ABOUT: I have recently got into adult colouring books which I love although some of the details in the book are very fine and much to fine for me to use felt pens so I purchase these fine liners in order to be able to complete the pictures and to also add some detail to some of the pictures as well. The fine liners have an ergonomic triangular shape for comfortable and easy writing and the pens can apparently be left uncapped for days without drying it; although I haven't personally tested this myself.
The pens contain a water based ink meaning that they should wash out of different clothing and material. The line width of the pen is around 0.3mm and the pens come in a nice plastic box which stands up so you can take a pen out when you want and you can also place it back into the packaging without having to worry about fiddling around too much.
PRICE: I purchased a pack of 12 from Amazon and to be honest I can't remember how much I paid for them but I think it was around £5.99 or may have even been a little cheaper.
IN USE: I use these pens on a regular basis and due to the triangle barrel I find them comfortable to hold and use, despite using them for a good 15mins at a time sometimes. The pens are nice and light and due to the coloured cap and end of the pen it's easy to tell what colour each pen is.
In terms of the colour the ink in the pen is true to the coloured cap and end of the pen which is good. The brighter colours are nice and vibrant and look lovely on white paper and when using them in my colouring book.
The packaging that the pens come in is fantastic as it means you can take them with you in a rucksack or other bag and not have to worry about them falling out of the packaging. I can't quite get the packaging to stand up so I just have the pens laying flat down on the desk or table.
I personally haven't managed to get any of the ink on any of my clothing so I can't really comment on whether it washes out of clothing or not as I haven't left the pens uncapped either so I can't confirm whether they dry out or not.
OVERALL: A lovely fine liner pen in a range of lovely colours.
I purchased this pack of Staedtler Triplus Colour Fibre Tip Pens In Desktop Box - 20 Assorted Colours when they were on offer over a year ago for just under a fiver. A bargain, since the RRP is noted as being £23.80 and they are currently retailing on Amazon at around £13.
And what fabulous pens they are indeed.
The Product and Experience of the product:
I generally use these pens for doing outlining around my acrylic painting wherever I need a fine line. (I am not very steady handed with the brush and prefer to cheat and use a pen sometimes.) These pens are excellent for the purpose I use them for - as well as performing well on paper and card. I have used them to write messages on homemade cards as well as for drawing purposes. I find they produce neat results and good colouration with little or no bleed into the paper. The results are usually crisp, tidy and professional looking.
These pens really are a cut above the basic generic fibre tip pen for several reasons:
Although I have never tried it - apparently these pens don't dry out for several days even if you forget to replace the cap. From my own use of them (over a year of light usage), I have not found them to be any drier than the day I bought them. They look and perform like new.
They also apparently wash out of most textiles - but again, I've never smudged them onto my textiles so I will have to take the manufacturers word for that.
They produce a fine line of about 1mm with their strong, pressure resistant tip. They have an ergonomic triangular barrel for ease of use. They feel natural to use in the hand.
There is a good spectrum of 20 colours in this particular set from black/grey/white through to orange/red/ yellow and they are packaged in a stiff plastic folder which not only looks stylish - but protects the pens as well. Handy when they live in a plastic container full of my other art stuff.
At the price charged you might not want to buy these for younger children, however. If all you want is a standard pen for colouring in and general doodling then there are cheaper alternatives - but I am sure the older child would love these as a gift. They look and feel good quality to use. They are without doubt the best felt tips I have ever owned and I would recommend them. I couldn't go back to using anything less having tried these. Full marks from me.
Staedtler are a well known, good quality stationary brand, so when I saw these pens on Amazon, I decided to buy them. They were £5.47 for a set of 10 fineliner pens but retail for between £7 and £10 elsewhere. They have a 0.3mm point which is the standard size for fineliner pens. The barrel of the pens are silver whilst the caps match the ink colour of each pen. The colours contained within this pack are: yellow, orange, red, pink, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, brown and black. The colour assortment is exactly the same as the Staedtler tri-plus fibre tip pens.
The fineliners have a superfine metal-clad tip, an ergonomic triangular barrel but best of all, they are dry safe. This means you can leave the fineliner pens without their lids on for days without them drying up. This is perfect if you have children as they often put pens back into the pen pot without lids on them. Staedtler also claim that the fineliner pens wash out of most textiles, which again, is great if you have kids who can't help drawing on themselves or others.
When using the fineliners, the ink dries very quickly on the page, which is great if you are doing revision as you can get on quickly, and this is also great if your children are using them as they are less likely to smudge their artwork.
All of the colours are exceptionally well pigmented, which is important to me. All of the colours 'pop' on the page. These pens can be used for anything - writing cards, making revision more interesting, for children doing their drawings. Although as they are more pricey than other coloured pens, you may not want your little little children using them and ruining them unless you buy them on really good offer.
The packaging the fineliner pens comes in is great. It is a plastic 'closed' tray with a flip lid at the top to access the pens. I have always stored my pens in the original packaging as the colours are laid out so you don't have to go hunting for them in your pencil case.
The pens are really easy to write with, the ink flows onto the page nicely leaving you with smooth writing on the page. I have not had any experience with the nibs splitting like with cheaper brands of fineliners, however as mentioned already, if you have fierce children using them, they might split.
I can't fault these pens at all, they are simply great. I have to give them 5 stars, although they can be pricey, if you shop around you can get them for a good price. At £5.47 for the whole pack of 10, this works out at 54p per pen which I think is perfectly reasonable for the quality you get from Staedtler.
At the beginning of 2012 my daughter was doing the finishing touches to her coursework on her Art GCSE and she asked me for a few different colours of fineliner pens. As a parent who wanted her to do well I popped into my local Tesco and bought a pack of 10 identical to the ones above,
Staedtler who are based in Nuremburg, Germany are the marked leader I would suggest in fineliners. However they aren't cheap. My pack of 10 cost £7.99, so you are looking at a price of about 80p each.
In the pack I had Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink, Blue, Torquise, Green, Lime, Brown and Black. Each pen had a cap to in the colour of the ink in the pen and all had a silver coloured body.
Upon taking the lid off the pen you are left with a very fine tipped fineliner. In the case of these they were only 0.3mm and believe me that was small. My daughter needed these to go draw around the outline of some drawings she had done. The superfine metal-clad tip with its ergonomic triangular shape made the work very easy. They did not scratch and after drawing the ink dried extremely quickly and there was no smudging.
I have since been doing some tags for a display and also found that they were great for writing and it made such a nice neat job. I also very foolishly left a lid off a pen and didn't realise until the following day. The ink did not dry up and it was as good as ever.
Obviously these fineliners are made for serious work. They can be used for Art, Craft and Design, Drawing Plans etc. They are not as I explained to my 7 year old (when I found him with one) for using to colour in drawings.
Do I recommend them? These pens really are superb for drawing although they aren't cheap. They aren't for young children but can be enjoyed by older children and grown ups alike.
Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 20 Pack -
Available on-line form around £10.99 up to £19.99 So shop around
This pen has been made with water based ink, and produces a fine line of around 0.3 mm. Each of these pens is triangular in shape with rounded edges which makes it very comfortable to hold it.
The lida correspond to the colour of the ink, and the barrel of the pen is grey with a kind of ribbed texture to it. The nib of the pen is set in a metal tip, and the 'fineliner' tip pokes out maybe 1 mm.
The ink itself washes out of many fabrics, and is long lasting.
I have to admit that I have never bough the 20 pack of these pens I was given them by Staedtler themselves. Years ago I had bought the four pack, and used them until they had run out, and then when I received a voucher for £5 off in WH Smiths I treated myself to the ten pack. After a short while one of the nibs had split, and another had developed an angle from where I had written with it for such a long time.
At the time I was a bit miffed, and wrote them an email. The response was really quick, the person asked for my number, and called me straight away. By way of an apology she asked me to send the pens back to them (she sent me a prepaid envelope) and then replaced my ten pack with a twenty pack.
The twenty pack has a choice of twenty different colours, that are generally fun. I love these pens as I can doodle with them nicely in lectures. They come in a solid plastic package. It's like a rigid plastic envelope that has a slot for each pen to be cradled in individually. The 'flap' of the envelope clips closed nicely to keep all of the pens in it.
Each of my twenty pens has lasted really well, and since the initial issue with the pack I returned I have had no issues. The shape of the pen makes them very comfortable to hold, and the ridged effect seems to make your hand less tire when you're writing a lot. They pack fits nicely inside a folder, and the doodling possibilities helps to make those lectures go that bit faster.
For me this is a five star product, and Staedtler get five stars for service also as I honestly thought they'd completely ignore my initial email. I highly recommend them to all.
Set of 20 in a range of colours, fineliners. They can also come in packs of 10
I set out to buy these to help me make my revision notes more interesting, and my mind maps more eye catching.
I got mine for a snip at £7.49, i know these can be about £26 from a certain leading stationary shop..
The quality of the pens are brilliant, vivid colours, and smooth to write with, also they boast that they will not dry out if the lid is left off.
I had one issue, if you lend them out to people, make sure they dont write so that the pens are flat. They tend to flatten really quickly, so then writing with them is really difficult as it starts to dig into the paper, and become scratchy.
The range of colours is perfect, and they last a long time. I have made so many revision notes for my exams, and still, they are no where near running out. In the pasti have had felt tip pens, gel pens etc, and all have been poor to write with and ran out. With these fineliners i have no issue.
The display case that it comes in which folds open to support them is great for easy access, and. I have to put them back in the order they came, its sad to say i love them!
Well worth investing in these pens (shop around though, offers and less obvious shops do good deals!) if you have alot of notes to take, like drawing in unusual media, or do a lot of writing in general, they are perfect.
I was bought my Triplus Fineliners over 5 years ago as a birthday present from a friend who knew I was into art.
The pens come in a range of colours, from black at the very darkest, through the rainbow up to the very light yellow colour. Most of the colours in the set are easily readable as they come out quite vividly, but you may find (and I certainly have) that the lighter colours such as light blue and yellow, will become very difficult to read in bright light, and tend to fade slowly over time. The other colours I have not found to fade at all.
Design of Pen
The pens are designed in a triangular shape, to aid both pen-grip style (as many people hold their pens 'incorrectly') and for ease of use when writing or drawing/outlining. The nibs of the pens are very thin/small, and I have found that they can break in you press too hard. When/if this happens the nib does not break completely away, but shrinks slightly and becomes angular, which means it will then only write properly from one direction, which can be quite annoying. However, I am willing to pay this price since, as the packet proclaims, the pens are "DRY-SAFE - can be left uncapped for several days without drying up". This isn't just a bold claim on Staedtler's part, having had my pens for 5 years, and sometimes left them out, they really do not dry out and make them well worth the money that you'll pay for them.
Design of Case
The case that the pens come in is also of use, as it not only keeps your pens safe and all-together, if you fold back the lid and clip it together, your pens will be propped up for easy picking at an angle. This is especially useful if you are going from one colour to another.
Well, I've found many uses for these pens, including revision (as the ink dries quickly on the page as I'm writing), art such as inking in outlines (as the black gives a nice dark colour very evenly) and they make great normal everyday writing pens too.
The ink as I mentioned dries nice and quickly, but it will smudge if you drag your hand etc over it before it has dried. The inks are what I would call clear, or opaque, so if you've got pencil underneath and have drawn over it, you can see the pencil, but unlike some over pens, you can rub out the pencil line and the ink will hardly fade at all!
Overall I would say that this is an excellent pen set, no matter what purpose you want to put them to, they are up for almost any task. They are long lasting, with nice looking inks and are well worth the investment.
I used to be a gel pen fanatic. I would collect the scented ones, the glitter ones and the highlighter ones. I had a large collection, but hardly ever used them, which meant that many dried up and I became sad. Now being more sensible with my money, but still being attracted to pens, this Staedtler colour fine liner set was perfect. As I do art, this set has proven to be useful for pen and ink drawings.
The design of the box is also to note. Being translucent, not only does it showcase the pens in all its glory, the break-open lid can be flipped over to form a stand for the pens, which makes it easy for you to take them out to use. Each pen has a coloured lid which corresponds to its tone. The triangular shape of the pen means that it gives you good grip and the silver gives it that extra edge and class.
The pack contains twenty six different coloured pens including the typical red, yellow, blue, green, purple and orange varieties, but what sets this pack apart is that it contains unique colours as well. The teal, turquoise, lime green, scarlet, rose pink as well as two shades of brown means that you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to using the pens.
As I mentioned, I use the pens mainly for pen and ink drawings, but also for writing cards, notes and colour coding in my notes or school work. As it is an ink pen, it is absorbed very quickly into the page and doesn't smudge at all. They do not work well on shiny surfaces, so avoid using them on plastic bags or fabric, although they are machine washable so they will wash away if they do end up on the clothes.
Currently around £10 (Originally £24) at most stationary stores, these pens are a no brainer. Not only are they of high quality, but the variety and range that they give you will be most useful to anyone, be it artist, doctor, housewife... Go grab yourself a set now!
I have to admit - I like owning nice stationery - it's a bit of an obsession that started at school and never really left me. So when I started studying for a set of exams at work, I used it as an excuse to stock up on some new stationery.
I knew what I was looking for - I wanted a range of pens in different colours to aid me with my revision (I'll explain more about that later!) and this particular pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners appealed to me because they came in a wide range of colours - you get yellows, greens, blues, pinks, reds, browns - there's a whole spectrum of coloured pens to work with.
I bought this pack of 20 Staedtler Triplus Fineliners from Tesco and I paid around £8.00 for it, but a quick internet search informs me that I bagged a bargain - it seems that you can usually expect to pay between £9.50 and £15.00 for a packet of these pens.
The pens come in a plastic pack that you can be used to transport the pens around. However I immediately put them all in my pencil case, so I never used the original packaging to store them.
As I've already mentioned - there are lots of different colours within the pack - sometimes when you buy coloured pens the colours seem very similar - but with these pens they are pretty diverse.
Each pen is silver with a coloured lid and a coloured end which represents the ink within the pen. I think that the plastic used is a truthful reflection of the ink colour.
These pens are really easy to write with and the ink flows smoothly creating a neat handwriting line. The colour is very deep and distinctive on the page. Also, unlike other finewriters, the pen nib doesn't split until it's been used excessively - and when it does you can still successfully write with it for a while.
As I explained earlier, I used these pens as a revision aid. I used two coloured pens to make notes about each revision topic and I'd say that I probably managed to write about 80 pages of A4 notes and around 200 cue cards before these pens gave up the ghost. I now only have around six of the original pens left, the rest have stopped working, but still, I feel like I got my money's worth with this product.
Although I don't think that these pens are suitable for little ones, because they are a bit fiddly, I highly recommend them for students that are studying for exams. I find that writing revision topics with coloured pens helps me to retain information, so this pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners was a worthwhile investment.
I am going to give this product four stars - I am taking a star off because they do eventually run out and the nib also starts to deteriorate after a certain amount of use.
I had been lusting after these lovely fineliners for a while, as I like to use colours when making notes and doing projects for college. There is no doubt that decorating a page with colours helps when it comes to revising and generally absorbing information, and previously I had used just a black pen, a red pen and a highlighter to use on my work. Not having used Staedtler fineliners before however, I was reluctant to pay the £19.00 retail price for the pack. Also, while I was charmed by the vast array of colours available in the pack I knew I would probably not use them all. However, when I saw the fineliners on offer in Tesco in September last year I couldn't resist.
This pack contains an assortment of twenty fineliner pens in the following colours:
- Light Orange
- Dark Orange
- Light Pink
- Dark Pink
- Dark Blue
- Mid Blue
- Light Blue
- Dark Green
- Light Green
- Dark Grey
Each pen measures 16cm in length, and you can see which colour you are selecting by the colour of the cap and tip of each pen. This is useful if you are keeping the pens in a separate container, as it means whichever way up the pen is you are able to see its colour. Each pen is slightly triangular down its length, which means that it has three subtle sides and will not go rolling off a table easily. This is fantastic, and also means the pens are very comfortable to grip. The cap pulls off fairly easily, but will also fasten securely to ensure the liquid colour will not dry up. The nibs are very fine, so you can use the pens very precisely. I often use the pens in amongst my regular writing with a black pen, and regardless of the type of paper I use I have never had any problems with the ink bleeding or blossoming. Unlike felt tip pens too, you can position the nib on a sheet of paper for a long time without the paper absorbing too much ink and creating a pool of colour.
I have found that the ink emerges from the pens fairly easily, although on some types of paper (mainly glossier ones) the nib does make an unpleasant squeaking noise that is reminiscent of fingernails down the blackboard. The colours I use most are the purple, orange and green ones, and after a year's moderate use my favourite colours still contain plenty of ink, even though after around fifteen minutes I need to replace the cap and use a different one because the ink is less readily available. This is no big drawback however, and as the pens are not designed to replace regular pens it is understandable that they would suffer slightly if overused in this manner.
As I expected, some of the pens are simply too pale a shade to be useful on white paper. These colours include the yellow and the pale blue mainly, although a couple of the others will be pale yet still readable. However, this is inevitable considering the paleness of the shades, and there are so many colours to choose from I do not notice the absence of them in my work. The vibrancy of the ink is astounding, and the colour the ink is dispensed as is the colour it stays on the page, unlike some other fineliners I have used.
The sheer range of colours was astounding, and actually more than I really needed. I realised as I was trying the pens out that just half the colours would have more than suited me, but it is very handy to have so many to choose from. It also means that you can swap and change the pens you use to prevent any particular colours sustaining too much wear. I now have a smaller pack of the pens for carrying with me to college, as I do not always have room for the large pack of twenty. £19 may seem a lot for this packet of pens, but they are very high quality and designed to last a long time. I paid £14 for the pack, although having used them extensively I would be more than happy to pay full price for them should I need a replacement pack.
Having tried the Staedler felt tips, I decided to give these a go. I usually use Muji coloured gel pens (they come in packs of 18 in Hong Kong, but am unsure if they do this in the UK) but as I'm not going back to HK this summer, I needed an alternative. I went for these thinking that the longevity must surely be longer than gel pens.
Anyway, as mentioned in my other review, the box design is brilliant. Innovative and can be reused. I usually bin the packaging my pens come in but this one is for keepers. It can be folded and clicked into place so that it stands up at an acute angle so the pens can be taken out and put back in with ease. This saves time having to open and close it if it were not designed as it is.
Moving onto the pens themselves. The pens come in a wide range of colours so if you were to use them for colour coding, you would not run out of options. The flow of ink is also good and consistent. However, with prolonged use, the pen tips can sometimes deform and thus, are no longer 'fine'liners but just normal ink pens. To combat this, I've taken to using these pens with a bit more care and as much light-handedness as possible in order for me to be able to use these pens for a bit longer as fine liners. With time though, this would happen to most pens which have tips similar to these fineliners.
The pens are in a triangular prism shape and are thus, easy to hold. Keeping a grip on them is easy even though there is no designated grip area. However, for those with bigger hands, they may find these pens a bit harder to hold as they are quite slim in design.
The cost of these pens are neither expensive, nor cheap. But on that scale, they are more towards cheap than expensive (depending on the store you decide to purchase them from).
Overall, these pens are good fineliners and they will serve you well, however, I think I will be sticking to my Muji gel pens.
I have a thing about my writing instruments, I only use one type of pens (the Uni-ball UB-150 Eye Micro by the Mitsubishi Pencil Co., it is waterproof and the smooth flow of ink allows for absolutely effortless writing). Last year my little sister bought a pack of 20 Staedtler Triplus Fineliners out of her own pocket money because she thought they are really pretty, only to be told by her teacher 'felt tips' are not allowed in school, so she gave the pack to me. I thanked her but couldn't help to secretly think I could never find a use for all these colorful Fineliners.
Revision for my final year exams proved me wrong. I tried to allocate one colour to one drug & its pharmacokinetics, development; which I think would be more efficient than stuffing my brain pages upon pages of writings in black; I was a few colours short to use a colour only once but it helped in a way I could relate one drug to one colour and not get confused. (This was for a Pharmacology exam, but I think it could work equally well with just any other hard-core memorization the unkind modern day education could force one to preform, but obviously we all have slightly different revision techniques that work for us)
A quick read on the Staedtler website gave me a few background details on the pens: the Fineliners have a superfine, metal-clad tip, ergonomic triangular barrel for effortless, fatigue-free writing, it claims to be 'DRY SAFE' and 'Airplane-safe', meaning the pens can be left uncapped for days without drying up, and an automatic pressure equalisation prevents pen leakage while on board aircraft. It uses water-based ink which could be washed out of most textiles, and a PP barrel guarantees long service life.
A collection of 20 colours across the spectrum are available individually or in sets of 4, 5, 10 or 20 colours, with or without the clear hard plastic case which could be used as a stand (open the lid then flip it backwards 90 degrees to the pens, close it again and you should hear a 'click')
The cheapest deal I can find online is from mypenshop, a desktop box of 20 assorted colours at £7.95 / unit(s)
These pens have a good feel on the paper - they produce a fine line of smooth, bright colour without catching or dragging. The packet of 20 has a fabulous range of colours, and the plastic box is supposed to be able hold itself upright when you fold the lid back - I haven't been able to make this work for me, but I'm not bothered as I prefer to lie them flat anyway. The case does keep the pens nice & tidy, and the lid clips shut easily & securely. The label on the case says that the pens won't dry out if the cap is left off, but I haven't tested that claim!
The thin pen & small cap makes these unsuitable for children - they're more the type of pen for adults to use for drawing or for highlighting text (such as when reviewing text or writing notes). The ink isn't water-fast, & will blur and run if the paper gets wet. The fine tip means that they're not suitable for colouring in large blocks, but might be good for crosshatching or outlining pictures.