The Sharpie brand is well known around the globe for its high quality products. Sanford was the earlier brand name; it´s the name of one of the founders (Frederick W. Redington and William H. Sanford, Jr.). Today, Newell Rubbermaid owns the brand Sharpie. The company´s history is kind of complex, so if you´re interested more in the company and its structure, visit their website.
I have different markers from Sanford/Sharpie, some vintage ones and some contemporary versions. Until the late 1990s one couldn´t find Sanford markers in Germany. I remember, that one Hip Hop store had these Sanford Magnum 44 Markers in stock. It was the version of the Sanford Magnum 44 Marker I don´t have in my collection. Damn! But I do have two Magnum 44 Markers from the 1980s. The other vintage Sanford markers, the King Size Markers and the Sanford Deluxe Markers, came via marker trade; the contemporary Sharpie markers I bought in Germany. While the small Sharpie Markers are available also in some stationery shops, the King Size Marker and the Magnum Marker are only available online from some German office suppliers. I would like to have the Sharpie Paint Markers too, but these aren´t marketed in Germany.
Sanford Deluxe Marker
The Sanford Deluxe Marker is the small version of the vintage Sanford King Size Marker. It´s similar to the small Onyx markers and the Faber-Castell Marker 22 Filzschreiber. I got these from different sources, the black Sanford Deluxe Marker with the handwriting-style Sanford (no pictures yet) is an eBay score, the two others came via marker trade. While the King Size Marker is still sold, the Deluxe Marker was discontinued. That means, there isn´t any modern version of this marker.
Sanford King Size Permanent Marker
The King Size Markers are somewhat smaller then the Magnum Markers. These two examples are the vintage version. Nice shape and labeling. Like the other vintage Sanford Markers, these are so called full metal jacket markers. No idea how old these two markers are, maybe 1980s or so. Today these markers are available in the three colors black, red and blue, the vintage versions came in more colors. One feature of the vintage Sanford King Size Markers is that the cap can be placed in the base of the marker.
Sharpie King Size Marker
This one (no pictures yet) is the last version of the King Size Marker that came as a complete metal version. This model of a Sharpie King Size Marker is still available on eBay or in some online shops. However, recently (well, maybe still some years ago) the shape and labeling of the King Size Marker was updated. The contemporary version can be unscrewed and thus theoretically refilled. However, as far as I know there´s now refill ink available for Sharpie Markers yet.
The older Sharpie King Size Marker came via marker trade; the modern version I found in a German online supply for stationery products.
Sanford Magnum 44 Marker
My uncle sent me these from the U.S. around 1990 or so. I remember that I didn´t like the green-metallic label and the unusual shape, the full metal jacket, back then. I also tried to peel the label of, but I failed (and I´m really happy about that!). The ink was kind of pale compared with the edding ink; I think it contained just more solvent. BTW: these vintage markers have a very strong smell, can´t compare it to anything. Similar smell like the vintage Faber-Castell Marker 44 Filzschreiber or the vintage Onyx markers.
In the late 1990s Magnum 44 markers were first available in some Hip-Hop stores in Germany. It was the version that came after the metallic-style labeled ones. I´ve never bought one of these Magnum 44 markers, don´t know, I just wasn´t that much interested in markers at that time.
Sharpie Magnum Permanent Marker
Since some years, the Magnum Marker is marketed under the Sharpie brand without the “44”. The Sharpie Magnum Markers have the same aluminum barrel and plastic cap like the Sanford Magnum 44 Marker. The ink still contains xylene, but no toluene. It has a less strong smell than the 1980´s Magnum 44 Markers.
This one is the contemporary model of the Magnum Marker. Solid aluminum barrel construction, toluene and xylene free ink. The nib seems to be synthetic, but it´s nevertheless very soft. Great and outstanding product design, compared to other contemporary markers.
Sanford Liquid Tip Permanent Marker
Well, I can´t find much information about this marker. It´s from 1998 and seems to be discontinued or marketed now without the designation “Liquid Tip”. I don´t have any idea why this one is called “Liquid Tip” (before receiving it, I thought it has kind of a valve with liquid ink inside or something), but anyway, this is one of my favorite markers. It came in its damaged original packaging. I think it was never used, it works like new. Another high quality Sanford marker.