Sharpie Liquid Pencil Review

The Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Sharpie Liquid Pencil

When I first heard about the Sharpie Liquid Pencil (via Amazon), I was excited to get my hands on one and try it out because I’ve come to expect great things from Sharpie and Newell Rubbermaid (ie. Stainless Steel Sharpie, Sharpie Pens, and the self rotating, always sharp Uniball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil) and their new products.  Lucky for me, the kind folks over at Sharpie helped me to get my hands on one of these a little bit early so I could do a thorough Sharpie Liquid Pencil Review.  As always a big thanks to Sharpie and Newell Rubbermaid for their continued support.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil Package

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in the Package

Right off the bat there are two important things called out on the front of the package of the Sharpie Liquid Pencil.  First and probably the biggest question I had, is that it is identified being a #2 lead equivalent which is important for many reasons such as filling out scantron and other forms.  The other important thing to note is that it is also “approximately” the same point size as a .5mm mechanical pencil.  Another interesting claim on the back of the package is that the ink becomes permanent on paper after about 24 hours, however the official Sharpie Blog says it may take up to 3 days for this to happen.  You can see in the photo above that you get 3 extra erasers in addition to the one that comes installed right on the top.

The Sharpie Liquid Pencil has a pretty basic body with a rubber grip and translucent barrel.  I don’t know why one would bother with a translucent barrel when the ink cartridge itself is solid metal so you can’t see the level of the liquid graphite inside anyway.  I found the body and grip to be rather comfortable to write with, although you will see in the video below that the top of the pen that acts as the plunger rattles around quite a bit once it is depressed.  A nice and interesting feature is that the eraser on the top does not come with a cap to cover it.  That has been a complaint for many mechanical pencil users so it is one less step when you want to erase something.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil Cartridge

Sharpie Liquid Pencil Cartridge

The liquid graphite cartridge that you find inside of this pencil looks like a regular roller ball ink cartridge.  Instead of having a fixed stick of lead you instead have a rolling ball that applies the liquid graphite to your paper.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil Point Head On

Sharpie Liquid Pencil Point Head On

Here is a different viewpoint on the liquid graphite cartridge in the Sharpie Liquid Pencil that gives you a better look at the tip.  Again, just as a reminder, this tip is mentioned on the package to be comparable to a .5mm mechanical.

Writing with the Sharpie Liquid Pencil proved to be an interesting experience.  Take a look at the video below and then you can come back here to continue reading through my explanation of what I found.   Note the end of the video shows how the top of the pencil rattles around a bit as I mentioned earlier.

One of the first things you will probably notice in the video is that there is a little bit of a blotchy spot on the “f” in the word Office.  As I wrote with the pen the first thing I noticed was how light the line was.  Once I started getting used to writing with it I was able to get a bit of a darker and more solid line by applying a little more pressure.  Writing with the Sharpie Liquid Pencil was a fairly nice experience in terms of how smoothly it glided over the paper.  After some extended writing, the extra pressure I had to exert to get a reasonably solid line became slightly fatiguing.  The eraser test was next and it did an OK job.  You really don’t need to apply a great deal of pressure to get the eraser to work, and while the effort required is minimal, it still doesn’t quite remove all of the liquid graphite from the paper.  It seems to do a slightly better job than most erasable pens.  I believe that this is partially due to the fact that the metal tip of the pencil puts a slight groove into the paper which makes it hard to completely erase your marks.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in a 5-Star Notebook

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in a 5-Star Notebook

In addition to the above quick writing sample, I also did a more extensive writing sample in my Doane Paper Idea Journal with some better comparisons and a test of the dry times.  Following are some scans of those tests and comparisons for you to take a look at.  You can click on any of the images below for a much larger view.

First up is the standard writing sample below that I usually do.  You can see that there is some minor clumping and skipping which reminds me a bit of what you get with a standard ballpoint pen.

sharpie liquid pencil in doanepaper idea journal writing sample

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Iidea Journal Writing Sample

Next I tested the eraser to get an idea of how easy it was to erase and how cleanly the eraser could wipe the liquid graphite off the paper.  This part was pretty surprising because the claim on 24 hour permanence didn’t seem to hold up as you can tell.  My only thought as to why this may have been the case is that I closed the notebook so maybe it needs more exposure to air in order to become permanent?  You can also see that over time from 1 minute up to 24 hours, the eraser seems to remove about the same amount of liquid graphite.  I also noticed that in my shading on each of the eraser tests, the eraser did a much better job with the lighter lines, which I guess is to be expected for any pencil and eraser.  I’ll probably return to this page once the 3 days have passed to see if that last box is erasable or not.  Just an additional note on the erasing, this is not a friction based eraser like the Pilot FriXion line, so putting an erased line into the freezer will not bring the lines back as it did when I tested those.

On the right hand side you can also see that the type of eraser you use here doesn’t matter, as I found out by using a regular pink eraser.

Another thing to note with the sample immediately below is that I tried to do a three-tier gradation from dark to light.  I think I was somewhat successful but it was a little bit difficult to accomplish the desired dark to light shading.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Iidea Journal Writing Sample Eraser Test

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Iidea Journal Writing Sample Eraser Test

The third thing I looked at was the dry time and the fact that you can kind of erase your writing by just simply using your finger, which might be bad news for lefties.  The dry time was impressive, coming in at about 1-2 seconds, but the test below that was a bit more surprising.  For each one, I waited the number of seconds that you see written there, and then lightly rubbed at it with my finger tip to see how much of the line could be erased.  The longer it dried, the harder it was to remove, but never really completely removed with just your finger.  The simple fact that you could use your finger as an eraser was surprising.

UPDATE: almost 7 days to “dry” and the liquid graphite is still very much erasable…not sure this stuff will ever become permanent.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Iidea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Iidea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

Next up I wanted to take a look at the Sharpie Liquid Pencil as compared to other more traditional pencils.  As you can see below, I put it up against a regular old Ticonderoga yellow pencil and Uniball Kuru Toga .3mm mechanical pencil.  This comparison is telling of the writing experience with the Sharpie Liquid Pencil because you can see that the swatch that I shaded with it has a more grainy and noticeable track of lines in it, while the two traditional pencils show a smoother and almost solid shading box.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Idea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Idea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

My last test was to see how the Sharpie Liquid Pencil estimated .5mm point size compared to an actual .5mm mechanical pencil.  To me the lines appear a bit thinner with the mechanical pencil, and they are definitely more crisp and solid.  Check out the photo below to enlarge and judge for yourself.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Idea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

Sharpie Liquid Pencil in Doane Paper Idea Journal Writing Sample Dry and Smudge Test

Overall, my initial excitement over the Sharpie Liquid Pencil ended up with a bit of a letdown after testing it.  I finished my Sharpie Liquid Pencil review feeling as if this performs more like a mediocre ball point pen that erases pretty nicely, rather than a being a step forward from a traditional or mechanical pencil.  The idea of being erasable for some range between 1-3 days is nice as is the fact that its more of a pen-like experience but with a #2 compatible lead.  Once I have allowed the writing sample to sit for 2 more days to hit the 3 day limit, I’ll finish up my test and update this post, but in the mean time, when I need to reach for a pencil, it will surely be my handy Uniball Kuru Toga that always lays down a sharp, clean, and consistent line.

Again, big thanks to the folks at Sharpie for helping me get my hands on the Liquid Pencil a little early for this Sharpie Liquid Pencil review.  If you are interested in picking one of these up for yourself you can find the single pack, two pack, and 12 pack on Amazon.  If you aren’t the online shopping type you can also grab some at OfficeDepot.

A Response from our friends at Sharpie on our Sharpie Liquid Pencil Review:

As you noted in your review, there has been a lot of interest in the Sharpie Liquid Pencil.  Last week we wrote about it on the Sharpie blog and lots of people responded and commented, excited about this new innovation from Sharpie.  Of course along with the kudos came questions, including some that you raised in your review. Hopefully this will help clarify.

As you noted, the Sharpie Liquid Pencil’s liquid graphite is easy to erase.  It will initially completely erase from paper. However, over time, the marks – while faint — will remain visible even after attempts at erasing.  I suppose this could be called either “permanent” or “not completely erasable” depending on your perspective.

I thought it might be helpful to share some insight on permanency.  A group called the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the technical standards for permanence in this area. The Sharpie Liquid Pencil was tested and beginning about 24 hours after writing, our testing showed that it met those standards.  (Just to cover off, lightfast, water- and chemical resistance are other permanency qualifiers, and Sharpie Liquid Pencil meets all those too).

So does the Sharpie Liquid Pencil become permanent or “more permanent” over time?  Yes, it does, but not “permanent” in the same way as a Sharpie marker and we’ve updated our blog posting to clarify that.  You’ll always be able to erase it – a little or a lot depending on how much time has passed, the type of paper used, how hard you write and how hard you try to erase.

You also noted in your review that the Liquid Pencil reminded you of a standard ballpoint pen in terms of performance. Sharpie Liquid Pencil features the same rolling ball mechanism used in ballpoint pens so the flow of the liquid graphite may occasionally skip just as a ballpoint pen sometimes skips. The flow of liquid graphite from the Sharpie Liquid Pencil should become smoother as you use the pencil and the rolling ball becomes fully coated with liquid graphite.

Finally, you asked if the Sharpie Liquid Pencil works like a No. 2 pencil for scantron and other forms.  The answer is Sharpie Liquid Pencil is in the process of being tested now for use on scantron, so it is not yet approved.

Again, thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify this. Please let me know if you have additional questions.  And as always, many thanks for continuing to support us.

My Thoughts:

First I want to thank Sharpie again for getting me this sample, and for responding to the issues that I wrote about with the pencil.  It also took me quite some time to get this posted because I had a few issues with being able to edit existing posts here on OfficeSupplyGeek, but with that issue resolved now, I am able to post the above and weigh in with my own two cents.

I couldnt agree more with Brad from The Pen Addict on what he had to say in his Sharpie Liquid Pencil review when he says that it is great to see Sharpie trying to innovate and not just rest on the Sharpie brand name.  It is important to test the limits and see what the market wants, and for this Sharpie should be applauded.  Also, knowing Sharpie and how they evolved their Sharpie pens a bit based on user feedback, I’m sure there will be other products in the works that might replace the liquid pencil.

As for some of the points addressed in the response from Sharpie, I see what they are saying about the International Standards set for the permanence of the writing, and I guess its a tricky spot to be in because from a more scientific approach I can’t fault them for applying such rigid standards, however from a consumer perspective, there is clearly a different perspective on what “permanent” means, especially considering the standard that Sharpie has set with their permanent markers.

As for the skipping, they mention that after some extended period of writing, the skips tend to die down.  I’m not sure that it will ever write better than a standard ballpoint pen, however I’ll have to write some more with it and see how it goes.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the results are for the scantron testing though, that could be a great use for these pencils. Maybe I can find a way to do a second Sharpie Liquid Pencil review with some of my teacher friends that probably have access to a scantron machine.

Summary of the Sharpie Liquid Pencil Review.

Regardless of the good and bad about this pen, I do expect that Sharpie will continue to make great new products, and for every great one like the Sharpie Pen, there are bound to be some bumps in the road to get there.  For some other options, check out the rest of our pencil reviews.  If you want an example of a new product that Sharpie nailed and made continuous minor improvements on, then check out the Sharpie Pen.

©2015, Brian Greene. All rights reserved.


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    dowdyism says:

    Great review as always Brian – I think you really covered all of the bases here. I was really wondering the most about the shading aspect of the pencil, especially as it relates to traditional lead, and I appreciate all of the samples. I can’t wait to try one out for myself.

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    @dowdyism – Thanks Brad, the shading was a bit difficult to control, who knows though, I’m far from being an artist, so maybe my clunky hands just werent made to accomplish even the most basic artistic feats. :)

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    wild violet says:

    Thanks for another excellent, thorough review. Although I rarely use pencils of any kind, I can’t wait to try this one.

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    Gun says:

    I was really excited about this but now I’m not. Thanks for the great review.

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    HB says:

    Good review. I also bought a pack and really like that I don’t have to worry about breaking leads anymore. Thumbs up.

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    David says:

    Thanks Brian, I was anxiously awaiting a thorough review of this “pencil”. I’m rather disappointed with the incomplete erasure and skipping as seen in your photos. But confirmation that any eraser will work is a plus.

    At $3.59 in singles – pricey. Plus, I can’t find refills anywhere! A box of 12 complete pencils as throwaways is not a very “green” solution IMO. Wonder what kind of ‘mileage’ you get out of a single cartridge?

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    Kiwi-d says:

    Thanks for the thorough review. Plenty of “liquid pencils” have come and gone before, and whilst no doubt this will sell to some people I guess it won’t cause the “non-liquid pencil” manufacturers too many sleepless nights.

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    sara says:

    i was looking forward to getting one of these but after seeing the “generic ballpoint” performance, i think i can wait. I don’t think the blobbing and skipping is going to work for the artistic endeavors i have planned.

    Thanks for the review!

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    Mike says:

    Many thanks for the comprehensive review–especially the writing and erasing samples, that help flesh the performance out.

    Unfortunately, with the ballpoint pen-like writing experience and the skipping, I think I’ll stay with my 59 cent mechanical pencil sticks–they leave a smooth line every time, with variable shading. And easily can be refilled.

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    Ashley says:

    I work for OfficeMax and all these new Sharpie products have been flying off the shelf. We got these last week and sold out in the matter of days, though partly I think because we’re in a college town and it’s back to school. We had a whole display of all the new Sharpie products and had it empty in two weeks. I think Sharpie is really onto something with this new direction.

    I think they actually listen to their customer base too so I can see them correcting the issues that you have with the pencils in the next few months.

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    bb says:

    What is the ‘carrier’ for the graphite? Some kind of alcohol? Does it produce an odor?

    This idea seems interesting in that some permanence is achieved in the long run, but you can still correct mistakes while writing/drawing… but even regular graphite is a lot more ‘permanent’ than people think.

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    Emma says:

    I’m left-handed, so when you warned that you can basically erase with the mere swipe of a finger, that was the turn-off for me. I drag my hand across the paper as I write. This is not the liquid pencil for me. Sadface.

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    @wild violet – No problem, I’ve been checking locally and I have yet to see these in any stores around me, hope you have better luck than with the Sharpie Pen Grip in the new colors.

    @Gun – I was in the exact same boat, I couldnt wait to get my hands on this, but it just wasnt what I was hoping for.

    @HB – Yeah, that is nice, but I’ve yet to have a lead break with my Kuru Toga, and Im sure the lead in it will last much longer too.

    @David – Glad my review was helpful for you. I’m with you in that disappointed boat…I dont know how long it will last, but I get the feeling it wont be much better than a regular ballpoint. If you erase often too, the eraser seems like it could go pretty quickly.

    @Kiwi-d – Agreed. I was expecting this to be some kind of big leap beyond the previous attempts at liquid pencils, but I just didnt find any “wow factor” with it.

    @sara – Yeah, I’m hardly an artist, but I just couldnt get any precise lines or shading with it regardless of how I tried. Someone with more skill probably could, but the effort required might not be worth it.

    @Mike – No problem. Its kind of funny how you can do much better with the old stand by that is much cheaper. Hopefully Sharpie takes all of this feedback into account and can improve on this item.

    @Ashley – Thats cool, thanks for sharing that unique perspective that most of us here dont get to see. I think that Sharpie did such an amazing job with the Sharpie Pens and the Stainless Steel Sharpie that they had a lot of people ready to pounce on whatever was next. I agree that Sharpie seems very in tune with their customers and the feedback so hopefully we will see some improvements.

    @bb – Not sure what the carrier is for sure, but it looks and acts like the oil based ballpoint pens do so Im sure its similar. There is no noticeable smell that I picked up though. I’m on day 5 of testing now, and the ink is still just as erasable as day 1.

    @Emma – Yeah, I mean it takes a bit of a light rub, but I would imagine passing your hand over it a few times while writing would probably start to cause a problem. I wish I could write with my left hand so I could test that theory completely though.

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    Emma says:

    Haha! OSC, not even the kindergartener scratch? I can do a really awful chicken-scratch with my right hand. I have to write slowly, too. It’s as if I’ve had a minor stroke. Whereas with my left, I can write really fast. Funny how that is, innit?

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    Neil from Beachwood OH says:

    If you want something that is initially erasable like a pencil but then becomes permanent after awhile, there is always the tried-and-true Erasermate.

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    Pisces6 says:

    This “liquid” pencil sounds like a revised version of the erasable pen I used while I was in elementary school. The only difference I can see is that the ink color was a nice blue color. I don’t remember what it was called back then, but it was produced by Papermate. (Maybe it is the Erasermate.) I won’t be able to confirm this without getting a sample myself and testing it.

    The erasable pen had the same issues that you mentioned in your review: clumping and skipping. I always press too hard into the paper, so I never had trouble with the marks being too light.

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    wild violet says:

    I found one at The Office Works, a local independent office supply store. I asked the owner about them and she told me that they were being released on 9/1 and to try back after Labor Day. As she was walking to the back of the store, she noticed that they had indeed arrived and were behind the counter. I paid $2.96.

    I think that my findings were consistent with OSG. It seemed to write better depending on what paper I used. I’m not sure that I’ll need the extra erasers. I don’t recall ever having used all of an eraser on any pencil in my entire life. The looseness of the top part of the pencil was a bit distracting.

    If I use pencil, I use a basic Bic mechanical pencil. If I were going to do lots of writing in pencil, I’d want an old fashioned number 2 wooden pencil which I’d keep sharpening to my liking. I’m always amazed when I see people who don’t appear to have a care when it comes to writing implements.

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    @Emma – Yeah, my left hand is pretty useless for writing. :)

    @Neil – I think as far as ballpoint pens go, those write abou tthe same as this did. I just have a hard time getting behind any traditional ballpoint.

    @Pisces6 – Yup, you are totally on the mark there, just about the same writing experience you remember with the Erasermates…not good.

    @wild violet – Thanks as always for the great update. Its always nice to be able to buy from a local independent store like that. I think they include the extra erasers because they do seem to wear down fairly quickly.

    Im with you though on the people who dont seem to care what they write with…drives me crazy.

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    Brittany says:

    i go through alot of erasers can you use any kind of eraser or do you have to get a sharpie liquid pencil eraser

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    @Brittany – I tested a regular pink eraser and it erases the liquid pencil ink.

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    scruss says:

    The Liquid Pencil is basically a rebranded Papermate Replay [Europe] or Erasermate [Americas]. I remember having a Replay about 30 years ago.

    The refill of the Liquid Pencil is identical to the old Replay. I’m not impressed.

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    wild violet says:

    For anyone interested, Office Max has the 2 pack of these on sale for $3 through 9/18.

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    Jess says:

    Great review! You basically covered all of my thoughts after writing with it for the first time. I can attest to the fact that it gets smoother over time…I took 8 pages of notes today with it, and it is as smooth if not smoother than a standard ballpoint pen. I think it erases much cleaner than a standard erasable pen, and I found that even smudge-erasing decreased after I wrote with it for a considerable amount of time. The largest obstacle for me was, as you mentioned, the indentations on the page (which were there regardless of the pressure I put on the page). The performance is definitely affected by the type of paper being used; post-it notes were terrible for adherence of the ink. I noticed that my hand/wrist was fatigued after extended use, but then again, 8 pages of hand-written notes would do that to just about anyone. I’m interested to see how the permanence holds up, but otherwise, I’m pretty happy with it.


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    @scruss – Yup, VERY similar in the technology, just not a great product, and the fact that it comes on the heels of the Sharpie pens kind of makes it a bit more disappointing, Sharpie is usually a stand out when it comes to quality.

    @Jess – Glad you found the review helpful. It is also interesting to hear that the performance of the ink got better for you over time.

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    Braidwood says:

    I think you are admirably kind in your review of this product.
    Since I don’t need to stay on the manufacturer’s good side, I will state that I was very disappointed in the product and actually disposed of both of the pencils after a few days. Does this company know when they have a good product? Why bring a new product to market that performs that badly? Who do they think will repurchase it? I guess I don’t understand what the niche for a liquid pencil is and who would use it. Certainly not me.

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    @Braidwood – I thought I was pretty clear that I dont like these pens. I dont mind trashing one of their products as long as i is for a real reason that I can document as I do here. I honestly dont think Sharpie is upset with poor feedback, as long as it is honest. They seem very genuinely interested in improving their products and taking consumer feedback into consideration for that process.

    I totally agree with you though, that a product that performs this poorly should not have been brought to market, especially not after showing that they are so capable of a runaway success like their Sharpie pens.

    Regardless though, thank you for stopping by and sharing your feedback, it is always greatly appreciate.

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    Ian Fraiser says:

    OSG – great review. Just found your site and was highly impressed on your level of testing. I had already had a set of these pens before I found your review. I agree. I think it will be a good fit working out in the shop, until data is gathered and can be typed into a form. Thanks again.

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    @Ian – Thanks for the great feedback, glad you found the review so helpful.

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    To me, this pen is pretty much a quality failure. I rarely ever buy sharpie products but since the technology of liquid lead seemed a pretty innovative idea and since i did not know of any company except for sharpie selling these pens at the moment, i gave it a chance. after writing with it, i am in an utter disappointment with the product. the lines are inconsistent, the body is not as durable compared to my own personal pens and pencils in general and it is almost 100% plastic with the exception being the cartridge itself which is also quite the contrary to my likings not merely because I would not like it which I would see as a ridiculous explanation, but because the lines it produces are usually inconsistent. It is also quite useless adding all the otherwise impractical pressure while writing with it in my opinion which would quickly lead to fatigue in one way or another. Overall, even though it felt like a marketing sensation, it is also a quality failure. I was waiting to use a liquid pencil that would function and behave just like a practical graphite mechanical pencil should with the exception being the graphite itself and my own personal standards of quality and worthiness of purchase slightly softened in the purchase of this product. Instead, I am sad to say that instead, I found this piece of overrated commercial junk. I seriously think that sharpie must improve this product further if they want to have a whole and satisfied market for this product. A good first step to this in my opinion would be an improvement of a balanced smooth writing efficiency and production of consistent lines while writing with the product which would probably reduce a certain portion of writing and mental stress in some way or another. While typing this, I am further personally reminded why I value fisher space pen products more than most of the other writing products out there. Not to be offensive to sharpie or its fans or anything, but I just hope you get the potential constructive point of this.

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    @writing product critic – I think that Sharpie is usually pretty good at listing to customer feedback, both good and bad, so hopefully you will see changes in the liquid pencil. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, with which I mostly agree.

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    leslie says:

    I love office supplies!!! And I like using pencils. So when I saw this pencil at Walmart I was very excited. When I got to work and started using it, I was very disappointed. Not only did it write like a pen running out of ink, but I used it for less than 2 days and it completely stopped writing at all. I had no problems with the erasing, but since you could barely see the writing to begin with, that is not saying much.

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    @leslie – Thanks for your input, I really hope Sharpie does something to improve on these, I think it has some potential.

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    George K. says:

    I wish I had read your extensive review before buying 2. This was a hotly awaited product for a lot of people. I think there was a mismatch between my imagined expectations and Sharpie’s intent.

    I love pencils. So when I heard the buzz about the Liquid Pencil, I imagined an instrument that would produce the beauty of a pencil line, the pleasure of writing with a great pencil–only smoother–with the convenience of a point that neither breaks nor needs sharpening.

    But I think Sharpie’s thought process was people need to use pencils for 2 reasons: erasability and machine forms that require a #2 lead.

    What a disappointment. The feeling of writing with this is nothing like a pencil, the line is unattractive, it is neither permanent nor fully erasable, and it skips like a little girl after school.

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    Steve Richmond says:

    Requires too much effort to make a nice legible line. Subpar quality.

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    jeff says:

    This thing should never have been released to the market. It borders being completely unusable. You cannot complete a word without the liquid pencil fading out on you. Your writing will be incredibly splotchy, like writing with a pen that is running out of ink. Shame on Sharpie for putting this horribly flawed liquid pencil out in the market place and having consumers waste their money.

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    Marcusbaltazar says:

    Worst product I have seen in a long time…

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    dana tassler says:

    Just got my hands on a couple as well, and was initially disappointed. However, after reading Sharpie’s response to your review I did draw some overlapping circles on the cardboard part of my notepad and it’s much smoother.

    Initially it wasn’t looking good for this pencil but now I’m a fan. Hoping I don’t have to do that each time I write with this pencil, though.

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    penluvver says:

    Worst writing instrument I’ve ever bought! It writes like a ball point that has fallen ball point end first on the floor and damaged – that is, it writes a bit then skips, writes, then skips. Totally unacceptable!!! Both pens write this way right out of the packaging. They went straight to the garbage can . . . and 5 and a half bucks I’ll never see again. Thank you, Sharpie. Great money-making scheme!

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    Anonymous says:

    Check out the comment from dana tassler above…maybe that will work for you, but in all honesty I’ve given up on these pencils long ago, the performance just was not worth the effort to me.

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    Nflessne says:

    Thanks for the great review!  I just purchaced one of these pencils and find that the skipping and uneven writing make me want to toss it in the garbage.  Wish I had seen your review before trying–you are right on the money!

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    Nflessne says:

    Thanks for the great review!  I just purchaced one of these pencils and find that the skipping and uneven writing make me want to toss it in the garbage.  Wish I had seen your review before trying–you are right on the money!

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    Nflessne says:

    Thanks for the great review!  I just purchaced one of these pencils and find that the skipping and uneven writing make me want to toss it in the garbage.  Wish I had seen your review before trying–you are right on the money!

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    Nflessne says:

    Thanks for the great review!  I just purchaced one of these pencils and find that the skipping and uneven writing make me want to toss it in the garbage.  Wish I had seen your review before trying–you are right on the money!

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    Anonymous says:

    No problem, sorry you didnt catch it earlier to save yourself some money.

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    Fuzzywuzzyismycat says:

    I bought a 4 pack of these and I’m very disappointed.  The problem I have is that it skips so much when writing.  I tried all 4 .  I have never had a ball point pen skip as much as these do.  I would never purchase them again.

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    Sycokid says:

    I just got one of these, and I was excited to use them, next day at school, (the anticipation was killing me) I got out my new liquid pencil, tried it out, and yes, it skipped quite alot. I went online and checked your site, and sure enough there was a review for it, this was after you’d updated it, and a couple days later, i’m pleased to say it doesn’t skip nearly as much, but doesn’t write that well on a paper with a hard desk under it, it performs superbly on a notepad though.

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    Sycokid says:

    I just got one of these, and I was excited to use them, next day at school, (the anticipation was killing me) I got out my new liquid pencil, tried it out, and yes, it skipped quite alot. I went online and checked your site, and sure enough there was a review for it, this was after you’d updated it, and a couple days later, i’m pleased to say it doesn’t skip nearly as much, but doesn’t write that well on a paper with a hard desk under it, it performs superbly on a notepad though.

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    jam says:

    It would be nice to know if this works with scantron and other forms that require #2 lead.

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    L Osborne2000 says:

    I am sooo disappointed in this product. It does not flow like a pen as advertised. The liquid also fades in and out as you write, so you can really only see about every other letter. You have to press very hard to get it to write. It is really just a big pain!!!

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    Vdfsgsd says:

    its just like a crappy overpriced erasable pen

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    Clehnortt says:

    I was anxious to try my new Sharpie liquid pencil, It soundede like a great idea.  However it was a huge disappointment. It produces a very light uneven line.  I tried it on several different types of paper, but the performance was always extremely poor.

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    Kan65 says:

    I bought 4 of these liquid pencils.  Only one of them is usable.  The somewhat “usable” one seems to write smoothly most of the time but have to scribble with it to get the liquid flowing.  The other three skip or just don’t write at all. Very disappointed.

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    Jack says:

    Good review, but terrible product!It amazes me when corporations, especially ones with great products like Sharpie, release crap like this to the market. These are so universally bad, almost completely non-functional as even a normal pen, that I can’t believe Sharpie was unaware of the problems PRIOR to deciding to put their name on this junk and accept people’s money it.In my particular case, not only did Sharpie fail to make a couple dollars profit on a sale, because these went right back to the store, but they have weakened your brand position from “completely trustworthy” to something much “less worthy.”

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    Mharratsc says:

    Likewise, I find the inconsistency of the graphite delivery to be a major problem with this product, to which I have even sent feedback to Sharpie about.  To their credit, they offered to refund my money if I sent them the ‘unused portion of the product’ to which I declined to waste postage on.

    Suffice it to say- I love their new pens (although they almost appear to be made for pre-school fingers as they are so large), but these pencils need much work on the issue of skipping and the lightness of writing, and how they product doesn’t want to write over the residue of the eraser once you have erased something.  :

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    Ccurtis15 says:

    Was excited to try the liquid pencil. I wish I had read the reviews first. Do not waste your money. Why have I not thrown the pencil away- it skips terribly, and makes me crazy trying to write with it. Sharpie- go back to the “drawing” board, and don’t use your pencil!

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    Jammer79 says:

    I just bought one of these thinking, “ooh look how cool”.  I love the Sharpie Pen so I thought I’d give this a try.  I will not be buying another one.  I think the old PaperMate erasable pen had better writing.  I would not trust this “pencil” for a test or anything important.  All you have to do is rub your finger over what you wrote and voila, it’s gone.  I’ll stick to Sharpie Pens and markers, and use any other pencil but this one.  I think it was a waste of money.  Nice idea though.

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    Aaron Clarino says:

    Hey does anybody know why my sharpie liquid pencil isn’t working??? It’s been ONE dat and it already stopped working… Email me at and thanks if you find a solution!

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    kim c says:

    i hate it. it’s an absolute pain to write with. it skips constantly and the mark is so dull!

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    Kim c says:

    oh geez. i want my money back. this pencil is no good.

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    Lyn4horses says:

    I tried the Sharpie Liquid Pencil and found them to be unsatisfactory. The graphite was too light in color and the writing was very sporadic. There seemed to be a magical pressure to get the graphite to come out evenly and I had to hold the pencil exactly perpendicular to the paper or the graphite would skip. I had high hopes for this product. I had used another brand of liquid pencil several years ago and was happy with it. But Sharpie dropped the ball. I do like their other products, though.

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    dainty10 says:

    I wish I read this review and comments before I purchased the pen/pencils. I was just so excited to try it out, but could not be more disappointed. It skips a lot no matter what direction you’re writing. Even writing with more pressure seems to make the ink skip even more. I have always hated erasable pens because the line was always thick and imprecise and the ink would skip; this pen seems to follow that rule.

    The only plus is that it feels okay in the hand and it writes smoother than most erasable pens (no gritty feeling), and it erases more cleanly than erasable pens ever did.

    But overall, don’t waste your money.

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    Swhld says:

    Very disappointed in this product. Sharpie should be ashamed to market it as a “liquid pencil”. I regularly use mechanical pencils for writing and drawing and this does not compare. It barely qualifies as a low end erasable pen.

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    Matt says:

    Complete Junk. Expensive at that. Don’t waste your time or money and don’t get stuck in class with only this to write with, you’ll end up borrowing from someone else.

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    HSJAH says:


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    Kalik says:

    As far as mechanical pencils go, it’s not my favorite. However, I have found it works well for taking school notes, as in my experience it writes darker than regular mechanical pencils. I mostly use mine because it writes like a pen, but i can erase it when I’m taking notes for school.

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    Suzi says:

    Has anyone figured out how to change the ***** eraser in the Liquid Pencil? No instructions exist and it’s not very intuitive.

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    Suzi says:

    I just called Sanford. The eraser can be removed with your fingers provided you haven’t let it become flush with the top of the pen. If you have, I successfully performed an eraserectomy with a scissor point. I dug it out. Other useful gadgets to remove an eraser unable to be gripped with the fingers: paper clip, nail file, plastic tooth pick.

    Good luck.

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    @Suzi – Thanks so much for posting that, I’m sure you arent the only one that was having that problem, so this will probably be helpful for others as well.

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    john clogston says:

    i bought this item, i would like to know at what temperature will this pencil freeze. i work in cold storage and it is -14 all day long.

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    Brian Greene says:

    @John Clogston – I would check the back of the package to see if it says, but I honestly wouldn’t recommend using this pencil in any temperature, let alone a sub freezing temperature. The writing experience is just not good at all, I’m assuming that sub freezing temps will only make it worse.

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    Cheap pen connoisseur says:

    I don’t think this pen is bad, I bought them at 2 for 99c in Amazing Savings (an upscale closeout store in metro NY), it writes better than the average ball point for smoothness and it deposits a greyish non-shiny line on teh paper unlike the shiny gook left by ball points. No glare in fluorescent lights. Quite useful, my secretary tried it once and was hooked, so I have only one left for myself. And I hope they soon make a really graphite-like ink which has all the attributes of a #2 faber-Castell

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    I like writing instruments says:

    I am a big fan if writing instruments of all kinds. Recently saw the Sharpie Liquid Pencil at CVS and was anticipating a great writing experience with this product. It skipped the first time I tried to sign my name. Signature was not even legible. Tried making circles on several index cards. After some time it would not skip as much. But every time I tried to write in a normal manner, the skipping would start again.

    I was looking for Sharpie’s address to send my comments to them when I came across this blog. What is amazing to me is that this product is so bad, so many people have commented about its being bad, and yet Sharpie continues to produce this bad product and charge a rather high price for it.

    The original review and comments go back to 2010, and here they are in 2014 still producing this very poor writing instrument. I am taking this back to CVS for a refund.


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