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Staedtler Pigment Liners Review

Everytime I need to buy a new liner I usually run a test which includes 4 steps, in order to examine if that liner could work for me or not. This time, I’m sharing my Staedtler Pigment Liners Test, compared with another liner.

So, let’s see its features, first! 🙂

Staedtler Pigment Liners  – Fineliner for writing, sketching, drawing.

  • Waterproof on paper
  • lightfast
  • indelible
  • 18 h CAP-OFF – can be left uncapped for 18 hours without drying up.

And now let’s start our test! 🙂

I’m using a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook and an Indian Ink liner that I’ve called “Liner 1”.

1. Paper Test

If I want to use a Staedtler Pigment Liner I have to be sure that it won’t bleed through the pages of my notebook. So, I write some words on a page and then I look at the back of the paper. As you can see, there is a light shadow (like liner 1), but it doesn’t cause problems as it’s just a normal shadow which allows me to write and draw on the back anyway.

2. Colour Test

For this test I compared both liners to a deep black Indian Ink .  Liner 1 contains Indian Ink and it’s obviously closer than Staedtler Pigment liner, but the result is very good.

3. Eraser Test

I usually sketch my drawings with a pencil before inking, then I erase all the sketches in order to have my drawings clean and neat. That’s why I need an Eraser Test. Staedtler Pigment Liners are perfect for that. As you can see in the photo, liner 1 is about to disappear, while Staedtler Pigment Liner is almost the same. That’s because it dries faster than liner 1.

4. Water Test

With this test I want to be sure that the ink will resist after throwing water on it. It’s very useful if you want to use watercolours, water based markers (like Tombow Dual Brush Pens) or if you spill water on your drawing. That’s the result:  Liner 1 is waterproof but it takes more time than Stadtler Pigment Liner to dry, so it bleeds, while the water that I’ve poured on Staedtler Pigment Liner is clear.


Staedtler Pigment Liners are perfect for drawing, sketching and writing. They dry fast, so that you can quickly finish your drawing using eraser to remove pencil sketches or adding some colours on it. I used to draw my drawings with an Indian Ink liner, which are awesome as illustrations finishing touch, but not as comfortable as Staedlter Pigment Liners, as they take more time to dry.
I recommend them for Bullet Journaling, especially if you like doodling on your notebook. I use a Staedlter Pigment Liner set for my Comic Bullet Journal and at the moment they are my favourite liners.

Let me know your opinion, and if you want to try them, I link below where to find them at the best price. Happy Sketching! 🙂