Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – A Review

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Staedtler kindly sent me this set of Triplus 334 C15H Fineliner Pens – Assorted and I recently purchased the full set which can be found here Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens – Assorted (Pack of 30), since this review was originally posted Staedtler have kindly sent me the full 36 set. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners have 0.3mm nibs (0.1mm smaller than Stabilo), and have a triangular, ergonomic barrel making them fairly chunky and easy to hold. They are available in 30 colours plus 6 neons which can be purchased separately and they are available in various different sized and packaged sets from individual pens all the way up to the full set of 36 and everything inbetween (6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30). Some of the sets are available in cardboard packaging which isn’t ideal because the pens can be difficult to remove and replace but others are in the distinctive plastic Staedtler boxes which stand up and make removing and replacing the pens really easy. The barrels of the triplus fineliners are silver and the cap and end is the colour of the ink, in contrast, the barrels of the Steadtler Fibre-Tip Pens is the colour of the ink and the caps are dark blue so they’re easily distinguishable from each other (see photo below).

The colours of the Staedtler Fineliners are perfectly matched to the Staedtler Fibre-Tips which is very handy for images with small and large spaces so that you can use the fineliners for the detailed sections and the fibre-tips for the larger areas for seamless colour continuity. The pens have water-based ink so they are odourless meaning there’s no getting high or headachey when using them like there is with solvent-based pens. According to the Staedtler website the pens are all dry safe with long cap-off times except the neons but I’ve not tested this as I don’t want to ruin my pens! There are 6 pastel colours and these can be bought in the full set of 30 or in a set on their own but a word of warning, they are pretty dark and nothing like as pastel as I’d personally have liked. The cap colour is not accurate on these pens so always test them on some scrap paper or create a colour chart first to avoid disappointment or using the wrong colour accidentally. The colour range is great and most of them are really bright and vibrant however, the purples leave a lot to be desired and three of the browns are incredibly similar, generally though, they’re great and they mostly don’t duplicate the Stabilo colours so if you’re looking for a lot of colours then getting both sets won’t lead to lots of double-ups.

So, are these pens for you? Personally, I find these pens a little too thin and scratchy however when I colour and write I hold the pen very upright and because the nibs on these pens are quite pointy, it doesn’t give a great surface to colour so if you hold pens at more of a slanted angle, you may well get on better with these than I do. The first set I was sent was really quite scratchy and I wasn’t a fan but the new set I ordered this week hasn’t felt scratchy at all and has been much smoother and easier to use. My personal preference is for the Stabilo fineliners which you can read about here. If you’re worried about whether you’ll like these then my suggestion would be to get a single pen of each of the two brands and try them out (or try them in a shop if you’re able to get to one) and see which you prefer because it seems to be a real 50:50 split for preference. Finally, in terms of set size, I would advise getting the biggest set you can because they’re usually the best value for money and you’ll always need more colours. I have 8 sets of varying sizes, all from different shops and brands and I still wish for more colours! I hope this review will have answered any of the questions you may have had but if you have any more then feel free to leave a comment below (make sure you sign up to email updates so you get notified when I respond) or connect with me on Facebook.

Update: Since originally writing this post a new pack of 42 colours has been created. These are quite difficult to get hold of and only seem to be available online. I’m yet to get my hands on a set but I’ll write a review as soon as I have a set!

Some of the most useful and best priced sets can be found on Amazon at the links below.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners 42 Set
STAEDTLER TRIPLUS FINELINER FULL RANGE BOX SET OF 36 ASSORTED COLOURS 334 C36
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens – Assorted (Pack of 30)
Triplus 334 C15H Fineliner Pens – Assorted
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen Pack of 20
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 SB6CS1 Desktop Box – Assorted Pastel Colours (Pack of 6)
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Neon Pack of 6 – Color: Asstd

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10 comments

  1. Since the colours are not identified on the pens, do you knowe of any way to match the pens to a list of colour names? Perhaps there are maps of the particular editions. I have the new 36 colour box. I’m a bit of a colour idiot: I don’t actually know what van Dyke brown is, for instance.

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    1. I usually create a colour chart for each set with the name of the set at the top and then I do colour swatches and make sure they’re in the same order as they are in the packaging, then, as long as you keep them in the same order you’ll always know which ones are which. You can also put the names down for sets that have colour names or numbers which makes it really easy to identify. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to do such well thought out, detailed reviews on everything from coloring utensils to the books themselves. I’ve just looked at the clock and realized I’ve been looking and reading for almost two hours now, just going from post to post.

    I have lupus, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and depression and anxiety (as a result of my chronic pain) among other health issues (and I’m only 36). My mother had seen a segment on the news about coloring for grown ups and how it might be beneficial, and encouraged me to begin coloring again. One thing I have noticed, though, is that most of the coloring books have very intricate, detailed work. While I would love to color books such as Secret Garden and others, I am not able to cleanly color such small areas or concentrate on the tiny details.
    If you were ever hunting for new ideas, perhaps you might do a post (or several) on books that aren’t so intricate-you would have a large audience potential, including older adults, those with major health issues that can’t do intricate books (because they shake while attempting to do fine details, have trouble seeing, etc), and those with concentration/memory problems. I have combed the internet looking for “easier” coloring books, and though I have found only two, I’m sure there must be more out there. Perhaps you might have suggestions already that I missed?

    Thank you again for such an interesting, well thought out, and helpful site.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my reviews and taking the time to comment. I review a wide variety of books with different size sections from very basic and large printed designs all the way up to really intricate and detailed like Secret Garden. If you have a look through them you’ll see that not all of them are intricate. If you’d like me to, I can send you the links to all of the reviews I’ve done that have larger sections because there are quite a number out there. I always review books from a mental health perspective and comment on how good your vision and fine motor control will need to be and I also mention about the line thickness and detail level for the exact reasons you listed above. Feel free to get in touch via the Contact Me section at the top of the blog and I’ll get back to you asap with a list of less detailed book so you can get started. I hope that helps and thanks again for getting in touch and reading!

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  3. Thank you for your review. I’m new to it all and spent $50 for 32 tri-plus fiber-tip Staedtler at Michaels. After one coloring book of inspirational sayings and part of another book, (and total elapsed time is under 2 months) half of the pens are already dry! I don’t leave the caps off and I use all the colors, not just that half. Is this all that can be expected of markers? I emailed Staedtler, but they did not send a reply. I can’t afford $25 to color one book. That isn’t relaxing at all. What do you think about this?

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    1. Hi Brynne,
      I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve had this experience. I’ve not had any problems with them but I also don’t use them a lot as I have lots of other supplies. I’ve not heard of this being a problem though. I’m sorry Staedtler haven’t got back to you. They can’t be used to colour large areas because they’re only narrow pens that can’t hold a huge amount of ink but they shouldn’t have dried out so quickly. I hope you’re having more luck with other mediums!

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