Product Type: Staedtler in Homeware
Newest Review: ... use a pen sometimes.) These pens are excellent for the purpose I use them for - as well as performing well on paper and card. I have used t... more
Bold and Beautiful
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 20 Pack
Member Name: victorias_books
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 20 Pack
Advantages: Vibrant colours, high quality ink, vast array of colours
Disadvantages: A little expensive
I had been lusting after these lovely fineliners for a while, as I like to use colours when making notes and doing projects for college. There is no doubt that decorating a page with colours helps when it comes to revising and generally absorbing information, and previously I had used just a black pen, a red pen and a highlighter to use on my work. Not having used Staedtler fineliners before however, I was reluctant to pay the £19.00 retail price for the pack. Also, while I was charmed by the vast array of colours available in the pack I knew I would probably not use them all. However, when I saw the fineliners on offer in Tesco in September last year I couldn't resist.
This pack contains an assortment of twenty fineliner pens in the following colours:
- Light Orange
- Dark Orange
- Light Pink
- Dark Pink
- Dark Blue
- Mid Blue
- Light Blue
- Dark Green
- Light Green
- Dark Grey
Each pen measures 16cm in length, and you can see which colour you are selecting by the colour of the cap and tip of each pen. This is useful if you are keeping the pens in a separate container, as it means whichever way up the pen is you are able to see its colour. Each pen is slightly triangular down its length, which means that it has three subtle sides and will not go rolling off a table easily. This is fantastic, and also means the pens are very comfortable to grip. The cap pulls off fairly easily, but will also fasten securely to ensure the liquid colour will not dry up. The nibs are very fine, so you can use the pens very precisely. I often use the pens in amongst my regular writing with a black pen, and regardless of the type of paper I use I have never had any problems with the ink bleeding or blossoming. Unlike felt tip pens too, you can position the nib on a sheet of paper for a long time without the paper absorbing too much ink and creating a pool of colour.
I have found that the ink emerges from the pens fairly easily, although on some types of paper (mainly glossier ones) the nib does make an unpleasant squeaking noise that is reminiscent of fingernails down the blackboard. The colours I use most are the purple, orange and green ones, and after a year's moderate use my favourite colours still contain plenty of ink, even though after around fifteen minutes I need to replace the cap and use a different one because the ink is less readily available. This is no big drawback however, and as the pens are not designed to replace regular pens it is understandable that they would suffer slightly if overused in this manner.
As I expected, some of the pens are simply too pale a shade to be useful on white paper. These colours include the yellow and the pale blue mainly, although a couple of the others will be pale yet still readable. However, this is inevitable considering the paleness of the shades, and there are so many colours to choose from I do not notice the absence of them in my work. The vibrancy of the ink is astounding, and the colour the ink is dispensed as is the colour it stays on the page, unlike some other fineliners I have used.
The sheer range of colours was astounding, and actually more than I really needed. I realised as I was trying the pens out that just half the colours would have more than suited me, but it is very handy to have so many to choose from. It also means that you can swap and change the pens you use to prevent any particular colours sustaining too much wear. I now have a smaller pack of the pens for carrying with me to college, as I do not always have room for the large pack of twenty. £19 may seem a lot for this packet of pens, but they are very high quality and designed to last a long time. I paid £14 for the pack, although having used them extensively I would be more than happy to pay full price for them should I need a replacement pack.
Summary: A fantastic set of pens, and well worth even the full price
- Home Building Block Words
- Pears Jumbo Bag
- Past Times Silver-plated First Tooth Fairy Trinket Box
- Glade Refresh Air Sparkling Green Apple
- B&Q Recycled Flexi Mat
- Argos 14 Bottle Wine Rack
- Wilko Sweetshop A5 Wiro Notebook
- Thomas the Tank Engine Napkins
- Thomas The Tank Engine Party Bags
- Toolbank STV552 Rechargeable Fly Killer