The Pentel Company was founded in 1946 under the name “The Japan Stationary Corporation”. Later, in 1971 it was renamed to Pentel Co. Ltd. Pentel is a manufacturer of a large range of writing tool, office and arts supplies. Pentel also manufactures permanent markers and paint markers. Some of these markers haven´t changed their product design and labeling since the 1970s – in particular the Pentel White Paint Markers as you can see in the picture below.
Pentel brand markers are very hard to find in Germany. As far as I know only a few shops do have Pentel Products and if so, it is mostly correction pens or fine liner markers. One special feature of Pentel Permanent Markers is the shaft that holds the marker nib. It´s pushed into the marker barrel, so it isn´t possible to open and refill the marker. An exception is the Pentel Felt Pen M 180; it can be unscrewed easily and thus refilled. Most of the contemporary Pentel markers are still toluene/xylene-based and for that reason they have an intensive smell.
Pentel Permanent Markers
All Pentel Permanent Markers I do have in my collection come from different sources and are of different ages. Some of my Pentel N 50 Permanent Markers are from the 1980s (maybe from the 1970s. I need to contact the company for more information about that), and some from the early and late 1990s. From the Pentel Felt Pen F 50 I do have three different versions, at least one seems to be the contemporary model.
The large Pentel Felt Pen M 180 was a gift someone gave me years ago. This one is the 1980s version of the M 180 marker. The contemporary version has a different labeling now, similar to the Pentel Felt Pen F 50.
Pentel Pen N 50
The slim Pentel Pen N 50 permanent markers are standard size bullet tip markers, similar to the edding 3000 Permanent Markers, bullet tip Pilots, and other medium size permanent markers. Below is a box with the older version of the Pentel Pen N50. Received these a year ago or so.
These markers are real nice. 1970s design (see Screenshot above. Same design of the Pentel Pen N50), Japanese labeling only (beside the designation “PENTEL PEN”). Most of these markers still work, some are dried up.
Other than the up to date version of the N50 Felt Pen, the bottom of this version is flat.
These are the more contemporary versions of the Pentel Pen N50: The black one (in the picture above) and the red one (below) came from the early 1990s. I bought them somewhere in Italy. The blue one is the contemporary version. The markers are similar, only the caps features different shapes.
Pentel Felt Pen M 180 Permanent Marker
This one is one of my favorites – all in all a beautiful vintage marker! It has an older labeling; I think it´s an early 1980s version – UPDATE: According to the 1970s product range (screenshot above) it´s from the 1970s…. The contemporary labeling is somewhat different. I would like to have one of the modern markers too, but it seems to be impossible to find one in Germany. The markers can only be purchased via internet and in almost every cases only large quantities. Or, if also single markers are available, shipping is just too expensive for one or two markers…
This one can be unscrewed for a refill. Nice dragon logo on the cap of the larger marker.
Pentel Felt Pen F 50
These small Pentel Felt Pens are nice markers. Still solvent-based. I have three different versions of these, however, I don´t have an idea about the age of these markers. There is also a vintage version with a label similar to the vintage Pentel Felt Pen M180, however, I wasn´t successful in finding one yet.
I think the green Pentel Felt Pen F50 is the oldest one. It doesn´t have a barcode and also the Pentel logo is somewhat larger printed on the barrel. Also the orange one doesn´t have a barcode. The black marker does. Interesting: All markers feature different Latin fonts for the different languages.
Pentel White Paint Markers
The Pentel White Paint Markers are the only Pentel Markers that have still a vintage looking labeling without any barcode or something like that. The Markers are labeled in Japanese with an English translation.
The Pentel Paint Markers come in a blister pack with a multilingual translation of how to use the marker. I bought the Pentel White 100W in a hip hop store years ago; the large one, the Pentel White 100W L I bought recently in a stationery shop that has to my surprise some of these markers. It was damn expensive, however, I like the design and I think it was worth it to get this one.
Both markers feature different cap designs: different shapes and the cap of the Pentel White 100W L has a small dragon symbol on the top of the cap – I like that.
Pentel White 100W Paint Marker
The Pentel White 100W Paint Marker has a bullet tip. Although it´s one of my favorite markers, this one doesn´t perform well – it´s also very hard to shake and it took some time to make the mixing ball rattle in the barrel. I remember that the package of this one looked very old – maybe it´s from the 1980s or early 1990s and that may be the reason why mine doesn´t work like it should – I know people using these markers for years without any problems.
Pentel White 100W L
The Pentel White 100W L is the large brother of the Pentel White 100W. It features a chisel nip and the cap has a different shape. Even unused, the one has a very strong smell when taking the cap off. I need to test this marker. Would like to know how it performs.
Pentel Silver Paint Marker
Pentel Super Silver Paint Marker, nice marker, good performance. I don´t know where I put it, can´t find it at the moment. I´m not sure, I think this one is xylene-free…
Pentel Wet Erase Chalk Marker
I found this marker in an arts and craft store in Berlin. I was surprised to find once again a Pentel brand marker in a local shop. It´s a wet erase marker and intended for non-permanent marking on non-porous surfaces. I first spotted one of these chalk markers in an artist’s studio some years ago and wondered where he got these markers from. Nice to have one added to my collection.