Ready to add a little (or a lot) color to your life?  You’re in the right place! The Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens come in a variety of colors and quantities.


Check out the full review below…I don’t mean the price and colors, I mean the low down on EVERYTHING. You know, the things you actually expect from a review.


For this review, I am specifically covering the Staedtler Fineliner Pens in .3mm.



Staedtler Fineliner Pens



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Come in packs of:

(* come in a plastic storage case)

(Watch for duplicates when buying numerous packs)


Shape: Triangular

Refillable: No

Sold Individually (open stock?): Yes, however, they can be difficult to find. I recommend Jet Pens.

Ink Type: Water Based

Acid-Free: Yes

Country of Origin: Germany

Come in a storage case? Some packages come in a storage case (see packs above, ones marked with * come in a plastic storage case).

Tip (Nib) Type: .3mm Metal Clad

Where to purchase Staedtler Fineliner Pens .3mm: (Online) Amazon, Jet Pens, Dick Blick (In-Store) Michaels, Target, WalMart, Office Depot/Max, 





The Claims

?DRY SAFE can be left uncapped for days without drying up (Standard atmosphere according to ISO 554, except neon colors).

?Ergonomic due to the triangular shape.

?Minimal Bleedthrough.



Testing Claims

Alright let’s start with those claims above, do they deliver or fall short?


✅DRY SAFE – Keep in mind that it states in their claims they are dry safe for days (expect neon colors). I left the cap off for 48 to test the DRY SAFE technology. After the 48 hour mark, they still worked perfectly fine. The color didn’t look faded and the tip didn’t feel dried out. (*note: I lost the cap and decided to test it again at the 72-hour mark and they still worked perfectly, luckily I found the cap the following day).

❓Ergonomic – Well, this is personal preference. Some people may love the triangular design and others may hate it. I personally didn’t mind, but I also don’t mind traditional round designs either.

✅ Bleedthrough – Yep, this is true. I didn’t experience any bleedthrough. However, I did experience a little ghosting. Keep in mind that the company doesn’t claim “no ghosting”.   Ghosting and bleeding are both determined by the type and quality of paper you use. Due to the fine tip, it would be expected that bleedthrough wouldn’t really be an issue on most paper types. I tried a simple line and then gradually pushed harder trying to make it bleed through (I use a 120 gsm bullet journal).




To make this a complete review I did a few experiments to find out if these; smear (with and without highlighter), are actually dry safe (see above for more info on “dry safe”), how much ghosting occurs, and a water test


Smear test: The fineliner did smear if I ran my finger over it as soon as I finished writing. It did smear quite a bit immediately after writing. However, after waiting 30 seconds the smearing was a lot less (but still there).

Smear test with highlighter: These didn’t do so well when it came to using a highlighter with them (they don’t claim to stand up against highlighters). I waited a full minute and a half and they still smeared with a highlighter. *I used a Zebra Mildliner for my highlighter.

Dry Safe Test: I left the cap off of my fine liner pen for 48 hours. I didn’t notice any change in the ink quality or the nib. 

Ghosting Test: There was a bit of ghosting, the more I pushed down the more you could see. *Results will vary depending on the type and quality of paper you use. 

Water Test: As expected the ink did smear with water, this is because they are waterbased. 







Staedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens)
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Staedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens)
  • Staedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens)









Overall opinion of the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens.


Packaging: For the 36 pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners it’s just basic packaging (cardboard and thin plastic). I plan on finding a new long-term home for these because with regular use the packing will start to deteriorate. Because I don’t have the smaller package option for these I can’t rate that specific packaging. 

–36 Pack Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen Packaging: 3/5 STARS 



Quality: The quality of these are fitting for the price point. They are very lightweight which can be good for those that write for long periods of time. I personally like a little weight to my pens/fine liners. (Don’t let the design fool you, they may have a metal looking appearance but that is just the wrapping covering the barrel).

–Quality: 4/5 STARS



Color Vibrancy: Overall the vibrancy of these Staedtler Fineliners are really good. (Some may not look as vibrant as others but I believe that was intentional)

–Vibrancy: 5/5 STARS



Stands Up to Claims: After testing these they did stand up to the claims (keep in mind that one of the claims is based on opinion).

–Claims: 5/5 STARS 






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Ghosting Test – Staedtler Fineliner Pens







Overall Pros and Cons of the Staedtler Fineliner Pens



I really like the price point of these fineliners. I also like that you can purchase these in numerous package sizes. If you don’t want to commit to a large pack just start off with a 10 or 12 pack. The dry safe technology in these is also great for people who often forget to put caps back on their pens. Due to these being so light, it may be easier to write for a longer period of time with these.



 I DON’T like that there is no color name or number. I recommend making swatches of these so you know what to expect as far as the color. The caps of these fineliners don’t match the colors of the actual ink  (for some colors). If you’re one that likes to attach the cap to the back of your pen this won’t be an option, it may stay for a second but it’s not secure. 






With any product out there you’ll find an alternative at different price points. Below I’ve added three alternatives to the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, you’ll find a higher end alternative, a comparable alternative, and a budget-friendly alternative. I’ve listed a few pros and cons for each of these alternatives. 


Higher-End Alternative: Sakura Pigma Microns

Pros: I really like that you can purchase these in different tip sizes. I use these so much that I’m currently on my third pack. If you like to use a lot of black in your writing and drawing  I would highly recommend these. They come in tip sizes from 003 up to 2+ (sometimes you can find these in tips larger than 2).

Cons: These can be a little pricey, and while they do have colored options the variety is pretty minimal compared to other brands such as Staedtler and Stabilo. 


Comparable Alternative: Stabilo Fineliners

Pros: The barrel is similar to that of a traditional wooden pencil. These also come in a large variety of colors and are priced similarly to the Staedtler Fineliners. The Stabilo Fineliner Pens offer a color number on each pen.

Cons: Some people may not like the hexagonal shape/feel of these. They also don’t offer as many color options as Staedtler (but pretty close).


Budget-Friendly Alternative: Journal Planner Pens

Pros: These are a good option for kids, or for someone who just wants a cheap pack of fineliners that doesn’t plan to use them daily. 

Cons: These aren’t as vibrant as the Staedtler Fineliners. Also, after a fair amount use the nib bent. 



What do you think about the Staedtler Fineliner Pens? Are you a fan or do you prefer one of the alternatives listed?

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