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Since its introduction in 1971 the STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL has been a stable favourite and continues to be Europe’s best selling highlighter. It offers 4 hours dry-out protection for concentrated work; it is refillable and comes in 9 appealing fluorescent colours and 6 pastel colours!

Product Features

  • An incomparable design classic – since 1971
  • STABILO Anti-Dry-Out technology: 4 hours dry-out protection for concentrated work
  • The only highlighter available in 9 attractive fluorescent colours
  • 2 line widths 2 + 5 mm - ideal for highlighting texts of various sizes as well as for drawing lines of different thicknesses
  • Refillable
  • Water-based ink
  • Low-cost and easy to refill
  • Strong build quality means the tip will last for a very long time
Specification Sheet : Download

SDS Stabilo Boss Original : sds-stabilo-boss-original.pdf

Additional Info

The STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL has a unique design and iconic fluorescent colours. In 1971 the “father of all text markers” was born. Today, it is popular with millions of people throughout the generations. It sits nicely in the hand, is available in 9 different colours (plus 6 pastel colours) and can be refilled. Don’t worry if you accidentally forget to put the cap back on: thanks to STABILO Anti-Dry-Out technology, the STABILO BOSS Original can be left with its cap off for up to 4 hours without drying out. Its ink is water-based and therefore completely harmless to health. These features make the STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL a perfect highlighter that you can rely on.

The Stabilo Highlighting Range

If you need a creative boost, a little inspiration, a bit of help studying, or just a way to focus on the things that are really important: use STABILO highlighters with the special Anti-Dry-Out technology for 100% concentrated work!

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Design Classic in stylish pastel colours

Pastel tones are undoubtedly one of the major fashion trends. Pink, lilac, light blue and mint green are just some of the colours that are able to make any accessory more delicate. With six new beautiful colours we turned our STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL into an exciting accessory that allows you to really express yourself.

Good to know

How did the Stabilo Boss get its shape? The launch of the STABILO BOSS highlighter at the beginning of 1971 marked an innovative masterstroke by Schwan-STABILO with a totally new, revolutionary application. In the days before fluorescent highlighters there were few ways to mark important text. The idea of simply writing over passages instead of underlining them was obvious: all that was left was for fluorescent ink to be put into a suitable pen. And a revolutionary writing instrument required an equally revolutionary shape – a real challenge for an industrial designer! The designer made one model after another, only to discard them all: square, round, short and fat, long and flat designs. A conical cylinder he had produced in modelling clay seemed like a promising idea, but it was still hardly anything new. In his frustration, the designer squashed the model lying in front of him with the flat of his hand...
40 years later, the flat, chubby highlighter still has many imitators. And to this day it remains the highlight of an entire product category.
Why is the cap of the Stabilo Boss Original black and does not match the ink colour? STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL has been a very successful product for more than 40 years. One factor of its success is its unique design. The black cap is a copyrighted design feature and therefore we intend to keep this colour concept in future.

A similar STABILO product, the STABILO LUMINATOR highlighter, features a cap which matches the ink colour and has an XXL ink tank.
What's the best way to remove stains made by highlighters? If a highlighter ink stain has already completely dried, it will be difficult to do anything more than only to reduce the intensity of the stain. The key to successful stain removal is to act fast: even waiting just a few minutes after the ink stain has been made can reduce the chances of completely removing the stain. The type of fibres and their pre-treatment will also have a major influence. After all, the colourants in the highlighter inks are textile dyes that were developed for good fibre adsorption. The ink is an emulsion ink (similar to wall paint) which, once dried, is no longer water-soluble because the plastic emulsion then cross-links. 

With a fresh highlighter ink stain, it is important to remove the excess ink which has not yet been absorbed into the fibres while it is still moist. This is done by putting a piece of dry, absorbent fleece on the stain and using a damp piece of fleece applied to the rear side of the material to press the ink out of it and into the dry fleece. The dry fleece immediately absorbs and wicks away the excess ink, which prevents the stain from spreading further. When no more ink can be pressed into the dry fleece using this method, only the ink which has already soaked into the fibres will be left. It is important that the material is then washed immediately. Some customers report treating the material with ox-gall soap before washing it, with significantly improved results.

About Stabilo - Who we are

Pens with cult status – this is what STABILO stands for. STABILO is still a family run company and is one the world’s leading manufacturers of writing instruments. The diverse products from STABILO makes the lives of millions of people a little more colourful each and every day by delivering Germany quality and implementing ground breaking innovative designs in to each and every pen.

STABILO is part of the Schwan-STABILO Group. With more than 1,500 employees, we manufacture our customers’ favorite pens and pencils for highlighting, sketching, writing and colouring. Our products, which are manufactured in Weißenburg (Germany), Ceský Krumlov (Czech Republic) and Johor Bahru (Malaysia), are available worldwide in more than 180 countries. For more than 160 years we are creating pens which are just like our brand: trend-conscious, inspiring and visionary!