shrunk down to the four main colors black, red, blue and green. Around 1990 the unique design of the old edding No.1 was discontinued. The design of the modern day edding No.1 is now similar to the other markers of the edding brand.
The vintage edding No.1 had – like (almost) all permanent markers of the previous generation – a relatively soft felt nib with a width of approximately 2x5mm. That felt nib fitted in my opinion a lot better to most surfaces than the synthetic nibs of the current generation of markers.
While many people (in Germany/Europe) are familiar with the edding No.1 probably very few people today know that there was once an edding No.2. The edding No.2 was offered in the four basic colors black, red, blue and green until the early 1990s. It had a similar shape like the edding No.1, but a little bit taller. The edding No.2 was also one of the early permanent markers in Germany and was introduced in the 1960s. The edding No.2 had a round writing nib, similar to the edding 3000.
The edding 3000 is, like the edding N0. 1, edding No. 2, the edding 500 and the edding 800, one of the pioneers among the permanent markers in Germany. When it was introduced, the marker was called “Schnellschreiber” what means “fast writer”. The marker has a round tip which is approximately 1,5 – 3 mm wide. It´s a good outline marker and it comes in twenty colors. The quality of these reffilable markers is outstanding. Also replacement nibs are available. Unfortunately, the new non-toxic refill ink doesn´t fit with the old one, so some of my old markers are etched…
The edding 3300 is the chisel nib version of the edding 3000. Same design. It was put on the market somewhat later, don´t know when exactly…
The shape of the vintage edding 500 looks like the small version of the Pilot Super Color Marker Wide&Broad. Both barrel and cap have a remarkable similarity to the Pilot Marker. The vintage version had a 7mm wide felt nib, the contemporary version has a synthetic nib. The green one on the left side in the picture below dates back from the 1970s, the black and the brown one from the early 1980s, and the black, green, red and purple edding 500 markers are from the late 1980s.
The second picture shows edding 500 markers from the early 1990, the third picture the development of the edding 500 from the mid-1970s to 2013. The green 1970s vintage edding 500 I found together with a very old edding 800 in a small stamp shop in the early 90s (which had too a lot of long forgotten vintage markers in stock). The other markers I bought in the early to late 1990s, the contemporary black marker was a gift.
Some detailed pictures from the 1970s edding 500:
The edding 800 permanent marker is the second-widest permanent marker of the edding brand. The edding 800 was put on the market in the mid-60s, and was labeled then “edding 800 Schnellschreiber” (which means literally something like “quick-writer”), like the other marker of this early era of marker history in Germany. Most edding markers have changed her appearance over the years/decades. The examples shown here are edding 800 permanent markers from the 1970s to 2010. I don´t have one of the “Schnellschreiber”-labeled ones. Once I spotted one of these very old markers on a photography. If anyone knows where to get one of these early day edding 800 markers please let me now…
The oldest edding 800 permanent markers I have dates back from the mid-1970s and are labeled in German and English. Some of them I bought it at a stamp shop in 1991, there were still some very old marker, and in retrospect I sometimes regret not to have bought even more. However, I wasn´t interested how old the markers were back then…Years later, I discovered more of these markers in a stationery shop sellout. They were originally wrapped in plastic and somehow outlasted the decades. The light blue edding 800 probably dates back from the early 1980s and has been labeled in three languages (German, English and French). In the mid-80s/late 80s they were labeled Spanish too with the note “ensure adequate ventilation in places of use”. From the 1990s the markers were odorless and the nibs are made entirely of synthetic and the tube was plastic. The 2010 version of the edding 800 is made of aluminum again and has a better design than the 1990s version. However, my favorites are the old markers, particularly the examples from the 1970s. The design has much more style compared to modern markers.
The nib of the edding 800 is about 4-12mm wide and even the synthetic nibs are smooth (unlike the syntethic nibs of other edding markers). The marker comes in 10 colors, and it´s refillable – good quality permanent markers.
The edding 850 permanent marker is the widest marker that is produced in Germany. The marker was first introduced on the market in 1978. The width of the writing nib varies a little bit depending on the model of the marker. The old ones, which were sold until the early nineties, have a soft felt nib which is approximately 18mm wide. The edding 850 markers were then made of a metal tube and the ink contained the solvents toluol and xylene. Nice smell but toxic. Since end of the 1980s, as it was with all toluol/xylene containing markers and inks, there was a note on the markers, that one should ensure good ventilation during usage. In the early nineties the edding company discontinued the use of these toxic solvents and the markers were made of plastic. The writing nib was replaced by an 18mm wide synthetic nib. The up-to-date version is again made of a metal barrel; the nib is only 16mm wide. However, according to the labeling the edding 850 was still 18mm wide (The old ones were described as 20mm wide by the edding company).
As for the design and labeling the edding 850 underwent the same changes like the other markers of the edding brand. Below are five edding 850 markers from four decades. Because the edding 850 marker is the boldest permanent marker, it was until the 1990 labeled “extrabreit”/superbroad”. This labeling was discontinued and today the edding 850 is just a wide permanent marker without any special labeling respective the width of the marker.
edding Paint Markers
The majority of these edding paint markers (edding 750, edding 751, and edding 780) is from the early 1990s. Back in the days we used to draw small paint marker pieces on tables, and the paint markers were also nice on the old-style dark-red artificial leather seats in the subway…
edding 760 silver marker
This one seems to be an earlier modell. Today, there´s no edding 760 marker on the market. Bilingual labeling (German/English). I got these unused and wrapped in plastic.
The edding 4400 markers were the first water-based paint markers I had. Unlike the other edding paint markers, they could be easily unscrewed so I made my first experiences with dripping tags with these ones…
The edding 8700 was launched in 1993. It was then (and still is) the largest paint marker on the Germam market. The markers come in silver, gold and white. It´s unfortunatly impossible to unscrew them and I broke several of these when I tried to open it with pipe tongs to refill the empty marker.
The nip is soft and approximatly 17 mm wide. It´s similar to the Pilot Super Color Silver paint marker.
The edding 8090 Kreidemarker (chalk marker) was distributed in the middle/late 1990s. It was available in white only. The marker has the same shape like the edding 4090. Don´t have more information about this marker, but it was discontinued after a few years.