I was introduced to fineliner...
June 20, 2014
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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