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Permanent Markers

The first felt-tip marker was patented more than century ago. Much like today's permanent marker, it had its own ink source and a tip made of a porous, hard-pressed felt fiber. Prior to the 1990s, most marking pens contained a water-proof ink that was composed of common solvents such as toluene and xylene as well as a protective cap to keep the marker from prematurely drying out. These substances were easily identified by their strong, pungent odor. Since then, toluene (which has the potential to cause severe neurological damage) and xylene (which is labeled as a moderate hazard) have been replaced by formulations of alcohols. Due to the extreme popularity of a particular trademarked brand, many people still refer to a felt-tip marker as a "Magic Marker" which is a proprietary eponym. Today, Pilot offers a selection of permanent markers in various tip sizes, colors and metallic inks such as silver or gold. Thanks for visiting the Pilot Pen website. Please continue to browse and let us know how we can improve your online experience.