VIDEO: Milwaukee Inkzall and Sharpie Pro Markers Review and Comparison

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What’s the best permanent marker to use on wet, oily, rough, or dusty surfaces? This Tool Craze video tests a ...

What’s the best permanent marker to use on wet, oily, rough, or dusty surfaces? This Tool Craze video tests a regular Sharpie, a Sharpie Pro, and a Milwaukee Inkzall pen on different kinds of surfaces. No single pen is a clear winner (though when it comes to price the Sharpies are about 1/3 the cost of the Inkzall). You should choose a pen based on where you’ll be using it.

Results summary:

INK DENSITY

1st place: Regular Sharpie (darkest, most solid ink)

2nd place: Milwaukee Inkzall (ink is a little purplish, but adequately dark)

3rd place: Sharpie Pro (a little faded, compared to the Inkzall, but still ok)

INK OUTPUT

1st place: Milwaukee Inkzall

2nd place: Sharpie Pro

3rd place: Regular Sharpie (a close 3rd)

LAMINATE FLOORING TEST

3-way tie (all three smeared)

PLASTIC JUG

1st place: Sharpie Pro (did not smear, the other two pens smeared)

CERAMIC TILE

3-way tie (all 3 smeared when first applied)

METAL

3-way tie (ink dried on contact)

DUSTY LAMINATE FLOORING TEST

3-way tie (all three aced the test)

WET LAMINATE FLOORING TEST

1st place: Milwaukee Inkzall

2nd place: Sharpie Pro

3rd place: Regular Sharpie (easily wiped off)

OILY LAMINATE FLOORING TEST

1st place: Regular Sharpie

2nd place: Milwaukee Inkzall

3rd place: Sharpie Pro (easy to wipe off completely)

WET TILE

1st place: Sharpie Pro

2nd place: Milwaukee Inkzall (left a faint mark)

3rd place: Regular Sharpie (left no mark)

DURABILTY ON ROUGH SURFACE (Cinder Block)

1st place: Sharpie Pro (tip very durable)

2nd place tie: Milwaukee Inkzall and Regular Sharpie (worn down to nub)

-- Mark Frauenfelder 05/18/15