As you can tell by the price tag, these came from the store Five Below. If you are not familiar with this store, it is a store where, as the name suggests, everything is $5 or less. These fine tip markers were $5. Because i am always looking for a good deal, I decided to try these out and see how they measured up to the more expensive brands I currently own.
The first thing that I noticed, was that out of the 20 markers, only 1 didn’t work right off the bat. With a little scribbling, it started working. The lines did not skip and the colors are very vivid.
The markers themselves are packaged nicely. I like how there was individual slots for each one and how it seemed care was taken in that aspect. The pen caps do come off one end and stick to the other. I didn’t have a problem with the caps falling off and they did snap in nicely.
The feel of the barrel of the pen though is not smooth. It has a shape like a #2 pencil, but in plastic. It feels like a really cheap pen, however, I felt as though it was a higher quality writing experience. With a 0.4mm felt tip, I enjoyed the thin lines each pen created. The ink did not smear either when touched immediately after applying it to the paper.
I decided to take these pens on an adventure to test them out. If you have followed me for a while, you are probably aware that I rarely draw in color. I like the crisp black lines of all thicknesses and have learned to shade and do other techniques that makes it quite enjoyable. But below, you can see that I used every color even the black, represented as the center dot.
In conclusion, I feel like these pens are well worth the $5 that I spent on them. The colors are bright and true to the color of the pen barrel. I did not take a picture because it was pointless, but these pens do not bleed either. The only cons I see is that I wouldn’t use these pens for coloring, they are better suited for line drawing or writing.
As always, please leave your comments, questions and concerns in the comments below. If you would like to suggest a review, please let me know!