THE PENS: The pens are made by Staedtler, which I know is well-known and quite popular art/stationery brand. The pens have a sturdy, pressure resistant fire-tip and can be left uncapped for days without drying out. (Although I wasn’t going to personally test this out!). The pen washes out of most textiles (again I will not be testing this!). The barrel to the pens is a triangle shape for effortless, fatigue-free writing. . or in my case colouring! The line width of the pen tip is approximately 1.0mm which I thought would be good enough for colouring. The pens come in a plastic case which can be stood up on a desk or table when using the pens so you can get them in and out of the packaging easily. You get a total of 20 colours in the pack although you can purchase a smaller pack of 10. The plastic case that the pens come in is fantastic as it means you can take them with you when travelling or pop them in a bag and you don’t have to worry about them falling out all over the place. The pens come in colour order starting off from a bright yellow on the left hand side and ending in black on the right hand side. The case is made from a clear plastic so you can clearly see the colour of the pens without having to take them all out of the case first.
PRICE: I purchased the pack of 20 pens from Amazon for £10.44 which I thought was very good value.
IN USE: The top/front part of the case folds back so you can stand the case up and access the pens easily; although I find that this doesn’t work particularly well. The lid to the pen pulls off the pen easily to reveal the small tip. I was actually able to hold the pen comfortably in my hand and between my fingers so I could get a good grip on the pen. The pen itself is nice and light and the barrel of the pen is the same colour as the ink. The pens are lovely to use and I don’t need to apply much pressure at all when using them to colour in. I find that the colour of the ink does practically match the colour of the ink once on the paper. I found the range of colours in the pack really good with some really lovely, bright colour and some other dark and slightly dull colours. Once I have finished with the pen the lid clicks back on and they slot back into the plastic case nice and easily. When you have finished using the pens the small part of the lid which folds over to stand the case up fold back over the front and closes easily to ensure that the case is closed and that the pens don’t fall out.
OVERALL: Whether for adults or teenagers these pens are fantastic.
I am not ashamed to say that I'm one of those people that although in my twenties likes to colour, you might sit there and laugh at me thinking really at your age do you really want to be colouring. Well yes actually I do, and I'm not one of those people trying to recapture my childhood by having a kids colouring book. I have many of the amazing adult colouring books that are, designed for us to enjoy and to colour in, in fancy patterns and in multi colours. This has been something I've liked since I was a teenager really, my Dad used to do it and it's rubbed off on me over the years!
~*~ Staedtler ~*~
This company has been around for a long time, I remember using Staedtler pencils at Primary school all those years ago, and that was a long time ago when I think about it. In fact this German company has been around since 1835 - creating and distributing varying types of pens and pencils, for handwriting or colouring and varying designs. I've always found that Staedtler have been more than high quality when it comes to being compared to the average items you can buy in the same ranges - so that's why when it came down to buying myself some colouring pens I got fed up with the rubbish and knew I had to have some of these!
~*~ Triplus Colour ~*~
These colouring pens come in packs of 10 and 20 - obviously the 10 pack has less colour choice in it, but it's a good place to start if you're not doing much colouring or don't need that much variety. However I've had two or three packs of the 10 packs as I've bled them completely dry, but this time I decided that I needed to get something a bit bigger and ended on Amazon buying myself a packet of 20, and I know it's sad but it really excited me all new pens that no one had touched and all for me to play with - so sad but it's one of those things I guess.
~*~ Feel and Usability ~*~
These pens come in a triangular barrel shape, which is meant to make them a bit more ergonomically designed so you can use them more comfortably - though in my mind something triangular that you'd need to hold felt to me like it should be uncomfortable and hard to use. However when you start using them you find actually that they are really easy to use for a long time as well, which I should know because I do find that I spend a lot of time colouring when I get going. They're long enough so that you feel very in control of the pen, something I've found with other pens that they're a bit shorter and I'd find I had to hold them low to get leverage on them. The barrel itself although apparently ergonomically designed it more than thick enough to keep me happy, to be able to colour thick and thin parts of the page I'm colouring and make sure that I'm not going out of the lines, some pens I've used are a bit awkward and slippery if you grip them tight and you lose the ability to keep in the lines in tight spots. I'm no expert in pens but if you're serious about your pattern colouring these are a great idea to purchase.
~*~ Colour availability and Quality ~*~
In a ten pack you get fairly basic colours really, red, pink, orange, yellow, two types of blue, two of green, black and brown. They are very basic and the difference between the two types of blue is quite small so you don't get so much distinction - that said the colours are really nice and the pink especially looks a little bit like it has other colours and well I like it, I do seem to find that one gets emptier faster because I use it so much. The other colours are as you expect really, however when you get into the 20 pack you're much better off for colours, as you get a bit more variety but you do get some pretty nasty colours at the same time - in the shape of a lovely mustard kind of colour that is rarely going to get used in my packet because I'm more of a girl that likes the bright and pretty colours over the dull and boring ones. The purple and the colour that is almost a teal shade of green is lovely and I think those two are going to be used a lot in my big 20 pack, I know some people will be reading this thinking I do get overly excited by a pack of pens but I love the colours and how they can complement each other in a pattern book. The quality of the pens is as good as you'd expect from Staedtler, they have a 1ml nib which is resistant to a lot of pressure over the years I've never had a nib split so they're definitely a good quality nib, and I have put plenty of pressure on them over the years. They are dry resistant to a level as well, so they're unlikely to dry out before you put the lid back on them even if you forget, admittedly I've never put this claim to the test as I'd be devastated if I got back to my pens and they were all dry and I couldn't use them any more - but as the rest of their claims seem to be true, I'll trust them. They are also washable out of most fabrics, which I know is true as I've drawn on a t-shirt before when I've accidentally dropped a pen and well it's out of it now so it must wash out!
~*~ Longevity ~*~
I've never had a pack where any of the pens have run out completely, and that's saying something given how much I use them - if you buy a packet of these, and although they're expensive you'll have them for the long term. They have a really good shelf time to them, and you'll not regret having bought them - even for kids that scrub hard with pens, they're going to stand up to a lot of battering and a lot of pages of colouring. So whether you're an adult or a child that likes to colour in or if you're using them for illustration they're going to last you well. A great quality for the price product!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I buy mine from Amazon and nowhere in my town really sells these so I tend to use Amazon as a guide, the pack of 10 at the moment is £7 and the packet of twenty is £10.97 with free delivery, and I don't regret buying them at all!
Coming up to exam season it is drilled into every student that revision is a must if you want to achieve good grades! I'm such a worrier and hate failing at anything, therefore I'm probably a little on the geeky side and start my revision quite a while in advance for up and coming exams. Making revision posters seems to work well for me, and I chose these Staedtler Triplus Colour pens for this reason. Although, they can be used for lots of other purposes other than revision.
~What are they?~
The claims on the pack say that these are "Fibre-tip pens in an ergonomic triangular shape for relaxed and easy writing and drawing." Fibre tip pen is basically a posher way of saying these are felt tips. They are slightly rounded but end in a pointy tip to ensure that your writing will be as thin and neat as possible - there's nothing worse than not being able to read your own writing!
They come in a little plastic case (shown in the picture above) which clips at the sides. It's very easy to pull open and it also folds back and clips into place to create a stand for the pens. I think this is very clever and makes it easy to grab a pen or put one back when making my colourful revision posters. Each colour has their own slot in the plastic case, which I find comes in handy when you take a colour out and they don't all slip to one side. As the case is see through it's also perfect for being able to see what colours you'll be receiving in the pack before you buy them.
~How I found them~
The triangle shape of the pen makes them super easy to hold and write without any discomfort. The pointy tips of the pens glide across the page easily and don't scratch at the paper like some other brands of similar products seem to. My writing looks really neat in these and the tips do tend to stay pointy, however I have noticed that some of my most used colours have began to get a little rounded and has resulted in my writing being slightly fatter. From the amount of use these have had I can't really complain, but I do try my best to be careful with them to keep them in shape. The colour of the ink is true to the colour on the pens and they're all really bright colours that haven't gone dull or dried up. They also don't look like they're going to run out any time soon which is great.
Somehow I always manage to cover my hands in pen while I'm writing, but fortunately these don't stain at all. The ink comes of easily with a quick wash in warm water and soap. I haven't had it on my clothes (not yet anyway!) so I can't comment on whether they'd stain fabric or not.
~Where did I buy them?~
I got my pack of 10 from Wilkinson's for £5.75. There was also a slightly larger pack that were more expensive, but I felt there was a great enough range of colours with just 10 of them. In a pack of 10 you'll receive: a yellow, orange, red, pink, light blue, dark blue, dark green, light green, brown and a black. £5.75 isn't exactly cheap either compared to other felt tips, but you are paying for quality. I also think they'll be available from supermarkets and online such as Amazon.
~Would I recommend them?~
Yes, definitely! They're great and lovely to write with. I wouldn't suggest buying them for a young child to colour with as they do need care to stay in their original state (pointy), but for anyone else's use: for revision like me or whatever else you need them for, I think they are really good. By far the best colours I've used.
I am a bit of a stationary addict and love trying all different kinds of stationary from biros to felt tips to notepads. I bought these pens about 3 years ago to make revising a little more interesting. I was finding it difficult to remember the information when it was just written in black or blue ink. Therefore I used a different colour pen from this set to assign to a different topic/point in my revision. This worked fantastically.
The pack contains 10 different coloured fibre tip pens. They have 1.0mm tips which means they are not too thick allowing you to write both small and big. The 10 colours contained within the pack are yellow, orange, red, pink, dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green, brown and black. All of the colours are excellently pigmented, leaving no faded lines when you write.
Staedtler is usually a more pricey range of stationary, but I bought these from Tesco when on offer for £3.99. However, even at full price they are well worth the RRP of £9.99. The pens are available from Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Whsmiths, Rymans, Wilkinsons and some other similar stores. If you are a student, you get money off in Rymans, so it might be worth buying them from there if they work out cheaper.
They have been used to death these pens by myself during my GCSE's, A-Levels and now whilst I am at university. And every colour is still going strong. I also find with cheaper felt tips that the ends sometimes split in half after using them a few times, but this has not happened with these pens which is also great.
I know in the past I have seen these pens in an even bigger pack with a bigger selection of colours, so for anyone who uses coloured pens like these regularly, they would definitely make a good investment.
Overall, for the price, these pens are fantastic. They last for a long time, are well pigmented and come in a nice range of colours, no disadvantages for me, massive thumbs up.
I have had a pack of these pens for over a year now and they still haven't ran out - by now I would have expected them to given my past experience with similar, cheaper, pens.
The box/case the pens are housed in is very innovative. When stored, the case will fit very closely to the pens, keeping them in order, protecting them from damage and using as little room as possible to do so. When using the pens, the case can transform to allow you easy, elevated access, to the pens. I found this a very nice feature and made me buy this product over others on the market.
They are very comfortable to hold for the shortest or even extended periods of time.
The pack comes in all of the colours you would expect from a pen set. The colour from the pens is bright and strong, the pens do not suffer from a loss of ink coverage from long lines as other brands tend to and they seem to resist drying up very well.
As the pens I own personally have not ran out yet, I cannot comment on their life span for sure. However, I have noticed many other people with the same pens and they seem to have had the same set for a couple of years now. This makes me draw the conclusion that they either last a long time or are good enough to constitute a repeat purchase.
Even before going to university, I was a massive fan of stationary. I love having a multitude of different pens and notebooks and over the years, I have tried out many different products. One of my favourite brands for pens is Staedtler. Although these are a more expensive brand, I find they are much better value for money. This review will be covering Staedtler Triplus Colour Fibre Tip Pens.
The price of this product can differ depending on where you buy them from. I paid roughly £8 for a packet of 10 of these pens although they can be cheaper for a smaller pack as well. I chose the packet of 10 as there was a good range of colours and enough for what I needed them for. These pens are available in shops such as W H Smith, Wilkinson and all major supermarkets which sells stationary.
The pens come in a clear plastic packet but it isn't flimsy. The packaging is quite sturdy and stiff which is a nice aspect as it means the pens won't get bashed about. The lid of the packet flips up and folds back which means that you can stand the packet up without having to have it laid down. This makes taking the pens out of the packet easier especially when you need to use multiple colours.
Speaking of the colours, in the pack I bought, you get yellow, orange, pink, red, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, brown and black. I like the fact that there are different shades of some of the colours. I do use most of the colours in this packet, the brown being the least used out of them all. I like to use them to underline titles or to write up different things in different colours. I find that this is a really good way of keeping things in the same topic together and easy to find in your notes.
The pens have a fibre tip which makes them slightly like felt tips. However, they do have a thin nip at the top of the pen which makes them more suited to writing instead of colouring in. They can be used in this way but due to how thin the nib is, you will probably end up with not very neat colouring. The pens are extremely smooth to write with and not once have I experienced them feeling scratchy on the paper at any time.
I have had this packet of 10 pens for a couple of months now and use them quite regularly. None of the colours have begun to fade so I think this makes them really good value for money. Cheaper pens would have run out already by now so I do think you're paying for a quality product with Staedtler. The pens are also easy and comfortable to hold which is one of the reasons I love them so much. With being used to using a computer so much, my hand sometimes cramps up when writing a lot but that doesn't happen with these pens.
While I love my 10 pack of pens, I would love a bigger packet with a larger range of colours but as they are expensive, I'll be waiting a while to get some.
I have always been a fan of stationery and used to love buying new folders, pens and although the 'gadget; style stationery stuff before I started a new year at school; though now I am at college we tend not to use these items, yet still wanting to buy something bright and colourful, yet at the same time useful I decided to buy these Staedlur Triplus pens.
I think most people will recognise the name as it has become quite common and is also well known for being slightly on the pricey side and I think one of the most well known items they sell are these fibre tip pens. I bought mine in Tesco for £5 for the above pack, however there was a slightly larger pack containing more shades of each pen at a slightly higher price. These can also be purchased in other larger supermarkets, Staples and most stationery stores.
In the pack you get ten different coloured pens being; yellow, orange, pink, red, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, brown and black, so you get a good array of colours and is a large enough variety that you do not feel that there is a colour 'missing'.
The pens are 'Fibre Tip' which basically means they are like a felt tip, however are of much better quality and tend to have a rounded nib that goes into a point only at the very end. They have a very thin nib, which is why I chose them as this makes them very easy to use, both to write with the pens, but also so highlight.
The pens are ever so smooth to write with, unlike a felt tip which can be quite 'scratchy' or 'lagging' and they simply glide across the page. On the page they look much like felt tips, however have a slightly thicker, smoother line, though is still think enough to easily use to write with.
I also use these pens to highlight certain things, which they work just as well for. I either do this by shading or dashing through it. Though when doing this I did find that the darker colours did not work as well for this as they tended to cover the writing underneath so I could not read it, therefore the lighter colours worked much better.
I have been using these pens for about a month now and the colours are still great and none of them show any sign of running out, however I have noticed that the nib had become slightly more rounded on those that I use more often (the pink one!) and the lines are slightlt broader than what they us to be. Though, they are still thin enough and easy enough to write with and to be able to read back what I have written clearly.
The pens are really thin in shape and are slightly rectangular/triangular to hold, despite this I find them a really comfortable hold and fit nicely in my hand, especially because the pens glide so well it makes them very nice to use. At first I found that the lids were quite stiff to click back on, but after a while this became much easier, but you do need to make sure you hear a click otherwise there is a possibility of the pens drying out.
The colours of the pens are lovely, they are really vibrant and definitley stand out on the page and they stay true to the colour of the pen. Though they do not match up to the colour on the packaging where they have made the pink look purple and the blue a teal colour, however, I prefer the colours they actually are.
The packaging they come in is really great for keeping all the pens together and organised. Also if you flip back the lid and tuck it under it creates a little 'stand' which creates easy access to the pens.
Overall, I would definitley recommend these pens as they are to easy and smooth to use and although they may seem a little 'pricey' for felt tips, I feel that the price definitley reflects the quality!
I bought this set of pens, last year going in to my first year of university. I study Biomedical science and we cover a lot of information for the end of term exams. I can't say that my success in them came from the pens, but i feel they deserve some recognition.
The extensive range of colours makes underlining and annotating sections of work very easy. The pen tip is said to be 0.3mm which makes it a good size to write as well as underline. With some 'fatter' tips writing can be impossible, but with these pens its like writing with a biro.
The pens themselves come in the colours yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, dark blue, light blue, light green, dark green, brown and black, all with dark blue lids. The pens are triangular in shape so are very easy to grip when using. The pens are included in a clear plastic case so choosing which pen you want is made easy. the case also can be propped up. The top of the case can be doubled back to form a stand. This has no really effect, but look very professional.
The only down side to these pens are that after extensive use the thin tip can go 'fatter' making writing harder. But this is with extensive use and this shouldn't put you off buying them.
i bought the pens for around £8, however they were on an offer at Staples. They RRP without can be around £10. You may think this is a lot but the pens are worth it. To students i would say they are a must-have, but to anyone else they can be used a good art pens.
A definite winner.
As a student, having a pen is a vital part of being able to take notes, but having different coloured pens can help you actually remember what you write. I bought a pack of 10 Staedtler Fibre Tip coloured pens from the Rymans stationary shop on campus in my first year of university (2008) and got to using them straight away.
In the pack are ten different colours, which are: Yellow, Orange, Pink, Green, Lime Green, Red, Blue, Light Blue, Brown and Black. Each pen has a tip with a 0.3mm fibre point on the end which allows you to write thin but very legible lines and words very easily. You can apply a reasonable amount of pressure when writing without the tip breaking or splitting. The pens are not your standard round barrel type, they have a triangular barrel, which according to the manufacturers is much more ergonomically comfortable. I have found this to be the case as they are very comfortable to use and when I have been using them for a while I don't feel any pains or cramps in my hand.
Each pen is 16cm long and comes in a plastic pack to store them in. When you open the pack, the lid folds back to make a stand to hold the pens up. This is quite useful as the pens then slot in and out of the pack very easily.
One important point to make with these pens is the transfer onto the paper. Unlike cheaper fine line pens that I have tried before, all of the colours provide an excellent transfer of ink onto the paper in colours that actually match the lids. This is very important for me as I like to use a lot of different colours in my revision notes (makes it slightly more interesting!). When you buy the pens new, the tips on each pen are all very precise and "sharp", however after a couple of years use, I have found that some of the more used pens have started to have there tips rounded off, which when writing makes the line a bit thicker than the 0.3mm stated on the pack.
When I bought these, I paid around £6 for them, which at the time I felt was quite a lot of money. Looking back now, I see it as a well worthwhile investment two years on they are still working well and none of them have ran out of ink. Looking on Amazon today, I have found that the RRP is apparently £10.46 which I find quite hard to believe.
If you are a student or just need some good quality fine liners then I would highly recommend these to you. The reason I have given them only 4 stars is because the tips do eventually round off and the price is relatively high.
For someone who does a lot of artwork, these pens really are a godsend. They are designed to be held comfortably and the ink lasts for so long. These pens are the best felt tips I have ever used.
They come in a pack of 10 which some people may say isn't many, but I think the colours are really good and can be used together to create different shades and tones.
They are of medium thickness and have a nice fine point which means they can be used to colour in areas easily, but are also thin enough to write with and make notes, such as coloured study notes and writing on calendars.
They don't dry out easily and are definitely the longest lasting fibre tipped pens I have used. They remain smooth for writing and clear for months and months, and on occasion I have even accidentally left them uncapped yet they still don't dry out. The ink is washable too which is useful for when kids get them on the sofa/their clothes.
The design of the pens is very good, they are triangle shaped to provide maximum comfort and ease of use. i cant fault this - ive used them for hours and they've been fine.
A thoroughly top-notch set of pens that for the price, are the best ive had yet.
These felt pens are the best I have ever used. The colour lasts and the ink does not fade with time. The flow of the pens is exceptional with no breaks and the colour is not so deep as to penetrate through paper unless you use really thin paper.
The tip is thin enough to write with in a planner or calender (which is what I do) but not too thick as to take up too much space. The tip does not blunt either when being written with which makes it ideal for people who press down with medium pressure when writing.
Having had these for half a year now, I find that felt tip pens usually dry out and are not usable anymore. However, these are still as good as they were when I first bought them. They have not dried out and are still usable.
The design of the pens are good and comfortable to hold when using them with their prism shape. Also, the fact that the pens come in a case with a lid that can be folded back to hold the case up at a 45 degree angle or so means that the pens can be used easily without much difficulty for adults or for children.
Pricewise, I bought a 20 pack from Amazon for around 7 quid and it was well worth it. The range of colours that colour coding need not be restrictive anymore!
Little Miss loves art and crafts and enjoys using any new pens and pencils. I have always liked the staedtler pens and this set appealed because with it having 10 pens we covered most of the main colours. The pens are available individually or in bowxes of 20 or the 10 as we have.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The Box claims to be the award winning original and it is quite stylish and innovative. When the flip open lid is opened, then the box can be stood on its bottom and the pens taken out as needed. Each pen has its own little compartment so even when a pen is taken out the rest don't just fall about all over the box. So, because the box is also used as a storage box for the pens there is no need for extra packaging.
The pens themselves are a triangular shape which makes it easier for Little Miss to get a comfortable grip. She does spend alot of time writing and drawing and i do often that she might get finger fatique so this comfortable grip is an important feature. Yes, she does say that they are easier to hold than "normal" pens. The actual tip of the pens is just the right width- not too thick and not too thin and tip we find that when Little miss uses the pens she doesn't have to apply undue pressure- they just seem to flow.
The claim that the ink washes out of clothes and skin (and carpets) has proved to be correct. As we have had pen on all of the mentioned and with soap and water (skin) and normal detergent (clothes) hey presto it disappeared. A great plus!!
Little Miss tends to be quite careful with her pens and such like so we haven't had a chance to check out whether they do dry out if the pull off lid is left off. However, i don't want to try it out in case it doesn't work, but given that the other features of the pen have proved to be correct i have no reason to disbelieve this one.
**Features of the pens**
* Fibre-tip pen with sturdy, pressure-resistant tip
* In ergonomic triangular form for easy writing and colouring
* easy to grip and hold for smaller hands
* can be left uncapped for days without drying up
* Washes out of most textiles
* Environmentally friendly water-based ink
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Widely available in places like whsmith and online, i think these cost us around £8. It does seem pricey almost £1 a pen but they do last for ages and have lots of advantages over similar pens.
Excellent pens which show no sign of giving up on us even though they have almost constant use whenever Little Miss has paper to hand!
Thanks for reading