“ Brand: Staedtler / Misc House Type: Pen „
When I'm making revision notes I like them to look colourful and interesting. This makes it easier for me to learn from, and definitely less of a chore to write. Some people prefer to simply go through with highlighters over their black pens, but I go the whole way and just write different chunks in bright colours. This pack of 10 Fineliner pens was perfect for me for this exact reason.
The pens usually cost around the £10 mark, which is incredibly expensive for what they actually are. I bought mine from a Ryman's stationers when they were about half price - I think they cost around £5.99 and 10% student discount on top of that. To be honest, if they weren't cheaper I would have gone for one of the cheaper alternatives in the store but this seemed like a very good deal and it was difficult to ignore it. I believe Staedtler to be a trusted high quality brand, so maybe that's why some of their stuff can be a little pricey.
The pens come in a clear plastic case with the label on the front. You can see the colours of the pens you're getting inside and I think there's a nice range of colours in there. They probably could've done without the brown pen, actually - it's not a very nice colour on the paper when you use it. But then again, the brown Crayons are always the worst colour as well! The rest are absolutely great though. The best thing about the packaging if that you can open up the lid and fold it back on itself, so that the pens are standing up (diagonally). I may not have explained this very well, but if you go on Google Images and type Staedtler Fineliner you'll see what I mean for yourself. This is a great feature of the packaging as you can reach the pens more readily, and keep them organised when you're using more than one colour at once. The packaging closes securely and 'clicks' closed so you know when it's shut properly. In the time that I've had these pens I've never opened my bag to find that they've all falled out of the packet!
As I mentioned above, you get a nice range of 10 colours in this particular packet. You can also buy the epic looking 20 pack or the slightly less exciting pack of 3. You end up getting a yellow, orange, red, pink, light and dark blue, light and dark green, black and brown. I think this is a pretty good range of colours and if you need more, then there's always the option of buying the pack of 20. I think you also may be able to buy them individually in some shops, but I might not be correct. The ink is bright, is quick drying and doesn't seem to fade as it dries either. Being a leftie, it's very important to me when the ink dries quickly! I can't use gel pens or fountain pens as half of the ink ends up smeared across the page and half of it ends up on the back of my hands! The ink is also 'dry safe' meaning that you can leave the lid off the pen for days and the ink won't dry out. I personally haven't left the lid off for more than a couple of hours at the time so I can't personally verify this. After a couple of hours the ink if perfectly fine though. The ink can be easily washed off most textiles as it's water based.
Personally, I'd recommend buying these pens - but wait until they're on offer. Personally, I wouldn't want to pay the £10 which they are normally - even though they are worth the £10 it does still seem quite expensive. These are actually really good quality pens and they've got me through my A-levels and a semester's worth of University exams!
I find it easy to learn by writing out lots of notes, but I get bored quickly with just black writing crawling across my blank pages, so several years ago my mum bought me a pack of these Staedtler Triplus Roller Rollerball Pens to brighten up my work. My pack has ten pens in it, although I believe they are also available in packs of twenty.
I'd been aware of Staedtler pens for some time, as my friend had quite a few of their Fineliners. I remember her being the envy of the whole class, as everyone always wanted to borrow them - when I did I found the quality impressive and the colours bright. So, when my mum gave me these I had high expectations!
My pack of ten pens includes the following colours: black, brown, dark green, light green, light blue, dark blue, pink, red, orange and yellow. I find that this is a great range of colours and there is a colour for every necessity. The only thing I would prefer would be to see a purple pen - perhaps in the place of one of the greens. The yellow is fairly pale and isn't the easiest to read, but I've never really experienced much better from yellow ink on white paper before, so I can't complain!
Each of the pens has a brightly coloured cap, which matches the very bottom part of the pen. This lets you know what colour you'll be using, and the colours of the caps do match the colours of the inks pretty accurately. The colours are bright, vibrant and aren't wishy-washy, translucent or pale at all. They also dry very quickly, meaning you don't have to worry about smudging or running inks all over your paper. In terms of colours, with these what you see really is what you get.
The nibs to these pens are just three millimetres wide, so they really are very fine and mean you can create very fine detail in your writing and drawing. I haven't used felt tip pens for years but when I was much younger I found that after constant use, the tips could dry out, 'fray', bend or even break - being Rollerballs, there is no such problem with these at all. I have had these pens for around five or six years and the nibs are still in as good a condition as they were when I first got them.
The pens are very ergonomically designed, which makes them very comfortable to use, especially over extended periods of time. By this, I mean that instead of being round like normal pens and pencils, these pens have three flat sides to them, so if you look at them from the end they look triangular in shape. However, there are no sharp edges between the sides as they are beautifully and smoothly moulded. The benefit of this shape is that they are very comfortable to hold, especially if you hold them in the recommended way between your thumb and forefinger, with the pen resting on your middle finger. This is also very handy when trying to teach children how to hold pens properly - should you be brave enough to let children near them! Now, I must admit that I don't hold pens properly - I 'squeeze' them between my thumb, forefinger and middle finger and rest the pen on my ring finger, but the pens are just as comfortable to use this way too.
I did find that the pens took a little while to get used to, as when I held them in the position I was used to I found it wasn't conducive to letting the ink flow smoothly. It just took a little time and practice to find the right angle at which to hold the pens - this is the only problem I've found and can't really mark the pens down for this as it's my own fault for not holding pens properly! I'm sure that each one of you will have different experiences with getting used to using the pens, but this is the case with many other types of pen too.
They're not the best pens for colouring in, but I don't think they're really designed for that. It is possible and I have done it on several occasions, but when I colour in I prefer to use colouring pencils and save these babies for special occasions or important documents!
Now, I hear you all wondering why you should opt for these pens as opposed to any other coloured gel pens, biros, coloured inks for fountain pens, etc. Well, apart from all the excellent points I've already mentioned, part of what you're paying for is actually the pretty cool box they come in!
The box is made from hard plastic, and is moulded so the pens slot snugly inside and don't rattle around inside with any room to spare. The lid snaps open over the tops of the pens, and thanks to what is essentially some heavy scoring into the plastic, the lid can actually fold back on itself and click into place - creating a stand to prop the pens up. This is ingenious as you don't have to scratch around in a box or pencil case to find the pen you want, as the top parts of the pens are already pointing skywards, waiting for you to take your pick. Plus, the stand looks pretty cool too and I've often received compliments on how clever it is! When you're finished, just un-click the lid from where it's doubled back on itself, fold it back over the lids and click it back into place so the box is closed. Simple: no mess, no fuss, no hassle, it takes just seconds to do and even children could manage!
What about the longevity of the pens? Well, as I mentioned before I have had this set of pens for around five or six years and I'm still enjoying their use. They saw me all the way through my GCSEs and A Levels, and are now well into seeing me through my degree. Over the years on average I must have used these weekly, and now I'm working towards my degree I'm using them on a more regular basis (around three times a week). I can still use all the pens; only the red is running low, but that's down to copious self-marking in preparation for all my exams! However, I can still foresee myself getting many more years of usage out of these pens - hopefully to the end of my degree, and beyond!
Overall, these pens are great because of their ergonomic design, the practical yet cool box they come in, and the fact that they deliver bright, good quality inks that last years. I would recommend them to children and adults alike - in fact, anyone who fancies adding a touch of colour to their work!
This pack is currently available for £9.35 from www.cultpens.com, or for £7.30 from Amazon. Please note that delivery charges may apply on top of these prices.