I am a big fan of Sharpie markers. I use them almost everyday around the house for labeling, crafts, packages and even small paint touch ups. When I heard that Sharpie had introduced a retractable markers, I though what a great idea, why didn't they invent this sooner? A Sharpie retractable marker has the same great feel and quick drying permanent ink as a regular Sharpie but there is now no cap to remove, you just click it. It was designed with a safety seal valve that keeps the pen from drying out.
My favorite experience with the new Sharpie retractable was taking it with us to Disney World last summer. My children love to get autographs from the characters but for most of them in full costume, a regular pen is hard for them to hold. We have always tried to make the process easier by using Sharpies because they are thicker than a regular pen and they will also not fade over time like some ball points can. The only problem with them is that they sometimes bleed through more than one page of the book. If you have ever gotten autographs at Disney you know that while you are in line, the handlers often ask you to have everything ready including the cap off the pens to make the signing process faster and easier. Problem here is that while waiting, my son has gotten marker all over his clothes on more than one occasion. This time though we used the Sharpie retractable's and had no problems. They were easy for my son to press when he handed it to the characters and if he forgot, most of them had no problems pressing the buttons themselves. Chip and Dale even passed it back and forth between them pressing the button to open and close it.
I have also noticed that the retractable's seem to last longer than my other Sharpies without drying out. I know there were times I did not replace the cap tightly on the regular ones so they dried out faster but once you click the retractable's to close them, they are sealed inside. I love the these new Sharpies and will be stocking up on them next year if they go on sale for back to school.