Review: Artline EK 200 Fineliner

Sometimes you want a pen that does more than just write really well – you want one that’s fun to experiment and play with.

That may be the best way to describe the Artline 200 Fineliner range. These are not the kind of pens that are essential for every serious writer to have, the way maybe a good Parker is. But they’re a pleasant alternative to pull out and lighten up with once in a while.

Artline 200 Black

The Fineliners use a tough resin point that is supposed to help maintain sharpness and reduce general wear over time. That’s good and bad. The 0.4 mm point is gentle on paper, but does not have that smooth glide you get from a rollerball. And it squeaks, which can get annoying. But, it writes cleanly, with occasional blotting at pause points, and does not bleed through.

As is typical of Artlines, the design of the pen gives no concession to comfort or aesthetics. The Fineliner has a simple round barrel, only some ridging in the plastic for a grip, and a cap that fits snugly when snapped into place, but does not post well, if at all.

One useful note about the design is that it has an extended metal collar that helps protect the tip if you tend to be heavy handed when writing.

What’s nice about these pens is the range of colours available in the Fineliner set – black, green, brown, red, orange, blue, etc. – and the fact that you can use them to write on just about anything because of the tip. When you get bored with serious writing, you can pull out your Fineliners for a little doodling.

These are pens that you can use as workhorses around your home or office, but they’re probably just the sort you’d buy on a whim and use occasionally to break up your routine.

If you enjoyed reading this post you may also be interested in our guide The Best Fineliners to use with Copic Markers.

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Peter Warrior: Pen & Pencil Expert

With nearly a decade of experience in the pen industry, I successfully ran an online pen business for 9 years. My deep-rooted passion for pens and pencils led me to become a part-time blogger, where I've dedicated myself to sharing the wealth of knowledge I've amassed over the years. I'm a firm believer in the power of the written word, as echoed by Malcolm Forbes: "Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will." My expertise is not just rooted in business, but in the genuine appreciation and understanding of the art of writing instruments.

1 thought on “Review: Artline EK 200 Fineliner”

  1. when in my top pocket branding paint peels of artline200 and sticks on my mobile phone, it is very stubborn to remove. Annoying!

    I suppose I’ll never hear from you or Artline again.


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