Most people have heard of the renown Artline brand of permanent markers, whether it be the Artline 70, Artline 90 or the Artline 17 and Artline 19's. We can't deny it - these are a great brand and they are still a very popular part of our range. However, we have sourced alternative choices for our customers, and the Dymark range of industrial & permanent marker pens has become a top seller too.
We'd stress it's still down to personal preference though - if Artline is your trusted brand, stick with it. But we also have customers who tell us they are perfectly happy with the quality of the Dymark brand, and it's become their preference due to its quality and lower price point.
So which is which?
Artline 70 & 90 (Bullet & Chisel Tip respectively) is the equivalent of the Dymark i70 & i90 - they made it easy for everyone with the '70' & '90' in the name designating the similarities. All pens are xylene-free, quick drying and general purpose permanent markers. Available in black, blue & red Ink.
Artline 17 & 19 (Bullet & Chisel Tip respectively) have ingeniously become one pen in the Dymark range - the Industrial Marker called the Dymark D10 with a reversible bullet/chisel tip. The only real difference between this and the 70 & 90 range is that these have a higher grade of ink for use in more 'industrial' situations and the inclusion of xylene content in the pen means they are able to be used on greasy surfaces. These are all permanent markers and only available in black ink.
Dymark iFine Ink Marker Black is perfect for use on the Truidentiti™ core trays and core blocks.
Lastly, the Dymark Duo Permanent Ink Marker has no Artline equivalent. It's an industrial grade Ink marker like Artline 17, 19 and Dymark D10 but xylene-free and available in 3 colours; Black, green & red. The Duo also has a reversible bullet/chisel tip for your convenience.
So in conclusion, from customer feedback, Artline quality still leads the way, whilst Dymark has pitched itself in the market as a more cost-effective equivalent style marker pen seeking to gain some of the market from big brother Artline. Why not try for yourself a box of each brand and make your own decision?
Note: Depending on where you live in Australia, you might refer to these thick permanent marker pens as a Nikko, Sharpie or Texta. Whatever you call them, this is what you're chasing!