Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
- Porous Point Pens
- Plastic, reusable, easel style case
- .3 mm
- Triangular barrel
- Metal clad tip
- Dry Safe: Can be left uncapped for days without drying out
- Water based ink colors
These pens also promise that they are dry safe, meaning you can leave them uncapped for long periods of time and they'll still work. Although this isn't a feature I intend to test, I can say that I have the same set of 30 from my undergrad days somewhere in my current studio, and when I checked them a couple years ago, they still worked. So dry-safe also means 'probably wont dry up from lack of use'.
Like many fineliners, these come with a metal sleeve around the nib, to protect the nib from getting crushed.
The Field Test
I'm going to do a number of field tests, to give these pens as fair a fighting chance as possible, including my regular 'inking over non photo bluelines', inking over pencil then erasing, and trying these out with a couple types of markers- waterbased and alcohol based.
Inking over Non Photo Blue
|Scan of inktest|
- The triangular body, which prevents rolling, takes some getting used to.
- The tip is very fine, I'm used to a .5-.8 for inking at this size, this is more like a .3
- It took repeated strokes for me to get the lineweight I wanted
- The Triplus Fineliners handle like most technical pens.
- The pen's shape made it hard for me to pull the sort of lines I wanted.
- It takes me much longer to ink with fineliners and technical pens.
These pens are not my ideal, but they handle similarly to some of the pens I've reviewed from Office Max, including the Flair and Tul.
|Triplus is at the top.|
Inks over graphite ok, no noticable nib staining. Immediate erasing causes the red ink to smudge. Graphite erases cleanly with no smudging after 24 hour dry time.
Water Tests- Immediate Application
Immediate water application causes the ink to run drastically, but the effect is almost like a watercolor marker or brushpen, and could be utilized for color application. Most of the inks tested held their color even with water, and though all pen points were chosen as fineliners, and the marks made reflect that, the color distribution is generous.
|Triplus is in the middle, all pens were tested on Strathmore Watercolor Paper|
Water Test- 24 Hour Ink Dry Time
|Triplus is in the middle|
Even after allowing the ink to dry for 24 hours, significant pigment migration still occured when water was added. These pens are ALMOST like watercolor pens, and could probably be used as such, something I'd like to investigate at a later date.
Copic Test- Immediate Application
Pens were tested on Fluid's Hotpress watercolor paper, which has a smooth finish.
Copic Test- 24 Hour Dry Time
If you like to do lineart that utilizes a wide variety of colors, but don't plan on adding color to your lineart traditionally, Staedtler's Triplus Fineliners might be a good choice for you.
In the end, if you plan on doing work with markers (waterbased or alchol based) or watercolors, the Precise V5, the Papermate Flairs, and Staedtler Triplus Fineliners are not recommended. None of the Walmart pens are waterproof OR Copic-proof. If you are looking for pens that are water and Copic proof, I recommend Copic Multiliners for technical pens, and Sailor's Mitsuo Aida for brushpens. These colors do come in bright, fun colors, a multitude of set sizes, and are easily available, so given how inexpensive they are, there's no real reason not to have them in your studio if you like to create colored line art, enjoy doodling, or are into journaling/planner keeping.