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Sharpie was originally a name designating a permanent marker launched in 1964 by the Sanford Ink Company. The Sharpie also became the first pen-style permanent marker. In 1990 Sharpie was acquired by The Newell Companies (later Newell Rubbermaid) as part of Sanford, a leading manufacturer and marketer of writing instruments.

The Sharpie brand has been widely expanded and can now be found on a variety of permanent and non-permanent pens made with a number of tips, the most popular being the Fine tip. Other tips include the Ultra Fine Point, Extra Fine Point, Brush tip, Chisel tip, and Retractable tip.

Sharpie markers are favoured by illustrator Adam Hughes for inking large areas in his sketches and are the writing utensil of choice by astronauts aboard the International Space Station because of their usability in zero-gravity. 


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