Staedtler Triplus Color Fibre Tip Pensstaedtler-triplus-fibre
Company: Staedtler
Number of markers: varies

Review by Lucy Fyles

Staedtler Triplus Colour 323 SB20 Fibre-Tip Pen Desktop Box – Assorted Colours (Pack of 20) were kindly sent to me by Staedtler. Here’s everything you need to know about them. According to the Staedtler website, these pens are dry-safe (except the neons,) meaning they can be left uncapped for days with drying up. I’ve not tested this on any of my precious pens though!

staedtler-fibre-tips-3They come in 20 different colours + 6 neons and are available in packs of 6, 10 and 20. They come in the special Staedtler stand up boxes, which are ideal for ease of use so you can see all of your colours, access them easily when using them and then tidy them away, all in their original packaging. The pens have water-based ink so they’re washable, and they don’t bleed unless used on very thin paper. They are also odourless meaning there’s no getting high or headachey when using them like there is with solvent-based pens.

staedtler-fibre-tips-6They have a 1.00mm line thickness, and a pressure-resistant bullet tip. I can attest to the tip being very good — after a lot of use, the tip hasn’t changed shape in any way. No feathering of any kind has occurred, and there are no stray ‘hairs’ causing those horrid stray coloured lines over the edges. Also, the bullet shape of the nib means you can use the very end to colour into much smaller spaces than you’d expect, or you can cover larger areas by using it at more of an angle.

The colours of the Staedtler Fibre-Tips are perfectly matched to the Staedtler Fineliners. This is very handy for images with small and large spaces. You can use the fineliners for the detailed sections and the fibre-tips for the larger areas for seamless colour continuity.staedtler-fineliners-compare The barrels of the Steadtler Fibre-Tip Pens is the colour of the ink, with the caps a dark blue. In contrast, the barrels of the triplus fineliners are silver with the cap and end the colour of the ink, so they’re easily distinguishable from each other. The barrel colour is not accurate on all of these pens, so test them on some scrap paper or create a colour chart first to avoid disappointment by using the wrong colour accidentally. The colour range is great and most of them are really bright and vibrant. However, the purple is very dark, and 3 browns in a set of 20 colours seems a little excessive.

Colored with both Staedtler fibre tips and Staedtler fineliners.

When I first started using these pens I really didn’t get on with them because they were so wet and were causing the paper in my books to crinkle and were close to feathering. They were also especially streaky, especially the light colours like the pink, orange, light blue and light green. I found it incredibly difficult to get an even coverage. However, this did ease off as I gained experience with them, and I now have no problems at all. They lay down colour fairly evenly, although, as with all felt-tips/markers, they do go a little streaky and create darker patches when you unavoidably overcolour certain areas.

These pens are very good quality and feel very different from the felt-tips we all used as children. (You know, the ones that ran out as soon as you looked at them, and caused terrible feathering.) Sadly, these pens are only available in 20 colours, but they are a great starter set. They’re really worth adding to your collection because of the quality and ease of use.

One thing that I discovered by accident — these pens are not remotely lightfast. I left a colour tester with a ruler over half of it by a window for a few hours and below you can see the result. I only discovered this because I accidentally left one of my coloured images in the sun and saw that the colours had changed after very limited amounts of time. Tthe orange and pink are worst affected, followed by the purple, all of which were clearly affected within a few hours. Please do bear this in mind if you’re wanting to colour images to frame or expose to light in any way. These are the only pens I’ve noticed this with, though, so there are plenty of alternatives. If you’re leaving your images in the books, this won’t be an issue.


All in all, these are a great set of pens. I would strongly recommend purchasing them if you’re wanting to start using felt-tips. In terms of set size, I would advise getting the biggest set you can. They’re usually the best value and you’ll always need more colours!

Editor’s Note:

Lucy is a UK member of my Facebook group, Coloring Books for Adults. She reviews books specifically for those suffering from mental illness. Lucy is able to bring a unique viewpoint to this target group, as both a person who suffers from her own severe anxiety disorder, and as someone who has worked with psychiatric inpatients. You can read Lucy’s blog for more information, or connect with her through Facebook.

(Since the UK uses the alternate spelling of “colour”, you’ll find “coloured pencils” and other alternate spellings used in her reviews.)

Do you have these markers? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments!

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