Product Type: Stabilo in Homeware
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Stabilo Boss Highlighter
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Stabilo Boss Highlighter
Advantages: Good size, ink capacity and refill-ability, ease of use, line crispness.
Disadvantages: Can feel bulky to begin with.
I'll admit to being a bit of a pencil case dork back in the school days - there's definitely something appealing about having a good collection of pens and pencils for all your daily needs. Highlighters were by far the most interesting of the lot, as not only did they come in lots of different colours and sizes, but some were even fluorescent. There was only ever one make of highlighter in my case though: Stabilo Boss. With its unique shape and thorough variety of colours, the Stabilo was the daddy, the one all my friends rested their jealous eyes over during English class.
The pen that I'm reviewing is the original variety - the one featured in Dooyoo's picture. But it's worth noting that Stabilo now produce a new style which features a cylindrical design, textured grip, and extra long nib. I have no idea how these pens perform, but as for the original, they perform well enough not to warrant a complete re-design... perhaps this is just a marketing tactic to try and refresh buyers opinion rather than bring out a more advanced product.
The pen is a curved rectangular shape with an equally angular lid protecting a somewhat angular nib. The form speaks of design, it speaks of structure and of rigidity - almost willing you to draw a straight line, or some sort of unified shape (like a rectangle!). Made from a hard (correspondingly) coloured plastic, and grey lid, the pen looks excellent on a designers desk, sitting comfortably amongst the protractors. STABILO BOSS is plastered across one side (so you don't forget the brand). Within the pen is a large store of ink, a store which is easily refillable. The dimensions of the pen are as follows: 10.5 x 1.8 x 11 cm. It weighs quite a bit for pen, at 82 g.
When you first grip the pen it feels unnaturally bulky and awkward, but before long your stroke adjusts, and the pens large ink capacity can be utilized effectively. I firmly believe that you can be just as accurate with one of these as with a Biro - though some may disagree. Due to its relatively short length, the pen won't hit stray pages or other obstacles as much, ensuring a clear and clean line of ink on page. And the ink really does come out clean and crisp, producing a solid, unbroken line of slightly reflective substance - which dries quickly. Sometimes you have to give the pen a bit of a shake to get it going properly, but only when it is low on ink. The pens lid can be off for up to 4 hours without the nib drying out as well, which is an excellent amount of time - more to safeguard a forgetful, sleepy workforce from wasting away resources.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY: Amazon.co.uk sell all the varieties, but the 'original' pens can be bought in packs of 4 for £2.00 (includes: yellow, green, pink, orange), 8 for £4.20 (yellow, green, lime green, pink, orange, red, purple). A pack of 10 yellow highlighters will set you back £6.24.
Summary: The King.