Edding is a well known strong heritage brand of stationery and office supplies in Germany. The edding company was founded in Hamburg in 1960. The brand name “edding” is the family name of one of the two founders. Edding has become synonymous with permanent markers of all kinds over the decades, even for markers of other companies. The company´s products are highly visible on the German and the European market and also I personally think that some of the vintage markers had better features in some way (softer felt nibs), all edding products are of a high and outstanding quality.
For those who want to learn more about the edding company and about their product range, visit the company´s website.
The first edding marker on the German market was the edding No.1 Permanent Marker. 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 “extrabreit” or “superbroad”) and available in only 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 (with the exception of the edding 3000 and 3300 markers). 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 opened 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 vintage edding No.1 had a rather unusual, but very stylish shape, compared with most of today’s markers. These black plastic marker bodies must be a vintage thing; I have also some vintage Snowman markers similar to the edding No.1. I also spotted other vintage black plastic barrel markers on Flickr and on Black is Beautiful.
The edding No.1 was available in 10 colors. However, in the last years the color range shrunk down to the four main colors black, red, blue and green. Around 1990 the unique old design of the edding No.1 was discontinued. At the same time the use of xylene/toluene was stopped. The design of the modern day edding No.1 is similar to the other contemporary markers of the edding brand, however, also the xylene/toluene- free aluminum barrel version had undergone changes in design and shape during the years.
The vintage edding No.1 had – like (almost) all permanent markers of the previous generation – a relatively soft chisel 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 sold until the early 1990s in the four basic colors black, red, blue and green (however, one told me, that the edding No.2 was also available in cyan and magenta). It has a similar shape like the edding No.1, but is 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 bullet tip of the edding 3000.
The quality both of the edding No.1 and the edding No.2 is outstanding. The markers are at least 25 years old; the edding No.1 markers with this unique cap design (I´m talking about the blue and yellow edding No.1 markers) are approximately 40 years old – and nearly all of these markers with exception of the blue vintage edding No.1 marker work like new.
The edding 400 permanent marker has also a long history. Until I found the green one from the 1980s I thought, the edding 400 was introduced in the early 1990s. Years later, I got this blue hard used vintage edding 400. This one seems to be from the late 1970s or the early 1980s, because it has the square boxes containing the text and the edding logo and it´s bilingual (German/English) labeled only. The vintage edding 400 markers weren´t refillable, however, the contemporary plastic version can be refilled.
The shape of the vintage edding 500 looks a bit like a 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 markers from the early 1980s. 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 an old “in 10 colours” 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:
edding 600 grafik marker
The edding 600 Grafik Art Marker was a layout marker that came in 100 colors. I don´t have any information about when these markers came out, but nowadays the edding 600 Grafik Art Markers aren´t available anymore.
I have several versions of these markers; I guess the oldest models date back from the 1970s as they are labeled in German and English only (the markers with the beige barrel as well as the black barrel markers). The edding 600 markers with the beige barrel seem to be the earliest model. These markers features a soft felt nib and a nice 70s style labeling with an unusual grafik art wordmark on the barrel. I first spotted this version of an edding 600 on onlymarkers and since then, I hoped to find one day one of these. Finally, I was successful in Marseille. I entered a stationery (called papeterie in French) and first, I noticed only the regular markers, like the BIC Onyx Markers and Poscas. Just when I was about to leave the shop, I spotted a large display full with edding 600 Grafik Art Markers, and among them seven of the beige barrel versions.
All of these markers still worked (I did not expect the contrary due to the high quality of edding products), and the two shop owners wanted 7.00 EUR for each marker. Even for vintage markers, that was too much to spend for markers (I want to get all seven markers…). So I explained them that I just collect these markers and that they are very old (and dusty) and after a while they offered me the whole display with the rest (other vintage and modern versions of the edding 600 and some vintage Pantone Markers) of the layout markers for 100,00 EUR (for about 70 markers in total, that was a good price. But I rejected. First, I had no 100.00 EUR and in addition, no place in my luggage where to put the display.
Finally I took just the seven vintage markers for only 14.00 EUR. I was happy and I guess these two elder men – the shop owners – were happy to get this crazy marker nerd guy out of their shop.
Behind the other edding 600 Grafik Markers there isn´t a story. I simply found them online and bought them for a good price.
In the edding catalog from October 1990 the edding 600 markers are already toluene free; however, I have a similar looking version (the edding 600 markers with the colored barrel that indicates the ink color) with toluene and xylene. In a catalog from 1994 the markers were still listed, but as told above, they were discontinued.
The edding 800 permanent marker is the second-widest permanent marker of the edding brand. It was put on the market in the mid-60s, and was labeled “edding 800 Schnellschreiber” (which means literally something like “quick-writer”) then, like the other marker of this early era of the edding 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 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 are from the mid-1970s. They are labeled in German and English only. Some of them I bought it at a stamp shop in 1991. There were also other vintage markers, and in retrospect I sometimes regret not to have bought even more. However, I wasn´t interested then in how old the markers are…Years later, I discovered more vintage edding 800 markers in a stationery shop sellout. They were originally wrapped in plastic and somehow outlasted the decades. The bilingual labeled edding 8oo markers come in two different versions: one version is labeled “extrabreit/superbroad”, the other version is labeled “in 10 colours”. The “extrabreit/superbroad version is the older one. When the edding 800 was labeled “superbroad”, it was in fact the widest marker of the edding brand. It was available in only four colors (black, red, blue and green). Around 1978, the edding 850 marker was introduced. From that time on, the edding edding 850 was labeled “extrabreit/superbroad” until the early 1990s. Also around 1978 the edding 800 came in 10 colors instead of the four basic colors. That´s why the labeling changed to “in 10 colours”.
From the early 1980s on, the markers were trilingual (German, English and French), and from the mid-1980s quadrilingual (German, English, French and Spanish) The note “ensure adequate ventilation in places of use” was added. From the 1990s the markers were odorless, the nibs were made entirely of synthetic and the tubes were made of 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 edding 800 markers, particularly the bilingual labeled examples from the 1970s. The design has much more style compared to modern markers, but I know people that disagree with this opinion.
The nib of the edding 800 is about 4-12mm wide and even the synthetic nibs are smooth (unlike the synthetic nibs of other modern day edding markers). The marker came once in 10 colors,but now the color range shrunk down to only seven colors. To give a résumé, the edding 800 permanent markers are good quality refillable markers.
The edding 850 permanent marker is still the widest marker that is produced and marketed by a heritage brand in Germany. The marker was first introduced on the market around 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, had a soft felt nib which is approximately 18mm wide. The edding 850 marker barrels were then made of aluminum and the ink contained the solvents toluene and xylene. Nice smell but toxic. Since the end of the 1980s, as it was with all toluene/xylene containing markers and inks, there was a note on the markers, that one should ensure good ventilation during usage. In the early nineties edding discontinued the use of these toxic solvents and the marker barrels were made of plastic. The nib was replaced by an 18mm wide synthetic nib. The marker body of the up-to-date version is again made of aluminum; however, the nib is now only 15mm wide.
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 widest permanent marker, until the 1990 it was labeled “extrabreit”/superbroad” (see above). 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 nib.
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…
edding Paint Markers
edding 760 Silver Paint Marker
edding 4400 metallic opaque marker
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 German market. The markers come in silver, gold and white. It´s unfortunately 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 approximately 17 mm wide. It´s similar to the Pilot Super Color Silver paint marker.
In the meantime, I got two modern versions of the edding 8700 marker; one in silver, and a white marker. The labeling is different and the pushed-in base feature has gone. Although GYVA1 (see comments) managed to open one of these markers without cracking the upper part, mine seem to be glued as well as the 1993 version: I can´t get it open, neither screwing it in one direction or the other nor with a gripper – however, that´s not important, as I don´t use the marker and therefore I don´t need to refill it.
I´ll add some pictures soon.
Special Purpose edding Markers
edding 8090 chalk marker
The edding 8090 Kreidemarker (chalk marker) was distributed in the middle/late 1990s. It was then available in white only. I don´t have more information about this marker, but it was discontinued after a few years.
Update: I recently learned, that edding put the chalk marker back on the market. It has now the number edding 4090 and comes in 10 fresh colors. Click here for more information.
edding 8280 securitas UV marker