When I think of Stabilo I don’t think of great pens, I think of highlighters, as that is what they are most famous for. I have never been a fan of their pens but the Bionic Worker is the first that I would actually buy again.
The Bionic Worker is an unusual rollerball pen with a rubberized orange body. Stabilo labels this pen a 0.5mm but it’s definitely much wider than that; it seems like a 1.0mm to me. The rollerball is ultra smooth (as you would expect a 1.0mm tip to be) and the ink is nice and dark. Stabilo calls the nickle silver tip indestructible. I really like the details on this pen. There is a little knob on the side of the body that keeps the pen from rolling off the desk. The cap closes and posts flush with the body and there are three little portholes on each side of the pen that allow you to view the feed and ink level. The metal clip features the Stabilo swan and feels sturdy.
The Bionic Worker comes in black, blue, red and green ink with “0.5mm” and “0.3mm” tip sizes. This pen is not refillable which is too bad because it is expensive at $3.85. Next time I am going to buy the 0.3mm tip as I suspect that will be a bit closer to a true medium.
Here are some great reviews of the Stabilo Bionic Worker:
(I have no affiliation to the sites linked below)
Pencil Talk – Stabilo bionic worker
No Pen Intended – Stabilo Bionic Worker Roller Ball Pen – 0.3 mm – Black Ink
A Penchant For Paper – Stabilo Bionic Worker 0.5mm Black
Pocket Blonde – Stabilo Bionic Worker Roller Ball Review
The Pen Addict – Stabilo Bionic Worker Roller Ball 0.5 mm Review
I want to start off this post by saying that I love fineliners. Fountain pens are my favorite but fineliners are a close second for their lovely feel, portability, and ease of use. Now on to the review:
The Stabilo Sensor features a micro-cushioning “sensor” technology that is supposed to make long writing sessions more comfortable. The fineliner tip retracts into the metal casing when pressure is applied. For me it feels a bit weird. The pen feels bouncy on the paper and I don’t feel quite as in control as I do with other fineliners. The tip is smooth and glides along the paper nicely. I am not really sure I care for the looks of this pen. The “aluminum look” doesn’t look back but I don’t care for all of the big bold branding; to me it doesn’t have a professional look, it looks like a marker. The Sensor comes in black, blue, red, and green. For $1.60 this isn’t a bad pen but I can’t say I will be rushing out to buy another one.
- The tip being cased in metal is durable and works well with a ruler
- No ink bleed on to the paper
- The black isn’t as dark as other fineliners like the Ohto Graphic Liner (review to come)
- Ink is non-archival
- Springy tip feels odd
Here are some great reviews of the Stabilo Sensor:
(I have no affiliation with any of the sites below)
The Pen Addict – Stabilo Sensor Review
Office Supply Geek – Stabilo Sensor Review
Tiger Pens – Stabilo Sensor Review