Wescosa Mini-Wide Refillable Marker | Wescosa Ultra-Wide Refillable Marker

Both, the Mini-Wide and the Ultra-Wide are extraordinary permanent markers from the 1970/80s. The Ultra-Wide was always a bit to dry, no matter how many ink I put inside. But well, I didn´t used Flomaster and at the stage I got the first Ultra-Wide, I had no idea of using paint thinner or solvent to make the marker flow… With the Mini-Wide I had better experiences. Used them with alcohol based Copic ink only and the Mini-Wides are definitely one of the best markers I have.

Mini-Wide Refillable Marker

wescosa mini wide marker

Wescosa Inc. Mini-Wide Markers. Two of them are unused, one was used for tagging years ago and another one was used as layout marker with pale green ink.

The Mini-Wide is certainly one of the classic tag-markers. Especially those who are familiar with graffiti and the film Wild Style might recall the scene in which “Zoro” (played by New York graffiti artist Lee) tagged some door (or whatever it was)…

The flat shape of this marker is rather unusual, and as far as I know the pen was actually a kind of layout marker (the Copic Wide has a flat shape too and it seems to be the new version of the Mini-Wide). Both markers, the Mini-Wide and Ultra-Wide, were produced in Japan and distributed in the U.S. by the WESCOSA INC. (“Ultra-Wide” and “Mini-Wide Refillable Marker”) and by HK Holbein Artist Materials (“Illust marker”). The width of the Mini-Wide is about 21 mm wide; the nib is made of felt (different to the extremely stiff synthetic nib of the modern Copic Wide).

To fill/refill the marker – it was always sold empty in the local hip hop stores – one must first pull the nib out of the marker. In the inside is a thin plastic tube through which the ink will get into the wadding filling of the marker … that was usually quite a mess, because the ink quickly spilled over and then expired.

Der Mini-Wide ist mit Sicherheit einer der Klassiker unter den Tag-Markern. Vor allem diejenigen, die sich mit Graffiti auskennen und denen der Film Wild Style ein Begriff ist, erinnern sich vielleicht an die Szene, in der “Zoro” (gespielt von dem New Yorker Graffiti-Künstler Lee) an irgendsoeine Tür (oder was auch immer das war) taggt…

Die flache Form dieses Markers ist eher ungewöhnlich und soweit ich weiß wurde der Stift eigentlich als Layout-Marker auf den Markt gebracht (der Copic Wide hat eine ähnliche flache Form und scheint so etwas wie die Neuauflage des Mini-Wide zu sein). Beide Marker, der Mini-Wide und der Ultra-Wide, wurden in Japan produziert und in den USA sowohl von der WESCOSA INC. (“Ultra-Wide” und “Mini-Wide Refillable Marker”) als auch von HK Holbein Artist Materials („Illust Marker“) vertrieben. Der Strichbreite des Mini-Wide beträgt etwa 21 mm, der Schreibfilz besteht – wie der Name sagt – aus Filz (im Gegensatz zum extrem harten Kunststoffschreibfilz des Copic-Wide).

Um den Stift aufzufüllen – die gab´s zumindest in hiesigen Hip Hop-Läden immer nur leer zu kaufen – muss man den Schreibfilz herausziehen. Innen ist dann ein Plastikröhrchen, durch das die Tinte in die Wattefüllung des Markers gelangen soll… war meistens eine ziemliche Sauerei, weil die Tinte schnell über- und dann ausgelaufen ist.  Ist auf jeden Fall ein cooles Teil.

wescosa mini wide marker
wescosa mini wide marker

Mini-Wide Marker, marketed under the HK Holbein Artist Materials brand “Illust marker”

Ultra-Wide Refillable Marker

The Ultra-Wide has the same flat shape like the Mini-Wide. The line width is approximately 38 mm. | Der Ultra-Wide ist die große Variante des Mini-Wide, die Strichbreite beträgt etwa 38 mm.

wescosa ultra wide marker

Wescosa Inc. Ultra Wide Refillable Marker. The store that sold them in the mid-nineties removed the part of the label with the company´s name… that was top secret!

wescosa ultra wide marker
wescosa mini wide marker ultra wide marker

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5 comments

  1. antonio

    do you sell some of these markers?
    i’m searching for them since1999
    leave me you answer on my mail box
    thanx

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