Pantone Layout Markers
The Pantone Layout Markers are one of the best layout markers I ever had. Oldschool. That means: nice smell, smooth and soft felt nib and, as far as my experience is, the colors blend together much more better than the modern day alcohol-based markers. I found these around 2002 in an art material store. These markers date back from the 1980s and they sold them for cheap because nobody really wants them. The vintage Pantone Layout Markers come with different nib sizes: broad, fine, and extra fine. It´s amazing that all of these markers still do their work. Good quality markers.
Below are three versions of Pantone Markers: the modern Letraset Tria Marker, the 1980s Pantone and the 1970s Pantone Color Marker. The latter has a nice 1970s design (note the different “Pantone” lettering), the barrel is made of glass and it still works!
There´s a story behind the vintage 1970s Pantone Marker: I found this one just 8 years ago in Paris. I went to a art supply store which I had been to already in the early 1990s (back then I was looking for the Artline Poster Markers which were impossible to get in my home town in Germany. Well, they had the Artline Markers in Germany in the 1980s, but they were mostly racked by writers and so they discontinued selling them). This time, I had no interest in the Poster Markers; I just checked what they offer. I found this 1970s glass-bottle Pantone among newer ones and want to buy them. The staff told me, that they are sorry, but they don´t sell markers like these one. I tried to explain that I found that marker in their store but they apparently thought I took this one from home as an example for the kind of marker I was looking for… So what could I do? They didn´t want any money from me, gave me the marker and after some minutes I just decided to left the store without paying…
Letraset Tria Markers
Unlike one would guess, the Letraset Tria Markers are the first layout markers from the Letraset brand I got. These markers are great because of the three different nips in one marker: broad, fine and extra fine. However, I prefer the 1980s version; even though the Tria Markers are high quality markers too.