I’m a bit of a highlighter connoisseur. Perhaps more of a junkie. I love to highlight. It’s a bit of a problem really. If there were a “Highlighters Anonymous”, I’d be a card carrying member…if not the president. I use highlighting sort of as a journaling technique. As I read, I highlight the text of my Bible that “grabs” me…the verses that jump off the page and either convict me or edifiy me.
Since I began my highlighting expedition years ago, I’ve tried every single highlighter available. Cheap ones, expensive ones, wet ones, dry ones….you name the brand, I’ve tried it. What I have found is that they all have significant bleed through to the page beneath. No matter the brand or technique I use, they all bleed. I’ve ruined my fair share of bibles that way.
Then one day, in our church bookstore, I found a little rack in the corner with some dusty packs of pens and chincy “bible starter kits”. On that rack I found a few Zebra “Zebrite” highlighters…dusty as they were. At $1.99 a pop, I snatched them both up and took them home to get my highlighting fix for the night. Boy was I surprised. These highlighters were PERFECT…or as close to it as possible. I had no bleed through when I used them. The only way I could get them to bleed was if I held the tip in one place on the page for too long a period of time.
I thought I would pass along to my fellow highlightaholics my findings. I’ve posted some pictures to give you an idea of what these little highlighters can do. Sadly, the Zebrite has been discontinued by Zebra, though they are still available on the net. They’re tough to find, but they are out there. Here is one source if you might be so inclined to try them. The good news though is that Zebra has created a new highlighter with the exact same capabilities and pigments as the Zebrite and they are still in production and are readily available. This highlighter is called the LiteRite and is a ballpoint pen/highlighter combo. The pen is decent, but frankly, I never use it. It takes about 3 highlighters to highlight the New Testament (not every single word, just the stuff mentioned above).
It’s also worth mentioning that the Zebrite comes in different colors. I’ve seen them in blue, red, and green, but there may be other colors. Just google “Zebrite” and you’ll find them out there. They go for about $1.50 on the net, while the LiteRite fetches about $2.00, but with enough searching, you may do better.
Lastly, Looking back at my first bible that I used these highlighters in I can notice no deterioration in the brightness level. After 6 years, they are as bright as they were when I first got them.
I hope this was helpful to you. For some additional information on the best pen to use on your bibles pages, check out a wonderful post by Jesus Saenz which details his findings.