RE: [Histonet] Securline pens

From:"Connie McManus"

Pencil is what I have always used until about 5 yrs ago when I
discovered the secureline pens.  These worked pretty well at first, then
I started having trouble with them and stopped using them.  I went back
to pencil to temporarily label my slides (we still use pencil on our
cassettes).  I find that if I use the hardest leads I can find, there
isn't any grit that contaminates my sections or reagents and it doesn't
smudge or wipe off. In my experience, #2 leads are the worst for using
on slides and cassettes.  I use a mechanical pencil with 5mm HB leads.
We have no problems with those.

Connie McManus
Utah Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Phone:  435/797-1891
fax: 435/797-2805

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Horn,
Hazel V
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 2:11 PM
To: Faucette, Lawrence (NIH/NIAID); Jennifer Sipes;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Securline pens

Yep, but smudges and sometimes hard to read

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Faucette, Lawrence (NIH/NIAID)
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:19 PM
To: 'Jennifer Sipes';;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Securline pens

#2 pencil anyone ?  rarely washes off, Never dries out..........  Wink.
Just a thought

Lawrence J Faucette



Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Section

Comparative Medicine Branch 

Division of Intramural Research, NIAID, NIH

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Telephone 301-451-1056

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Sipes [] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Securline pens

I use Pigma Micron archival pens available at your local arts and crafts
store in the scrapbook section.  You have to let them dry, but once the
ink is on, it doesn't come off!  I use it for slide staining and tissue
processing.  I don't do as much tissue as a histology lab, so I can
prepare for the next day of tisse processing by marking all of my
cassettes ahead of time.  For more info, feel free to write to me!

Jennifer K. Sipes, RALAT
Sr. Laboratory Technician
Johns Hopkins University
Ross 929
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21205
phone:  410-614-0131
cell:     443-413-0853

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