The history of Sakura dates back to 1921, when Sakura started as a crayon company and as a supplier of art materials. Sakura produces today a range of permanent markers, metallic paint markers, solid paint stick markers and other writing and stationary materials.
Sakura products are hard to find in Germany. However, one stationery shop in Hamburg had not the whole Sakura range but a variety of markers. This is where I got a part of my Sakura markers from, with exception of the Sakura Color Ink Felt Pens and the Sakura Metal Marker.
Sakura Permanent Markers
Sakura permanent markers come in different sizes and types. Some markers are xylene/toluene-free, while others still remain xylene/toluene-based. The barrel of the large Sakura SG7 Extra Broad permanent marker is now made of plastic. Nice to have the aluminum barrel version. The Sakura Color Ink Felt Pen is discontinued, and for years I had only a single black one. Recently, I got some in green and blue from an online source.
Sakura 140 Permanent Marker
I got this one from the stationery in Hamburg. Nice marker, xylene-based ink.
Sakura Pen Touch E.B. Permanent Ink Marker
This marker came also from the stationery shop. I should have taken a black model too. When I visited this shop again a while ago, all Sakura products were already sold out…
The Sakura Pen Touch E.B. Permanent Ink Marker is also xylene-based. It has a nice soft felt chisel nib, which performs very well and has a really good ink flow. The marker is similar to the edding 800, the Staedtler markers and the Pilot Super Color Marker Wide&Broad SC-6600.
Sakura SG7 Extra Broad Permanent Marker
This one is a classic wide tip marker. I bought it around 1995 in Paris. I remember that the shop had the whole Sakura range, also the large SG7 Extra Broad fluorescence ink markers. The latter had a plastic barrel. First, I thought the fluorescence ink marker had a valve. The markers were all sealed and I couldn´t take a look on the nib. Then I opened one and realized that the nib was already soaked with ink. No valve. Due to the lack of money, I decided to take only the blue one. I wish I had also taken the orange fluorescent ink marker, however, too late.
The Sakura SG7 Extra Broad Permanent Marker features a nice Sakura symbol on the top of the cap. It is xylene-free and has a soft and smooth 17mm nib similar to the edding 850. Good quality permanent marker from Sakura.
Sakura Color Ink Felt Pen
These are very nice vintage glass bottle markers from the 1980s. I found the black one long times ago in the early 1990s in a dusty stationery shop in Crete. They had much more of these markers, but I bought only this one… However, some weeks ago I stumbled about these markers in the internet. They were available only in green and blue. Since then I´ve spotted these markers also from time to time on eBay (marketed as “oldschool markers”), so I guess I´m not the only one who discovered the source.
The Sakura Color Ink Felt Pen markers came in their original box. Great to have this box as an extra.
These markers were in the past available in 8 colors and I remember that the stationery in Crete had the markers also in yellow and orange. Due to the age the markers are a bit dry now, but that´s okay for me.
Sakura Paint Markers
I have only one single Sakura Paint Marker yet – the Sakura Metal Marker 10mm. Like with all other Sakura products, it´s hard to find Sakura Paint Markers in Germany.
Sakura Metal Marker
This black Sakura Metal Marker is a souvenir from the UK that a friend bought there somewhere. The marker is labeled bilingual in Japanese and English. The markers nib has a really unusual shape (see picture), never have seen that before. It´s a bit similar to the nib of the Artline 20mm Permanent Markers, which has a 30mm width on the base and is than conic to a 20mm width.
This is also the first paint marker that is according to the using instructions refillable. The majority of all paint markers I know can´t be refilled regular, sometimes the upper part is also glued, so one can´t even unscrew it. I think it´s a good step in the right direction, relating to environmental concerns and sustainability.
The markers also come with smaller nibs, however it seems to be impossible to get these in the next time…