Highlighter pens or highlighters as they are more commonly known are an essential part of any office. Highlighters are a type of felt-tip pen which are used to make passages of writing stand out with vivid and fluorescent colour. Office Allsorts range includes the top highlighter brands Stabilo and Sharpie as well as our 5 Star economy brand which offer great savings whilst maintaining high quality.
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Highlighter pens or simply highlighters made their first appearance in the early 1960's shortly after the felt tip pen had been invented in Japan. The first hightlighter pens were produced by Carter’s Ink Company using the name Sharpie. Carters, who were based in Massachusetts, were subsequently purchased by Avery Dennison in 1975. Highlighters are quiet simply a felt top writing device that is filled with fluorescent, transparent ink.
A highlighters primary function is to highlight text whilst allowing the original text still to be read. Highlighters are vivid in colour, most, typically fluorescent. The most commonly used colour is yellow as this colour will not create a shadow if the document is to be photocopied. Orange, green, blue and pink are also popular choices. Lesser used colours include red and purple. Highlighters are now also available in retractable form or with an eraser on the opposite end of the felt tip.
Highlighters have become highly developed in their functionality since their early days. Things to look out for when buying your highlighter pens might be:
Tip Size and Shape - As with permanent and whiteboard markers highlighters come in both chisel tip and bullet tip format. Chisel tips are a wedge and provide the user with a thick and thin tip with which to highlight. If you are using your highlighter pens to highlight text then this tip style will be best suited. Bullet tips look like any standard pen tip and are uniform in shape.
Erasable Ink - Pilot have developed a highlighter that can be erased once you’ve finished with them. Simply highlight as normal and then erase once you no longer need to highlight the writing. This can be especially useful for students who want to highlight important passages In text books.
Anti smudge - Stabilo have patented an anti smudge formula which prevents smudging when highlighting inkjet printouts.
Cap Off Friendly - Most permanent, whiteboard and highlighter markers will dry out if the tip is left off. This makes the pen useless with the only option being to throw the pen away. A new generation of pens has now been developed that allows you to leave the cap off for up to 24 hours without the tip drying out. This means pens last longer and you have less expense from replacing dried out highlighters.