Ironlak strikers

Some facts:
  • Three choices: a chisel nib (8 mm) and a fine nib (1 mm) (called tri grips), a chisel nib (6-8 mm) and a fine nib (1 mm) (called medium twin) and a brush nib and a fine nib (1 mm) (called brush)
  • Have a blender
  • Made by Ironlak
  • 160 color in the tri grips variant, and 96 colors in brush and medium twin.
The marker used to have a bad reputation, which made me hesitate to buy them. All over the Internet the same story was told: they dried out bad. I actually took contact with the company who confirmed the rumors but assured me that the problem they experienced with the caps not closing where gone with the new design. However, one of my brush nibs that I bought (of the new design strikers) where dried out. Then again, that can happen to the best of markers. One does not make a pattern.


Ironlak Strikers, two types 

The new Ironlak Strikers comes in two different types, one with a brush nib and a fine nib, and one with a chisel nib and a fine nib. That's not uncommon. But what differ is that they don´t look alike. You would expect one to be white and the other black, or something like that. But instead they just look different. The one with a brush nib is round and shiny. The chisel nib marker is triangular and has a matte finish. They differ in size, the brush nib is smaller. Also, if you buy the chisel nib you buy them in a set of twenty, but the brush nib comes in sets of twenty-four.  

A twenty set of chisel nib strikers
The chisel nib i a larger one (6 mm), and as good as any other chisel nib. 

A twenty-four set of brush nibs Strikers
The brush nib is very soft. However a bit dry and difficult to work on larger areas. Put together with the fine nib, this marker is not suitable for anything other than quite small drawings. 

Once again a graffiti oriented marker disappoint me with the lack of skin colors. I do get it; their audience don´t need skin colors as much as bright vivid colors, but at least one or two would be nice.

The colors I have are all in about the same value. A couple of darker (especially the greys) and some few lighter. A lot of them are also very similar to each other. I have at least five orange that are more or less the same and two-three slightly darker and some slightly lighter. That is just a vast. Of course, I do not own them all.

A letter describes the colors, that is telling you the color family. They seem to have eleven family groups. They have no names for their markers, just a number that does not seem to mean anything.


My Ironlak Strikers color chart (from three sets)
On the case of the brush nib sets, it says that they are refillable but I cannot find any information that confirmed that on the Internet.