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I was introduced to fineliner...
June 20, 2014
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I was introduced to fineliner pens when a friend gave me a set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for my birthday one year. I instantly fell in love. I am an avid fountain pen fan, but really loved the fact that these fineliners don't dry out if left uncapped - perfect for using in my work as an accountant and in notetaking. So when I saw there was a very similar pen in the Stablilo 88, I had to compare and try those too.

I really love this set of pens. In comparing and contrasting the two brands, I find no real difference in the Staedtlers at 0.3 and the Stabilo 88's at 0.4 I also love that there are some colors in this Stabilo collection that Staedtler didn't have, like a real lavendar and turquoise. I quickly found myself reaching for the Stabilos more than the Staedtlers - they're narrower, so I could fit more in my pencil holder/case than the fatter Staedtlers, and I quickly determined my favorite colors and used those over and over again. They're not great for coloring in large areas, being such a fine tip, but I did discover that these Stabilo pens work wonders when used with a waterbrush! They create really fanastic color washes very easily, way more than the Staedtlers do.

The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is I don't like the shape of the barrel (like a pencil), nor do I like the color - it gives it a slightly more childish/school supply vibe. The Stabilo 68 (the 1.0 counterpart to the fineliner 88's) have barrels the same color as the cap, which I would prefer, or if they were all a nice gray or black. Also, unlike the Staedtler's fabulous display case that serves as a stand, the packaing for these was flimsy thin plastic that was not usable over the long term - I quickly tossed it out and put the pens into a pencil case. At least they were thin enough they all fit!! All in all, I definitely recommend them, they are great writers and the waterbrush capabilities really expand their scope for sketching details as well.
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I have these and the...
January 29, 2014
I have these and the Staedtler 0.3mm set. The Stabillo has more colors so that is a plus, but both of them have a serious flaw in the ink that bothers me, and it happens on a variety of good art papers. I have tried them on Canson XL marker paper, Canson XL mixed media paper and Copic marker paper and I get a strange texture from the ink - as if it is bleeding into the paper in some spots and staying on top of the paper in others. It does not seem to lay down as smoothly as I would like.

These do feel a bit thinner to me, but that isn't a problem for me, but it might be a problem for others.

Frankly, I have a tough time telling much difference in the Staedtler 0.3 mm and Stabillo 0.4 tips when it comes to the size, and they both put down very fine lines for writing. I just don't like filling in an area with solid coverage.
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These are okay. I have...
July 24, 2013
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These are okay. I have always liked a good fine-tipped marker pen, and these have some definite advantages over some of the other ones. For one, these absolutely have the boldest, most pigmented ink, which I really like. On the downside, the casing for these feels almost flimsy - I don't think it's in any danger of breaking, but after the sturdiness of the Staedtlers, they feel kind of bendy. They do have the finest tip out of any of the marker pens I've tried though, and I appreciate them for that and the pigmentation. Try one of these and a Staedtler and see what suits you best. :)
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Get em! If you have the...
July 27, 2015
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Get em! If you have the money to splurge...get em! I'm def going to find more colors. The ease of writing with these pens especially since I love writing in cursive is excellent. Some have said it was flimsy and I can see why they say that but it's honestly alright tho. The colors are super pigmented and just awesome. 0.4mm is God send. Will always stick with 0.4mm and lower from now on.
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These are amazing pens....
June 10, 2015
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These are amazing pens. They write so smoothly, and while the nib is very fine, I have not had a problem with these whatsoever. The colors are fantastic, although there are a few that are very light and hard to read, but would probably be good for drawing. I use them to journal. I do wish they had clips, but I am happy either way.
I love these markers!!...
April 22, 2015
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I love these markers!! Will take some getting use to but makes my art look so colorful!
These markers have that...
July 23, 2013
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These markers have that awesome fine tip as Sharpie Fine makers have. Very pigmented!
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