Today I take a look at the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. These are very popular and colorful pens that I haven’t had the chance to use before up until now. I have never really been a vibrant and colorful person but I saw a good deal and like most pen fiends I jumped on it 🙂
Staedtler is a 182 year old German company founded by J.S. Staedtler, a visionary and innovator from a family known for making fine writing instruments long before the company was founded. Today they claim to be the largest European manufacturer of wood-cased pencils, OHP pens, mechanical pencil leads, and modeling clay with over 20 subsidiaries and seven manufacturing facilities worldwide. However with all of their growth Staedtler still manages to stick to their roots and keep over 85% of their production in their headquarter location in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners come in variety packs of all sorts and are available in about thirty different colors. They are thin, triangular shaped, and made of a thick plastic. The Triplus Fineliners also are only available in .3mm felt tip.
The caps do post. Keep in mind there is not much for the cap to grab onto. The cap will not fly off though unless you are doing some ferocious coloring. However, if you do lose the cap just know that they are dry safe and can last a few days without the cap before drying out. That’ll give you some time to tear your house a part looking for a tiny plastic cap 😛
Something I found through using these pens was that although they were triangular and “ergonomic” the pens were just too skinny for my hands and grip. After long times of focusing my hands would start to cramp up. I don’t usually have this issue with writing or coloring with colored pencils. Maybe I am not cut out for triangular pens? These were really my first exposure to triangular pens and using them for long periods of time.
The colors with the fineliners really pop off the page though! They are all really really bright and write very well. The colors don’t have a deepness to them like I’m used to with Tombows but if you like a pen with high contrast palette then these colors would be for you for sure.
So here is the question.. Is it worth buying these? $10 is a great price and makes the pens about a $1 a piece in a typical 10-pack. Would I make these a part of my daily use? Would I write with these in my notebooks? As much as I want to support Staedtler, for me it is a no. I see these pens as a fun investment for coloring in adult coloring books or just playing around but these don’t meet my needs for daily writing. I could absolutely see why someone would like these but for me it is just not there.
- Better price for the Staedtler than the competitor fineliner manufacturers
- Plastic case actually has it’s own stand, which is pretty sweet.
- Don’t dry out easily
- Not a fan of the ergonomic shape
- Missing those deep shades I like but that is just me
Price: ~$10 for 10-pack on Amazon
Colors: 30 different colors
Nib Size: .3 MM
Thanks as always for reading! You can hit me up HERE or comment below for suggestions, opinions, or requests. If you liked the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners you can pick them up .