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Bic Mark It Permanent Markers Are Not Artist Grade


Bic Mark It Permanent Markers are not archival and are artist grade materials even though they are advertised as being acid free and neutral pH.  They are not archival or for conservation of permanent art work.  Ever since I mailed my Sharpie markers back to the manufacturer for a refund, I have been looking for a product in the same price range that will not decay.  Bic Consumer Affairs department  responded to my inquiry about the pens being lightfast and/or not degrading over time:

We do not recommend that they be used for archival purposes, as our products have not been designed or tested with this purpose in mind.

We suggest you visit a local arts supply store in your area.  They might carry a pen that will suit your specific needs.

The ingredients of BIC inks are proprietary.

Bic wants a slice of the arts and crafts market, they have built a website to promote the markers as art supplies and hired crafting bloggers.  The bottom line is that this is just a marketing campaign for office supplies.  Like Sharpies, they have a great range of colours and will work on a wide number of materials; and like Sharpies they will be fading and changing colours in a short period of time.


  1. March 2, 2013 at 3:28 am

    You are doing a simply amazing job of keeping us all up to date on these travesties.

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you!

      They want our money and it’s all marketing, marketing, marketing. =P

      I returned them, bought a little dark chocolate, went home.

  2. r4v5
    April 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Dark chocolate is artist-grade.

  3. P L
    January 20, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Have you found anything comparable to the Bic Marking pens that are permanent, archival, and acid-free?

    • January 20, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Not as markers. There are acrylic paint markers, which may work but essentially they are acrylic paint in a pen. I tried two kinds; they tend to clog and cost a lot. If it has dye and alcohol, like a marker, it is going to color fade and change colors. Copics and other high end markers may also be in this category.

  1. March 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

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