Welcome to the first installment in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!
What is an ideal marker for me? I want one that is sturdy, comfortable to hold, has good coverage on many types of paper, lasts a long time, and is refillable. Add some plain old mindful (OK, sometimes mindless!) fun to a marker and I’d finish looking.
Magnetips fit the bill. They are not just high-quality, refillable fine-tip markers. Each one contains two super powerful Neodymium (rare-earth) magnets. The markers stick together or to any metallic surface, promising hours of creative fun. Coloring is only the beginning!
I purchased my set of Magentips myself. Magnetips did, however, supply the set I am giving away. I was not financially compensated for this post in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using this product. This post does contain affiliate links.
Founded by designer Noam Bar Yohai, Magnetips was first launched in 2016 on Kickstarter, and received over 6,000 backers – me among them. They were designed for folks who love to color, draw and fidget.
Magnetips are available in two versions: the “Colour Edition” markers have matte, color-coded barrels. The “Black Edition” markers have matte black barrels with a thin color-coded band and interior.
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Also available are refills and chrome balls to add moving joints to your creations. You can even make a form of fidget spinner.
The box holding the pens is much sturdier than I expected. Most cardboard pen/pencil packages can stand a bit of use before they start to fall apart…but this box (which is really a tray) looks like it will last quite a bit longer. However, you don’t really need the box: with the magnets, the Magnetips make their own pen cup (pen-pen holder?), or you can just stick them to anything metal, like the fridge, where they are always at hand.
Although not unique to Magnetips, some of the barrel colors do not all accurately reflect the ink color, particularly the lighter shades such as Ice Blue, Lime Green and the lighter Gray. As usual, I made a color swatch and I highly recommend that you do as well. Also, it would be nice if the color names were printed on the barrels for easier identification (color numbers and names are printed on the ink refills themselves).
Performance & Usability
The ink in the Magnetips is vibrant and lays down smoothly on many different types and qualities of paper.
Magnetips really shine when coloring in smaller spaces, such as in designs in Johanna Basford’s coloring books or books made for more expert colorists like Color Me Crazy and Between the Lines. And for less-detailed illustrations, Magnetips are perfect for adding details – shapes, hashing, and scumbling for example. However, as these are really fine tip (0.4 mm) coloring in large spaces was a a tad draining, and resulted in some streaks, and some uneven coverage without care.
The high density fiber tips of the markers are very firm and dispense ink evenly and smoothly. Even with pressure (and I did test!) the tips did not slip back into the durable metal collar, or smoosh.
The caps stay securely snapped onto the pen, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off and letting the ink dry up. While you are coloring, the magnets keep the caps firmly stuck to the end.
The pens themselves have a comfortable-to-hold hexagonal shape. The hand-weight is perfect: just enough to feel solid in your hand without being tiring. Further, these markers will not roll off your coloring surface. This hexagonal shape also makes constructing things quite easy.
As with almost any water-based markers, these fine line markers’ performance on bleeding varied depending on particular paper characteristics and how many layers of color that you lay down. For example, I did have some bleed-through in my Creative Haven Mehndi Designs coloring book as well as Fractals only when I used several layers of color. I didn’t have any bleeding or seeping in Lost Ocean or my Inkspirationscoloring books. The ink did not bleed outside any line work.
As for the fun part: when I left my set out of the box, the kids and adults went straight for them and started constructing, not realizing they were markers. I finally told everyone a few days later that the magnets were in fact markers with magnets in them, and received a chorus of “Wows!”
Overall I am very happy with my Magnetips. The colors are vibrant and the mix means that you can do some shading when you want to add some depth to your coloring. My only wish is that there were more colors, specifically tints/pastels and skin tones.
These markers would make a great gift for ladies, gents and kids alike (keep the chrome balls away from little ones, though), and are great for coloring, writing, note-taking and, yes, playing!
To learn more about Magnetips, to discover ways to use them, and to order, click here.
For more gift ideas, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page!
Wanna win? Magnetips has kindly sent me a Black Edition Bundle, worth $83.99, to give away to one lucky reader. The Bundle includes one set (20 markers) of the Black Edition Magnetips, one package of 10 chrome balls and one set of 20 refills.
This giveaway starts today, November 15, and ends at midnight on November 29, 2017. Winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address.
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