Whether you keep a minimalistic bullet journal or enjoy adding intricate designs and doodles, you want to use the best pens for your bullet journal. And before you head off to your local arts and crafts store, you will likely want to have a good idea about the pens you are going to buy.
Last week I shared a fun post with the 10 Most Inspirational Bullet Journalers on Instagram, and because my obsession with bullet journals and all things colorful (especially pens) only seems to be growing, I wanted to share a review of the pens I’m currently using. I apologize for being overbearing with the artsy craftsy posts lately, but hey, this is my blog, and I want it to reflect who I am. I promise to bring back some yummy recipes very very soon. I’ve had them for about a week and have used them to draw a few
I’ve had these Staedtler Fineliner pens for about a week and have used them to draw a few zentangle designs, a mandala, and a spread in my bujo. I’ve been busy being a bit of a bum, rocking sweats and doodling my heart out lately.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Review
I bought my set of 20 Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens at Michael’s just this past week. I have been debating back and forth between these and the Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner pens. I ended up ordering the 30 pack of Stabilo pens on Amazon, but couldn’t resist buying the Staedtler pens at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon. My Stabilo pens are due to arrive this week, so I will definitely post a review and comparison once I get to use them.
The Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens come in packs of 6, 10, 20, 36, and 42. They have a triangular ergonomic grip which makes them comfortable to hold in your hand for long periods of time. I spent nearly two hours drawing a full-color mandala and never once felt my finger getting sore or going numb. The tip is 0.3mm, which is fairly fine, but not nearly as fine as the Sakura Micron 01, which has a 0.25mm tip. So if you intend to do extremely tiny line or dot work in your bullet journal, these may be thicker than your liking.
Something I absolutely love about the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 20 pack set I got is the casing. All the pens come in a hard plastic case that transforms into an easel. The latch over the top of the pens folds back and snaps together so that your pens can sit at an upright angle. It doesn’t seem like something that would make a big difference, but having the hard case makes it a million times easier to slide the pens in and out of, and the easel feature makes it easy to grab pens and put them back when you are using multiple colors.
The one thing that made me cringe a little while using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners was that they bleed through. When I read the description of the product, they claim that they have minimal bleed through, so I was a little shocked. I first noticed it when I drew my mandala on medium tooth sketch paper, which is thicker than typical bullet journal paper. This made me nervous to even use the pens in my bullet journal.
In comparison to the Sakura Micron pens, these have a much softer tip on them. I haven’t quite decided if I like the feeling or not, but they feel a little scratchier than the Micron pens which have a more sturdy tip. However, let me make it clear that they don’t have a soft tip like a brush pen. They are still sturdy, but if you regularly use fineliner pens you will notice a difference when using these and using a pen like the Microns.
Lastly, the color is vibrant and bold, which I LOVE! If you have ever bought a set of pens and brought them home only to be disappointed that the colors weren’t brilliant enough, these won’t let you down. Below is a picture of samples of each color in the 20 pack, along with an example of the line width. These babies produce color, and are nearly spot on with how the cap portrays them.
Are They the Best Pens for Your Bullet Journal?
- Brilliant bold colors
- Sturdy tip, great for writing
- Hard plastic case with easel
- Won’t dry out
- Comfortable ergonomic barrel
- Fine tip for small line work and precise writing
- Bleed through paper/ghost
- More expensive than other brands
- Too thick for ultra-fine linework
Overall, I’m super happy I bought this set. I definitely would have passed it up at full price at Michael’s, as it was $29.99 without the 50% coupon, and you can get similar fineliner pens for a lot less. However, you can get these for a fraction of what an arts and crafts store will charge you if you shop on Amazon. I have included some (affiliate) links to the best-priced sets on Amazon, and highly suggest you start there unless you have a good coupon for an in-store purchase.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens on Amazon
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, .3mm, Metal Clad Tip, 20-Pack, Assorted – $17.50
- Staedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens) – $21.66 (best deal)
- Triplus Fineliner Neon Coloring Pens in Case, 0.3mm, Metal Clad Tip, 6/PK, Assorted – $7.50
- Staedtler triplus triangular fineliner pen case 10+3 color – $12.79