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For Christmas I had decided to get my son some colouring and activity type books and so with this I decided to get him a new pencil case and some new felt tip pens all as stocking filler type presents. I actually ordered him two lots of felt tip pens and I chose the Berol branded broad felt tip pens and the Berol branded colour fine pens. This review focusses on the colour fine pens.
Berol pens were something that I remembered using when I was at primary school and I remember them being excellent quality. I had pretty much forgotten about them over the years having always opted for Crayola products for my son but one day when I was up at my friends she was telling me she had bought some Berol ones for her daughter and that they were brilliant. This led me to amazon to order some for my son and these colour fine pens cost me £3.48 in July last year (I like to start shopping early for Christmas!) They are currently selling on amazon for £3.45 and you need to add a postage and packing charge of 99p to that as well.
The colour fine pens that I bought was a pack of twelve and they came in a plastic wallet which had a cardboard insert with the Berol name and the product name on there too. You could certainly keep the pens in the wallet for storage if you wanted to but my son keeps his in his pencil case which is easiest for us as they are all together for when he needs them. The set of pens is, in my opinion, quite a comprehensive set of colours and like with the broad tipped ones you get greens, blues, yellow, orange, red, pink, black and such like. The colours are exactly the same as the ones in the broad tipped set but they are just fine tipped instead. One thing to note which is really handy is the plastic casing of these pens is a light blue colour where as the broad ones are red and so it is really easy to distinguish which is which in the pencil case. The pens also have coloured lids which match the colour of the felt tip pen which again is obviously a very useful feature.
These pens have a 0.6mm nib and this is really fine as you can probably imagine. This of course leads to really accurate colouring and my son likes to choose these pens for when he needs to colour in something really small or detailed. He also uses these pens for outlining drawings he has done when the need arises. I have personally sat and done colouring with my son using these pens and they really are easy to colour with. They give a nice bright colour and it is always easy to be accurate with these too. They are easy to handle and feel nice in the hand. They are also a good size for my son as well.
What is great with these is that they can apparently be left with no cap on for fourteen days without drying up. Whilst I don't really want to try this out sometimes my son doesn't replace the caps properly and they fall off in his pencil case and so the next time we use them we have to pop the lid back on. All of the pens are still working fine and so I can only presume the claim is true by Berol which is not the case for some other brands. What is also good is the ink is washable and so if a child gets some on their clothes by mistake it will wash off.
I would totally recommend these pens. They are really smooth to colour or write with and they last really well. They are a great price too and they aren't going to break the bank nor or you going to have to keep replacing them like you would with cheaper brands.
Thank you for reading my review!
These felt tip pens are very good quality and are very comfortable to use. I have bought a few pens from Berol before abd akways been very pleased with them.
In this pack you get 12 pens. They are pale blue but the end of each pen has the colour of the nib as does the lid which makes it easy to get the colour pen you would like without having to take the lid off.
They are narrow nibs, 0.6 which means that they are very thin. I find they are good for colouring in small areas or for writing with. I use these with my grandchildren when we are practicing writing words. It makes it more interesting for them than using crayons. They are quite narrow to hold so I only use these with my older grandchildren, they are not really practical for younger children.
I find these pens last a long time, they don't dry up as fast as other pens and the nibs are smooth not scratchy which makes them nice to write with.
We keep these in the plastic sleeve that they came with, this is very useful.
The colours are nice and bright which is why I think my grandchildren like them so much. I highky recommend them
Review of Berol Colour Fine pens
I often do art and craft activities with my grandchildren and have found that some felt tip type pens are pretty useless. They dry out quickly, stain clothing and can be a total nightmare to remove from a child's skin, so with this in mind as Christmas approached last year and I knew that card making would be on the agenda again, I decided to buy some slightly better quality pens for our card making and drawing sessions.
I purchased my pack of Berol Colour Fine pens from my local garden centres art and craft department, a strange place to buy art materials perhaps, but they have a huge range at very sensible prices. The two girls are aged 13 and 5, and they both love browsing around the various craft requisites on offer. These pens came in a pack of 12 and cost around £3.99.
The pen pack comes in a good range of colours, black, orange, brown, grey, red, dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green, purple, pink and yellow. The body of the pen is a pale blue colour and the cap which covers the nib is the colour of the ink inside.
We have found this range of colours are more than adequate for the type of writing, highlighting and fine detail art the girls wish to do. The pens are sold in a neat plastic pouch which can be used to store your pens when not in use.
The ink within the pens flows well and the nibs are very fine, fine enough for writing. The manufacturer states on the packaging that the line these pens will produce is 0.6mm. They also advise that the pens caps can be left off for up to 14 days, without the pens drying out. I cannot honestly say that we have put this to the test, but it is an impressive claim, most felt tip style pens would be well and truly dried up after two weeks exposure to the air!
These pens also colour in well which is useful for fine details, however one issue I have had is that my younger grandchild does tend to 'scrub' at the paper at times and this has damaged the nib of the pink pen (her favourite colour!), so I would not really recommend these for extensive colouring-in purposes.
The ink is washable and so far so good, I have had no problems removing ink from either children's fingers or clothing. My younger grandchild managed to get blue ink on her pink top and this washed out without a trace, now whether that is due to the efficiency of her mum's washing products or just the wash-ability quality of the ink, I can't say!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
You do get what you pay for and although these pens were a little more expensive that I would normally have paid, I feel they have been well worth the money. My granddaughters have used them regularly and the pens are still fine. As mentioned, one has a slightly damaged nib after some particularly aggressive colouring, but other than this these have proved to be a good buy in my opinion.
I have used them myself to create posters for the craft fairs I attend and flyers that I scan and print off to hand out to customers. I found them a nice weight to handle and the nibs are fine enough to create precise details, I have even used these pens for the labels on my home-made preserves. The colours are true and do not seem to fade.
My grandchildren made their Christmas cards using these pens and had great fun with them. What did please me was that my younger grandchild was able to use these pens with her stencil set to produce effective and unique designs, which she was very proud of. Her older sister tends to draw freestyle and again these pens lent themselves well to this too.
My only real criticism is that these pens do not work terribly well on shiny surfaces as they tend to smudge, other than that, these pens are an excellent buy and I would recommend them to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 February 2013
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Out of all the felt tips I have bought over the years these are the best. Most I have previously bought have dried out, lost lids, broke nibs and usually last for a month or two.
These pens have a fine tip which is good for writing. The ink flows quickly and easily and dries in an instant. These are best used on paper or card as I have found they don't work so well on shinier surfaces like plastic as it stays wet, this also has happened when I tried them on funky foam.
The pack contains 12 pens, the colours are black, red, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, purple, pink, yellow, orange, brown and grey. These colours are bright and usually the colour I want is there although I would have liked a lilac and dark pink.
The pens come in a thick plastic packaging which can be reused so your pens will always stay in a safe place.
These pens are washable and this is completely true. Occasionally I have dropped one and it has landed tip down on clothes. After a wash you would never know it happened. They also come off skin easily with a bit of soap and water.
The packet says that the pens can have the lid off for 14 days and still work. I don't want to risk finding out though, i'll have to trust them.
The lids on these pens always stay on and I have never lost one. You know the lid is on as you here a click and they never become loose.
These can also be bought with thicker tips which I also have and are good for colouring.
I bought these from a local craft shop but you can get them at most stationers as well. They are priced at £4 on amazon which is a bargain. I have had them a few years now and they still work as good as new. Definitely got my moneys worth. I wouldn't choose another brand now I've had berol.