While I enjoy the Pilot G-2 and other ballpoint and gel pens, I have found that none of them suffice when I want the feel of a fountain pen. The ability to write with a light touch and create flourishes is almost exclusive to fountain pens, with the exception of fine point markers. The Sharpie Pens are one of the best examples of fine point markers that can fill a similar niche as fountain pens. They are not anywhere near as prone to leaks as fountain pens and are suitable for tossing into a bag and forgetting about until you need them. While there are a lot of markers out there that are advertised as pens, it is not always the items shoved in your face that are on display at the store that work best. Enter the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner!
|I love the color and precision of marker pens.|
I was searching for writing utensils around Chicago and the suburbs and stumbled into the marker section and tested some pens, pencils and markers. I purchased three of these pens while at a Dick Blick art store in Chicago after a brief writing test. The blue, being my favorite ink color, has been entirely used up and as such is no longer with us. Green and Black, however are still going strong. These are art markers. They are not marketed as pens, but serve exceptionally well as pens. My standard for comparison in this area is the Sharpie Pen, seeing as they are very popular and there are many reviews for them online, so here comes the review:
|You can really see how long and skinny this pen is when compared to a Pilot V Razor Point|
When you can't carry a fountain pen with you for fear that it would leak or break, carrying a marker pen with a fine point can act as a fantastic substitute. With the exception of potential barrel comfort issues, this pen can become a daily workhorse or eternal backup in your bag.