[Histonet] RE: Industrial Sharpie good news

From:"Bonner, Janet"

    We purchase the industrial sharpie from Office Depot.  We only use them
on the cassettes, not slides.  We haven't had the problem of anyone grabbing
the wrong pen, but we keep them in a separate place -  pencil holder or
drawer - depending on the area.  We also use a cassette printer from TBS so
we don't have to use the pen all of the time.
     For slides we use the Statmark because the industrial sharpie has been
known to come off - for example, when we circle slides to indicate where we
put the gelblock section, and it is put through the stainer and the Statmark
pen has survived. Same story with labeling the slides - the industrial
sharpie faded.  Let me know if you need the Statmark information-   Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: Gayle Callis [mailto:gcallis@montana.edu]
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 3:43 PM
To: Bonner, Janet; Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Industrial Sharpie good news 

Dear Janet,

Thank you for info about Industrial Sharpie ink staying on in 
solvents.  Where are you purchasing these special Sharpies?  Staples, or 
some other vendor?

I was worried that someone inadvertently grabs a run of the mill, everyday 
Sharpie marker used for labeling bottles, tape, and label their tissue 
cassettes or slides!  We have had this happen with disasterous results when 
a whole project's labeling is dissolved away because the unaware used the 
wrong Sharpie marker.

I plan to give the industrial Sharpies a try though.

Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 173610
Bozeman MT 59717-3610
406 994-6367 (lab with voice mail)
406 994-4303 (FAX)

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