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For Christmas this year I decided to buy my son some new colouring books, felt tip pens and the likes to go in his new pencil case. Usually I go to the Crayola brand as I have always had positive experiences with them but I was talking to one of my friends who recommended the Berol range of felt tips and so I bought him a pack of the fine liners and a pack of the broad fibre tipped pens too. This review focusses on the broad fibre tipped pens. I bought a pack of twelve broad fibre tipped felt pens from amazon and from memory they cost between three and four pounds for the pack. They are currently being sold on amazon for £3.57. The pens come in a plastic wallet with a red cardboard slip in with the product name and description on. The plastic wallet would be handy to keep the pens in should you not have a pencil case but my son stores his in his pencil case with all of his other pens. When I got these pens I remembered that they were the ones we used to use when we were children at school and apparently my son also uses them at school which I do think is testament really to the quality of the brand and the pens. The pens that I bought are an assorted pack and so there are the usual colours including blue, red, green, yellow, pink, orange etc. There are twelve pens in the pack and I do think there is a really good assortment of colours within the pack and my son certainly seems to think they are enough for his needs when it comes to colouring and drawing. These broad tipped pens have a red plastic casing which is different from the blue fine line ones which is great for finding which one you want in a pencil case in my opinion. They have a 1.7mm nib and so they are quite broad but not so bad that you can't draw accurately with them and I do think they are great for colouring in larger areas as well. These pens are apparently washable but my son hasn't got any ink on his clothes for me to test this! The ink does wash off his hands ok though and without too much scrubbing which is great. Another handy thing is that these pens will last for up to fourteen days if the lid is not replaced and considering how most children are about replacing lids this is an excellent thing! I've found the pens a couple of times with no lids but they can have only been like this for around two or three days but they are still working fine. I think they are excellent quality pens and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more pens from this range in the future when my son needs them. They have been great for him drawing and colouring and I envisage they will last us a long time. They colour in nice and accurately and they feel smooth to use not like those cheap and nasty felt tip pens you can pick up that dry up after five minutes! Thank you for reading my review!
I remember always using felt tips when I was younger and they also seemed to run out within weeks and always had awful gaudy colours that never went with each other. I first used Berol pens at school (like I'm guessing most people did), they were only ever brought out for particular projects we did which made them seem very special. They were perfect at the time seeing as they are quite thick pens with thick nibs making them very easy to use for small children. The colours are very nice too, one of each main colour you would need, including a dark and light of both green and blue. I remember the red, black and yellow would always be the first to run out as they were used the most though but even then you could use them for a fairly long time before they really needed replacing. Moving up to middle school I was introduced to berol 'brush tips' which are the same as these broad pens except the pens are yellow not red and the nips of the pens are ore pointed and soft to create the 'brush.' They were only allowed for the more arty students as others would often press too hard or draw and colour for the top instead of colouring with them softly. The good thing about the brush pens is they can create a softer line and are quicker for colouring in larger spaces of colour. This is good because sometimes trying to colour quick with the broad ones creates lines in the space you are colouring. I personally prefer using the broad ones as you do not need to be too gentle with them and they are great for writing with for posters. They always last longer than the brush tips too. Since becoming really into art I tend to opt for sharpies, pro markers or CrayolaPro as they have many more colouring and allow for more detail. I still have a pack of these in my art box though as they often nice to write in and are great for when I need to write posters for revision among other things. I've actually had my current pack for almost 5 years now and although admittedly I do not use them all the time they still work perfectly fine as the lids are very secure. They are priced at about £5-£6 which I think it very reasonable as they really do last a very long time, even with a lot of use, I remember the ones at school didn't get replaced very often. They are also washable and do not stain clothes or skin so they are great for children.
Ever since primary school I have used these pens for colouring in pictures, drawing, doodling, dotting in patterns. There was always a box of these on my table throughout my years spent at primary school and when I got to secondary school these were the pens we used in art there, as well. Until just now I've never really given too much thought to the pens in question but now that I do I realise that the quality of these pens is superb. This is probably why they are the first choice in most schools. There are loads of different colours that these pens come in: red, yellow, two shades of green, purple, orange, brown, two shades of blue, grey and black - these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. The pens are easy to hold, as they are not too wide and not too thin. They make colouring, drawing, dotting, scribbling, or whatever it is you want to use these for, seem simple. The pens are mainly all a turqoise colour, and the ends of them and the lid is the colour that the ink runs. So for example the red pens have a red end and a red lid, and the rest of them is turqoise. The writing on them is black and says 'Berol Colour Broad'. The design is simple enough but effective enough, too. The ink in these pens seems to last you rather a long time; although it obviously depends on how much you use the pens. We used these all the time when I was in art and we hardly ever had to throw them away because they had ran out, and although now and again we found that one had a nib pressed in, this was very rare too and the quality is very good so you won't find this happens a lot. You can buy packs of these pens from most supermarkets, stationary stores and online. I have found that eBay has some good deals on these pens now and again so would advise taking a look there if you want a good bargain. I would definitely recommend these pens, as they are fantastic quality.
I have been using these pens since I was a little girl as they were the colouring pens at primary school and secondary school. I have now begun to use them again as I need to colouyr in graphs for my coursework. These are great pens for younger children as they are thick and fit well in to a child's hand. The range of colours is fantastic, and there is a huge choice. The nibs are thick and when colouring, it doesn't produce a line effect that some felt tip pens do. The colours range from bright, vivid colours, to softer more natural colours. The ink is washable which is great for when a pen gets knocked on to the carpet or a child decides it is fun to draw on the walls! The lids are good and sturdy once on, but if left on for a short while then the pens will dry out. These are great for colouring in large areas but not so good for finer detail. They cost about £4-5 for a 24 pack and I think they come in 12 packs too. They are a bit more expensive depeneding on where they are bought.
I probably first used these pens around fifteen years when I was around five years old. Berol seems to be most schools favourite brand of stationary and for good reason. These pens provide good strong colour because of their high quality. They appeal to people of all ages being suitable for little ones scribbling to what I use them for, adding colour to some fashion designs. They are washable so again perfect for children and great for me when I drop them and am left with a bright inky mark that bleeds! They don't last very long with out the lid on so it's always worthwhile to make sure the lid is on properly. Again suitable for the little ones by having a hole in it so it's less of a chocking hazard. The size of the nib is a great size for colouring in and will be not good for finer detail. Again back to little ones the pen is a nice size and will fit well in their hands. Overall I think these are great. If you see them in the shops they can be quite expensive. Around £7 for a pack of 12 if I remember correctly (In WHSMITHS) but you can deffinatly get them cheaper on ebay which is where I got mine. The only negative about these is you can't 'mix' colours with them. Going over a colour in a new pen makes the nib dirty and ruins your colours. I'd also like them to be water soluble so they could be washed into but there are opther more expensive pens which can be used for this.
When my granddaughter broke up for Christmas she was given some of the school Berol colour pens to take home as the school was replacing their stationery. She's used the traditional Berol handwriting pens since getting her Pen Licence a couple of years ago and these broad fibre tipped pens are equally good to hold and produce excellent results. They can be used to create chunky writing and also for colouring, particularly for colouring in my granddaughters case. The pens my granddaughter was given are a pale blue, green and yellow but I believe there are several other colours in the range. They are all nice colours and look good on white paper, even the yellow is bright enough to stand out well against all different colours of paper providing it's not too dark. The Berol Colour Broad pens are very comfortable to hold for both children and adults, I used the green one several times over the Christmas period for writing gift tags and addressing parcels. My granddaughter used them for homemade Christmas cards and the boldness of the colours makes them really stand out, they're excellent for artwork and leave clear lines for detailed drawings. The tips leave the perfect sized line I think, it's definitely more of a felt tip product than a handwriting pen and the thickness plus the smoothness of the tip makes light work of colouring even large areas. The ink is washable which is always good news, like a mucky pup I smudged some on my cushion cover when I was wrapping the Christmas presents but a 40 degree wash removed all traces of my accident. You can buy a pack of 12 Berol Colour Broad from Amazon for £1.66, this is for a pack of assorted colours and an absolute bargain in my opinion. Providing you replace the lids these pens will last for ages, bear in mind that the school had had their use out of them which is why they gave the children a hand full each and even now after almost two months of daily use there is still plenty of life in the pens.