Sharpie started life in 1964 as the name of a permanent marker made by the American manufacturer Sanford Ink Company. Today it is a brand name in its own right and is one of the most famous markers in the world. Sharpie makes a range of different markers with the Sharpie fine point marker being their flagship marker. Although it has many different uses and can write on a variety of surfaces including glass, metal, photos, foil and most plastics, it is a firm favourite with autograph hunters after being made famous due to a series of TV commercials starring David Beckham. The Sharpie metallic markers are particularly good metallic markers with vibrant inks and available in bronze, gold and silver. The Sharpie Rub a Dub Laundry Marker is ideal for marking childrens' clothing, bags etc. and remains permanent even after being washed. The Sharpie Professional Marker is ideal for those who want an industrial strength marker, its tip will write on abrasive surfaces and even those that are wet and oily. Sharpie Whiteboard Markers are very popular with schools and companies who do presentations. They also have a range of highlighters which have a specially formulated ink to resist smearing when used over most pen and marker ink.