Welding and Metal Working Markers, Pens, and Pencils

When laying out and marking off for metal welding projects, one should have clear lines to follow that won’t burn off or blow away. There are a number of different types of specialized marking devices that will help you achieve the lines and marks for making your welds and cuts. In the following reviews we hope to be able to help you choose the correct marking device that will be the perfect solution for your projects.

Markal 96006 Silver-Streak Metal Marker

The marks made by this marker are highly visible and illuminate while making your cuts or welding. The Silver-Streak metal marker is able to make marks on metals that may be rusty, wet, or oily and will not scratch or abrade surfaces. The marker comes with a durable mechanical holder that helps prevent stick breakage and features a convenient sharpener and pocket clip.






Overview and Features

Mechanical holder prevents stick breakage

Built-in sharpener

Pocket clip


Marks on wet, oily, and rusty metals

Illuminates when cutting or welding


Sometimes a little finicky to sharpen

Conclusion and Rating

Product Rating: (4.2/5)

Great for doing ones metal layout and fabrication work. The marks made by the Silver-Streak are visible through filter plate and are resistant torch flames.


Welder’s Pencil

Welders pencils are made to make clear easy-to-see marks and layout lines on moderately rusty or oxidized steel. The lines are silver in color and brighten when welding or cutting. Notably easier to observe than soapstone by means of darkened welding shades or torch cutting goggles. Standard pencil shape is easily resharpened in any pencil sharpener for steady precise marks.




Overview and Features

Illuminates when welding or cutting

Fine line layout

Marks on raw material

Won’t burn or blow away


Easier to see than soapstone

Easy to resharpen


Can be a little harder to see on newer shiny material vs darker material

Conclusion and Rating

Product Rating: (4.1/5)

With these welding pencils you can make precise fine lines and marks that illuminate while welding or cutting. Some people prefer these pencils over soapstone.


Round Soapstone with Holder by Ally Tools

Soapstone, the centuries old standby used as a marking tool on many different types of materials because its very visible and not permanent. Welders and fabricators use this marking tool as it remains visible when heat is applied because of its resistance to heat. These marking tools are ideal for making removable markings for welding or fabrication on steel, aluminum, and cast iron.


Overview and Features

High Grade Aluminum Holder for durability

Soapstone Stays Secure in a Tightened End Collar


Very visible

Not permanent

Heat resistant


Round not as fine of a layout line as some markers

Conclusion and Rating

Product Rating: (4.0/5)

For the most part you can’t go wrong with soapstone for welders and fabricators. These marking tools make lines and marks that are visible and heat resistant. The holders are made from high grade aluminum for long lasting durability.