Stabilo 68 + 88 point pens
In the adult colouring world, it's all about the fineliners. There are so many intricate designs with teeny-tiny spaces that sometimes a 1mm tip is far too wide. The stabilo point 88 pen nibs measure less than half of that at just 0.4mm, perfect for getting into all those nooks & crannies, and they're also classed as Europe's number one fineliners. The set I received is called the Festival Spirit wrap, which is a really useful way of storing and transporting the 25 pens within.
Each pen has its place, with individual elastic holders to keep them in order. The wrap also has a zipped pocket at one end to store any loose bits and pieces. As I said there are 25 different shades here, which is a really good range- particularly the amount of blue and green tones there are. It would be great to have more reds included, as you only get one real red and a darker crimson colour.
The barrells on these pens are hexagonal shaped, so no rolling off the edge of the table which is very handy indeed! It's a small thing that makes a big difference. The caps are a good match for their colour on paper (although a few of the greens are very similar) and have a long cap-off time (I haven't tested this so I can't say exactly how dry safe they are). My camera isn't great but I assure you the colours are very vibrant and juicy.
Here are a few pictures I did with the 68pt pens.
It may be easier to see if you zoom in, but particularly in the sun picture they do go quite pithy when you colour over the same spot, even if it's just once. Some of the nib thicknesses are inconsistent, a few of them leaving a broader line than others. I would recommend these pens for school use or as I say, the casual colourist, but I have to be honest and say they're not my favourites for quality and coverage on the paper.
I received these pens in exchange for an honest review. You can buy them from Amazon here:
28/5/2015 02:02:54 pm
Thank you so much for your review! Really helped me make up my mind on which way to go with my pen choices! Always appreciate and always love your non biased reviews!
28/5/2015 02:30:15 pm
Ahh thank you Deirdre, I do keep my reviews honest and constructively critical where I can :)
26/5/2016 02:14:47 am
I am very disappointed with my Stabilo 68's. I agree with your review and thank you for helping others not to waste their money!
24/1/2017 01:46:28 pm
I am looking to buy fine markers for outlining. I don't intend to actually color with them. I'm just wondering if 88 or 68 would be better for this or if you recommend something else entirely. A couple of the books i have, have really thick lines and a gel pen doesn't quite get it done. I need something that will not bleed through!
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